WMRA Daily 9/15/17

Sep 15, 2017

UVa says it will donate to a fund helping people injured on August 12 in Charlottesville, in rebuke to the K-K-K… the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld a law that keeps state regulators away from a portion of electric rates… protesters showed up at D-E-Q offices around the state, including the one in Harrisonburg, to make their voices heard against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline….

WMRA Daily 9/14/17

Sep 14, 2017

UVa’s president says those who covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson desecrated sacred ground… Virginia’s health insurance market is teetering, especially for poor people, even as coverage is up because of the ACA… and, in the next episode of Women of Interest, we meet an 82-year-old bookkeeper whose work ethic would put most of us to shame….

Bookkeeping for Life

Sep 13, 2017
Jessie Knadler

Joyce Herndon is a one-of-a-kind bookkeeper for the Staunton Union Stockyards.  As WMRA’s Jessie Knadler discovered in the latest profile for our Women of Interest series, Herndon is all about vitality, longevity and the value of hard work.

Marguerite Gallorini

What is the state, and future, of investigative journalism under the new Trump administration? To try to answer to this question and many more, the Miller Center in Charlottesville invited a panel of prominent investigative journalists from The New York Times, ProPublica and BuzzFeed News. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini was there.

WMRA Daily 9/13/17

Sep 13, 2017

The Senate and House yesterday both passed a resolution, introduced by Virginia’s Senators, condemning white supremacists, and calling on Trump to do so… VMI in Lexington says it will keep its Confederate statues… and, investigative journalists discuss the state of their profession in the age of Trump….

Cities across the country are grappling with removing Confederate symbols. And perhaps nowhere is Confederate past and present more intertwined than in Lexington. Jessie Knadler looks at how the issues that spilled over into violence in Charlottesville last month have been playing out in Lexington for years. 

Marguerite Gallorini

Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures, about the true story of a group of black female mathematicians working at NASA and helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology – although no textbook acknowledges their work. She discussed her novel yesterday at the Paramount Theater, in a lecture part of UVa’s Engagement Lecture Series. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Dr. Wornie Reed

After the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last month, many people in the Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in Civil War history, are asking, what now? WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at unfolding discussions about race across the region.


In May [2017], Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and appeared to be set for deportation to Mexico. But his attorney made one more attempt to prevent that from happening, and over the weekend learned of the rare outcome, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

A new report from UVa says campus police failed to enforce fire bans on university grounds during a torchlit white supremacist rally last month… Harrisonburg’s Cesar Lara Rios gets more time to make his case to stay in the U.S.… and, Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly weighs in on the question of race, and monuments, in Charlottesville and elsewhere….

In Harrisonburg, City Council may soon decide whether to accept a new proposal to provide animal sheltering services for the city, with lower euthanasia rates promised, and for about $50,000 less than the contract the city has with the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.  But what might Rockingham County do if the city decides to switch shelter services?  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

A new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system, based on a thorough study of criminal justice data. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked to Professor Brandon Garrett, a member of the project’s leadership team.

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

Calvin Pynn

Fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show can see a revival of the original stage show in Staunton this weekend.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

At yesterday's Facuty Senate meeting, UVa President Teresa Sullivan presented the actions the university has taken since the events of August 11 and 12. She was accompanied by Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law and chair of a UVa working group of deans and community members to assess the University's response to the events. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Growing and processing hemp is against the law in the United States. But 6th District Representative Bob Goodlatte wants to see industrial hemp become a legal crop for farmers, and a JMU professor is developing that potential option. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

Faith E. Pinho

A new community center in Lexington is welcoming all self-described hobbyists, tinkerers and creators to come together and make.  WMRA’s Faith Pinho has this story on the Lexington Collaboratory and Makerspace.

The Charlottesville Pride Festival is September 16, but a week of events leading up to the festival begin this Saturday (Sept. 9). WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked with the leader of the organization behind the festival.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City Council last night moved forward with plans to remove the city’s Stonewall Jackson statue, but not before catching an earful from a crowd, angry, not just about the white supremacist rally on August 12, but about something deeper. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent report by The Sentencing Project says that nearly one in every seven people in prison is serving what effectively amounts to a life sentence. Twenty years ago, a book of photos and interviews of nearly 60 lifers in Pennsylvania prisons, where a life sentence really means a life sentence, gave rare insight into their lives and thoughts.

WMRA Daily 9/5/17

Sep 5, 2017

In Culpeper County, a new lawsuit against Virginia’s Department of Corrections over a magazine with nudity…. A judge dismisses a federal lawsuit against the County over the building of a proposed mosque…. And, the next installment of our Women of Interest series…

Marguerite Gallorini

The local chapter of 100 Black Women will launch this fall. It has been in the making for the past year, with many local professional women pitching in. One of them is Shantron Franklin-Sims, who has taken a leadership role in the fledgling organization. And she is the subject of the next installment of our Women of Interest series.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has her profile.

WMRA Daily 9/4/17

Sep 4, 2017

Another Confederate statue may be targeted for removal in Charlottesville… As the Labor Day weekend ends today, State Police say traffic deaths in Virginia are up over last year… and, eight years after the Great Recession began, Virginia paychecks are still lagging behind….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Earlier this year, the Harrisonburg City Council received an unsolicited proposal from Anicira Veterinary Center to take over animal sheltering services for the city, which the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has provided for both the city and Rockingham County for decades. In July, the city opened a bidding period for the contract, and that period ended yesterday [August 31, 2017]. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Charlottesville again in the news today…. Opponents to the city’s proposed removal of the Lee statue will get a hearing in court, and a couple of white supremacists who defended that statue in the violent August 12th rally are getting pressed through the court system…. Also, it’s Anicira versus the SPCA – who will provide animal services for the city of Harrisonburg in the future?  We take a look…

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville City Council members met behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…