11:44 am
Tue September 1, 2009

The New Confusion over the Meaning of the Word "Publish"

Harrisonburg, VA – What does it mean to publish these days?

Will print outlets consider work that's been on the Internet?

When, exactly, does publication take place?

WMRA's Martha Woodroof tried to figure this out.

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8:20 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Doing Business in the 'Burg

Harrisonburg, VA – It's nerve-wracking to start a business in the best of economic times, and 2009, economically speaking, has been characterized as the worst time since the great depression.

Up to June this year, 56 new business licenses were issued by the City of Harrisonburg.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof takes a look at what it's like to go into business this year in, and around, the Burg.

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5:46 pm
Wed August 26, 2009

Taxing Fat

Charlottesville, VA – A new University of Virginia study, conducted with the Washington based Urban Institute offers a host of suggestions for combating America's obesity crisis, including a change in tax structure that would make healthy eating less expensive, and unhealthy foods harder to come by.

Dr. Tim Garson, a pediatric cardiologist, is one of the authors. Dr. Garson also serves as Provost at UVA.

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9:42 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Virginia Responds to the Supreme Court

Richmond, VA – A new law governing a critical aspect of criminal court procedure has been approved by Virginia's General Assembly.

The State Senate and House of Delegates went into an unusual special session Wednesday, August 19 to enact the new measure.

The emergency session was in response to a recent US Supreme Court decision governing when and how scientific or forensic evidence can be submitted in a criminal trial.

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6:16 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

A Safety Corrider For I-81

Richmond, VA – Todd Gilbert is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Shenandoah County. It was in his region that a series of tractor trailer related crashes closed down interstate 81 for more than 12 hours one day late last month.

One of those crashes killed two people when their passenger vehicle burst into flames.

Gilbert says that kind of tragedy has been happening "just too often" in his district.

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8:23 am
Fri July 31, 2009

An Insurance Protestor's Arrest Story

Charlottesville, VA – Joe Szakos has been a community organizer for more than 30 years. For almost half that time he's headed up the state wide group called the Virginia Organizing Project. In all his years working on a wide variety of highly charged issues, he had never before been arrested.

That changed last week, when Szakos staged a protest against his own health insurance company.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Joe Szakos for some perspective on the highly publicized arrest.

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4:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2009

Special Session Controversy

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine has called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The Governor has notified members of the State Senate and House of Delegates that the emergency session will begin on the 19th of August.

The purpose of the session -- to respond to a recent U-S Supreme Court decision about the type of testimony that must be allowed in criminal prosecutions.

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7:25 pm
Wed July 1, 2009

The Ulysses Conundrum

Harrisonburg, VA – Virginians diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder now have a legal right to help direct their future care. In order to fashion this new law, legislators had to wrestle with something that came to be known as the "Ulysses Conundrum," in reference to the Homeric hero's encounter with the Sirens.

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9:57 am
Sun June 21, 2009

The Gulf Stream

Harrisonburg, VA – The Gulf Stream, which courses through the ocean about 15 miles off of the coast of Virginia, is often called the weather-maker of the Atlantic.

But it also played a pivotal role in the early exploration of the Americas. Sarah McConnell, of the radio program With Good Reason, reports.

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11:32 am
Wed June 10, 2009

Victory Night in Charlottesville

Charlottesville – Garnering almost 50 per cent of the vote, State Senator Creigh Deeds beat out two opponents in the June 9th primary to become the Democratic nominee for Governor.

Here is an audio postcard from the Deeds victory party in Charlottesville.

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