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Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

WMRA Daily 8/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A jury recommends life in prison for a man convicted of killing his wife with antifreeze in Verona… Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer who apparently killed a Tennessee man near Lexington in a hit-and-run… We also take a look at the role of unemployment in this year’s campaign for Virginia governor…

WMRA Daily 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Charlottesville braces for another big rally, while the city is still raw from the July KKK rally and the police response… yet another poll shows Democrat Northam leading Republican Gillespie for governor… and, we take a look at the mortgage tax deduction – will tax reform happen in Washington?

Jordy Yager

On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

A former JMU student is sentenced to time behind bars for voter fraud… Virginia’s health insurance market actually looks pretty healthy for the coming year, despite Republican claims that it’s “imploding”… and, at the moment, the Democrats are leading the Republicans in this year’s statewide contests….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday (Aug. 7) at James Madison University, several hundred people attended the first of five public hearings across the state to be held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Energy says the pipeline, set to cross Virginia, will create lots of jobs, provide much-needed domestic and “clean burning” natural gas, and more.

Les Kipp

In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

WMRA Daily 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Charlottesville City Council denies a white nationalist group’s request to rally later this month at Emancipation Park downtown, moving it to another park farther away… protesters, and supporters, show up at a public hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Harrisonburg… and, we’ve got a look at the history of the Staunton Music Festival….

WMRA Daily 8/7/17

Aug 7, 2017

The NRA endorses Republican Ed Gillespie for governor… Senator Mark Warner co-sponsors legislation to send some relief to food deserts in America… and, a little-known Virginia law allows private collection agencies to slap huge fees on college debt, and one lawmaker proposes a fix…

WMRA Daily 8/4/17

Aug 4, 2017

Harrisonburg’s state senator Mark Obenshain requests a review of the state’s elections agency, but the report isn’t due until after next year’s mid-term elections… Planned Parenthood in Virginia throws its support behind Democrat Ralph Northam for governor… and, we take a look at a big new report to the F-D-A on opioids, chaired by a U-V-A professor.

In July, a committee of scientists and legal experts chaired by UVa law professor Richard Bonnie, made several recommendations to address the opioid problem. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to him and some Charlottesville-area health care professionals about the report, and about possible solutions.

WMRA Daily 8/3/17

Aug 3, 2017

Charlottesville says it spent more than $30,000 on its police response to the Ku Klux Klan rally last month, as another far-right rally to support the Lee statue and counter-protest is planned for this month… Dominion Energy repays money it overcharged thousands of commercial customers… and, in today’s feature, the next installment of our “Women of Interest” series… we’ll profile Harrisonburg mayor Deena Reed.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Deanna Reed’s four-year term on Harrisonburg's City Council began this year. She says she never planned to run for office -- but now she's the mayor.  In the second installment of WMRA's Women of Interest series, Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 8/2/17

Aug 2, 2017

Virginia is aging, but unevenly.  Where will the older people congregate, and what places will be getting younger in the next 20 years?  We’ll take a look at that, and at an exhibit of photographs of refugees in the Valley, that exhibit opens this weekend.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since 1988, an organization called  Church World Service has resettled about 3,500 refugees from around the world to the Shenandoah Valley. This month the Harrisonburg office is hosting a photography exhibit featuring 29 portraits of these refugees. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 8/1/17

Aug 1, 2017

Waynesboro gets a big settlement to make up for years of mercury pollution of the South River by the DuPont plant… political activist Dr. Cornel West is coming to Charlottesville to join faith leaders in opposition to a white nationalist rally on August 12th… and what would happen in Virginia if Trump carries out his threat to cut off health care subsidies under ObamaCare?

WMRA Daily 7/31/17

Jul 31, 2017

JMU is among three Virginia universities now conducting research on industrial hemp under a new state law… Senator Cree Deeds drops a state lawsuit, but his case against a Rockbridge County agency related to the 2013 death of his son remains… and, the Department of Transportation asks for bids for a new air carrier for Shenandoah Valley’s airport...

WMRA Daily 7/28/17

Jul 28, 2017

A Charlottesville high school teacher is under arrest for alleged possession of child pornography… Republican Ed Gillespie announces a plan for public safety… and, we’ll have a look at what it will be like, soon, when whites are a minority in Virginia….

WMRA Daily 7/27/17

Jul 27, 2017

Charlottesville’s Chihamba African-American festival is back, and we’ve got a preview…  a Virginia Tech-designed self-driving car makes a cross-country trip, winding up in Richmond...  and, we take a look at money in Virginia politics.

Marguerite Gallorini

The Chihamba African American Cultural Arts Festival will launch its 28th edition this week, Thursday through Saturday. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 7/26/17

Jul 26, 2017

ViaAir answers complaints by officials at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, who are looking for a new carrier… One Virginia lawmaker is looking for a way to regulate online lending…. And, Natural Bridge gets a stress test….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday, July 24 the U.S. House of Representatives voted down S. 114, a bill that many veterans opposed. One veteran from Harrisonburg spoke to reporters Monday against the House bill, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 7/25/17

Jul 25, 2017

On Monday the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a money bill that many veterans opposed, including one veteran in Harrisonburg… meanwhile, Democrats choose Virginia’s 10th District to announce their new “Better Deal” program to take back power in Washington…

WMRA Daily 7/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

Virginia’s major party candidates for governor met in their first debate in Hot Springs, but the Libertarian wasn’t invited…  Shenandoah Valley’s airport is unhappy with ViaAir, the sole provider of air service there, and airport officials want to replace them…

WMRA Daily 7/21/17

Jul 21, 2017

Senator Tim Kaine will visit the remote medical clinic that once each year provides free medical care for people in the Appalachians…  Authorities say dashcam video footage shows a Culpeper County man pointed a shotgun at deputies before they fatally shot him after a chase...  and, the debate over debates in Virginia’s race for governor has begun….

WMRA Daily 7/20/17

Jul 20, 2017

Governor McAuliffe invites Senate Republican Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the poor in Southwestern Virginia, as the Senate continues to consider repealing Obamacare… Agriculture in our area is growing like a well-tended field of crops… and, we kick off a series of profiles of interesting women in our area today….

Sefe Emokpae

Over the next few months we’ll profile some women in our region doing things... a little differently.  These are women with unique perspectives, in new roles, or simply approaching life along the road less-traveled.  Like many other women, they are changing the lives of people around them in positive ways.  This is the first in the WMRA series 'Women of Interest'.

WMRA Daily 7/19/17

Jul 19, 2017

Governor McAuliffe says the Republican failure in Washington to enact any health care legislation may open the door to his longtime goal of expanding Medicaid in Virginia… The Democrat who would like to replace him is rolling out an economic plan for rural Virginia…. And, Jessie Knadler has a deep look at protecting Virginia’s waterways….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The American Civil Liberties Union predicts that by 2030, the number of state and federal prisoners who are 55 and older will be more than 400,000, or one-third of prisoners. In Harrisonburg this weekend, the public is invited to attend the premiere event of a new chapter of an organization called Release Aging People in Prison.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Jessie Knadler

The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – that includes most rivers that flow through the Shenandoah Valley – are in some state of pollution. The first and best stop for clean-up is on agricultural land.  But government assistance is woefully inadequate—and if President Trump’s proposed budget goes through could become even worse. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler looks at the future of water quality in Virginia.

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