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Independent film festivals have long been enjoyed for alternative, creative filmmaking and wide subject matter. WMRA’s Kara Lofton previews one regional festival – Skyline – that comes to Winchester on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

WMRA's Kara Lofton filed three stories this week with datelines from Charlottesville, to Richmond, to Harrisonburg.  First, she talked to the project team at the Center for Open Science about their big Reproducibility Study....  She also sat in on a meditation and yoga class for the inmates at the Goochland Women's Correctional Facility.... And she attended the early morning vigil for journalist Alison Parker.....

Kara Lofton

For the past year, three volunteers have been leading Buddhism, yoga and meditation classes for inmates at Goochland Women’s Correctional Facility outside of Richmond. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

A vigil was held Wednesday morning on the quad of James Madison University in memoriam of Roanoke-based WDBJ-TV news reporter Alison Parker. Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed a week ago Wednesday by a former colleague during an early morning broadcast. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

Last week, the Center for Open Science, a Charlottesville-based technology company, published a landmark analysis on scientific replication called the Reproducibility Project.  As it turns out, it’s much harder to replicate original research, at least in the social sciences, than you might think.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Jessie Knadler explores the new horizon of stem cell therapy for the family pet... Kara Lofton checks in with two Methodist pastors suspended for officiating the weddings of two same-sex couples... and we've got this week's episodes of The Spark and Our Island Universe.

Another story that hit close to home for many of us was the murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, reporters for WDBJ TV, on August 26, while they were doing their jobs.  There are links through the WDBJ website to memorial funds in their honor.  To find out more, click here.

In March, two Central Virginia United Methodist Church clergy were suspended for marrying same-sex couples. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to the pastors involved and takes a look at where they stand now that the suspension is over.

Jessie Knadler

For a lot of people, pets are members of the family. And it can be heartbreaking to see a beloved dog or cat suffer from injury, or from hip dysplasia, degenerative joints, or arthritis. In years past, pet owners had to rely on medication, surgery or even in some cases, euthanasia to mitigate an animal’s suffering. Now, stem cell therapy is poised to revolutionize the veterinary field even as the hard science behind it has a way to go.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

Sefe Emokpae tells us what the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville has been up to during its 20 years, and Emily Richardson-Lorente takes a seat in the audience at the Garage, a different kind of music venue there.... Also, Kara Lofton filed two stories, one of which went viral big time: first, her account of "The Pause," a relatively new practice among trauma and emergency medical workers after the death of a patient, and then a look at local "Nones," particularly millennials, who are increasingly checking the "None" box for religious affiliation.... We also step into the Wayback Machine to Day 1 of the WMRA Newsroom, for Andrew Jenner's first WMRA story, one year ago.

Kara Lofton

According to a Pew Research Center survey earlier this year, the proportion of Americans who self-identify as having no religious affiliation (called “nones”) has increased from 16% of the total population in 2007, to almost 25% now. Meanwhile, mainstream Christian affiliation is declining, particularly among millennials, the generation born from around 1980 to around 2000.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on what the trend might mean and how it is being experienced here in Virginia.

Kara Lofton

In America, death is not something we often talk about unless we are forced to by circumstance or tragedy. But at hospitals, death is an everyday occurrence and medical workers must quickly learn to deal with it. But how do they cope? WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on one initiative, called "The Pause," that started at the University of Virginia Medical Center two years ago and is now slowly being adopted by hospitals all over the country.

Sefe Emokpae

The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville is celebrating 20 years of serving the community. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae tells us more about the MRC, its mission and how it’s worked toward that goal through the past two decades.

Sefe Emokpae takes us to a winery near Charlottesville that's trying hard to stand out in Virginia's wine country... Kara Lofton concludes our "Clean Virginia" series with a look towards the sun... and because there may be a mountain lion roaming around Milwaukee, what better excuse to revisit "Schrodinger's Cougar"?  Also, this week's Spark.

Jon Styer, Eastern Mennonite University

In the final installment of our occasional series “Clean Virginia,” WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on the current solar trend, what it means for Virginia and how solar may change how we use energy.

Sefe Emokpae

The wine industry is a growing and essential part of Central Virginia’s culture and economy. But with the presence of so many vineyards, it can sometimes be hard to stand out. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae takes us through a winery that’s different in more ways than one.

This week, Scott Lowe toured the 20-year-old Virginia Quilt Museum, containing centuries-old quilts.... Kara Lofton brought us new water consumption guidelines for athletes, and the views of opposite sides over the Confederate flag.... and Jessie Knadler finds out why the cash-strapped Buena Vista Police Department spent nearly $50,000 on a new drug-sniffing dog.

Kara Lofton

Less than a week after the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans to remove the Confederate flag emblem from Virginia vanity license plates. The announcement was met with an outcry from some, and applause from other Virginians. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on differing views of the flag.

This Saturday, for the first time, the Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival will be held in downtown Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Jessie Knadler

The Buena Vista Police Department has a brand new $46,000 drug dog. That may seem like a lot of money for a single animal, particularly for a town undergoing serious financial strain. WMRA's Jessie Knadler went to Buena Vista to meet the newest member of the force.

In response to two deaths in the United States from over-hydration last summer, new guidelines were developed for water consumption during athletic activities. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to the UVa physician who chaired the team of 16 international experts who produced the final recommendation.

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