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This weekend a small number of police chiefs will come to Harrisonburg to discuss restorative justice best practices that aim to focus more on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. That’s fitting, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Virginia Results

Nov 9, 2016

Although Virginia voters favored giving Hillary Clinton the state's 13 electoral votes, Donald Trump has won the election and will be the 45th president.  Voters split on the two ballot questions regarding amendments to the state constitution.  And, Republicans will represent the 5th and 6th districts (still) in Congress.  Find statewide, and local, results here.

NPR's Election 2016 Live Blog

Nov 9, 2016

Catch-up on the latest election news and analysis regarding Donald Trump's 2016 presidential win.

As Virginians voted on Election Day, WMRA heard from some of them at polling places around our region.

Jessie Knadler

In Rockbridge County, as in many others in Virginia, there is a divide between those who live in the county and those who live in the city.  Those differences are laid bare during election season, with Trump signs dominating the county and Clinton signs prevailing in the city of Lexington. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to voters about the stark political divide expressed by the signs and how it’s widened during what could be called the ugliest Presidential election in history.

Calvin Pynn

About fifty people gathered in Harrisonburg’s Court Square Saturday afternoon supporting the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or “NORML” for short.  As WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports, organizers were hoping to take advantage of Tuesday’s election.

Sefe Emokpae

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Encyclopedia Virginia offers a thorough history of African American suffrage in the Commonwealth.  With fresh charges by Democrats that Republicans are planning to intimidate minority voters in next week’s election, WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae sat down with some of the people behind the resource to learn more about the journey ‘From Freedom to Disenfranchisement.

Jordy Yager

In the second part of our look at the Rocky Mount fire, WMRA’s Jordy Yager treks into the backcountry with park rangers to see the long-term effects of the second largest blaze to ever hit the Shenandoah National Park.

Jordy Yager

Yesterday evening, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia hosted Gold-Star parent Khizr Khan for a conversation, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there.

The latest public opinion survey of likely voters in Virginia, conducted by a South Carolina research initiative led by political scientist Dr. Scott Huffmon, shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a 5-point lead over Republican Donald Trump.  Winthrop Poll Director Huffmon says, “With several negative ‘October surprises’ coming out and affecting both candidates, we have seen a tightening of the race in national polls. However, while Clinton’s lead in Virginia has shrunk from its highest point, she still leads Donald Trump in the Commonwealth.”  Bob Leweke spoke with Dr. Huffmon about the results, just one week before Election Day.

Jordy Yager

The Shenandoah National Park experienced its second largest forest fire in recorded history just six months ago. In the first of a two-part report, WMRA’s Jordy Yager looks at how fire teams fought the 10,000-acre blaze and what it means for the park’s future.

Courtesy of the Virginia Film Festival

The 29th annual Virginia Film Festival starts this Thursday. More than 120 films will be screened over four days, in seven different locations around Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

It’s 6,351 miles — as the crow flies — between Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and Charlottesville. But last month, a small group of artists made that journey, and they’ve been delighting school children in the area ever since.  WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

Beth Breeding

Incumbent Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte, running for a 13th term in Congress, sat down for an interview with Bob Leweke to talk about his campaign. Leweke spoke with Kai Degner, Mr. Goodlatte's Democratic challenger, in September.

Courtesy of Chloe Bertholon

During her summer internship at WMRA Marguerite Gallorini, who is from France, has been exploring the differences, and similarities, between the ways that Americans and the French approach today’s world.  In the last few weeks, that’s included the global refugee crisis, and how we view work and vacation time.  Today, Marguerite has some insight on how the American presidential election campaign is being viewed from the French perspective.

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