Harrisonburg, VA – The Federal government's mandated demand that corn ethanol production be sharply increased has sent the price of corn through the roof. The price of animal feed has soared with it. As a result, a Shenandoah Valley poultry co-operative has red ink in its balance sheet for the first time in its short, but here-to-fore profitable, history.
Charlottesville, VA – It's not quite as high profile as the "dueling Davids" on American Idol, but there's a search on for Virginia Native Americans who compose modern classical music. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has the details.
Charlottesville, VA – The arguments over teaching religion in public schools remain as robust as ever. But Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports the debate has taken on an intriguing new twist with some scholars now pushing for mandatory classes in world religions.
Harrisonburg, VA – Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is holding a number of statewide town hall meetings to discuss the upcoming transportation special legislative session on June 23rd. WMRA was asked by the governor's office to hold one of them yesterday on Virginia Insight, hosted by Tom Graham. Martha Woodroof prepared this condensed version of what the Governor had to say.
Charlottesville, VA – William Faulkner's literary voice looms large in the pantheon of Twentieth Century American authors. Now the University of Virginia is releasing audio tapes of Faulkner when he lectured at UVa fifty years ago. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.
Charlottesville, VA – Thousands of homeless people are living in shelters or in abandoned buildings or out of their cars in the Commonwealth. A Virginia historian - who has spent years interviewing those who live from hand-to-mouth - says the homeless are less visible today but they are still very much with us. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.
Charlottesville, VA – There's a disturbing new trend in popular fiction marketed to teenage girls. A Virginia researcher says some of the hottest books may be selling a lot more than just a good read. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.
Richmond, VA – Virginia's state lawmakers gather in Richmond tomorrow for a one-day annual event of some significance. WMRA's Tom Graham got the senior political writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch on the phone to ask him about it.