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Richmond, VA – Virginia Republicans meet this weekend to choose a new leader for their state party organization.

However, it's looking like whoever is chosen may not be keeping the job for long.

WMRA's Tom Graham speaks with Anita Kumar, a Washington Post reporter who has been following the story.

Charlottesville, VA – A Charlottesville man would like to challenge your beliefs about the power of the federal government.

Especially if you think exceptional authority coming out of Washington is a new thing.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with UVA Historian Brian Balogh, the author of a new book on the history of government power titled, "Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America".

Harrisonburg, VA – With this past Wednesday's "veto session" now completed, Virginia's General Assembly has officially ended its work for the year. So what was accomplished?

WMRA's Tom Graham asked one Republican and one Democrat to share their perspective.

Charlottesville, VA – The latest unemployment figures now show that the number of people out of work across the Commonwealth has just about doubled over the past year.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with University of Virginia Economist William Shobe to get some perspective.

Harrisonburg, VA – The Wall that Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is often referred to simply as the Wall.

The replica was designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Last week, it came to Ralph Sampson Park in Harrisonburg.

Martha Woodroof visited and files this report.

Richmond, VA – State Lawmakers are due to gather in Richmond next week.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Jeff Schapiro, one of the state capitol's best political reporters, to ask what we should be looking for.


Harrisonburg, VA – The Center for STEM Education and Outreach at James Madison University is stepping up its efforts to promote science education and nurture that spark of curiosity we all possess as children.

WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

Charlottesville, VA – Matisse, Picasso, Chagall: an extensive collection of European modern art began a two-year tour around Virginia recently.

This exhibition reunites valuable works from a private collection for the first time in sixty years, and they are scheduled to be on display in Charlottesville, Winchester, Abingdon and Richmond.

Richmond, VA – Earlier this week, Virginia's Governor revealed that the state's budget problems were even bigger than previously thought.

At about the same time, on the national stage, President Obama signed legislation some believed would help states out of their money problems.

So where does Virginia's budget mess stand now?

WMRA's Tom Graham pursued that question with Virginia Senator Emmett Hanger, a key member of Virginia's Senate Finance Committee.

Harrisonburg, VA – Monday, February 16, is president's day. A day set aside to honor Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

Washington, of course, is a recognized Virginian.

And although Illinois calls itself the Land of Lincoln, the roots of our sixteenth president actually run deep into Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, as well.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof reports.

Richmond, VA – Cell phones in cars... smoking in restaurants... funding for schools... those issues are all still alive at the state capitol now that the General Assembly has passed crossover day.

James Madison University Politics Professor Bob Roberts has been tracking the legislative process and Tom Graham caught up with him for an overview.

Charlottesville, VA – At the University of Virginia, literary scholarship first went digital with the highly touted Rosetti Archives in 1993, and the University now a hot bed of high-tech literary activity. The challenge of course, is to maintain rigorous academic standards. Martha Woodroof reports on one UVA digital archive that's successfully married 21st Century Technology with exacting Nineteenth century scholarship.

NINES - Nineteenth-Century Studies Online

Richmond, VA – This year's session of the Virginia General Assembly is nearing its midway point.

For analysis on what has be en accomplished so far, WMRA's Tom Graham sat down with Richmond-Times Dispatch political reporter Jeff Schapiro.

Charlottesville, VA – Since World War II, America has seen greater suburban growth and larger and larger houses...until now.

Jesse Dukes looks at the history of the American suburban home.

Richmond, VA – A record budget deficit remains the top priority of state lawmakers, now in their second week of the 2009 Virginia General Assembly.

But Delegates and Senators are also making time for other issues.

In our continuing series of conversations with legislators from across the WMRA region, Tom Graham spoke Rob Bell, Delegate from the 58th district about some of his top concerns.

Harrisonburg – Anthony Eksterowicz is a Professor of Political Science at James Madison University and author of 40 articles and 7 books on the presidency and the first lady.

WMRA's Martha Woodroof recently sat down with Dr. Eksterowicz to discuss how conflicts of interest arise and could be dealt with between President and spouse.

Harrisonburg, VA – The 2009 session of Virginia's General Assembly opens later today.

Budget numbers scheduled to be released during the session will likely show a need to cut more than 3 billion dollars in state spending.

WMRA's Tom Graham continues our series of interviews with Matt Lohr, member of the House of Delegates from the Harrisonburg region.

Farmville, VA – The 2009 session of Virginia's General Assembly opens later today.

Issue number one is a budget deficit now pegged at almost 3 billion dollars, and growing.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down recently with Frank Ruff, state senator who Chairs the "Center for Rural Virginia" to ask how he will be approaching the budget challenge.

Richmond, VA – The 2009 session of Virginia's General Assembly opens tomorrow.

Priority number one will be dealing with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.

WMRA's Tom Graham sat down recently with Creigh Deeds, a long time legislator from one of the most rural parts of the Valley, who would like to become Virginia's next Governor.

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

But as Sarah McConnell discovered after speaking with James Madison University professor Stan Ulanski, it also played a pivotal role in the early exploration of the Americas.

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