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.

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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.

Lexington, VA – When the 2009 session of Virginia's General Assembly opens this Wednesday, the top challenge will be dealing with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit.

Each morning, until the Assembly opens, we're talking with lawmakers from across the WMRA region about that deficit, as well as what they hope to see accomplished in this year's so-called short session.'

This morning we hear from the Delegate from the 24th district, who sat down recently with WMRA's Tom Graham.

Winchester, VA – When the 2009 session of Virginia's General Assembly opens next week the overriding issue will be a multi-billion dollar deficit.

Each weekday morning, until the Assembly opens, we are talking with lawmakers from across the WMRA region about that deficit, as well as what they hope to see accomplished in the 45-day session.

WMRA's Tom Graham sits down to talk with Jill Vogel, the Senator from the 27th district.

Charlottesville, VA – Virginia's General Assembly opens its 2009 session next week and the big question on the minds of legislators is what government programs should not have their budgets cut.

In anticipation of the upcoming session, WMRA is talking with lawmakers from across the region about their priorities, and we begin this series with a General Assembly member who used to be Mayor of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA – President-elect Barrack Obama is talking about a massive public works plan to put people back to work. Seven decades ago, another president used public works projects to get the economy moving... but the New Deal also accomplished some broad cultural goals.

Nancy King discovered that some of the New Deal's cultural efforts are still in evidence in Virginia.

Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine met with key members of the Virginia General Assembly to announce more budget cuts.

WMRA's Tom Graham has a summary of those budget proposals, which would effect everything from state workers' pay to public schools.

Charlottesville, VA – UVA's Darden business school attracts a lot of innovative entrepreneurial students dreaming of starting their own businesses and maturing them on rich infusions of venture capital. Now that the world's economy is shrinking Martha Woodroof explores the current viability of those Darden student dreams.

Charlottesville, VA – Virginia's Governor is due to release a new set of budget plans, and since the economic down turn has already hit many local governments hard, many officials across the Commonwealth are feeling anxious about the Governor's coming announcement.

WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

Charlottesville, VA – Is it true that blonds have more fun?

A Virginia scientist can't answer that question but he can discuss her diet, where she lives, and maybe even her drug habits.

Nancy King has more.

Charlottesville, VA – If you don't have the time or opportunity to drive the longest road in Virginia, a new book that shares some of the legends and lore of Highway 58 is probably the next best thing.

Nancy King has more.