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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.

Charlottesville, VA – For four centuries, oyster was king of the Chesapeake Bay -- supporting a way of life on Virginia's Eastern Shore. But by the 1980s, pollution and disease had nearly wiped out the oyster beds. Nancy King reports there is now a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered bivalve.

With Good Reason

Albemarle County, VA – The idea behind National Mix It Up Day is pretty simple: get elementary students to eat lunch with a different group of schoolmates, and bring in high school students to facilitate this "mixed-up" interaction.

Martha Woodroof mixed it up last week in Cale Elementary School cafeteria in Albemarle County.

Southern Poverty Law Center's National Mix It Up Day

Charlottesville, VA – When Nintendo rolled out its interactive home video game console called Wii two years ago, the company hoped to target a wider demographic than just savvy young gamers. But they may not have envisioned the Wii fever that has ignited older citizens worldwide. Nancy King spent time with some enthusiastic Wii bowlers at a retirement community in Charlottesville.

With Good Reason

Washington D.C. – The next significant set of elections in Virginia are not due until next summer, when primaries for statewide races will be held. But it looks like one of those contests is already heating up.

Tom Graham spoke with a Washington Post reporter who's been tracking the latest developments.

Charlottesville, VA – Pregnancy is often a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs -- that can surprise expectant mothers with its intensity. Nancy King talked about pregnancy and childbirth with a group of Charlottesville mothers and a doctor who is also a mom.

With Good Reason

Charlottesville, VA – Using detective skills worthy of Sherlock Holmes, a Virginia historian has pieced together clues to show that John Henry, the "Steel Drivin' Man" of song--may be more flesh and blood than myth. Nancy King has more.

With Good Reason

Charlottesville, VA – With Halloween just around the corner, a young man's fancy turns to... scary movies. Nancy King explores what horrifies us at the movies.

With Good Reason

Charlottesville, VA – While the weary among us might hit the "mute" button on our remote control when yet another political ad airs on TV, there's one Virginian who is actually counting and analyzing all those 30-second spots. Nancy King has more.

With Good Reason

Charlottesville, VA – Four years of research have culminated in a new book that showcases the beauty, variety, and history of Virginia's trees. Nancy King caught up with the authors and photographer.

With Good Reason

Harrisonburg, VA – As Bob Dylan sang in 1964, "the times they are a changing." Back then, college students faced massive social upheaval. Now, they're facing massive economic upheaval. WMRA's Martha Woodroof takes a college student-eye look at the current economy.

Richmond, VA – A big election is coming up... but just how big?

WMRA's Tom Graham has been wondering about all the claims that decisions before us this November are of monumental, historic proportion. So he sat down with political historian Ed Ayers to find out if the historic claims of this election are really true.

Richmond, VA – Big budget cuts are coming to Virginia government.

Governor Kaine revealed today that more than 500 state workers will be laid off immediately, and over the next year and a half more than two billion dollars will be cut out of state spending plans.

WMRA's Tom Graham has details.

Virginia Budget Shortfall Press Release

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