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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Precious Refreshment

Charlottesville – With the growing interest in eating locally-produced and sustainable foods, some true believers think the timing is just about perfect for Virginia apple cider to make a come-back.

Nancy King attended a cider-making workshop recently at Monticello, and has this report.

Charlottesville, VA – In the past 24-months, more and more American businesses have hopped on board the "green" bandwagon. Nancy King says the University of Virginia's own graduate business school wants to lead the way to a greener corporate America... starting with its own house.

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Impending Budget Cuts for Virginia

Richmond, VA – As you may have heard, the economic downturn is having an impact on Virginia Government and Governor Kaine could be announcing layoffs soon.

WMRA's Tom Graham talks with Ric Brown, a member of the Governor's cabinet, about piecing together the major cuts needed in the state budget.

Lexington, VA – No matter who gets elected in November, both candidates have indicated they are ready to re-visit the United States' policy regarding interrogation and torture. The new president may very well rely on a set of guiding principles coming out of Lexington, Virginia.

Harrisonburg, VA – Election polling may not be accurate because young people and poor voters may be left out of telephone surveys, according to Bob Roberts, professor of political science at James Madison University in Virginia.

Many young people do not have landline phones, so they are not reachable by survey groups that use lists of home landline phone numbers, Roberts said.

Charlottesville, VA – Contrary to what many believe, strong regional accents are still very much a part of the American cultural landscape. Nancy King found a Virginia linguist who is collecting and categorizing different accents.

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Charlottesville, VA – In northern Virginia, a new memorial is now open that honors those who died in the Pentagon attacks of September 11th, 2001.

The memorial was made possible, in part, by the work of University of Virginia Materials Scientist, Rob Kelly.

WMRA's Tom Graham Reports.

Pentagon Memorial

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