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Charlottesville, VA – "What if" questions have long intrigued political scientists and historians. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports that some Virginia college students are getting a dose of "counter-factual reasoning" in their classroom.

Richmond, VA – The issue of raising taxes is still officially on the agenda before a Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly. All last week, members of the state Senate and the House of Delegates debated proposals for fixing the Commonwealth's transportation problems. WMRA's Tom Graham spent most of the week at the State Capitol tracking that debate.

Charlottesville, VA – Virginia's foreign-born population topped half-a-million in the year 2000. Many immigrant and refugee families often experience a serious culture clash between parents and children - whether they hail from Afghanistan or Zambia. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

Richmond, VA – Whether or not your taxes should go up will be the key issue when Virginia's General Assembly opens a Special Session.

As WMRA's Tom Graham reports, those in the legislature who favor tax increases have found an unusual ally in Hugh Keogh, president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Charlottesville, VA – Flowers may still smell sweet to our human noses, but the bees are having a tougher time trying to locate that rose in your garden. Nancy King, with the radio program "With Good Reason," says air pollution is compromising the fragrance of flowers.

Richmond, VA – According to one respected political analyst, when Virginia lawmakers gather for a special session of the General Assembly next week, fixing the state's transportation system will not be the only issue at hand. WMRA's Tom Graham has more.

Harrisonburg, VA – Jeffrey Lacker, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond pointed out in a speech this Monday that the large increases in food and energy prices are dampening the growth of real income in this country. WMRA's Martha Woodroof takes a look at the specific impact these increases are having on some Harrisonburg businesses.

Richmond, VA – Will taxes go up? Will congestion get worse? Will it take longer to get a pothole fixed? Those are among the questions Virginia's General Assembly is being asked to address in a Special Session on Transportation that begins next week. This week -- WMRA's Tom Graham is talking with a series of specialists who've been watching transportation issues closely. The first of those observers is a former political reporter who now heads a public policy institute.

Charlottesville, VA – The non-profit sector of the American economy continues to outstrip the growth of the business sector and the government. But Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports on some growing pains within the community.

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.

Charlottesville, VA – This month, Virginians across the state are picking up "To Kill a Mockingbird" and reading it for the first time or re-reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. It's all part of a national effort called "The Big Read." Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has more.

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