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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.

Richmond, VA – How safe is that bridge you will drive over later today? WMRA reporter Tom Graham spoke with Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer about the state of Virginia's roads, the transportation budget, and the structural integrity of important links in the system, including Virginia's bridges.

Charlottesville, VA – The Virginia Tech community confronts an emotional anniversary this week. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, examines the power and grace of a 200-year-old hymn.

Charlottesville, VA – The foster care system can trace its roots back to 19th-century America, when thousands of hungry children roamed the streets of big East Coast cities. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, says some of these kids ended up with families in Virginia.

Charlottesville, VA – Torah - construed in its broadest sense - is the wisdom and the way that guides the Jewish people. Yoga is the practice of using breath and movement to enlighten body, mind, heart, and soul. Combine the two and you get Torah Yoga. Reporter Martha Woodroof attended a class in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville, VA – What are your real chances of winning the lottery? Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has found a physicist who doesn't play the lottery but who can shed some light on the odds of Lady Luck smiling on you.

Charlottesville, VA – Despite all the talk about equality in modern relationships, it should come as no surprise - at least to women - that most husbands are lagging behind in the housework department. But Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports that live-in boyfriends are another story.

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