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Courtesy of Dave Fritz, executive editor of the News Leader

On Wednesday evening, June 24, the News Leader in Staunton fostered a community conversation at Staunton’s city hall.  The gathering was called “Roadmap to Re-entry,” and was a follow-up to the paper’s reporting in March on the struggles that many incarcerated women face when they’re released from prison.  Bob Leweke spoke with the News Leader’s Patricia Borns, and with Nancy Insco, CEO of the Institute for Reform and Solutions in Staunton, an agency that works with these women.  I asked Insco about her takeaway from this first session.

Kara Lofton

When Sweet Briar, a small women’s college in central Virginia, abruptly announced it was closing in March, students and alumnae fought back against the decision. Last week, the alumnae association formed to save the school (aptly called “Save Sweet Briar”) won the battle to keep the school open, at least temporarily, and now they'll have an assist from a former Bridgewater College president. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

A fish consumption advisory has been in effect for more than three decades on the South River and the South Fork of the Shenandoah River from Waynesboro to Front Royal.  In the next installment of WMRA’s series called “Clean Virginia,” Kara Lofton takes a look at why the advisory is still in place and what is being done to remedy the long-standing contamination.

Great American Campout

Jun 24, 2015

On Saturday, Virginia State Parks, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, will host the Great American Campout, which includes special events, workshops and activities for the whole family. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on whether people in nearly three-dozen states, including Virginia, who rely on the federal health insurance marketplace, can continue to receive subsidies from the federal government.  The case, known as King versus Burwell, is one of the most serious challenges to the Affordable Care Act.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a look at what might happen in Virginia if the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal.

This week we took a deep look at a struggling wind power project proposed for the shores off Virginia, and Kara Lofton took the measure of honeybee health in Virginia, plus a "moon art" project involving a JMU art professor, and a teenager doing her part to find homes for stray dogs.

Jazz in June

Jun 19, 2015

Friday, June 19, is the annual Jazz in June fundraiser benefiting the Harrisonburg Explore More Discovery Museum. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

Honeybees are a vital component of the production of many crops, ranging from okra, to kiwis, to cotton.  But across America the bees are disappearing in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder.  As part of our series on Virginia’s environment, WMRA’s Kara Lofton takes a look at the factors affecting bee health, how bees are doing in Virginia and what’s being done to save them.

Kara Lofton

In the United States, 56% of dogs who enter animal shelters are euthanized, according to the American Humane Society. But one Rockingham County teen is fighting that statistic, one dog at a time. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

Almost all of the equipment humans send to space eventually becomes inoperable and is left in space as “junk.” But what if some of that material could be redeemed – or at least remain as an indefinite testament to human beauty and culture -- not trash? WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on an art project headed for the moon, and the role of one JMU sculptor.

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