WMRA Daily 12/27/17

Dec 27, 2017

The State Board of Elections has postponed a tie break in the still-contested 94th district, the town of Elkton receives a grant to repair a river bank,  a recent UVA grad has found a way to marry science and art, a UVA doctor helps Latinos receive better medical care, and free parking at Virginia Parks on New Year’s Day.

WMRA Daily 12/26/17

Dec 26, 2017

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors delays discussion of a proposed stormwater utility fee, a Strasburg town councilwoman resigns her post, which companies are contributing to Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s inauguration ceremonies and recycling your Christmas tree.

WMRA Daily 12/25/17

Dec 25, 2017

The drawing to determine the winner of the tied race for Delegate in Newport News will live streamed on Wednesday… A Charlottesville-based startup reaches another milestone to develop a new treatment for dry eye, the federal government awards a grant to protect acreage in Virginia, Kentucky Tennessee and major flaws in the report on Dominion’s contamination at ash ponds.

WMRA Daily 12/22/17

Dec 22, 2017

The tied race for delegate in Newport News will be determined by a drawing next Wednesday… Congress has prevented a government shutdown, but long-term health coverage for thousands of women and children in Virginia is still up in the air… and, we tag along as one Harrisonburg cop plays Santa….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Often when police approach a person, it’s not a “Merry Christmas” sort of situation. But police departments around the country have started taking some time to play Santa – including in Harrisonburg, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 12/21/17

Dec 21, 2017

That race in Newport News, decided by one vote?  It’s now tied, as certified by a three-judge panel, and we still don’t know the entire make-up of the House of Delegates – it could come down to essentially a coin toss… Senator Creigh Deeds says he will continue to push for same-day access for all state mental health centers… and, the governor-elect announces his pick for secretary of health and human resources….

WMRA Daily 12/20/17

Dec 20, 2017

One vote – one ballot – made the difference in one House of Delegates race, and that one vote means a change in the balance of power in the chamber, pending certification by a three-judge panel… Also, Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer, killed during a peaceful counter-protest on August 12th….

WMRA Daily 12/19/17

Dec 19, 2017

Charlottesville’s Police Chief resigns after less than two years on the job, and less than a month after a report harshly criticized his leadership after a violent summer in Charlottesville… Also, outgoing Governor McAuliffe releases his final budget proposal… as election officials comb through a handful of results with control over the House of Delegates hanging in the balance….

Looking for stocking stuffers for the local beer drinker in your life?  The one-year-old Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a route of 14 craft breweries in the region, recently launched a passport program, making it even easier for beer fans to sink local suds over the holidays. WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the details.

WMRA Daily 12/18/17

Dec 18, 2017

One of the marchers with a white supremacist rally on August 12th who punched counter-protesters is going to jail…  Gov. McAuliffe leaves office with a record budget surplus for Virginia… And yet, more people are moving out of Virginia than moving in….

WMRA Daily 12/15/17

Dec 15, 2017

The charge against the man accused of killing Heather Heyer has been upgraded to first-degree murder… As members of Congress debate mandating sexual harassment training for themselves, some experts question the effectiveness of such training… and, in part 2 of our report on conditions at a detention facility near Staunton, we look at how unaccompanied immigrant children there are coping….

Around 30 unaccompanied immigrant children are being held at a juvenile detention center near Staunton.  In Part Two of our report, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler takes a look at how these undocumented youth cope with confinement and trauma.

WMRA Daily 12/14/17

Dec 14, 2017

Anti-pipeline activists try to make sense of recent rulings by state regulators… the alleged killer of Heather Heyer is in court today for a preliminary hearing for second-degree murder… and, a lawsuit cites inhumane conditions for refugee children detained at a facility near Stanton….

A class action lawsuit filed by a 17-year-old Mexican boy detained at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton shines a light on what has been described as brutal, inhumane conditions faced by roughly 30 unaccompanied immigrant children confined there.  Their crime?  Entering the United States, often alone, to flee violence south of the border.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the first in this two-part report.

WMRA Daily 12/13/17

Dec 13, 2017

Dominion will have to wait before beginning construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline…  a new study says winter road salt may pose more of a threat to the environment than we thought… and, there’s a program in Charlottesville to help cops afford to live in the high-cost city….

Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is a local non-profit organization that has been helping officers in the City since 2004. They do that through a variety of programs - from extra training, to partnerships through grants and various community events, as well as housing assistance. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with the foundation's Executive Director, Mindy Goodall.

Flickr, photo by Fumigene

Charlottesville is undergoing an affordable housing crisis. So the non-profit organization IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) invited Dave Leibson, the Vice President of Alliance for Housing Solution in Arlington to provide an “Affordable Housing 101” crash course at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 12/12/17

Dec 12, 2017

The state’s water control board meets to decide on approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… Charlottesville denies a request for another white supremacist rally next year… and, Governor McAuliffe announces measures to address Virginia’s severe teacher shortage….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Saturday [December 9, 2017] afternoon several dozen people gathered on Court Square in Harrisonburg to rally against current Republican attempts at tax reform. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 12/11/17

Dec 11, 2017

Harrisonburg residents braved the snow and cold Saturday to protest Republican tax plans… DuPont will pay millions to restore contaminated land around the South River through Waynesboro… and, state Republicans meet for their annual summit in Bath County, and try to figure out what went wrong for them in November….

WMRA Daily 12/8/17

Dec 8, 2017

The state’s water control board approves the Mountain Valley Pipeline through southwestern Virginia, and they’ll decide on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline early next week… how Virginia taxpayers are going to take a hit if the tax bill in Congress becomes law… and, we tour a tiny monument to Harriet Tubman in Harrisonburg….

Bob Leweke

On an out-of-the-way street corner in Harrisonburg, a tiny building commemorates a legend of American history, and represents the struggle to heal the nation’s racial divide.  WMRA’s Mike Dolzer reports.

WMRA Daily 12/7/17

Dec 7, 2017

Another report is released on Charlottesville’s response on August 12th… Democrats say their gains on Election Day mean more gun regulations are on the way… And, a new tax bill in Congress could affect education funding in Virginia….

Lulu Miller, former Radiolab producer and co-founder and co-host of Invisibilia on NPR, is currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to write her book: Why Fish Don’t Exist, looking at how we categorize the world.  Virginia performed the second-highest number of forced sterilizations in the country, and a chapter in her book focuses on the not-so-old practice of eugenics. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 12/6/17

Dec 6, 2017

Election officials prepare for recounts in several House of Delegates races, and the outcome will determine which party has the majority… Invisibilia producer Lulu Miller trains her eye on the history of eugenics in Virginia… and, many say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis….

Some experts say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis. And not only is there a downward trend in enrollment in teaching curriculums overall, but the lack of African-Americans in that field is even more alarming at a time when diversity in classrooms is becoming increasingly necessary. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview.

WMRA Daily 12/5/17

Dec 5, 2017

Charlottesville citizens react angrily to the presentation of a report on the city and police response to August 12th… the U.S. Supreme Court lets Trump’s Muslim travel ban go forward, but one of the challenges to that policy will be heard this Friday in Richmond….

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy delivered his report on the August 12th events in Charlottesville to City Council last night.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 12/4/17

Dec 4, 2017

A report criticizes police response to violent rallies in Charlottesville over the summer, citing poor communication and a lack of preparation… meanwhile, other efforts are underway to limit the display and use of weapons at such public events… and, pipeline opponents stage one final protest….

Marguerite Gallorini

The aftermath of August 12 in Charlottesville prompted many responses, including a report that was released on Friday [Dec. 1] citing multiple problems with the police response to the white supremacists that rallied over the summer.  But there have also been calls for more regulation of weapons and private militias in the city. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview of those proposals.