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Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In January, after WMRA aired a report about panhandlers, many listeners wanted to know more about the services available to them, and about the best way to respond or help. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz took those questions to some of the people working on the front lines.

WMRA Daily 3/6/18

Mar 6, 2018

Charges are dropped against a Charlottesville woman for confronting the Ku Klux Klan during their rally on July 8th… while Congress fiddles on DACA, Virginia state legislators are also refusing to act on the Dreamers’ access to in-state tuition… and, we follow the production of biomedical inventions, from idea to the marketplace, and how UVa helps the whole process along….

Peter Jump

The CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, has counted more than 50 life sciences startups with more than 1800 employees in the city and surrounding counties. WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at some of the ingredients helping propel startups in Charlottesville to national prominence.

WMRA Daily 3/5/18

Mar 5, 2018

Tim Kaine is favored by Virginians to retain his Senate seat this year over any Republican challengers, and a majority strongly disapproves of President Trump, in a poll released Monday… The taint of Harvey Weinstein has reached the University of Virginia… and, Virginia Democrats are renaming their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner….

Courtesy City of Charlottesville

On Saturday, March 3, 'Liberation and Freedom Day,' organized by the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville, marks 153 years since Union troops liberated the area. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 3/2/18

Mar 2, 2018

One Virginia Republican congressman says he’s not responsible for controversial Twitter activity… the Virginia General Assembly begins to wrap up work for its official session, as the state’s Supreme Court issues several rulings… And, this weekend the city of Charlottesville and UVa will mark the 153rd anniversary of Liberation Day in Charlottesville, when Union troops ended the war there….

WMRA Daily 3/1/18

Mar 1, 2018

Charlottesville suffers defeats in the wake of last August’s violence, including the failure of all the resulting bills the city advocated for in the General Assembly regarding guns and crowd control, and the city has been forced to remove the black shrouds covering two Jim Crow-era monuments… Meanwhile, a bill barring so-called “sanctuary cities” in Virginia advances….

Calvin Pynn

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was at the center of this month’s “Democracy in Peril” session Tuesday, Feb. 27 at James Madison University.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

WMRA Daily 2/28/18

Feb 28, 2018

A judge orders the tarps covering two Civil War statues in Charlottesville be removed, even as the city tries to get rid of the statues… a prominent local leader of the movement to protect the Dreamers discusses DACA, and what it’s meant for her, at JMU… and, even as West Virginia teachers continue their strike, Virginia’s lawmakers are still divided over a teacher pay raise….

WMRA Daily 2/27/18

Feb 27, 2018

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke fights a subpoena related to last August’s violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville… State lawmakers pass a big utility re-regulation bill that critics say could hike your electric bill in the future… And, Virginia’s distillers may get a break with a bill written by someone who also happens to own a distillery….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In the week before Christmas, the Harrisonburg Police Department sent out officers with cash, to play Secret Santa and spread holiday cheer one one-hundred dollar bill at a time. One recipient said that earlier in the day she had prayed for money – and we wanted to know how getting it has impacted her. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

What form of government might Charlottesville choose, if citizens could start from scratch?  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports on the second of two public sessions, held Sunday (Feb. 25) and sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow.

WMRA Daily 2/26/18

Feb 26, 2018

Charlottesville residents explore how a different form of government might work – reverting to being a town instead of a city, creating a ward system, that sort of thing – in the second of two public sessions… A utility regulation bill that could soon affect your electric bill continues to make progress in the General Assembly… As does another measure to keep schools from shaming students if they can’t pay for lunch…

WMRA Daily 2/23/18

Feb 23, 2018

The General Assembly votes down one option for improving Interstate 81… Meanwhile, both chambers must agree on budget numbers, but they’re still half a billion dollars apart… And Medicaid expansion is still uncertain….

WMRA Daily 2/22/18

Feb 22, 2018

UVa says hundreds of patients’ medical records were hacked in 2015 and 2016… Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up, not yet… And, just when you think you’ve gotten used to stink bugs, there’s a new invasive insect species in town….

WMRA Daily 2/21/18

Feb 21, 2018

Police charge a 13-year-old boy in Harrisonburg with making threats to two city middle schools, one day after a similar incident in Norfolk, one week after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting… In the General Assembly, utility rates, tax law and menstrual equity are debated… And, a new study raises the alarm about road salt used in the winter….

Wikipedia

A recent study focused on a water pollutant that we all know very well: salt. In particular, de-icing salts used during the winter. Over the years, the pH level of many streams across Virginia – and the nation – have become more and more basic, endangering aquatic life. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 2/20/18

Feb 20, 2018

Hearings continue over the taking of land for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… In the wake of the mass school shooting in Florida, police investigate social media threats to public schools in Harrisonburg and Augusta County… And, the second annual “Memories Matter” fair in Charlottesville revives some very personal African-American histories….

Marguerite Gallorini

In an effort to preserve local African-American history, Monticello and the Jefferson School’s African American Heritage Center, and more than a dozen other partners, organized the second annual community history fair in Charlottesville called “Memories Matter.”  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has the story.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville officials are attempting to craft a strategy to fight an affordable housing crisis. On Friday, the city hosted its first-ever housing summit, bringing together dozens of stakeholders for a day-long attempt to find common ground. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

WMRA Daily 2/19/18

Feb 19, 2018

Both houses in the General Assembly released their proposed budgets Sunday, and the House budget includes two things the Senate’s version does not – a pay increase for teachers, and funding for Medicaid expansion… meanwhile, in Charlottesville, leaders wrestle with the worsening affordable housing shortage….

WMRA Daily 2/16/18

Feb 16, 2018

Only one of the many gun control bills proposed in the General Assembly has survived… but some form of Medicaid expansion looks more likely… and, we profile a Woodstock World War II vet who is still flying, and saving lives….

Courtesy of John Billings

At the ripe young age of 94, World War II pilot John Billings is still flying, and with a copilot friend, transporting medical patients to treatments. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 2/15/18

Feb 15, 2018

Two state Senate bills target the traffic problem on I-81, and just make it under the Crossover Day deadline… a fifth Republican throws his hat into the ring to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this November… and, current and former employees at the Cargill plant in Dayton allege abuse by the company….

David Kreider via Facebook

Local activists and union organizers have filed a charge against Cargill in Dayton for retaliating against employees because of their union activities. They say that Cargill is not living up to its own code of conduct. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

2016 photo by Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This week advocates for alternative transportation fuels gathered in Washington, D.C. to network and meet with Congressional staff and other officials. Harrisonburg’s Alleyn Harned was there and spoke with WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz.

WMRA Daily 2/14/18

Feb 14, 2018

Virginia state legislators pass Crossover Day with some big issues, including Medicaid expansion and oversight of electric monopolies, remaining unresolved… other bills are passed addressing sanctuary cities and suspensions of grade-school children…. Meanwhile, city officials in Charlottesville deal with too many deer….

Courtesy of the Miller Center

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate, visited the Miller Center Monday to discuss his bid for the Republican nomination, and what he thinks of the first year of the Trump presidency. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

WMRA Daily 2/13/18

Feb 13, 2018

The company behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is suing a property owners association in Nelson County over land for the pipeline… a new law may save you money on your electric bill after all… and, former New Jersey governor and Trump supporter Chris Christie visits the Miller Center in Charlottesville….

Courtesy League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

After the events in Charlottesville last August, many citizens wanted to be informed on how local government works, and how it might be structured differently in the future. The local League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow teamed up to provide an educational discussion on the matter, divided in two events this month. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended the first one yesterday afternoon.

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