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Yesterday Republicans began the legislative process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In Harrisonburg, citizens gathered to call for Congress to fix, not nix Obamacare, as it’s widely known. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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Rural Virginia still struggles with not having enough doctors – particularly specialists. But one University of Virginia program is working on trying to bridge that gap by providing a variety of telemedicine services. WMRA's Kara Lofton reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Service dogs, you may be surprised to learn, are not necessarily professionally trained -- and they can assist people with a wide variety of disabilities, including post traumatic stress disorder. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Kara Lofton

The South River and South Fork of the Shenandoah River have struggled with a legacy of industrial mercury pollution since the late 1920s. This year, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved a plan to begin remediating and restoring contaminated riverbanks.  WMRA's Kara Lofton reports.  This story has been updated.*

Jordy Yager

On Monday night, more than 150 people packed into the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors’ monthly meeting. Most were there to voice their objection to the compressor station being sought as part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Jessie Knadler

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC hosted a construction expo in Fishersville on Thursday, December 8 to garner support and highlight employment opportunities for area workers in communities along the controversial project’s route.   WMRA's Jessie Knadler reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The recent and ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protests at the Standing Rock reservation have drawn activists from around the country, including from Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed this report about one local protester’s experience there.

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Charlottesville City Council saw one of its largest turnouts in recent history as dozens of people showed up in support of… and against… Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy. A meeting last night was the first since controversial tweets from Bellamy were outed by local blogger, Jason Kessler. Kessler is calling for Bellamy’s removal from city council but as WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, there are many who would like to see him stay.

Miranda Bennett

A top priority for many refugees coming to America is to learn English. But the ability to convey their own stories takes more time. WMRA's Miranda Bennett went to an exhibit of their art to see how some refugees in Charlottesville are communicating through drawing.

Jessie Knadler

Mary Baldwin revealed last week that the University will begin enrolling men into a residential undergraduate program that will allow male students to live on the traditional women’s campus. The news sparked outrage among some alumnae and students. WMRA's Jessie Knadler has the story.

Recently, The Staunton Downtown Development Association and the Staunton Creative Community Fund received grants to pursue the creation of a single location designed to help foster entrepreneurial ideas and the creation of new businesses in downtown Staunton.

Jessie Knadler

WMRA's Jessie Knadler attended Tuesday's rally of poultry workers, and filed this report.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Eastern Mennonite University has just begun offering an engineering degree -- but students are already making connections with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- better known as NASA. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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As Americans turn their attention to Thanksgiving preparations next Thursday, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler talks to workers inside the poultry industry of Rockingham County.  Some of them allege break-neck processing speeds, unsafe conditions and denial of benefits for injuries sustained trying to bring cheap poultry to consumers.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

The Virginia Film Festival may have wrapped in Charlottesville for the year, but the city of Harrisonburg is just getting ready to roll out its own red carpet. The 7th annual “Super Gr8” Film Festival will take place in town this Thursday and Friday. Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

On December 6th, we ended the 2016 Books & Brews  series with former poet laureate Rita Dove.

WMRA and the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU, co-sponsored the evening with author, playwright and poet Rita Dove, reading from her works and answering audience questions.

Jordy Yager

For months, a debate has raged in Charlottesville over two controversial, historical statues and what they represent.  WMRA's Jordy Yager has the latest.

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This weekend a small number of police chiefs will come to Harrisonburg to discuss restorative justice best practices that aim to focus more on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. That’s fitting, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Virginia Results

Nov 9, 2016

Although Virginia voters favored giving Hillary Clinton the state's 13 electoral votes, Donald Trump has won the election and will be the 45th president.  Voters split on the two ballot questions regarding amendments to the state constitution.  And, Republicans will represent the 5th and 6th districts (still) in Congress.  Find statewide, and local, results here.

NPR's Election 2016 Live Blog

Nov 9, 2016

Catch-up on the latest election news and analysis regarding Donald Trump's 2016 presidential win.

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