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WMRA's Kara Lofton brought us the stories of: new 3-D human tissue bioprinters at UVa; the legacy of coal-fired power on Virginia's water health; aerial yoga in Charlottesville; and a new park plan in Harrisonburg.  And Andrew Jenner told the story of one couple resisting Dominion surveyors in Nelson County, and Andrew and Brent Finnegan have teamed up for a deep look into reality itself -- and whether there really could be wild mountain lions in Virginia.

Courtesy of Nancy Kassam-Adams

One of the selling points for backers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is its job-creation potential – and there’s one group already reaping the benefits: lawyers. Pipeline builder Dominion recently filed more than two dozen lawsuits against landowners who don’t even want the company on their property to survey, and dozens more are to come. WMRA’s Andrew Jenner reports.

On Saturday, Common Grounds Healing Arts in Charlottesville will host its third annual sit-a-thon at the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

With rare exceptions, we are all dependent on power plants to generate electricity for all facets of American life -- plants owned and operated by large companies such as Duke Energy Corporation and Dominion Virginia Power. But what effect does that dependency have on the world around us?  And what is being done to prevent contamination of the resources we need to survive? In Part 3 of our series "Clean Virginia," WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Courtesy of the Plan Our Park Committee

Harrisonburg City Council Tuesday evening voted to accept the Plan Our Park Conceptual Master Plan, allowing the next steps for the downtown park project to move forward. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

When most people think of yoga, they think of yogis on sticky mats practicing poses while grounded firmly on the studio floor. What they don’t think of is a type of yoga that has traded mats for AntiGravity hammocks, in which students spend most of the class suspended several inches from the floor. But that is exactly what one will find in Charlottesville’s new aerial fitness studio called DreamFlight Virginia. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

Three weeks ago, the University of Virginia acquired two state-of-the-art 3-D bioprinters from Switzerland. The printers will eventually print tissues that could be used to treat patients with conditions as diverse as burns to diabetes to organ failure. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Agriculture is one of the leading causes of pollution in Virginia’s waterways.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton has the first in our occasional series on “Clean Virginia,” with a tour of one farm aiming to protect the water that runs through it....  Jessie Knadler gets us up to date on the Natural Bridge Zoo, now reopened for business.... Kara also took us to the roller derby to meet Charlottesville's Derby Dames.... and we've got this week's installment of The Spark.

Kara Lofton

For some, the words “roller derby” bring to mind the 2009 movie “Whip It” starring Ellen Page. Those a little more familiar with the sport might think of women in dramatic makeup and crazy clothing crashing into each other on a flat race track. But for the women of Charlottesville’s Derby Dames, the words “roller derby” are much more synonymous with strength, confidence, competition, fun and above all, camaraderie. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

The embattled Natural Bridge Zoo, which was shut down by the State Game Commission back in March, is once again open for business. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

It’s been a long three months for Karl and Debbie Mogensen, owners of the Natural Bridge Zoo. In March, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries suspended the zoo’s license to exhibit wild animals. The state agency used a USDA inspection report from January to conclude that, “many of the animals are confined under unsanitary and inhumane conditions.”

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