WMRA Daily 12/1/17

Dec 1, 2017

Authorities have rescued hundreds of animals – chickens, goats, rabbits and more – from deadly overcrowded conditions at a farm in Louisa County… Governor-elect Ralph Northam tries to set a bipartisan tone for next year’s legislative session… and, should private attempts to help feral cats be more closely regulated?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

While cat advocates promote controlling feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Release, or TNR, one local expert is calling for regulation of this practice — and voicing his concerns about the harm to wildlife caused by outdoor pets and feral cats. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/30/17

Nov 30, 2017

An eagerly-awaited report will be presented in the coming days on Charlottesville’s handling of recent rallies and violence by white supremacists there, as the man who organized one of those rallies files an application for another rally next summer… and, we have a look at the latest frontier in political campaigns – texting.

WMRA Daily 11/29/17

Nov 29, 2017

A UVa English professor accused of sexual harassment remains in his job, for now, as the university investigates…  Senator Mark Warner urges Republicans in Congress to work with Democrats on a bipartisan tax bill that won’t increase the debt… and, what is Virginia doing as thousands of children and pregnant women face losing health insurance, if Congress doesn’t renew the CHIP program?

WMRA Daily 11/28/17

Nov 28, 2017

It looks like Republicans will keep a slim majority in the House of Delegates, as Virginia election officials get close to certifying results in one controversial race… and, researchers at UVa believe they have made a major discovery in the battle against blindness….

WMRA Daily 11/27/17

Nov 27, 2017

Sexual harassment charges have now been publicly aired against a professor at UVa… the opioid crisis gets attention from Trump, but Democrats say not enough… and, Virginia’s economy is still recovering from the Great Recession….

WMRA Daily 11/24/17

Nov 24, 2017

How the opioid crisis is affecting Virginia’s economy, and luring Hollywood to the Commonwealth.

WMRA Daily 11/23/17

Nov 23, 2017

A new online tool for veterans to get college credit, and the reason that the State Board of Elections postponed their meeting yesterday.

WMRA Daily 11/22/17

Nov 22, 2017

Charlottesville-area water authorities have lifted water restrictions… the Park Service is giving citizens more time to comment on increases that would nearly triple the entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park and others… and, Harrisonburg gets ready to welcome, but tax, Airbnb….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This year Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation giving localities authority to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb. In Harrisonburg, those regulations of this currently illegal form of hospitality are taking shape. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/21/17

Nov 21, 2017

Education and the Freedom of Information Act are among the subjects of the first bills being proposed in next year’s General Assembly… even while the outcome of two key House of Delegates races, and control of the chamber, is still in doubt… and, a task force tries to find out what went wrong in Charlottesville on August 12th….

Marguerite Gallorini

On Sunday, the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area organized a Meet and Greet between residents and their delegates - including Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there.

WMRA Daily 11/20/17

Nov 20, 2017

Meanwhile, Republicans have elected their House leadership team, even as Democrats hold hope that they can flip control of the chamber in three close races….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Peter Jump files his first story, on Charlottesville's West Main growing pains.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz listens in as Trent Wagler and others pay tribute to Leonard Cohen, in song of course.... Marguerite Gallorini was there as Hillary Clinton helped wrap up UVa's Women's Global Leadership forum.... and Miranda Bennett takes a look back at last December's exhibit of refugee art.... plus, Our Island Universe!

Every Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is celebrated through various events in the country - and in the region. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

Virginia may become the first Southern state to regulate carbon emissions with a cap-and-trade program… Virginia’s board of education has issued new rules for evaluating schools and students…and, Saturday is National Adoption Day….

Peter Jump

The center of Charlottesville hosts a major university, student housing, residential areas and of course, businesses large and small serving all of them – and suffering from growing pains.  WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at this juggling act of development along West Main Street -  the corridor between the university and the city’s downtown.

WMRA Daily 11/16/17

Nov 16, 2017

Harrisonburg’s public television station (no relation to WMRA public radio) is merging with Richmond’s public broadcasting company… the town of Mt. Jackson is joining in the effort to save a scenic, wild area nearby known as “The Knob”… and, the fight over control of the House of Delegates is now centered in Fredericksburg….

Marguerite Gallorini

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton provided the closing remarks of the University of Virginia's two-day Women's Global Leadership forum Tuesday afternoon, as part of the university's bicentennial commemoration. Topics included sexism in politics and elsewhere, but also the protection of democracy in the U.S. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 11/15/17

Nov 15, 2017

Hillary Clinton Tuesday wrapped up this week’s Women’s Global Leadership forum at UVa… among the topics, women in office, and we have a look at Virginia’s increasingly female legislature… and, what was it like behind the scenes in the campaigns for governor?

Last week marked a year since the death of singer / songwriter Leonard Cohen. This Veteran’s Day in Harrisonburg, a tribute to Cohen sold out Pale Fire Brewing Company. Proceeds benefitted a Harrisonburg-based nonprofit called War Paints, which showcases and sells creative and artistic products by veterans and first responders.

WMRA Daily 11/14/17

Nov 14, 2017

Virginia Republicans try to figure out what went wrong for them in last week’s elections, as election officials continue to determine who won a few races that are still too close to call… and, we’ve got an audio tapestry of a local tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, that took place last weekend at Pale Fire in Harrisonburg….

WMRA Daily 11/13/17

Nov 13, 2017

Tuition is going up next year for incoming JMU freshmen… a survey finds that many minority voters last week were motivated by the rise of white supremacy… and that helped lead to a statewide Democratic sweep, and we’ll see how some of the Republicans whom voters fired are taking it….


In June the Harrisonburg City School Board unanimously endorsed building a second high school for the city, to alleviate the overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School. Even as the city pursues that, a variety of voices are weighing in on what they want to see happen. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/10/17

Nov 10, 2017

After a big week for Democrats in Virginia, longtime sixth district Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he’ll retire after his current term expires… we profile the new lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax… and, we take a look at the wrangling over what to do about overcrowding at Harrisonburg High School….

Sixth District Representative Bob Goodlatte announced Thursday morning that he will not seek re-election in 2018, 25 years and 13 terms after winning his seat in Congress partly on a platform of term limits.

Two days after the election, a few house races remain contested, and the outcomes of those races could make all the difference in a possible shift in the power balance in Richmond. But while we wait for the recount, Governor-elect Ralph Northam is wasting no time in setting the tone for the next term...

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This fall marks the start of something new at Shenandoah University in Winchester: A partnership between the university and a film and television production company. It’s starting off with the University as the set for an upcoming feature film starring Barry Bostwick and Jennifer Stone. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz visited the set for this story.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

I’m Christopher Clymer Kurtz. When I was at Shenandoah University at the end of October to report about the making of Santa Girl, a collaboration between the university and Capital Arts Entertainment, I sat down with two of the film’s professional actors, Barry Bostwick and then Jennifer Stone. We talked about the Shenandoah Valley, about working with students, college, and, of course, acting.

Jennifer Stone is known for being Harper on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

WMRA Daily 11/8/17

Nov 8, 2017

A big day for Democrats in Virginia yesterday, as the party sweeps statewide races… control of the House of Delegates will come down to a few races that were too close to call early Wednesday morning… but, in the WMRA region, Republican incumbents in the House of Delegates all beat back their challengers….