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Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

WMRA Daily 8/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A jury recommends life in prison for a man convicted of killing his wife with antifreeze in Verona… Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer who apparently killed a Tennessee man near Lexington in a hit-and-run… We also take a look at the role of unemployment in this year’s campaign for Virginia governor…

WMRA Daily 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Charlottesville braces for another big rally, while the city is still raw from the July KKK rally and the police response… yet another poll shows Democrat Northam leading Republican Gillespie for governor… and, we take a look at the mortgage tax deduction – will tax reform happen in Washington?

Jordy Yager

On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

A former JMU student is sentenced to time behind bars for voter fraud… Virginia’s health insurance market actually looks pretty healthy for the coming year, despite Republican claims that it’s “imploding”… and, at the moment, the Democrats are leading the Republicans in this year’s statewide contests….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday (Aug. 7) at James Madison University, several hundred people attended the first of five public hearings across the state to be held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Energy says the pipeline, set to cross Virginia, will create lots of jobs, provide much-needed domestic and “clean burning” natural gas, and more.

Les Kipp

In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

WMRA Daily 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Charlottesville City Council denies a white nationalist group’s request to rally later this month at Emancipation Park downtown, moving it to another park farther away… protesters, and supporters, show up at a public hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Harrisonburg… and, we’ve got a look at the history of the Staunton Music Festival….

WMRA Daily 8/7/17

Aug 7, 2017

The NRA endorses Republican Ed Gillespie for governor… Senator Mark Warner co-sponsors legislation to send some relief to food deserts in America… and, a little-known Virginia law allows private collection agencies to slap huge fees on college debt, and one lawmaker proposes a fix…

WMRA Daily 8/4/17

Aug 4, 2017

Harrisonburg’s state senator Mark Obenshain requests a review of the state’s elections agency, but the report isn’t due until after next year’s mid-term elections… Planned Parenthood in Virginia throws its support behind Democrat Ralph Northam for governor… and, we take a look at a big new report to the F-D-A on opioids, chaired by a U-V-A professor.

In July, a committee of scientists and legal experts chaired by UVa law professor Richard Bonnie, made several recommendations to address the opioid problem. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to him and some Charlottesville-area health care professionals about the report, and about possible solutions.

WMRA Daily 8/3/17

Aug 3, 2017

Charlottesville says it spent more than $30,000 on its police response to the Ku Klux Klan rally last month, as another far-right rally to support the Lee statue and counter-protest is planned for this month… Dominion Energy repays money it overcharged thousands of commercial customers… and, in today’s feature, the next installment of our “Women of Interest” series… we’ll profile Harrisonburg mayor Deena Reed.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Deanna Reed’s four-year term on Harrisonburg's City Council began this year. She says she never planned to run for office -- but now she's the mayor.  In the second installment of WMRA's Women of Interest series, Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 8/2/17

Aug 2, 2017

Virginia is aging, but unevenly.  Where will the older people congregate, and what places will be getting younger in the next 20 years?  We’ll take a look at that, and at an exhibit of photographs of refugees in the Valley, that exhibit opens this weekend.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since 1988, an organization called  Church World Service has resettled about 3,500 refugees from around the world to the Shenandoah Valley. This month the Harrisonburg office is hosting a photography exhibit featuring 29 portraits of these refugees. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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