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Marguerite Gallorini

The local chapter of 100 Black Women will launch this fall. It has been in the making for the past year, with many local professional women pitching in. One of them is Shantron Franklin-Sims, who has taken a leadership role in the fledgling organization. And she is the subject of the next installment of our Women of Interest series.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has her profile.

WMRA Daily 9/4/17

Sep 4, 2017

Another Confederate statue may be targeted for removal in Charlottesville… As the Labor Day weekend ends today, State Police say traffic deaths in Virginia are up over last year… and, eight years after the Great Recession began, Virginia paychecks are still lagging behind….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Earlier this year, the Harrisonburg City Council received an unsolicited proposal from Anicira Veterinary Center to take over animal sheltering services for the city, which the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has provided for both the city and Rockingham County for decades. In July, the city opened a bidding period for the contract, and that period ended yesterday [August 31, 2017]. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Charlottesville again in the news today…. Opponents to the city’s proposed removal of the Lee statue will get a hearing in court, and a couple of white supremacists who defended that statue in the violent August 12th rally are getting pressed through the court system…. Also, it’s Anicira versus the SPCA – who will provide animal services for the city of Harrisonburg in the future?  We take a look…

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville City Council members met behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…

WMRA Daily 8/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Two men have been identified as part of the violence in Charlottesville – one in Georgia has been arrested, and one in Ohio is fighting extradition to Virginia… and, a look at how young many of those running for the House of Delegates are this year…

WMRA Daily 8/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

The commonwealth’s shrinking juvenile prison population, and Charlottesville’s court battle over removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.

WMRA Daily 8/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

A ten day march from Charlottesville to Washington DC begins today.  New charges filed against three people involved in the deadly Charlottesville rally.  And candidates for governor weigh in on what to do with the commonwealth’s many confederate statues.

WMRA Daily 8/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

Actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe -  a new commission to study radicalism and racism, funds to expand a craft brewery in Augusta County, and contemplating whether or not to approve water quality permits for pipelines.

Marguerite Gallorini

The Vietnam War is the focus of a new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Marc Selverstone, associate professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center and specialist of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, discussed his role as a consultant for the film at the Miller Center yesterday.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

Do ban the box laws do more harm than good?  The high cost of higher education is getting even higher, and a present for expectant parents.

Courtesy Jennifer Doleac

Do Ban the Box laws do more harm than good?  That policy, which removes the box on a job application form that asks about a job seeker’s criminal history, aims to give ex-felons a better chance to re-enter the workforce. Some praise the policy’s impact, but research suggests it might have unfortunate unintended consequences, and may even harm young black applicants. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

A fresh poll from Roanoke College shows Democrat Ralph Northam still holding a lead in the governor’s race, and Virginians deeply divided on a number of issues… we also take a look at a new way to get local wheat to your kitchen table, that’s a lot like the old way…

Jordy Yager

Local Charlottesville activists came out in large numbers last night, momentarily shutting down the first City Council meeting since the August 12th white supremacist rally that made international headlines. As calls for resignations and greater accountability gave way on Monday, Councilors moved forward on several key issues. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 8/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

Angry Charlottesville citizens took over Monday night’s city council meeting for a while, the first since the deadly white supremacist rally, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there… meanwhile, students are returning to UVa this week, and some of them and their families are concerned in the wake of the violence of August 12th… and, Virginia wraps up its fiscal year in good standing…

Calvin Pynn

The return to analog sound in this digital age isn’t limited to the resurgence in popularity of turntables and vinyl LP records.  Many keyboard musicians and sound artists are returning to the analog synthesizers whose sound they grew up with, favoring them over the newer digital varieties.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Former Albemarle NAACP director Rick Turner spoke at Saturday’s monthly Democratic Breakfast about racial disparities in the education system. He and other panelists talked about how school discipline practices lead to disproportionate discipline for racial minorities, and ultimately, to increased contact with the criminal justice system. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

State lawmakers from the WMRA region call for the DEQ to slow down its process for evaluating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… meanwhile, in the wake of Charlottesville, many lawmakers, and citizens, are re-evaluating the permitting process for mass rallies, and also not just whether Confederate monuments should come down, but whether public fixtures such as schools and bridges should be renamed…

WMRA Daily 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

Senator Mark Warner says he sees some good that may come out of Trump’s comments on Charlottesville… We’ll have the latest on the legal battle over the Robert E. Lee statue, that is at the center of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend… and, we look at how some faith leaders are responding to Charlottesville, and to the problems of race more broadly…

Courtesy of Bishop Mark Bourlakas

Among the many groups that descended on Charlottesville last weekend for Saturday’s rally of white supremacists, a collection of faith leaders from around the country stood together to provide solace and solidarity in the midst of chaos. WMRA's Faith Pinho has this story about how the Episcopal Church responded to events in Charlottesville -- and how it is addressing issues of race in general.

WMRA Daily 8/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds gather to remember Heather Heyer, killed in last Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville… later, many people marched peacefully through the U-V-A grounds in a candlelight vigil against hate and violence, as Governor Terry McAuliffe joins calls for localities to take down Confederate monuments… and, we profile Harrisonburg midwife Misty Ward for the next part of our Women of Interest series…

Courtesy Brookhaven Women's Health Center

Midwives have delivered babies for centuries, but in America they mostly went underground as childbirth became medicalized in the 20th century.  So, like many other midwives these days, Misty Ward, owner and founder of Brookhaven Women’s Health and Natural Birthing Center outside Harrisonburg, is a bit of a rebel, part of a growing movement to de-medicalize childbirth.  For the next installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has her profile.

WMRA Daily 8/16/17

Aug 16, 2017

Two people injured in the car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday are suing the alleged perpetrator, and the organizers of the white supremacist rally…  non-profits, including thrift stores, in Rockingham County will be paying to leave materials at the county landfill for the first time in years, beginning in 2018… and, we’ve got tips on safely viewing next Monday’s solar eclipse...

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since at least back to 2000, local nonprofits have not had to pay the $52-per-ton dumping fee at the Rockingham County Landfill. Next year, however, they will need to pay. For some, that change could hurt, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Courtesy Shanil Virani

Don’t worry! If you’ve not made plans to travel to see the solar eclipse on Monday [August 21] from the path of totality, you can still enjoy it from right here in the Valley. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Monday evening, the Jefferson School's African-American Heritage Center hosted a Community Conversation to talk about Saturday's violence in the city, and how to move forward.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini was there.

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville’s Police Department is again under heavy criticism. After last month’s KKK rally, some blamed the police for taking an over-militarized, aggressive approach towards protesters. Now, some are saying the police erred in the other direction, and in many instances of disorder did nothing. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Chief Al Thomas defends the Charlottesville police in the face of criticism, again, after Saturday’s violence there, and he expresses regret for the loss of life… meanwhile, members of the community try to begin healing... and, insurance providers in Virginia’s ACA marketplace get shuffled….

Jordy Yager

Heather Heyer, 32, of Ruckersville was killed Saturday in Charlottesville by a car attack.  The alleged driver of that car is in custody, charged with murder.  Ms. Heyer was peacefully protesting against right-wing hate groups that descended on the city for a rally.  A vigil was held Sunday night to remember her.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

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