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WMRA Daily 7/5/17

Jul 5, 2017

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Sefe Emokpae takes us to Lovefest, as the 'Summer of Love' comes to Charlottesville (50 years later).... Sefe also takes us on a tour of the new YMCA there.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz talked with supporters of the Affordable Care Act during their vigil on Court Square.... and, he has the story of the new training program for volunteers with CASA for Children.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The efforts of congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, are concerning many people. Some of them attended a so-called “Health Care Vigil” Wednesday night on Harrisonburg’s Court Square, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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In Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham counties, more than 300 children enter foster care annually. An upcoming training aims to increase the number of volunteers advocating for those children. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Sefe Emokpae

This week the long-anticipated Brooks Family YMCA officially opens to the public. The facility kicked off a week of events with an open house over the weekend. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae was there.

Sefe Emokpae

Fifty years later, the Summer of Love came to central Virginia Saturday and Sunday. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports on the first ever ‘Lovefest’ at Charlottesville’s IX [ICKS] Art Park and the celebration it represents.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A fledgling music organization is just taking shape in Harrisonburg, called the Rocktown Music Collective. But as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports, it’s not all new.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City officials on Tuesday sought to reassure community members that they will be kept safe during the Ku Klux Klan’s planned rally in a little more than two weeks. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Jordy Yager

After years of careful planning, James Madison’s Montpelier has finally opened its extensive new permanent exhibit on enslaved families and slavery, which, in many ways, completely breaks the mold. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

A national voice in race dialogue is presenting a workshop open to the public in Harrisonburg this weekend. It’s called the White Ally Toolkit. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

With school out for summer, two Albemarle County elementary schools are beginning renovations to convert regular classrooms to multi-age classrooms. That's a classroom where kids of different ages and grades work together. It's part of a nationwide trend, but how well does it actually work? Emily Richardson-Lorente visited a multi-age class to find out.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies about the Russia Investigation, Annotation and Archived Video

Christpher Clymer Kurtz

More than a year and a half ago, a crowd of about 150 gathered outside the Pale Fire Brewing Company in downtown Harrisonburg to sign a giant "Postcard to Paris" in support of the then upcoming world climate talks in Paris. This past Saturday, at least half that many braved the summer sunshine to say that even though President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, they believe the agreement was a good thing. WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor concludes with State Senator Frank Wagner.

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Primary voting in Virginia is this Tuesday, June 13th and our series of conversations with candidates for Virginia’s next Governor continues today with Republican candidate Corey Stewart. Stewart is the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the second largest county in Virginia.

Former FBI Director James Comey, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. NPR journalists covering national security and politics have annotated Comey's previous public remarks and we have archived video of the testimony.

Jessie Knadler

A group of Staunton teenagers is traveling to Honduras for eight days this month to help rebuild a church. It’s the focus of a Christian mission trip organized by Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton. But there’s at least one teen joining this mission who some might assume wouldn’t want to take part in the spread of Christian doctrine. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler explores the power and the risk of stepping outside of one’s faith to help others, while raising consciousness back home.

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Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, but that doesn’t make it a same-old, same-old event, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with  Tom Perriello, former Virginia Congressman and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City Council on Monday night voted unanimously to change the names of two parks named for confederate generals. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more. 

Virginia is electing a new Governor this year, and this week  we’re talking to each of the candidates ahead of the June 13th primary.  

Today we talk with Ralph Northam, Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor. 

Marguerite Gallorini

Former Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe Thomas Oliphant spoke at the Miller Center of Public Affairs yesterday to discuss John F. Kennedy’s continued legacy on the 100th anniversary of his birth on May 29. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there.

Jordy Yager

About 150 protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville on Wednesday to counter what they expected to be a pro confederate rally to keep the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee in place. What they found, however, was slightly different. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Three Republicans are vying to become the party's nominee for Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope spoke with them to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

Three Democrats are vying to become the party's nominee for Virginia's next Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope spoke with the candidates to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job. 

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We often see the struggles for civil rights and racial justice as among the most noble of the legal profession. But the University of Virginia’s Law School recently realized it didn’t have any hands-on practical ways for students to get involved. Until now. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

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Today could be pivotal for the Harrisonburg man awaiting deportation to Mexico. An attorney for Cesar Lara Rios has filed a motion to reopen the case with the Board of Immigration Appeals.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz has this update.*

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Residents in Rockingham and Augusta Counties whose water comes from a well, spring, or cistern can learn more about the quality of their water through several upcoming Virginia Cooperative Extension Drinking Water Clinics.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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