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….

Virginia Democrats will hold on to the governor's mansion, as well as the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general, sweeping statewide races in yesterday's elections.  With all precincts reporting, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by a nearly 9-point margin, 54% to 45%.

Click here for latest election results statewide, and in your local races.

The 30th annual Virginia Film Festival kicks off Thursday, with more than 120 films over the weekend throughout Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

Marguerite Gallorini

As Virginians went to the polls to select the next governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as candidates for the House of Delegates, WMRA's Christopher Clymer Kurtz and Marguerite Gallorini talked to some of them.

WMRA Daily 11/7/17

Nov 7, 2017

A Lynchburg police officer shot and killed a woman wielding a knife early Monday morning… we hear from the candidates for governor on the final day of campaigning… and, can you take a ballot selfie?  (And should you?)....

Marguerite Gallorini

This fall the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, issued a drought watch for much of the WMRA listening area, and a number of localities from Winchester to Charlottesville encouraged — or mandated — their residents to conserve water. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/6/17

Nov 6, 2017

The latest Halloween costume controversy happened at Virginia Military Institute last week… a look at the campaigns, and the importance of voter turnout, as we approach election day in Virginia… and, as another season of enrollment begins, a look at the health insurance markets in Virginia….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

With election day nearing, Virginia’s District 26 incumbent delegate Republican Tony Wilt and his challenger Democrat Brent Finnegan met last night [Thursday, November 2] in a forum hosted by the James Madison University student newspaper The Breeze. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed this report.

WMRA Daily 11/3/17

Nov 3, 2017

Tony Wilt and Brent Finnegan in the 26th have a polite debate… the candidates for governor wrangle over Confederate monuments… and we have the last of our interviews with the men running for governor, with my conversation with Republican Ed Gillespie…

WMRA has been covering this year’s elections in Virginia with profiles of the races and districts in our region, and interviews with the candidates.  And we conclude today with Bob Leweke's conversation with Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for governor, who began by talking about his approach to traffic issues on Interstate 81.

TEDx Charlottesville is back for its 8th edition this year, and promises a full day of inspiring talks Friday, Nov. 3 at the Paramount Theater. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 11/2/17

Nov 2, 2017

TED-X is back in Charlottesville for its 8th edition, we’ll have a preview… what do the public opinion polls really say about who’s likely to win next week’s elections?…. and, we continue our conversations with the candidates for governor, with Bob's interview with Libertarian Cliff Hyra….

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, this week we’re talking with all three candidates for governor.  We continue that today with Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian nominee, who recently joined Bob Leweke in our studio in Harrisonburg.

WMRA Daily 11/1/17

Nov 1, 2017

Virginia’s crime commission reports that black males are particularly targeted for marijuana-related arrests – is it time to change the law?… Governor Terry McAuliffe convenes a panel to explore how low-income communities in Virginia bear the brunt of climate change…. and, we begin our conversations with the candidates for governor, with Bob Leweke's interview with Dr. Ralph Northam….

Our coverage of elections in Virginia continues with Bob Leweke's interviews with all three candidates for governor.  We begin with Dr. Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, and the Democratic nominee for governor.

Zaakir Tameez

Over the summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Directive setting up a Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force. Its goal: get millennials more engaged throughout the Commonwealth. The Task Force held a summit last Friday in Richmond, and WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to one of the participants.

WMRA Daily 10/31/17

Oct 31, 2017

A new poll shows the biggest lead yet for Democrat Ralph Northam in the governor’s race… after Monday’s crime commission report, one prominent Republican lawmaker says it’s time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana… and, we have the final installment in our series of House of Delegates races profiles….

All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for grabs in this election. Will voters in the predominately rural 20th and 24th House Districts double down on Trumpism or reject his policies?  WMRA's Jessie Knadler takes a look at what’s happening in the House races there.

WMRA Daily 10/30/17

Oct 30, 2017

Will Virginia be the next state to decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana?... thousands of children and pregnant women are on the verge of losing health coverage in Virginia… and, a federal court could re-define search and seizure laws regarding cellphones and other electronic devices at airports….

WMRA Daily 10/27/17

Oct 27, 2017

Virginia’s first commercial wind farm gets another delay, says the company that’s been wanting to build it for two years now… the Wildlife Center of Virginia has now treated 43 bald eagles, many of them with lead in their system from bullets (note to hunters – there are alternatives to lead bullets out there)… and politics – we survey the 58th House District near Charlottesville, take a look at the latest polls, and see what our representatives are up to….

Bell and Squire campaigns

While Virginia overall favored Hillary Clinton by five points in last year’s election, voters in the 58th Virginia House District favored Donald Trump by almost 20 points.  Republican Rob Bell is running for his ninth consecutive term in the district, which includes parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Rockingham, and Greene Counties. In most of his races, Bell’s won with comfortable majorities. In fact, most years, he’s run unopposed. But not this year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the next installment in our series of candidate profiles.

Six Charlottesville city council candidates gave their final pitches to voters on Wednesday night at the African American Heritage Center in preparation for Election Day on November 7th. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Get ready to pay more for a pass to Shenandoah National Park, visitor fees may be going up next year… and it’s time to take a look at the candidates, with a survey of candidates for Charlottesville City Council, and competitive races for the House of Delegates in districts covering Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley… we’ll have profiles….

Images courtesy of candidates’ Facebook account

On Tuesday, November 7, when voters in Virginia House of Delegates districts 25 and 26 head to the polls they will have choices. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with both Republican incumbents and both Democrat challengers, and has these profiles of each.

Jordy Yager

The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly three dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept.

WMRA Daily 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte says he wants to know more about the Justice Department’s role during last year’s election… JMU says it may have an outbreak of viral meningitis on its hands (that’s a lot less serious than the bacterial version)… and, we spend a cold night outside with the slave-dwelling project in Charlottesville….

Courtesy of the Miller Center

In an event organized by the University of Virginia and the Miller Center, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, himself the son of a World War II refugee, reflected on the reasons of the white supremacist violence in August and in the nation. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

A look at the strategy behind this year’s House of Delegates races… a new Canadian-style approach to treating opioid addiction… and, a college collaboration to open up access to STEM programs, reaching all the way back into grade school….