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WMRA Daily 7/19/17

Jul 19, 2017

Governor McAuliffe says the Republican failure in Washington to enact any health care legislation may open the door to his longtime goal of expanding Medicaid in Virginia… The Democrat who would like to replace him is rolling out an economic plan for rural Virginia…. And, Jessie Knadler has a deep look at protecting Virginia’s waterways….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

The American Civil Liberties Union predicts that by 2030, the number of state and federal prisoners who are 55 and older will be more than 400,000, or one-third of prisoners. In Harrisonburg this weekend, the public is invited to attend the premiere event of a new chapter of an organization called Release Aging People in Prison.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Jessie Knadler

The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed – that includes most rivers that flow through the Shenandoah Valley – are in some state of pollution. The first and best stop for clean-up is on agricultural land.  But government assistance is woefully inadequate—and if President Trump’s proposed budget goes through could become even worse. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler looks at the future of water quality in Virginia.

Marguerite Gallorini

Of the 15 residents speaking at last night’s city council meeting in Charlottesville, 13 complained about the militarization of the Charlottesville police at the KKK counter-protests on July 8th.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 7/18/17

Jul 18, 2017

Civil rights groups, and Charlottesville citizens, are complaining about police conduct during the KKK rally and counter-protest earlier this month, and some want the governor’s office to investigate… Meanwhile, the governor does an end run around President Trump to forge a trade pact with Mexico City….

Courtesy of the "Justice for Pherbia 'Faye' Tinsley" Facebook page

Exactly five years after her murder, the family of Pherbia Tinsley is still searching for answers. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae has more on their message from Charlottesville.

WMRA Daily 7/17/17

Jul 17, 2017

Bee colonies in Virginia may soon get some help from a new program to manage pesticides… the family of a woman killed in Charlottesville five years ago seeks help from the public in solving her murder… and Senator Mark Warner doesn’t believe Donald Trump didn’t know about that meeting between a Russian lawyer and his son last year….

WMRA Daily 7/14/17

Jul 14, 2017

The state Supreme Court rules against an Augusta County property owner in her fight to keep Atlantic Coast Pipeline surveyors off her land… Corey Stewart is back – he narrowly lost the GOP bid to run for governor, but he says he’ll run against Tim Kaine for Senate next year…

Music and Sounds, Powered by the Sun

Jul 13, 2017
Faith Pinho

What do you get when you combine a classical pianist, a controversial presidential election and the sun? Solar-powered nature music. WMRA’s Faith Pinho has the story of Jonathan Cook, a musician in Lexington who is taking inspiration from the sound – and energy – of nature.

WMRA Daily 7/13/17

Jul 13, 2017

Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie speaks up on the debate in Congress over health care…. Virginia’s Indian tribes may have hit a new obstacle in their quest for federal recognition…. Charlottesville defends its proposed removal of General Lee’s statue in court.

WMRA Daily 7/12/17

Jul 12, 2017

Charlottesville police defend the use of tear gas against those protesting the KKK on Saturday… Senator Tim Kaine says Trump officials meeting with a Russian lawyer last year may have committed treason… and, another chance to join the move to solar power in the Valley….

WMRA Daily 7/11/17

Jul 11, 2017

Jordy Yager

The Ku Klux Klan paid a visit to Charlottesville over the weekend in what was perhaps the most anticipated event of the year for the city. Thousands of people came out—some to protest indirectly through celebration, and others who wanted to look the KKK in the face. WMRA’s Jordy Yager and Emily Richardson-Lorente were there.

WMRA Daily 7/10/17

Jul 10, 2017

WMRA Daily 7/7/17

Jul 7, 2017

Jordy Yager

Eight years ago, educators in the Charlottesville area noticed that when it came to math, there was an achievement gap between African American students and their white peers. And so an academy was born to try to improve those skills. And as WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports, what’s resulted is much more.

WMRA Daily 7/6/17

Jul 6, 2017

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.

Photo courtesy casa4children.org

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

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