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The Final Week of Virginia's Legislative Session

Feb 24, 2017
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To recap this final week of Virginia’s Legislative session, we turn to Virginia Public Radio’s Michael Pope and Luke Church.

Jordy Yager

In 2004, religious congregations in Charlottesville formed a coalition to prevent homeless people from freezing overnight in the winter. Today, that group shelters more than 200 people, 150 nights out of the year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

Jordy Yager

Nearly 200 people showed up Tuesday evening to learn about zoning and housing regulations in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent Brookings Institution report named Harrisonburg as one of the top ten communities in the United States in terms of the proportion of immigrants from the seven countries on President Trump’s temporary travel ban.  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with several people in Harrisonburg whose lives and work are being affected by the recent turmoil in immigration and refugee policy.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the famous words "all men are created equal," but he also owned more than 600 slaves over the course of his life.

His Virginia plantation called Monticello is being renovated to shed more light on the enslaved people who lived and worked there.

One of the most notable of those slaves was Sally Hemings. Jefferson is widely believed to have fathered her six children. The museum is working to restore a restroom believed to be Hemings' living quarters.

Friday General Assembly Wrap-Up

Feb 17, 2017
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With one week left in Virginia’s Legislative session, it’s time to check in on this past week’s events in Virginia’s State Capital.  From our partner station WCVE in Richmond, Craig Carper speaks with Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist Jeff Shapiro.

We are one month into the Trump administration and ample attention has been paid to the growing activism and protests against it.  But what about those who support President Trump? WMRA's Jessie Knadler caught up with a handful of Trump voters in Rockbridge County to find out how they think the new President is doing. 

The pink pussy cat hats of the Women’s March may have been taken off, but a spirit of rebellion on the local level has swept up and down the Shenandoah Valley. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has this survey of activist groups that have mushroomed in the wake of the election, dedicated to resisting the new Administration.

Jessica Wilson

When was the last time you looked up at night and were awed by the stars? Or how about going for a walk and really feeling the ground beneath your feet? Paul Bogard has been thinking about these very universal experiences and how we’ve eliminated them from our day to day existence.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

This weekend, anti-abortion advocates protested at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. And pro-choice advocates rallied in response — in Staunton and Charlottesville. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente spoke with a few advocates on both sides of the issue at the Charlottesville rallies.

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Yesterday we brought you an account of trapping and banding a kestrel in the Shenandoah Valley Raptor Study Area. Today, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz explores the current balancing act between human development and wildlife -- and asks about the long view.

Courtesy Jill Morrow

The American kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon, and across Virginia and other states, efforts are underway to study and save this raptor. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz accompanied one couple whose kestrel nesting boxes dot the countryside of northern Rockingham County.

Jordy Yager

Protests against President Trump’s agenda continued in Charlottesville this week. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the story.

Friday General Assembly Roundup

Feb 3, 2017
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Our weekly roundup of events in Virginia’s State Capital.  From our partner station WCVE in Richmond, Craig Carper speaks with Richmond Times Dispatch Political Columnist Jeff Shapiro.

During the presidential debates, President Trump pledged to send abortion “back to the states.” That means that regardless of what ultimately happens with the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade, advocates on both sides of the abortion issue should be paying close attention to what’s happening in their state legislature. And here in Virginia, there’s a LOT going on in the area of women’s reproductive rights and health. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente reports.

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