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WMRA News
7:08 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

WMRA Spring Drive

The WMRA 4 1/2 day Spring Fundraiser ended Saturday at Noon with a total raised of $81,853.

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed during this brief drive and if you couldn't find a convenient time to call, please give now.

WMRA News
6:20 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Mock Convention Time at Washington & Lee

Just about every four years since 1908, the students at Washington and Lee have staged a mock convention to predict the presidential nominee for the party out of power… and this year that’s the Republicans.

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WMRA News
6:20 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen on Running for the Senate

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen is the expected Republican nominee for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat in November, the same seat he held until his defeat for re-election in 2006. He recently spoke about the issues in this year’s campaign, and about the federal government's role is in creating jobs.

WMRA News
11:38 am
Thu November 24, 2011

National Day of Listening 2011

Harrisonburg, VA – Four years ago, the StoryCorps folks came up with the idea of encouraging Americans to take an hour on the day after Thanksgiving and record a conversation with a loved one. I talked with the founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, about the National Day of Listening, and what's new about this year's event.

National Day of Listening

 

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WMRA News
2:27 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Occupy Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – We recently met one of the organizers of the Occupy Harrisonburg movement. For about three weeks, there's been a similar group of protesters in Lee Park in Charlottesville. I asked Zac Fabian, one of the organizers there, how the Charlottesville protests got started, and how he got involved.

Occupy Charlottesville on Facebook

 

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WMRA News
2:28 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Occupy Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, VA – The Occupy Wall Street Movement has spread around the country, including to cities in Virginia. I recently talked to Paulette Moore, one of the participants who has helped organize the protests at Court Square in Harrisonburg, and I asked her how it all got started.

Occupy Harrisonburg on Facebook

 

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WMRA News
4:54 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

The Country Store

Batesville, VA – A good definition of the space between a rock and a hard place might be the economic viability of a traditional Virginia country store. Once the heartbeat of farming communities' commerce and conversation, these old-fashioned emporiums have become endangered by rural Virginians increasing mobility. So, the question facing rural communities is how to keep "the country store" conversation going if "the country store" commerce is going elsewhere.

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WMRA News
2:08 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Proposed Amphitheater for Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, VA – Is a downtown open-air amphitheater in Harrisonburg's future? Businessman David Miller hopes so. He recently proposed an amphitheater and park to be constructed near the Farmer's Market, and the project is open for public comment. Bob Leweke asked him how financing and operating the amphitheater would compare to the city's controversial Heritage Oaks Golf Course, which currently operates at a deficit.

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WMRA News
5:41 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Biosolids on the Farm

Charlottesville, VA – With the price of oil rising, and the price of petroleum-based fertilizer going up, more farmers are considering sludge from sewage treatment plants.

They can get it free, but the state isn't 100% sure about the safety of so-called biosolids, and the Department of Environmental Quality is working on new guidelines for how and where they're used.

In the meantime, some farm neighbors are uneasy.

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WMRA News
6:12 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Hydraulic Fracturing in Virginia, Part III

Rockingham, VA – With some environmentalists singing its praises as a clean-burning fuel, natural gas was looking like America's energy salvation.

The second largest gas field in the world lies under Virginia and four neighboring states.

The The New York Times began to report on the environmental damage done in Pennsylvania, using a gas extraction technology known as fracking.

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