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Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Saturday [December 9, 2017] afternoon several dozen people gathered on Court Square in Harrisonburg to rally against current Republican attempts at tax reform. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 12/11/17

Dec 11, 2017

Harrisonburg residents braved the snow and cold Saturday to protest Republican tax plans… DuPont will pay millions to restore contaminated land around the South River through Waynesboro… and, state Republicans meet for their annual summit in Bath County, and try to figure out what went wrong for them in November….

WMRA Daily 12/8/17

Dec 8, 2017

The state’s water control board approves the Mountain Valley Pipeline through southwestern Virginia, and they’ll decide on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline early next week… how Virginia taxpayers are going to take a hit if the tax bill in Congress becomes law… and, we tour a tiny monument to Harriet Tubman in Harrisonburg….

Bob Leweke

On an out-of-the-way street corner in Harrisonburg, a tiny building commemorates a legend of American history, and represents the struggle to heal the nation’s racial divide.  WMRA’s Mike Dolzer reports.

WMRA Daily 12/7/17

Dec 7, 2017

Another report is released on Charlottesville’s response on August 12th… Democrats say their gains on Election Day mean more gun regulations are on the way… And, a new tax bill in Congress could affect education funding in Virginia….

Lulu Miller, former Radiolab producer and co-founder and co-host of Invisibilia on NPR, is currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to write her book: Why Fish Don’t Exist, looking at how we categorize the world.  Virginia performed the second-highest number of forced sterilizations in the country, and a chapter in her book focuses on the not-so-old practice of eugenics. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 12/6/17

Dec 6, 2017

Election officials prepare for recounts in several House of Delegates races, and the outcome will determine which party has the majority… Invisibilia producer Lulu Miller trains her eye on the history of eugenics in Virginia… and, many say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis….

Some experts say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis. And not only is there a downward trend in enrollment in teaching curriculums overall, but the lack of African-Americans in that field is even more alarming at a time when diversity in classrooms is becoming increasingly necessary. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview.

WMRA Daily 12/5/17

Dec 5, 2017

Charlottesville citizens react angrily to the presentation of a report on the city and police response to August 12th… the U.S. Supreme Court lets Trump’s Muslim travel ban go forward, but one of the challenges to that policy will be heard this Friday in Richmond….

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy delivered his report on the August 12th events in Charlottesville to City Council last night.  WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 12/4/17

Dec 4, 2017

A report criticizes police response to violent rallies in Charlottesville over the summer, citing poor communication and a lack of preparation… meanwhile, other efforts are underway to limit the display and use of weapons at such public events… and, pipeline opponents stage one final protest….

Marguerite Gallorini

The aftermath of August 12 in Charlottesville prompted many responses, including a report that was released on Friday [Dec. 1] citing multiple problems with the police response to the white supremacists that rallied over the summer.  But there have also been calls for more regulation of weapons and private militias in the city. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview of those proposals.

WMRA Daily 12/1/17

Dec 1, 2017

Authorities have rescued hundreds of animals – chickens, goats, rabbits and more – from deadly overcrowded conditions at a farm in Louisa County… Governor-elect Ralph Northam tries to set a bipartisan tone for next year’s legislative session… and, should private attempts to help feral cats be more closely regulated?

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

While cat advocates promote controlling feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Release, or TNR, one local expert is calling for regulation of this practice — and voicing his concerns about the harm to wildlife caused by outdoor pets and feral cats. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/30/17

Nov 30, 2017

An eagerly-awaited report will be presented in the coming days on Charlottesville’s handling of recent rallies and violence by white supremacists there, as the man who organized one of those rallies files an application for another rally next summer… and, we have a look at the latest frontier in political campaigns – texting.

WMRA Daily 11/29/17

Nov 29, 2017

A UVa English professor accused of sexual harassment remains in his job, for now, as the university investigates…  Senator Mark Warner urges Republicans in Congress to work with Democrats on a bipartisan tax bill that won’t increase the debt… and, what is Virginia doing as thousands of children and pregnant women face losing health insurance, if Congress doesn’t renew the CHIP program?

WMRA Daily 11/28/17

Nov 28, 2017

It looks like Republicans will keep a slim majority in the House of Delegates, as Virginia election officials get close to certifying results in one controversial race… and, researchers at UVa believe they have made a major discovery in the battle against blindness….

WMRA Daily 11/27/17

Nov 27, 2017

Sexual harassment charges have now been publicly aired against a professor at UVa… the opioid crisis gets attention from Trump, but Democrats say not enough… and, Virginia’s economy is still recovering from the Great Recession….

WMRA Daily 11/24/17

Nov 24, 2017

How the opioid crisis is affecting Virginia’s economy, and luring Hollywood to the Commonwealth.

WMRA Daily 11/23/17

Nov 23, 2017

A new online tool for veterans to get college credit, and the reason that the State Board of Elections postponed their meeting yesterday.

WMRA Daily 11/22/17

Nov 22, 2017

Charlottesville-area water authorities have lifted water restrictions… the Park Service is giving citizens more time to comment on increases that would nearly triple the entrance fees at Shenandoah National Park and others… and, Harrisonburg gets ready to welcome, but tax, Airbnb….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This year Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation giving localities authority to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb. In Harrisonburg, those regulations of this currently illegal form of hospitality are taking shape. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 11/21/17

Nov 21, 2017

Education and the Freedom of Information Act are among the subjects of the first bills being proposed in next year’s General Assembly… even while the outcome of two key House of Delegates races, and control of the chamber, is still in doubt… and, a task force tries to find out what went wrong in Charlottesville on August 12th….

Marguerite Gallorini

On Sunday, the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area organized a Meet and Greet between residents and their delegates - including Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there.

WMRA Daily 11/20/17

Nov 20, 2017

Meanwhile, Republicans have elected their House leadership team, even as Democrats hold hope that they can flip control of the chamber in three close races….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Peter Jump files his first story, on Charlottesville's West Main growing pains.... Christopher Clymer Kurtz listens in as Trent Wagler and others pay tribute to Leonard Cohen, in song of course.... Marguerite Gallorini was there as Hillary Clinton helped wrap up UVa's Women's Global Leadership forum.... and Miranda Bennett takes a look back at last December's exhibit of refugee art.... plus, Our Island Universe!

Every Saturday before Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is celebrated through various events in the country - and in the region. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

WMRA Daily 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

Virginia may become the first Southern state to regulate carbon emissions with a cap-and-trade program… Virginia’s board of education has issued new rules for evaluating schools and students…and, Saturday is National Adoption Day….

Peter Jump

The center of Charlottesville hosts a major university, student housing, residential areas and of course, businesses large and small serving all of them – and suffering from growing pains.  WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at this juggling act of development along West Main Street -  the corridor between the university and the city’s downtown.

WMRA Daily 11/16/17

Nov 16, 2017

Harrisonburg’s public television station (no relation to WMRA public radio) is merging with Richmond’s public broadcasting company… the town of Mt. Jackson is joining in the effort to save a scenic, wild area nearby known as “The Knob”… and, the fight over control of the House of Delegates is now centered in Fredericksburg….

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