WMRA News

Charlottesville, VA – Homeowners who were hoping for property tax relief may be in for some disappointment. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke about that and other key Virginia legislative issues with Richmond Times Dispatch political analyst Jeff Schapiro.

Charlottesville, VA – Chances are quite good that the next time your dinner is interrupted by a telemarketer, the phone call is coming from India. An Indian-born film-maker, now teaching in Virginia, has made a documentary about New Delhi call centers. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, has a look behind the scenes.

Charlottesville, VA – A valley lawmaker is working to change the statute that prevents concealed weapons in places where alcohol is served. WMRA's Tom Graham speaks with a Charlottesville reporter who's been tracking the story.

Charlottesville, VA – WMRA's Tom Graham speaks with a Washington Post reporter who's tracking the latest on the Virginia state budget.

Charlottesville, VA – Next month a major American theatre (the Kennedy Center) will stage all ten of August Wilson's plays... including two Pulitzer prize winners. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, found a Virginia dramatist who is thrilled with this landmark theatrical undertaking.

Richmond, VA – Money is the big concern in Virginia's General Assembly this week. Legislators cannot escape the fact that there is even less of it available than previously thought. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke by phone with a state capitol reporter whose been tracking the latest developments.

Charlottesville, VA – If you are 50 years old, there's a 12-percent chance that you have a hearing loss. By the time you're 65, that jumps to a 30-percent chance. But there's an even better chance that you won't do anything about it. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports.

Richmond, VA – Crossover Day is coming to Virginia's General Assembly. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke by phone about that day, and some other key issues with the man known as "the dean of state capitol reporters," Jeff Schapiro.

Charlottesville, VA – A thousand-year-old poem has experienced an unlikely cultural revival in the last ten years. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, sought an explanation from a Virginia scholar about the curious popularity of Beowulf.

Charlottesville, VA – A proposal some believe could change the face of Virginia politics got a surprise boost this week. Two Democrats, former Governor Mark Warner and current Governor Tim Kaine, as well as two Republicans, former Governor George Allen and current Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, have thrown their support behind the idea of a non-partisan system for creating legislative districts. WMRA's Tom Graham spoke with the plan's sponsor, Democratic State Senator Creigh Deeds.

Harrisonburg, VA – Gemeinschaft graduate, 29-year-old Jennifer Smith-of Bluefield, West Virginia, spent 4 and 1/2 years in the state penitentiary at Goochland. In the first part of her conversation with WMRA's Martha Woodroof, Jennifer talked about her life before prison. In this part, she takes up her story from inside prison.


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Here's a virtually-unedited version of Martha Woodroof's initial conversation with Jennifer Smith.

Harrisonburg, VA – On November 2 of last year, 12 women became the first women graduates of Gemeinschaft Home, Harrisonburg's transition program for nonviolent offenders dealing with substance abuse. Four among those 12 decided to stay put in Harrisonburg. WMRA's Martha Woodroof asked Probation & Parole District 39 whose office is in Harrisonburg to put her in touch with a graduate who'd be willing talk with us regularly over the next six months. The following is the first of these conversations.

Charlottesville, VA – In the very near future, when you run a red light in parts of Virginia, it could turn into a memorable "Kodak moment" and end up costing you a 50-dollar ticket. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, reports on the new "red light camera enforcement program."

Richmond, VA – How do you determine if someone's politics are right wing, left wing, or middle of the road? WMRA's Tom Graham has this report on one Virginia state lawmaker who defines himself as a conservative, but doesn't always find his colleagues in agreement.

Richmond, VA – One way to gauge the importance of an issue is to count the number of new laws being proposed because of that issue. By that measure, the winner in Virginia's General Assembly now seems clear. WMRA's Tom Graham reports.

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