Sefe Emokpae

The wine industry is a growing and essential part of Central Virginia’s culture and economy. But with the presence of so many vineyards, it can sometimes be hard to stand out. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae takes us through a winery that’s different in more ways than one.

This week, Scott Lowe toured the 20-year-old Virginia Quilt Museum, containing centuries-old quilts.... Kara Lofton brought us new water consumption guidelines for athletes, and the views of opposite sides over the Confederate flag.... and Jessie Knadler finds out why the cash-strapped Buena Vista Police Department spent nearly $50,000 on a new drug-sniffing dog.

Kara Lofton

Less than a week after the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans to remove the Confederate flag emblem from Virginia vanity license plates. The announcement was met with an outcry from some, and applause from other Virginians. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on differing views of the flag.

This Saturday, for the first time, the Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival will be held in downtown Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Jessie Knadler

The Buena Vista Police Department has a brand new $46,000 drug dog. That may seem like a lot of money for a single animal, particularly for a town undergoing serious financial strain. WMRA's Jessie Knadler went to Buena Vista to meet the newest member of the force.

In response to two deaths in the United States from over-hydration last summer, new guidelines were developed for water consumption during athletic activities. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to the UVa physician who chaired the team of 16 international experts who produced the final recommendation.

The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg is now in its 20th year.  Some of the quilts in its collection are centuries old.  Preparations are in full swing for the museum’s first-of-its-kind seminar called “Civil War Quilts,” on July 24th and 25th.  WMRA’s Scott Lowe recently took a tour and met the museum’s new executive director.

WMRA’s Kara Lofton took a tour of Harrisonburg's booming food trucks, which are so popular they have their own parks.... Jessie Knadler exposes the invasive bug killing Virginia's hemlock trees, and explores solutions.... And we revisit Kara's story of a same-sex married couple fighting for parenthood rights.  Plus, this week's installment of The Spark.

Jessie Knadler

You might not be able to pinpoint any identifying details of the Eastern Hemlock.  But you’ve definitely seen them because they’re all over the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and they range into the deep South, way up into eastern Canada, and as far west as Wisconsin. And chances are if you’ve seen one recently, it’s dead. Or in the process of dying.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

Kara Lofton

The first Harrisonburg food truck registered in 2006. Now, nine years later, 22 food trucks - ranging in product from grilled cheese to Mexican to lobster rolls to barbecue - operate in the city. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.