In Harrisonburg, City Council may soon decide whether to accept a new proposal to provide animal sheltering services for the city, with lower euthanasia rates promised, and for about $50,000 less than the contract the city has with the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.  But what might Rockingham County do if the city decides to switch shelter services?  WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

A new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system, based on a thorough study of criminal justice data. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked to Professor Brandon Garrett, a member of the project’s leadership team.

WMRA Daily 9/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

The Charlottesville area SPCA rescues animals from Houston, and some of them should be available for adoption today…. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, the city may decide to switch animal shelter services away from the local SPCA, but it they do, what would the county do?... and, a new project at UVa's law school aims to improve the criminal justice system….

Calvin Pynn

Fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show can see a revival of the original stage show in Staunton this weekend.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

At yesterday's Facuty Senate meeting, UVa President Teresa Sullivan presented the actions the university has taken since the events of August 11 and 12. She was accompanied by Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law and chair of a UVa working group of deans and community members to assess the University's response to the events. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 9/8/17

Sep 8, 2017

A major health insurer in Virginia says it’s pulling out of the subsidized market created by the Affordable Care Act… UVa’s President Sullivan assesses the university’s response to the violent rallies of August… and, a look at the prospects for farming hemp in Virginia, one JMU professor is working on that….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Growing and processing hemp is against the law in the United States. But 6th District Representative Bob Goodlatte wants to see industrial hemp become a legal crop for farmers, and a JMU professor is developing that potential option. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/7/17

Sep 7, 2017

Trump says he was worried about a potential lawsuit by states over maintaining the DACA policy.... Now he’s got one from fifteen states, including Virginia, over his decision to scrap it… A big, free unity concert in Charlottesville is announced… and, we tour a new maker space in Lexington…

Faith E. Pinho

A new community center in Lexington is welcoming all self-described hobbyists, tinkerers and creators to come together and make.  WMRA’s Faith Pinho has this story on the Lexington Collaboratory and Makerspace.

The Charlottesville Pride Festival is September 16, but a week of events leading up to the festival begin this Saturday (Sept. 9). WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked with the leader of the organization behind the festival.

Jordy Yager

Charlottesville City Council last night moved forward with plans to remove the city’s Stonewall Jackson statue, but not before catching an earful from a crowd, angry, not just about the white supremacist rally on August 12, but about something deeper. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 9/6/17

Sep 6, 2017

Charlottesville residents and activists express anger not just over last month’s violence, but ongoing conditions for the city’s poor, as Council votes to remove another Confederate statue… Virginia’s economy will take a big hit as DACA is rescinded… and, local photographer Howard Zehr revisits prisoners doing life…

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

A recent report by The Sentencing Project says that nearly one in every seven people in prison is serving what effectively amounts to a life sentence. Twenty years ago, a book of photos and interviews of nearly 60 lifers in Pennsylvania prisons, where a life sentence really means a life sentence, gave rare insight into their lives and thoughts.

WMRA Daily 9/5/17

Sep 5, 2017

In Culpeper County, a new lawsuit against Virginia’s Department of Corrections over a magazine with nudity…. A judge dismisses a federal lawsuit against the County over the building of a proposed mosque…. And, the next installment of our Women of Interest series…

Marguerite Gallorini

The local chapter of 100 Black Women will launch this fall. It has been in the making for the past year, with many local professional women pitching in. One of them is Shantron Franklin-Sims, who has taken a leadership role in the fledgling organization. And she is the subject of the next installment of our Women of Interest series.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has her profile.

WMRA Daily 9/4/17

Sep 4, 2017

Another Confederate statue may be targeted for removal in Charlottesville… As the Labor Day weekend ends today, State Police say traffic deaths in Virginia are up over last year… and, eight years after the Great Recession began, Virginia paychecks are still lagging behind….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Earlier this year, the Harrisonburg City Council received an unsolicited proposal from Anicira Veterinary Center to take over animal sheltering services for the city, which the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has provided for both the city and Rockingham County for decades. In July, the city opened a bidding period for the contract, and that period ended yesterday [August 31, 2017]. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Charlottesville again in the news today…. Opponents to the city’s proposed removal of the Lee statue will get a hearing in court, and a couple of white supremacists who defended that statue in the violent August 12th rally are getting pressed through the court system…. Also, it’s Anicira versus the SPCA – who will provide animal services for the city of Harrisonburg in the future?  We take a look…

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville City Council members met behind closed doors on Wednesday afternoon, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 8/31/17

Aug 31, 2017

Charlottesville city officials met behind closed doors Wednesday, and afterward Mayor Mike Signer apologized… we’ll find out why…. Virginia rescue crews are headed to Texas to help with the flooding from Harvey…. And Senator Tim Kaine calls the questions over the future of the DACA program for Dreamers “an existential crisis”…

WMRA Daily 8/30/17

Aug 30, 2017

Two men have been identified as part of the violence in Charlottesville – one in Georgia has been arrested, and one in Ohio is fighting extradition to Virginia… and, a look at how young many of those running for the House of Delegates are this year…

WMRA Daily 8/29/17

Aug 29, 2017

The commonwealth’s shrinking juvenile prison population, and Charlottesville’s court battle over removing the statue of Robert E. Lee.

WMRA Daily 8/28/17

Aug 28, 2017

A ten day march from Charlottesville to Washington DC begins today.  New charges filed against three people involved in the deadly Charlottesville rally.  And candidates for governor weigh in on what to do with the commonwealth’s many confederate statues.

WMRA Daily 8/25/17

Aug 25, 2017

Actions taken by Governor Terry McAuliffe -  a new commission to study radicalism and racism, funds to expand a craft brewery in Augusta County, and contemplating whether or not to approve water quality permits for pipelines.

Marguerite Gallorini

The Vietnam War is the focus of a new PBS documentary produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  Marc Selverstone, associate professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center and specialist of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, discussed his role as a consultant for the film at the Miller Center yesterday.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/24/17

Aug 24, 2017

Do ban the box laws do more harm than good?  The high cost of higher education is getting even higher, and a present for expectant parents.

Courtesy Jennifer Doleac

Do Ban the Box laws do more harm than good?  That policy, which removes the box on a job application form that asks about a job seeker’s criminal history, aims to give ex-felons a better chance to re-enter the workforce. Some praise the policy’s impact, but research suggests it might have unfortunate unintended consequences, and may even harm young black applicants. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/23/17

Aug 23, 2017

A fresh poll from Roanoke College shows Democrat Ralph Northam still holding a lead in the governor’s race, and Virginians deeply divided on a number of issues… we also take a look at a new way to get local wheat to your kitchen table, that’s a lot like the old way…

Jordy Yager

Local Charlottesville activists came out in large numbers last night, momentarily shutting down the first City Council meeting since the August 12th white supremacist rally that made international headlines. As calls for resignations and greater accountability gave way on Monday, Councilors moved forward on several key issues. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 8/22/17

Aug 22, 2017

Angry Charlottesville citizens took over Monday night’s city council meeting for a while, the first since the deadly white supremacist rally, and WMRA’s Jordy Yager was there… meanwhile, students are returning to UVa this week, and some of them and their families are concerned in the wake of the violence of August 12th… and, Virginia wraps up its fiscal year in good standing…