WMRA's Kara Lofton was busy again this week, with a conversation with Trent Wagler of the Steel Wheels about the "roots" of Red Wing... she also reported on an appeals court victory by the EPA and Chesapeake Bay activists, and on Virginia's air quality as part of "Clean Virginia"... and she explained the connection between the University of Virginia and the New Horizons mission to Pluto... and, finally, we replay Andrew Jenner's "Pipeline Air Force" story, which is now the winner of an Outstanding Feature Reporting award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.

Kara Lofton

Wednesday night, July 8th, Valley artists and creative thinkers gathered in James Madison University’s makerspace to discuss how to attract and keep creative people in the Valley.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

NASA image

Nearly ten years ago, NASA launched the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. And next Tuesday, July 14th, the spacecraft will reach its closest approach to the dwarf planet before passing by and continuing on to other icy formations far beyond what we have explored before. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked with two University of Virginia scientists involved with the mission.

Kara Lofton

In the last segment of our series called "Clean Virginia," WMRA’s Kara Lofton looked at the impact the Clean Air Act has had on Virginia’s waterways. This week, she takes a second look at the law and discusses the impact the act has had on the air itself.

Courtesy of Martin Perna

Music festivals are a staple of summertime entertainment across America. One of those festivals nearby, not far from Winchester, is the All Good Festival, happening this weekend. WMRA's Amy Loeffler reports on what sets it apart from other music festivals.

Earlier this week, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation celebrated a federal appeals court decision to uphold the legality of the CBF’s multistate cleanup effort. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports on the ruling’s effect on Virginia.

Courtesy the Steel Wheels

In 2012, the Steel Wheels, a Harrisonburg-based Americana band, founded the popular Red Wing Roots Festival. This year’s event at Natural Chimneys Park in Augusta County will start on Friday, July 10th. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to Trent Wagler, the band’s lead singer, banjo player and guitarist about the three-year-old festival.

Welcome WMRA's Amy Loeffler to the newsroom.  She posted a story about what could be the hot new thing for gastronomes in Virginia agriculture:  Truffles.... Kara Lofton posted the next installment of our "Clean Virginia" series.... and, because it's Independence Day weekend, we dip into the archives from the "Becoming American" series.  And, in this week's Spark segment, Martha Woodroof talks with former Bridgewater -- and soon-to-be Sweet Briar – College president Philip Stone.

Kara Lofton

In 1979, researchers at the University of Virginia launched the Shenandoah Watershed Study. Among other things, the study tracked the impact of the Clean Air Act on watersheds -- and wildlife such as trout -- across much of western and central Virginia. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Virginia Truffles

Jun 30, 2015
Amy Loeffler

For thousands of years Black Perigord truffles have been the purview of European cuisine, specifically of France and Spain. But a perfect storm of enthusiasm, demand, and production could soon make Virginia a source for truffle production.  WMRA’s Amy Loeffler has the story.