Six Charlottesville city council candidates gave their final pitches to voters on Wednesday night at the African American Heritage Center in preparation for Election Day on November 7th. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 10/26/17

Oct 26, 2017

Get ready to pay more for a pass to Shenandoah National Park, visitor fees may be going up next year… and it’s time to take a look at the candidates, with a survey of candidates for Charlottesville City Council, and competitive races for the House of Delegates in districts covering Harrisonburg and the central Shenandoah Valley… we’ll have profiles….

Images courtesy of candidates’ Facebook account

On Tuesday, November 7, when voters in Virginia House of Delegates districts 25 and 26 head to the polls they will have choices. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with both Republican incumbents and both Democrat challengers, and has these profiles of each.

Jordy Yager

The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly three dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept.

WMRA Daily 10/25/17

Oct 25, 2017

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte says he wants to know more about the Justice Department’s role during last year’s election… JMU says it may have an outbreak of viral meningitis on its hands (that’s a lot less serious than the bacterial version)… and, we spend a cold night outside with the slave-dwelling project in Charlottesville….

Courtesy of the Miller Center

In an event organized by the University of Virginia and the Miller Center, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, himself the son of a World War II refugee, reflected on the reasons of the white supremacist violence in August and in the nation. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

WMRA Daily 10/24/17

Oct 24, 2017

A look at the strategy behind this year’s House of Delegates races… a new Canadian-style approach to treating opioid addiction… and, a college collaboration to open up access to STEM programs, reaching all the way back into grade school….

Marguerite Gallorini

Increasingly, Virginia schools are getting financial support to seek a more diverse population in STEM programs -- that's science, technology, engineering and math. In Charlottesville, grants are funding a partnership between Piedmont Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia and Buford Middle School to make that dream come true. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

Marguerite Gallorini

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam met with Charlottesville residents on Sunday.  Northam is the Democratic candidate for governor.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked with him.

WMRA Daily 10/23/17

Oct 23, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, visited Charlottesville over the weekend… and, more than two months after the events of August 12th, other cities in Virginia move to regulate demonstrations to avoid the violence that happened in Charlottesville….

On this week's Second Look, WMRA's Jordy Yager has the details of a proposed mental health docket in Charlottesville.  Marguerite Gallorini will take us on a tour of a small, private school creating an alternative for disabled students, a group with higher suspension rates in the public schools.  Jessie Knadler has the latest in the struggle by Valley poultry workers to organize, and we’ve even got a couple stories of different people, from different places, and different cultures, coming together through music.

WMRA Daily 10/20/17

Oct 20, 2017

Former President Obama campaigns in Virginia for Ralph Northam… State health officials plan for the worst, just in case, while still protecting the public from things like the flu… and, we have a look at an alternative model of education for disabled students….

Marguerite Gallorini

Children with disabilities are some of the most frequently suspended students in public schools, according to a recent report. What does that mean for the future of special education? More and more attention is given to alternative education programs. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini visits a special kind of school in Charlottesville.

Marguerite Gallorini

The University of Virginia and its Commission on Slavery teamed up with the Slave Dwelling Project to organize a symposium called “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory and the Built Landscape.” This four-day conference will end with a field trip to Montpelier, Monticello and Highland on Saturday. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was at the opening reception Wednesday [October 18] and filed this report.

WMRA Daily 10/19/17

Oct 19, 2017

Black and disabled students are suspended at least three times as often as other students in Virginia, according to a new report… a new symposium at UVa explores the role of slaves in constructing the university and other prominent structures… and, Charlottesville may soon get a new docket for people with mental health issues who also run afoul of the law….

Jordy Yager

Later this year Charlottesville may add a new docket to its court system, specially geared towards people who may have mental health issues that factored into their running afoul of the law. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has this report.

WMRA Daily 10/18/17

Oct 18, 2017

A former youth softball coach who has worked around the region for decades is in custody on charges of sexual crimes against children… a look at the possible Trump effect on Virginia’s elections in November… and, UVa puts Thomas Jefferson’s legal reading list online….

WMRA Daily 10/17/17

Oct 17, 2017

Recent drought conditions may actually be good for Virginia’s farmers… the governor’s race tightens, according to the latest poll… and, in a probably unrelated note, Virginia’s liquor sales are up….

Dillon Broadwell

Last week James Madison University hosted ESPN’s College GameDay before the Dukes' home football game against Villanova. WMRA's Dillon Broadwell was there for the fun.

David Kreider

In their ongoing effort to unionize, aggrieved poultry workers in Rockingham County rallied again this month, this time outside the Cargill plant in Dayton. They claim the company willfully violates its own Code of Conduct, as WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 10/16/17

Oct 16, 2017

Poultry workers in Rockingham rally for the right to organize… ESPN’s GameDay has left town, but JMU is once again basking in the afterglow of national exposure… and, current and former vice presidents visit Virginia to campaign for their parties’ respective candidates for governor....

WMRA Daily 10/13/17

Oct 13, 2017

If you aren’t yet registered in Virginia, and you want to vote in November, you’d better register, the deadline is fast approaching… DeAndre Harris, a black man seen on video being beaten by white men at the August 12th rally in Charlottesville, turns himself in on a charge filed by the leader of a white supremacist organization in North Carolina, even as Charlottesville joins a lawsuit to prevent future white supremacist rallies in the city ….

WMRA Daily 10/12/17

Oct 12, 2017

A governor’s commission dedicated to racial healing met for the first time Wednesday… meanwhile, another man has been arrested in the alleged beating of DeAndre Harris during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, even as Harris himself has been charged with assault… and, Gov. McAuliffe has gone all in on Virginia’s craft brew industry, but is the growth of that sector sustainable?

Jessie Knadler

Governor McAuliffe has doubled down on Virginia’s craft brew industry, but some in the business wonder if that sector’s explosive growth has come at the expense of local players -- and if it's sustainable. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports on the craft brew enterprise in Virginia.

WMRA Daily 10/11/17

Oct 11, 2017

Virginia’s water control board will hear from the public and from the state’s environmental agency in December regarding proposed natural gas pipelines through Virginia, even as North Carolina’s environmental agency rejects the builders' environmental plans for the portion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through that state…  and, we have a look at the fastest-growing part of Virginia’s state budget – health insurance for the poor….

WMRA Daily 10/10/17

Oct 10, 2017

Virginia’s major-party candidates for governor have their final debate before November’s election… a study identifies the demographics of the white supremacists, mostly men, who flocked to Charlottesville for their hate-filled rally in August… and, ESPN’s College Game Day returns to Harrisonburg and JMU this week….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Unused land within city limits has potential, and some community organizers have begun turning one such area in Harrisonburg into a place of social and ecological restoration. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 10/9/17

Oct 9, 2017

A Ku Klux Klan leader who is accused of firing a gun at the August 12 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is in custody… a small plane crashes near Front Royal, and the pilot is dead…  and, the latest poll shows that Democrats maintain their lead in statewide races…

WMRA Daily 10/6/17

Oct 6, 2017

Thousands of Virginians are eligible for Medicaid, but aren’t signed up – yet; Facebook is opening a data center east of the state capital, and Las Vegas’ impact on Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

WMRA Daily 10/5/17

Oct 5, 2017

A Virginia judge rules that a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s plans to remove a confederate statue may go forward; the National Park Service repairs a defaced monument; a decision regarding water quality permits for the pipelines traversing VA and the fate of healthcare for the Commonwealth’s low-income children.