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In partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, The University of Virginia has launched the Compassionate Schools Project, a program they tout as “the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum.” WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

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On Saturday, Sept. 26th, Harrisonburg will celebrate its 18th annual International Festival at Hillandale Park. But for the third year, another event, called the Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration, will surround the festival and combine food, music, film and children’s activities in a two-week-long celebration of Harrisonburg’s vibrant and diverse culture. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Start-ups are a big deal these days – notable successes include Uber, AirBnB and Snapchat – and business communities, and even universities, want to get in on the action. The Virginia Business Incubation Association from the University of Mary Washington lists 39 incubators throughout Virginia, and one of those is at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. It’s called the i.LAB. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente spent some time there.

This week, Jessie Knadler got an update on solar power co-ops in the Shenandoah Valley, growing fast.... Brit Moorer filed her first report for WMRA with a visit to classrooms in Albermarle County Schools where the Maker Curriculum is building knowledge from creativity.... and Kara Lofton attended the most recent active shooter drill at UVa's Medical Center.

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In response to recent mass shootings, the University of Virginia Medical Center has begun implementing “Active Shooter Drills” in both their main hospital and outpatient facilities. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Bike Shenandoah

Whether to support seven non-profits, or just to enjoy a day in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, bike riders of all ages will be gathering Saturday at Eastern Mennonite High School to participate in the 18th annual Bike Shenandoah. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Brit Moorer

Albemarle County is at the forefront of an innovative school curriculum gaining national recognition. Instead of staring at textbooks and listening to a teacher explain theory, students are given the tools to take learning into their own hands. WMRA’s Brit Moorer explains how something called the “Maker Curriculum” is changing the direction of education, and how it’s helping students down the road.

More News, Less Noise!

Sep 15, 2015

With just 2 hours and 30 minutes of traditional fundraising on Tuesday, September 29, we made the fall $200,000 goal! And over 97.5% of our goal was raised with our "More News, Less Noise" style of fundraising.  Thank you!

Jessie Knadler

Most of us have a general sense of what solar panels do – they harness the sun’s light energy to produce electricity -- but we’re not used to seeing them on normal houses in normal neighborhoods in our area.  But that’s changing very rapidly in the Shenandoah Valley, thanks to plummeting prices for solar panels, and it’s making utility companies nervous. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has this update on the rise of solar co-ops.

It's a special edition of the show, devoted to the complete version of "Schrödinger's Cougar," as Andrew Jenner and Brent Finnegan explore the science, and the myth, of the Eastern mountain lion in Virginia.

Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in James Madison University’s Memorial Hall, Wild Virginia hosts a screening of the award-winning student-produced documentary, “Won’t Pipe Down,” which tells the story of Nelson County residents fighting against Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to one of the student filmmakers.

Kara Lofton

Although it's starting one day late due to severe weather Wednesday night, this weekend, 25,000 attendees will descend on Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington for the third annual Lockn’ Music Festival. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Independent film festivals have long been enjoyed for alternative, creative filmmaking and wide subject matter. WMRA’s Kara Lofton previews one regional festival – Skyline – that comes to Winchester on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

WMRA's Kara Lofton filed three stories this week with datelines from Charlottesville, to Richmond, to Harrisonburg.  First, she talked to the project team at the Center for Open Science about their big Reproducibility Study....  She also sat in on a meditation and yoga class for the inmates at the Goochland Women's Correctional Facility.... And she attended the early morning vigil for journalist Alison Parker.....

Kara Lofton

For the past year, three volunteers have been leading Buddhism, yoga and meditation classes for inmates at Goochland Women’s Correctional Facility outside of Richmond. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

A vigil was held Wednesday morning on the quad of James Madison University in memoriam of Roanoke-based WDBJ-TV news reporter Alison Parker. Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed a week ago Wednesday by a former colleague during an early morning broadcast. WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Kara Lofton

Last week, the Center for Open Science, a Charlottesville-based technology company, published a landmark analysis on scientific replication called the Reproducibility Project.  As it turns out, it’s much harder to replicate original research, at least in the social sciences, than you might think.  WMRA’s Kara Lofton reports.

Jessie Knadler explores the new horizon of stem cell therapy for the family pet... Kara Lofton checks in with two Methodist pastors suspended for officiating the weddings of two same-sex couples... and we've got this week's episodes of The Spark and Our Island Universe.

Another story that hit close to home for many of us was the murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, reporters for WDBJ TV, on August 26, while they were doing their jobs.  There are links through the WDBJ website to memorial funds in their honor.  To find out more, click here.

In March, two Central Virginia United Methodist Church clergy were suspended for marrying same-sex couples. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talks to the pastors involved and takes a look at where they stand now that the suspension is over.

Jessie Knadler

For a lot of people, pets are members of the family. And it can be heartbreaking to see a beloved dog or cat suffer from injury, or from hip dysplasia, degenerative joints, or arthritis. In years past, pet owners had to rely on medication, surgery or even in some cases, euthanasia to mitigate an animal’s suffering. Now, stem cell therapy is poised to revolutionize the veterinary field even as the hard science behind it has a way to go.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

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