WMRA News

Jessie Knadler

As the solar movement gains traction in Virginia, one installation company, Sigora Solar out of Waynesboro, is experiencing particularly explosive growth – some 1,200% over three years. This has earned it a ranking as one of America’s fastest growing companies of 2015.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heads to Waynesboro to find out more about the company that seeks to be more, way more, than your neighborhood solar installer.

WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente spends some time with young (she's only 19!) entrepreneur LeiLei Secor, making a big splash (and some big bucks) with her Etsy shop.... Jordy Yager serves up his first story for us, with the first in a series on food insecurity in Virginia.... plus, this week's episode of The Spark and Our Island Universe.

With heavy rains forecast for today and tonight, and potential flooding, and then more rain possible from Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, emergency management officials remind Virginia residents to prepare.

This year, for the 5th year in a row, star gazers are invited to attend the Central Virginia Star Party. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.  UPDATE from the organizers:  "With the threat of flooding, we have decided that for everyone’s safety, we have to cancel tomorrow's Star Party. Although we will not be able to reschedule this event, we are actively brainstorming other ways to showcase our beautiful night skies."

Jordy Yager

The number of people who lack reliable access to food continues to rise in Virginia.  In the first report in a series this month, WMRA’s Jordy Yager talks with some of those affected by food insecurity and how several organizations are fighting to end it.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

With college back in session, many students are working part-time jobs on campus to help pay the bills. Waiting tables, running registers, maybe reshelving books at the university library. But one UVa student has followed a different path. WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente went to meet her.

Emily Richardson-Lorente files her first story from Charlottesville, about the i.Lab at the Darden School of Business.... Also at UVa is a new experiment called the Compassionate Schools Project, and Kara Lofton checks that out.... And Jessie Knadler visits the outdoor classroom of Col. Grigg Mullen, Jr., who is bringing timber framing back, for the purpose of teaching his civil engineering students.

Jessie Knadler

Civil engineers build roads, bridges, canals; heavy-duty stuff. It’s what you’d expect to learn at a school with a strong engineering program, like at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. One civil engineering professor there has taken the construction process way back for his cadets – we’re talking thousands of years – by teaching them how to timber frame, in the process exposing them to a much wider world. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has the story.

Courtesy of Meghann Clem

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.

Courtesy Harrisonburg International Festival

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.

courtesy Robert Truoccolo

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.

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