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…

Calvin Pynn

The return to analog sound in this digital age isn’t limited to the resurgence in popularity of turntables and vinyl LP records.  Many keyboard musicians and sound artists are returning to the analog synthesizers whose sound they grew up with, favoring them over the newer digital varieties.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Former Albemarle NAACP director Rick Turner spoke at Saturday’s monthly Democratic Breakfast about racial disparities in the education system. He and other panelists talked about how school discipline practices lead to disproportionate discipline for racial minorities, and ultimately, to increased contact with the criminal justice system. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/21/17

Aug 21, 2017

State lawmakers from the WMRA region call for the DEQ to slow down its process for evaluating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline… meanwhile, in the wake of Charlottesville, many lawmakers, and citizens, are re-evaluating the permitting process for mass rallies, and also not just whether Confederate monuments should come down, but whether public fixtures such as schools and bridges should be renamed…

WMRA Daily 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

Senator Mark Warner says he sees some good that may come out of Trump’s comments on Charlottesville… We’ll have the latest on the legal battle over the Robert E. Lee statue, that is at the center of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend… and, we look at how some faith leaders are responding to Charlottesville, and to the problems of race more broadly…

Courtesy of Bishop Mark Bourlakas

Among the many groups that descended on Charlottesville last weekend for Saturday’s rally of white supremacists, a collection of faith leaders from around the country stood together to provide solace and solidarity in the midst of chaos. WMRA's Faith Pinho has this story about how the Episcopal Church responded to events in Charlottesville -- and how it is addressing issues of race in general.

WMRA Daily 8/17/17

Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds gather to remember Heather Heyer, killed in last Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville… later, many people marched peacefully through the U-V-A grounds in a candlelight vigil against hate and violence, as Governor Terry McAuliffe joins calls for localities to take down Confederate monuments… and, we profile Harrisonburg midwife Misty Ward for the next part of our Women of Interest series…

Courtesy Brookhaven Women's Health Center

Midwives have delivered babies for centuries, but in America they mostly went underground as childbirth became medicalized in the 20th century.  So, like many other midwives these days, Misty Ward, owner and founder of Brookhaven Women’s Health and Natural Birthing Center outside Harrisonburg, is a bit of a rebel, part of a growing movement to de-medicalize childbirth.  For the next installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jessie Knadler has her profile.

WMRA Daily 8/16/17

Aug 16, 2017

Two people injured in the car attack in Charlottesville on Saturday are suing the alleged perpetrator, and the organizers of the white supremacist rally…  non-profits, including thrift stores, in Rockingham County will be paying to leave materials at the county landfill for the first time in years, beginning in 2018… and, we’ve got tips on safely viewing next Monday’s solar eclipse...

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Since at least back to 2000, local nonprofits have not had to pay the $52-per-ton dumping fee at the Rockingham County Landfill. Next year, however, they will need to pay. For some, that change could hurt, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Courtesy Shanil Virani

Don’t worry! If you’ve not made plans to travel to see the solar eclipse on Monday [August 21] from the path of totality, you can still enjoy it from right here in the Valley. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Marguerite Gallorini

Monday evening, the Jefferson School's African-American Heritage Center hosted a Community Conversation to talk about Saturday's violence in the city, and how to move forward.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini was there.

Marguerite Gallorini

Charlottesville’s Police Department is again under heavy criticism. After last month’s KKK rally, some blamed the police for taking an over-militarized, aggressive approach towards protesters. Now, some are saying the police erred in the other direction, and in many instances of disorder did nothing. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

WMRA Daily 8/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Chief Al Thomas defends the Charlottesville police in the face of criticism, again, after Saturday’s violence there, and he expresses regret for the loss of life… meanwhile, members of the community try to begin healing... and, insurance providers in Virginia’s ACA marketplace get shuffled….

Jordy Yager

Heather Heyer, 32, of Ruckersville was killed Saturday in Charlottesville by a car attack.  The alleged driver of that car is in custody, charged with murder.  Ms. Heyer was peacefully protesting against right-wing hate groups that descended on the city for a rally.  A vigil was held Sunday night to remember her.  WMRA's Jordy Yager reports.

Jordy Yager

On Saturday, Charlottesville made international news with the deaths of three people and the largest white nationalist gathering the city has seen in modern history. WMRA’s Jordy Yager was on the ground and has this report.

WMRA Daily 8/14/17

Aug 14, 2017

White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the KKK descend, once again, on Charlottesville… As violence broke out on Saturday, one woman is killed by an alleged neo-Nazi… we will remember Heather Heyer, and we’ll have an overview of the weekend and the aftermath….

Marguerite Gallorini

As crowds were beginning to disperse after Saturday’s rally of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and KKK members in Charlottesville, a car plunged into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters near the downtown mall.  One woman was killed, and 19 others in the street were injured.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there when it happened.

Nineteen people are reported injured, and one dead, after a car plowed through a crowd of people marching peacefully against white nationalists and Nazis in Charlottesville.  Mayor Mike Signer tweeted:  "I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will--go home."  Here is reporting from NPR.

WMRA Daily 8/11/17

Aug 11, 2017

A jury recommends life in prison for a man convicted of killing his wife with antifreeze in Verona… Virginia State Police are looking for the driver of a tractor-trailer who apparently killed a Tennessee man near Lexington in a hit-and-run… We also take a look at the role of unemployment in this year’s campaign for Virginia governor…

WMRA Daily 8/10/17

Aug 10, 2017

Charlottesville braces for another big rally, while the city is still raw from the July KKK rally and the police response… yet another poll shows Democrat Northam leading Republican Gillespie for governor… and, we take a look at the mortgage tax deduction – will tax reform happen in Washington?

Jordy Yager

On Saturday (Aug. 12), hundreds of alt-right activists are expected to gather in Charlottesville for a rally to save the city’s Robert E. Lee statue. The city is still reeling from a KKK rally one month ago, and struggling to find a balance between public safety and safeguarding civil liberties. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

A former JMU student is sentenced to time behind bars for voter fraud… Virginia’s health insurance market actually looks pretty healthy for the coming year, despite Republican claims that it’s “imploding”… and, at the moment, the Democrats are leading the Republicans in this year’s statewide contests….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Monday (Aug. 7) at James Madison University, several hundred people attended the first of five public hearings across the state to be held by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Energy says the pipeline, set to cross Virginia, will create lots of jobs, provide much-needed domestic and “clean burning” natural gas, and more.

Les Kipp

In the mood for some classical?  The Staunton Music Festival, where musicians from around the world descend on the town for a week long “rethink” of classical music, is back for the middle of August. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler spoke to its founders about why this festival in little ol’ Staunton has become a can’t-miss event for music lovers from all over.

WMRA Daily 8/8/17

Aug 8, 2017

Charlottesville City Council denies a white nationalist group’s request to rally later this month at Emancipation Park downtown, moving it to another park farther away… protesters, and supporters, show up at a public hearing for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Harrisonburg… and, we’ve got a look at the history of the Staunton Music Festival….

WMRA Daily 8/7/17

Aug 7, 2017

The NRA endorses Republican Ed Gillespie for governor… Senator Mark Warner co-sponsors legislation to send some relief to food deserts in America… and, a little-known Virginia law allows private collection agencies to slap huge fees on college debt, and one lawmaker proposes a fix…

WMRA Daily 8/4/17

Aug 4, 2017

Harrisonburg’s state senator Mark Obenshain requests a review of the state’s elections agency, but the report isn’t due until after next year’s mid-term elections… Planned Parenthood in Virginia throws its support behind Democrat Ralph Northam for governor… and, we take a look at a big new report to the F-D-A on opioids, chaired by a U-V-A professor.