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WMRA Daily 10/4/17

Oct 4, 2017

The effects of DACA on two JMU students, Rockbridge County's Democratic chairman resigns and reopening the twin issues of gun rights and gun control in VA.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In accordance with President Trump’s ending of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, Thursday, October 5, 2017, is the last day that some eligible DREAMers, also called “DACAmented” residents, can apply for renewal of their DACA status. While Congress is working out what to do, many of these young people are anxious about their options. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with two students at James Madison University, and filed this report.

WMRA Daily 10/3/17

Oct 3, 2017

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s possible expansion into South Carolina, VCU Health Center’s mass casualty response plan, and the strength of the economic engine that is Northern Virginia.

WMRA Daily 10/2/17

Oct 2, 2017

An astronaut will lecture at Bridgewater, candidates for governor get a boost from Bush and Clinton, and a Marine Corps veteran moves into a new home – mortgage free.

WMRA Daily 10/2/17

Oct 2, 2017

An astronaut will lecture at Bridgewater, candidates for governor get a boost from Bush and Clinton, and a Marine Corps veteran moves into a new home – mortgage free.

Paula Poundstone, comedian and Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me panelist, will return to the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Friday, October 6th. Paula relies on audience participation for her performances, and says no two of her shows are ever the same. But her material also includes riffing on her life with three kids, and a houseful of pets. WMRA's Bob Leweke took the opportunity to  talk with Paula Poundstone about what's new in her life.

Courtesy Lock & Talk Virginia

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - which will be recognized at Piedmont Virginia Community College through an event organized by the Lock & Talk Virginia campaign, brought by the Health Planning Region One Suicide Prevention Committee. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with its program coordinator Rebecca Textor.

WMRA Daily 9/29/17

Sep 29, 2017

Another man has been arrested for assault during the August 12 white supremacist rally, he’ll be extradited to Charlottesville… as National Suicide Prevention Awareness month draws to a close, an event in Charlottesville brings in the Dancing Cop from America’s Got Talent to help teach recognizing suicidal behavior in others…. And, we meet the ophthalmologist celebrating his 80th birthday by putting on his own piano concert of Chopin’s music….

Arnold Popkin

Many of us celebrate a birthday with a meal out at a favorite restaurant, or a party with cake and presents.  But retired Charlottesville ophthalmologist Arnold Popkin will celebrate his birthday by playing a concert at Charlottesville’s First Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon.  WMRA’s Kimberlea Daggy has more.

Jordy Yager

Less than 7 weeks since white supremacists marched with torches on the University of Virginia campus across the street, St. Paul’s Memorial church hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday evening aimed at addressing white supremacy and Christianity. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

WMRA Daily 9/28/17

Sep 28, 2017

Charlottesville leaders and residents gathered for a panel discussion on race, less than seven weeks after August 12th…  and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wonders how Russians favoring Trump during last year’s presidential campaign knew who to target on Facebook…

Marguerite Gallorini

What is the best practice to address the epidemics related to opioid use in Virginia – and in the nation? Last month, WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reported on alternatives to prescribing opiates.  This week, a group of Canadian health care professionals are in Charlottesville as part of a two-day conference on the subject organized by the Center for Global Health at UVa. Marguerite has more.

WMRA Daily 9/27/17

Sep 27, 2017

A state official says health insurance premiums under the ACA are set to skyrocket next year… Good news for those concerned about public attitudes toward LGBTQ people… and, can a Canadian approach help treat the opioid crisis in Virginia?

Marguerite Gallorini

Frank Dukes, a fellow at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at UVa, is one of two presenters at an event today at JMU called "Why Confederate Monuments Matter: Charlottesville and Beyond."  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

WMRA Daily 9/26/17

Sep 26, 2017

Confusion over health insurance markets may mean that fewer people in Virginia enroll this year… a UVa monuments expert visits JMU to talk about the link between Confederate monuments and white supremacy… and, we meet the Harrisonburg family that brings traditional Aztec dance to the city’s International Festival….

Peggy Brubaker

This Saturday [Sept. 30], the 20th International Festival in Harrisonburg will again include Aztec dancing as part of the celebration of the city’s cultural and language diversity. The dancers are led by a Harrisonburg couple who are working to keep alive the Aztec traditions in their Mexican roots, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 9/25/17

Sep 25, 2017

Democrats still showing a lead over Republicans in the latest statewide election poll… thousands of people enjoyed Dave Matthews’ Unity concert at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Sunday… and, one year after becoming a state park, Natural Bridge visits are way up….

Tomtoberfest is here! Today and tomorrow, the Tom Tom Fall festival is celebrating creative community and local innovation with, among other things, two free days of concert at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with founder Tom Beyer about how the fall’s events differ from the big festival in the Spring.

Jordy Yager

For the latest installment of our Women of Interest series, WMRA’s Jordy Yager met a woman who is dedicated to breaking down not just barriers to mental wellness, but also barriers for African Americans in Charlottesville.

WMRA Daily 9/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

Charlottesville Congressman Tom Garrett is working for the release of two pastors imprisoned in Sudan… we have a preview of Tomtoberfest… and, the next installment in our Women of Interest series, a woman on a mission to heal as much of the world as she can….

WMRA Daily 9/21/17

Sep 21, 2017

Tens of thousands more kids in Virginia are eating school breakfasts, according to the Governor… another concern facing state lawmakers is how to better serve children who face violence or trauma at home… and, we meet the members of a collaborative effort in Charlottesville to provide counseling and healing after the traumatic events of August….

Marguerite Gallorini

One month ago three people died in Charlottesville in a violent day of white supremacist hatred and violent clashes with counter-protesters.  But how does the community heal after such a trauma? Several groups are providing free counseling and wellness services to the residents of Charlottesville who have been affected in one way or another by the violence of that weekend. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

Faith E. Pinho

The church where Confederate General Robert E. Lee attended during his time in Lexington will no longer bear his name, as of a vote Monday night by the vestry of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church -- or, Grace Episcopal Church, as it is now called. WMRA's Faith Pinho has the story.

WMRA Daily 9/20/17

Sep 20, 2017

The two major party gubernatorial candidates sparred over taxes, Trump, and Confederate monuments last night… Robert E. Lee’s church in Lexington is no longer named after him after a vote Tuesday… and, Charlottesville’s black residents look at an uncertain future, after a violent summer....

Jordy Yager

It’s been one month since a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville left three people dead and dozens more injured. The city has since attempted to piece itself back together, realizing that deeper issues are also at play. For a look towards the future, WMRA’s Jordy Yager spoke with educators and teens about their reality.

Dillon Broadwell

Last Saturday, Dynamic Aviation hosted a 50th anniversary party open to the public at their company headquarters near Bridgewater.  WMRA’s Dillon Broadwell was there to get a glimpse of the little airfield, and what Dynamic Aviation does.

WMRA Daily 9/19/17

Sep 19, 2017

Virginia State Police warn of a new email scam… we have a preview of Tuesday night’s debate between the major party candidates for governor… and, we visit last weekend’s air show near Bridgewater, as a company called Dynamic Aviation celebrates it’s 50th anniversary….

WMRA Daily 9/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

UVa announces its new president, the ninth in its history… Anthem changes its mind, and says it WILL offer health insurance plans in Virginia under the ACA… and, a new threat to the ongoing recovery of the bald eagle population in Virginia….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Forty years ago, bald eagles were in danger of extinction, but they’ve made a rebound, and theirs is considered an “Endangered Species Act success story.” But as they spread across Virginia in search of new habitat, they are finding some free lunches that are actually quite costly. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Across Virginia this week people gathered at offices of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, to voice their concerns and demands about the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast natural gas pipelines. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz attended Thursday’s [Sept. 14] gathering just outside of Harrisonburg at the Valley Regional DEQ Office.

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