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Emily Richardson-Lorente

Earlier this year, a Charlottesville woman opened her home for students interested in learning roots music — bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues. And interest in that little program far exceeded her expectations. Now, to her family’s relief, the lessons have moved out of their home and into a bona fide music school. It’s called The Front Porch, and WMRA’s Emily Richardson-Lorente recently spent an afternoon there.

Arrested? Your mugshot may get published. Want to get it out of publication? Pay a hefty fee to the publisher. And that's perfectly legal, if not entirely ethical, under the First Amendment and the Freedom of Information Act. Kara Lofton reports on "Crime Times".... We also look at why there was NO change in state senate seats this election season, and how online voting might help raise turnout. Plus, The Spark (with mule thoughts and mule body language), and Our Island Universe looks at our ever-expanding universe.

Kara Lofton

Have you ever walked into a gas station or convenience store and seen the newspaper with row after row of mug shots? In central and western Virginia that paper is called Crime Times U.S.A., but there are variations on the theme all across the country. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked with Crime Times owner Brad McMurray, and with one of the men who have appeared in the paper, to discuss its controversial business model.

Republicans retain control of Virginia's General Assembly. No seats for the State Senate will change hands in the next session -- the GOP retains a 21-19 majority. In the House of Delegates, Republicans will hold a nearly two-thirds majority. Several Senate incumbents in the WMRA region, all Republicans, easily won re-election over Democratic challengers. Mark Obenshain defeated April Moore in the 26th District (parts of the Shenandoah Valley, including Harrisonburg), and Bryce Reeves...

Courtesy Virginia Film Festival

In a world.... where film festivals are a dime a dozen and everyone with a GoPro is a filmmaker … one small-town film festival breaks the mold. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview of this year’s Virginia Film Festival, which begins Thursday, Nov. 5th.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. On the ballot are candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates, and for numerous local City and County offices. To find out where to vote, and who's on the ballot, click here. Find a full list of candidates for statewide offices here .

WMRA's Jordy Yager posted two reports from the Charlottesville area this week, serving up the final installment of our five-part special series on Food Insecurity, and attending a conference aimed at changing the conversation about, and among, young black men.... Jessie Knadler sniffed out the latest research on stink bugs, now an October fixture in Virginia.... and Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman takes a look at the reaction of college professors to the rise in campus shootings. We've...

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In the final installment of our 5-part series on food insecurity, WMRA’s Jordy Yager takes a local look at the big picture, and how it is that in the 21 st century millions of Americans are still lacking access to adequate food.

Jordy Yager

About 60 black students from middle schools and high schools throughout Central Virginia gathered recently for the second EMBODI conference in Charlottesville. WMRA's Jordy Yager was able to attend the day of workshops for a report on how local African-American leaders are striving to empower the next generation of young black men.

Another October, another year of stink bugs finding their way into your home and office, getting caught in overhead light fixtures, and generally being a nuisance. WMRA's Jessie Knadler looked into the latest research in dealing with this pest.

In this special one-hour show, hear Bob Leweke's interviews with each of the candidates for the 26th state Senate district, Democratic challenger April Moore, and Republican incumbent Mark Obenshain.... Tag along with Jordy Yager and a Meals on Wheels volunteer bringing meals, and a human touch, to the homebound in Charlottesville.... Visit a grade-school classroom with Kara Lofton, where restorative justice practices are used to build trust and deal with conflict.... and, catch the radio re-broadcast of the televised debate between Moore and Obenshain from October 13th on WHSV-TV3.

Jordy Yager

More than 350,000 senior citizens in Virginia have trouble paying their basic costs of living, including meals. In the fourth installment of WMRA’s series on food insecurity, Jordy Yager hits the road with the Meals on Wheels program in Charlottesville, which provides the retired -- and the homebound -- with daily meals and a little human touch.

Senator Mark Obenshain is the Republican incumbent representing the 26th state senate district of Virginia, and up for re-election in November. His challenger is Democrat April Moore. Sen. Obenshain sat down with Bob Leweke and talked about his campaign.

April Moore is a Democrat running to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mark Obenshain in the 26th state senate district of Virginia. She sat down with Bob Leweke and talked about her campaign.

Kara Lofton

Restorative justice is the idea that conflict occurs because of broken relationships. If relationships can be restored, conflict can be resolved without punishment, resentment, or continued animosity. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to three teachers who are bringing the practice into their classrooms.

Sefe Emokpae

When it comes to risk of injury, football ranks as one of the most dangerous among mainstream sports. For the past several years, a pair of biomechanical engineers at the University of Virginia have been seeking the best and most innovative ways to prevent injuries through the design of safety equipment. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae has this report.

We've got Jordy Yager's third installment of our series on Food Insecurity in Virginia, with a focus on hungry kids.... the unlikely path to behind-the-scenes fame taken by a pair of videographers, through music videos, in Charlottesville, with Emily Richardson-Lorente... an exploration of the cohousing movement, with Kara Lofton... and Virginia Public Radio reports on the debates over guns, and over the proposed natural gas pipeline, in Virginia.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, University of Virginia students will be hosting a fundraising event for Parkinson’s disease. Emily Richardson-Lorente has a preview.

Kara Lofton

Cohousing, or living in an intentional community while still retaining your own home, is a trend that has recently begun taking off in Virginia. WMRA’s Kara Lofton talked to one of the organizers of the Harrisonburg Cohousing initiative (which is still in the planning stages) and visited an active cohousing community in Blacksburg.

Jordy Yager

One of the most hidden faces of food insecurity is that of the hungry child. In the third part of our series on Food Insecurity, WMRA’s Jordy Yager looks at how Charlottesville City schools and several groups are attempting to help kids eat better, more regular meals, and to learn good eating habits.

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