Jessie Knadler

A new welding school in Buena Vista has been awarded $200,000 from the state. The grant will allow the school to help close a critical shortage of skilled welders across the country. WMRA’s Jessie Knadler heads to Buena Vista to take a look at the new wave of welders who will fill a growing need for skilled tradesmen in the future.

Rockbridge County High was one of thousands of schools across the country where students walked out of their classrooms to honor victims of the Parkland massacre yesterday.  WMRA's Jessie Knadler filed this report.

Emily Richardson-Lorente

Yesterday, students at UVa participated in the nationwide walkout to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting and propose gun control measures. WMRA's Emily Richardson-Lorente was there.

Jesse Huxman

The United Way has started discussions with local nonprofits and others to come up with solutions to help those in the Harrisonburg area struggling to make ends meet. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This week on Wednesday, one month after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies are slated to walk out of school to demand that Congress pass legislation to address gun violence. A number of schools in the area are recognizing that walkout and call – in their own ways, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Calvin Pynn

The second annual International Women’s Day March in Harrisonburg took place Saturday.  WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

On this week's Second Look, WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz pulls together some guidelines on how you can help when you see a panhandler (besides handing over cash)...  Peter Jump reports on the CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, and how UVa is involved.  And, as the regular session of the General Assembly ends, time to look at the unresolved issues they’ve left on the table, with political analyst Jeff Shapiro.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

In January, after WMRA aired a report about panhandlers, many listeners wanted to know more about the services available to them, and about the best way to respond or help. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz took those questions to some of the people working on the front lines.

Peter Jump

The CVille Biohub, a Charlottesville group organized to promote biotechnology companies, has counted more than 50 life sciences startups with more than 1800 employees in the city and surrounding counties. WMRA’s Peter Jump looks at some of the ingredients helping propel startups in Charlottesville to national prominence.

On this week's Second Look... WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz was curious how Mandy McCarthy spent the $100 she got from a "Secret Santa" Harrisonburg cop around Christmastime, so he did a follow-up interview with her.  He also tracks the American kestrel.  Marguerite Gallorini attends the second Charlottesville meeting exploring the possibilities of Charlottesville government, and Calvin Pynn reports on a discussion of DACA, Dreamers and Democracy at JMU with Isabel Castillo.  And, Virginia politics!


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