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WMRA Daily 4/20/18

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The three Republicans vying to challenge Senator Tim Kaine this fall meet in another debate… Virginia will get nearly $10 million to fight the opioid battle… How do first responders – cops, fire fighters and so on – train to deal with, and serve, people with autism?

As part of our recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, WMRA has been examining the spectrum disorder and the people it impacts. In the fourth installment of our series, we take a deep look at how the issue of public and individual safety has evolved. WMRA’s Jordy Yager reports.

WMRA Daily 4/19/18

Apr 19, 2018

White supremacist propaganda sprinkled around Charlottesville neighborhoods… some Democrats in the General Assembly are calling on the governor to hit the brakes on the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines…  Could the answer for Puerto Rico be solar power?  A local benefit concert is raising money toward that end….

WMRA Daily 4/18/18

Apr 18, 2018

The Republican-led House of Delegates approves its version of the state budget, again expanding Medicaid to low-income Virginians… Next week, high school students are encouraged to register to vote… You have an extra day to file your federal taxes, and we’ll take a look at the tax burden that Virginians bear….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

As some Puerto Rico residents struggle to recover from last year's Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a group of concerned citizens in Harrisonburg are hoping to fight climate change through humanitarian action – with a benefit concert this Friday [April 20, 2018]. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show.

Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84.

Jessie Knadler

Like a lot of small to midsize downtowns trying to hang on in the age of Amazon, Lexington has its share of empty storefronts.  In an effort to juice the downtown scene, Main Street Lexington hosted a Shark Tank-like pitch competition Wednesday night in which eight local entrepreneurs competed for $60,000 worth of prize money from the state to grow a new or existing business.  Jessie Knadler filed this report.

WMRA Daily 4/17/18

Apr 17, 2018

The photographer who captured the moment a terrorist plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville last August has won the Pulitzer Prize for his work… those severe storms on Sunday may have contributed to a small plane crash, and the pilot’s death, in Crozet… and, a Shark Tank-like competition comes to Lexington….

WMRA Daily 4/16/18

Apr 16, 2018

Parts of Virginia suffer damage from the thunderstorms that rolled through Sunday night… Just as the Tom Tom Founders Fest begins to wind down, a statue of Thomas Jefferson is vandalized on the UVa campus… Senator Tim Kaine says he will vote against Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo….

WMRA Daily 4/13/18

Apr 13, 2018

Those monster fee increases proposed last year for Shenandoah National Park and others?  Yeah, not so much… The admission fee is going up $5, not $40… Is Republican Congressman Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th District in danger from a possible blue wave?  We also explore how useful animals can be in therapies for children with autism….

Jessica Neal

As part of our recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, all during April WMRA is examining the spectrum disorder and the people affected by it.  Today we explore how animal therapy, specifically using horses and dogs, can help kids with autism.  WMRA’s Jessie Knadler reports.

WMRA Daily 4/12/18

Apr 12, 2018

Even after losing its bid to take over Harrisonburg’s animal shelter services, Anicira says it’s pleased with the result… In Richmond, supporters of Medicaid expansion filled the state Senate gallery Wednesday… And one local state Senator says he thinks the votes are there….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

On Tuesday [April 10] the Harrisonburg City Council voted unanimously to decline an animal sheltering services proposal from Anicira Veterinary Center – and expressed hope for new collaboration. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Zuckerberg Testimony

Apr 11, 2018
Liam James Doyle/NPR

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

WMRA Daily 4/11/18

Apr 11, 2018

Harrisonburg will continue to use the SPCA as an animal shelter, rejecting a bid by Anicira… Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond today – can they come to agreement on expanding Medicaid, and a budget?  And, forget cat-cow… GOAT yoga has made its way to Rockbridge….

Jessie Knadler

Goat yoga – doing yoga with goats -- is having a moment right now.  The West Coast fad has come to our part of Virginia, with Rockbridge County the latest locale to offer stretch sessions with barnyard friends. WMRA's Jessie Knadler drops in on one of these classes to find out what the bleat … is going on.

WMRA Daily 4/10/18

Apr 10, 2018

One neo-Nazi group agrees not to return to Charlottesville, after its involvement in last August’s violence… John Cleese and Dan Rather are among the attractions for this week’s Tom Tom Founders Fest… What can Virginia learn from the two-thirds of the other states in the country that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare?

Calvin Pynn

Senator Tim Kaine is making his way around the state to kick off his bid for re-election this year.  He stopped at Pale Fire Brewing Company Saturday [April 7] to meet with voters in Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn was there.

WMRA Daily 4/9/18

Apr 9, 2018

A Republican state Senator flips on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, raising the possibility of a budget agreement… U-S Senator Tim Kaine visits Harrisonburg as part of his re-election kick-off… Motorcycle rider deaths are way up, and some riders blame car drivers with cell phones….

Some kids have been enjoying their spring break this week. For some that’s meant vegging out, or maybe going to visit relatives out of town. But for a group of 13 girls in Charlottesville, it’s meant a week-long camp focused on health. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

An Arlington hospital tries to turn back a crisis in c-section births.  Girls in Charlottesville spend spring break focused on health and wellbeing.  CNN’s White House Correspondent and JMU grad Jim Acosta speaks on campus for real news and a free press.

James Madison University

On Thursday [April 5],  CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta returned to James Madison University as the final Madison Vision Series Speaker this year. WMRA’s Calvin Pynn reports.

Several protesters at a march Wednesday at Cargill in Dayton were arrested for trespassing when they tried to deliver a petition in support of workers they say were fired by the company for exercising their rights to organize. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 4/5/18

Apr 5, 2018

Nine protesters arrested at the Cargill plant in Dayton trying to support workers’ rights to unionize… Harrisonburg city staff recommend against turning animal shelter services over to Anicira…. How are Virginia’s public schools serving students with autism?  Our series continues….

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

This Saturday [April 7], community members interested in the process of becoming naturalized citizens can learn more at an information session at Blue Ridge Community College. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and WMRA is presenting a six-part series about this increasingly prevalent developmental disorder. Today, we look at the educational system’s approach to students with autism. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

WMRA Daily 4/4/18

Apr 4, 2018

Valley activists say they are carrying on MLK’s work by supporting local poultry workers…  State regulators question whether the big electric utility overhaul passed by lawmakers this year is constitutional… UVa researchers learn more about why some babies and not others die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome….

WMRA Daily 4/3/18

Apr 3, 2018

Senator Tim Kaine kicks off his re-election campaign this week, with appearances around the state… A massive Confederate battle flag appears near Interstate 64 outside Charlottesville… A Virginia Tech administrator who marched with Martin Luther King,  Jr. remembers him, 50 years after his death….

WMRA Daily 4/2/18

Apr 2, 2018

Democratic Senator Mark Warner changes his position on guns, now calling for restrictions on assault-style guns and ammunition magazines…  The Library of Virginia is way behind in cataloging documents, and is failing to answer Freedom of Information requests…  A “place-based” education advocate visits JMU….

David Sobel

This week [April 3-4] a promoter of “place-based education” is coming to Harrisonburg to meet with current and future teachers. On Tuesday he’ll also give a keynote address that’s open to the public, as WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz reports.

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