Robbie Harris

New River Valley residents had a chance to question officials of the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant, known as the Arsenal, at a community meeting. The plant has long been a controversial neighbor to its surrounding communities in southwestern Virginia.  But as Robbie Harris reports, its quarterly community meetings, like the one at the Christiansburg Library December 14, may be helping foster a dialogue that could benefit both camps.    

A federal government Army Ammunitions plant is, by nature, a place that has its secrets.

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Each Friday afternoon during Met Opera season, Conductor Steven White will provide a preview of Saturday's matinee performance. 

Steven White made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2010 and has since conducted a number of MET performances. He also continues a longstanding relationship with Opera Roanoke as Principal Guest Conductor and will conduct two performances of La boheme in Roanoke in April 2018.

This week, Conductor Steven White previews Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, a leading example of the bel canto genre. 



Elizabeth Alvarez

This month, Elizabeth Alvarez, a nurse from Charlottesville, continues her one woman campaign to help Puerto Rico. 

Four men appeared in a Charlottesville courtroom Thursday in connection with last summer’s violent protests.  The hearing was a first step in the process that could lead to trials.  

Killing for Love

It appears Governor Terry McAuliffe will not pardon Jens Soering, a German citizen convicted of a double murder in Virginia 27 years ago.  A growing body of evidence suggests Soering is not guilty, and a documentary about his case will open Friday in New York and Los Angeles.  

Edmèe Rodriguez-Hasler

It seems like every day we hear about a new technology that we’re told will change our lives.  But with the push toward the latest and greatest new gizmo, is something important being overlooked?   A recent symposium at Virginia Tech explored the question of what it means to be human in an increasingly technological world.  

A Christmas Conversation With John Waters

Dec 15, 2017
James Callahan

  Filmmaker, comedian and writer John Waters is returning to Richmond’s Byrd Theatre with an all new, live Christmas show.

(Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP)

The Ohio man accused of driving a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally this summer in Charlottesville had his most serious charge upgraded to first-degree murder Thursday.

  A Republican has maintained his victory in the first of four recounts that will determine control of Virginia's House of Delegates.

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In his first interview since losing the race for Governor, Republican Ed Gillespie says he’s rooting for Governor-elect Ralph Northam.


“I hope he’s a good Governor for us, I think he’s a good man and I said that throughout the campaign,” Gillespie said.


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