Ralph Northam is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against former Congressman Tom Perriello. Northam, who’s currently the lieutenant governor, is a pediatrician, veteran, and former state lawmaker. He’s hoping Virginian Democrats will recognize his experience in state politics as a valuable tool for governing.

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Jun 5, 2017
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The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is winning thousands of fans online with the introduction of a new song that excites audiences of all ages.  Sandy Hausman reports on how Romeo and Juliet inspired a rap masterpiece called We Run Verona.

Before each show at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Theater, performers treat the audience to music including this original composition by actors Kyle Powell and Josh Clark.

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When Richmond City Council wasn't sure what to expect when it decided to try healthier products in public vending machines but the early results have been a surprise. And, a judge has cleared the way for Southwest Virginia landowners to sue over royalties from natural gas recovery in former coal mines. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at vpap.org.

The First Amendment is facing a difficult test in Charlottesville, where small groups of people who call themselves “anti-fascists” have twice surrounded a handful of white supremacists as they sat on the downtown mall.  The protesters carried signs, chanted loudly, and demanded the white nationalists leave town. Now, a lawyer who says it’s their constitutional right to do that has been charged with assault, and lots of people are debating where the right to free speech ends.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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As Governor Terry McAuliffe prepares to leave office, he is faced with yet another plea from lawyers for a man scheduled to be executed in July. 34 year old William Morva was convicted of a double murder in Blacksburg, but doctors now say he suffered from a mental illness that compelled him to kill – a fact not shared with the jury.


It may be 2017. But listen to candidates for statewide office, and you might think it’s the 1860s. Michael Pope has this look at how the Election of 2017 is playing out against a backdrop of Virginia’s Civil War history.

Rosalia Films

With growing national concern about this country’s enormous prison population, there’s new attention on a program that puts University of Virginia students behind bars to study Russian literature with those who are serving time.  Sandy Hausman reports that Books Behind Bars is now the subject of a documentary.

Virginia does not have early voting. But more and more people are voting before election day using in-person absentee ballots. So what does that mean for politics in Virginia?

Music on Main Street in the Heart of Tech Country

Jun 2, 2017

In Blacksburg, Virginia you hear about new tech startups all the time.  But another thing the region is known for is music. A new venue opened there last month called Tempo Studios. It's a place where people can explore music on Main Street in the heart of tech country. Robbie Harris has more. 

Nancy Harder, an associate conductor at Opera Roanoke, had been giving private music lessons in her own home.

U.S. Breaks Paris Climate Agreement

Jun 1, 2017

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement on Climate change overturns a pact of cooperation to combat global warming that was unprecedented.  So says, Carol Franco, of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources. She was there when the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. She says, unlike the Kyoto Agreement before it, Paris marked the first time not only developing countries but developed nations also, agreed on a path they would take together.


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