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A federal judge has approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded the late President Ronald Reaga...
09/27/2021
John Hinckley, Who Shot President Reagan, Wins Unconditional Release

A federal judge has approved the unconditional release of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded the late President Ronald Reagan and 3 others outside a D.C. hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.

A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded late President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a

There is no reliable data on how long retail workers stay in the industry. It's famously a common first job for young pe...
09/27/2021
Retail Jobs Are Treated As A Temporary Bridge To Something Better. But Why?

There is no reliable data on how long retail workers stay in the industry. It's famously a common first job for young people. But retail actually employs almost as many people over 55 as it does people under 25.

People lick their fingers, touch money and hand it to you. They take money out of bras or hand you bills soaking wet with lake water. When you become a

"The smaller parties are in the driver's seat," says Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund. "Merkel has left a ve...
09/27/2021
Smaller, Younger Parties Will Likely Determine Who Runs Germany's Next Government

"The smaller parties are in the driver's seat," says Sudha David-Wilp of the German Marshall Fund. "Merkel has left a very fragmented political landscape in Germany, so it looks like it's going to take three parties to form a majority for the next government. So the small parties, the Greens and the FDP, are sort of banding together to call the shots for the next government."

BERLIN – On the day after Germany's election, whichever party has won the most votes typically takes charge of enticing other parties with smaller

Top congressional Democrats worked through the weekend to solve competing demands from members of their own party on fis...
09/27/2021
Congress Faces A Week of Critical Deadlines

Top congressional Democrats worked through the weekend to solve competing demands from members of their own party on fiscal issues while continuing to battle Republicans over the nation's debt.

Top Congressional Democrats worked through the weekend to untangle a snarl of competing demands from members of their own party on fiscal issues while

U.S. officials are reopening an international border crossing in southern Texas that had been closed for more than a wee...
09/26/2021
The Border Is Reopening At Del Rio After The U.S. Clears Migrant Camp

U.S. officials are reopening an international border crossing in southern Texas that had been closed for more than a week. The port of entry at Del Rio was closed after thousands of migrants set up camp below the international bridge crossing.

U.S. officials are reopening an international border crossing in southern Texas that had been closed for more than a week. The port of entry at Del Rio was

I'm hearing of more and more activities that will require proof of vaccination: eating out, going to a concert, flying i...
09/24/2021
Coronavirus FAQ: Is There An App That'll Prove I'm Vaccinated, Or Is Paper The Best?

I'm hearing of more and more activities that will require proof of vaccination: eating out, going to a concert, flying internationally — and likely at some point domestically in the U.S. Do I really need to carry around that awkwardly sized paper proof-of-vaccine card?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a

For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even th...
09/24/2021
Booster Shots Are Coming. Here's How To Figure Out If You Need One

For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says.

"I'm even getting questions from my colleagues, who are doctors, asking me, 'What should I do?' " says the infectious disease specialist at Emory University.

For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says.

Automakers are struggling with persistent shortages of essential parts — especially semiconductors, which are embedded t...
09/24/2021
So, You Are Shopping For A Car At A Terrible Time. Here's What To Keep In Mind

Automakers are struggling with persistent shortages of essential parts — especially semiconductors, which are embedded throughout vehicles these days and whose production hasn't kept up with the roaring demand for vehicles.

If you want to know why it's hard to buy a car these days, just take a look at all the vacant spots at your local dealerships. When Sarah Chismar, a

According to a draft copy of the findings obtained by NPR member station KJZZ, a hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million ...
09/24/2021
The Controversial Election Review In Arizona Confirms Biden's Win

According to a draft copy of the findings obtained by NPR member station KJZZ, a hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County hewed closely to the official canvass of the results approved by county leaders.

A widely discredited GOP-led review of the 2020 election in Arizona's largest county has concluded that Joe Biden did indeed receive more votes there

House Speaker Pelosi is bringing the Women's Health Protection Act to the floor in response to a Texas law that bans abo...
09/24/2021
The House Will Vote On A Bill Meant To Counter Texas-Style Abortion Bans

House Speaker Pelosi is bringing the Women's Health Protection Act to the floor in response to a Texas law that bans abortion after six weeks, before most people realize they are pregnant. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the law from taking effect, although the decision leaves the door open for future challenges.

The U.S. House will vote Friday on a bill that protects a person's access to abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing the Women's Health

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a third dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine fo...
09/24/2021
A CDC Panel Backs Booster Shots For Older Adults, A Step Toward Making Them Available

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a third dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 and older as well as others at a high risk of severe illness.

Updated September 23, 2021 at 5:14 PM ET Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a third dose of Pfizer's COVID

One person is dead and at least a dozen others are wounded after a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Colliervil...
09/24/2021
13 People Were Shot, 1 Killed, At A Tennessee Kroger Store. The Suspect Is Dead

One person is dead and at least a dozen others are wounded after a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., a suburb east of Memphis, officials said.

Updated September 23, 2021 at 8:39 PM ET One person is dead and at least a dozen others are wounded after a mass shooting at a Kroger grocery store in

It's neither a bird nor a plane, but a winged microchip as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as i...
09/24/2021
Flying Microchips The Size Of A Sand Grain Could Be Used For Population Surveillance

It's neither a bird nor a plane, but a winged microchip as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as it monitors such things as pollution levels or the spread of airborne diseases.

It's neither a bird nor a plane, but a winged microchip as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as it monitors such things as

It's time for the global community to "grow up" and deal with the climate change crisis, British Prime Minister Boris Jo...
09/23/2021
Boris Johnson Urges World Leaders To Act With Renewed Urgency On Climate Change

It's time for the global community to "grow up" and deal with the climate change crisis, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told United Nations representatives, urging nations to "listen to the warnings of the scientists," in remarks at odds with some of his past statements.

It's time for the global community to "grow up" and deal with the climate change crisis, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told United

Augusta Health is now operating under "red surge" conditions, which means that all non-emergency procedures have been pu...
09/23/2021
'They're Tired, They're Exhausted'

Augusta Health is now operating under "red surge" conditions, which means that all non-emergency procedures have been put on hold so the staff can care for COVID patients.
In the past four weeks, 23 people have died of COVID-19 at Augusta Health in Fishersville.

In the past four weeks, 23 people have died of COVID-19 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Hillside School was among the first in Illinois to start regular testing. A lot of students, such as Brandon Muñoz, who'...
09/23/2021
How Some Schools Are Using Weekly Testing To Keep Kids In Class — And COVID Out

Hillside School was among the first in Illinois to start regular testing. A lot of students, such as Brandon Muñoz, who's in the fifth grade, says he is happy to get tested because he doesn't want to go back to Zoom school.

On a recent Monday morning, a group of preschoolers filed into the gymnasium at Hillside School in the west Chicago suburbs. These 4- and 5-year-olds were

U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote has handed his resignation to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, saying he "w...
09/23/2021
U.S. Special Envoy To Haiti Quits Over Deportations Of Haitian Refugees

U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote has handed his resignation to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, saying he "will not be associated with the United States' inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti" from the U.S. border.

Updated September 23, 2021 at 10:42 AM ET U.S. Special Envoy for Haiti Daniel Foote has handed his resignation to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken,

Health care workers had priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine back in December 2020, but nine months later, many are s...
09/23/2021
Nurses Are In Short Supply. Employers Worry Vaccine Mandate Could Make It Worse

Health care workers had priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine back in December 2020, but nine months later, many are still reluctant to get the shots. Vaccination rates remain low in some states and among some subgroups of health care workers such as nursing assistants. As part of his push to get more Americans vaccinated, Biden has essentially told 17 million health care workers: Get vaccinated or get out.

When Pam Goble first heard that President Biden was mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers, she had one thought: It's about time.

Months of bipartisan negotiations over policing reform legislation have ended with no agreement, according to the lawmak...
09/23/2021
Congressional Negotiators Have Failed To Reach A Deal On Police Reform

Months of bipartisan negotiations over policing reform legislation have ended with no agreement, according to the lawmakers who led the process.

Updated September 22, 2021 at 5:55 PM ET Months of bipartisan negotiations over policing reform legislation have ended with no agreement, according to

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a booster dose Wednesday of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people ...
09/23/2021
The FDA OKs Pfizer-BioNTech Booster For People 65+ Or At High Risk For Severe COVID

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a booster dose Wednesday of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 and older and others at high risk of severe COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized a booster dose Wednesday of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 and older and others at high

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the state's next surgeon general, who falls in line with the governor's belief t...
09/23/2021
Florida Gov. DeSantis Taps A New Surgeon General Who Doesn't Support Vaccine Mandates

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the state's next surgeon general, who falls in line with the governor's belief that vaccine mandates during the pandemic are unnecessary.

Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, who was most recently a researcher at the UCLA and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, was tapped by DeSantis on Tuesday to serve as both surgeon general and secretary of the state's department of health.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the state's next surgeon general, who falls in line with the governor's belief that vaccine mandates

Trump has sued The New York Times, several of its reporters, and his niece Mary for obtaining tens of thousands of pages...
09/22/2021
Trump Sues His Niece Mary And 'The New York Times' Over Tax Return Stories

Trump has sued The New York Times, several of its reporters, and his niece Mary for obtaining tens of thousands of pages of his tax documents for an investigation into his finances that won a Pulitzer.

Former President Donald Trump has sued The New York Times and several of its reporters, along with one of its key sources — his niece — for obtaining tens

All evidence points to the fact that Mars once had flowing water, but numerous flybys, orbiters, landers and rovers have...
09/22/2021
Mars Had Liquid Water On Its Surface. Here's Why Scientists Think It Vanished

All evidence points to the fact that Mars once had flowing water, but numerous flybys, orbiters, landers and rovers have confirmed one undeniable fact — any liquid water that was once on its surface is now long gone.

All evidence points to the fact that Mars once had flowing water, but numerous flybys, orbiters, landers and rovers have confirmed one undeniable fact —

President Biden is set to announce on Wednesday that the United States is buying 500 million more doses of the Pfizer-Bi...
09/22/2021
The U.S. Is Buying 500 Million More Pfizer Vaccine Doses To Donate To Other Countries

President Biden is set to announce on Wednesday that the United States is buying 500 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to donate to countries around the world, a pledge that will bring the total promised U.S. vaccine donations to more than 1.1 billion.

President Biden is set to announce on Wednesday that the United States is buying 500 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to donate

Two weeks after the 61-foot-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital ci...
09/22/2021
An Emancipation Statue Debuts In Virginia Two Weeks After Robert E. Lee Was Removed

Two weeks after the 61-foot-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital city will become home a new statue, this one commemorating the abolition of slavery.

Two weeks after the 6-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital city will become home a new statue,

President Joe Biden's failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the el...
09/22/2021
The FDA Has Been Without A Permanent Leader For 8 Months, As COVID Cases Climb

President Joe Biden's failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it's baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis.

President Joe Biden's failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of th...
09/22/2021
Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic. They say the delta surge appears to be peaking nationally.

Americans may be able to breathe a tentative sigh of relief soon, according to researchers studying the trajectory of the pandemic. The delta surge

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case inves...
09/22/2021
The Importance Of Contact Tracing

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case investigators to notify their close contacts is both safe and important.

With COVID cases on the rise, local health officials want to remind those who test positive that working with case investigators to notify their close

Early voting is underway in the Virginia governor's race — and the Texas abortion ban is playing a part. For Democrats, ...
09/21/2021
Far From Texas, The Virginia Governor's Race Will Test How Abortion Motivates Voters

Early voting is underway in the Virginia governor's race — and the Texas abortion ban is playing a part. For Democrats, it's a major test of how much opposition to the law could motivate voters ahead of midterms next year.

Morgan Byrd said that had it not been for the restrictive new Texas abortion law, she probably wouldn't have signed up to volunteer to canvass for

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Teachers! Join us on Thursday, April 29 at 7pm ET for an exclusive live chat with award-winning director Ken Burns. Together with PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars David Olson, Larissa Wright-Elson and Paige Somoza, we’ll explore creative ways to bring history to life for your students. Whether you’re teaching remotely, or, eventually, when we get back to our classrooms, this discussion is perfect for educators who want to help their students make connections between the past and present and effectively tell their own stories. The discussion is live, so participants will be able to ask Ken Burns and fellow educators questions in real-time. Come prepared for a rich, deep and honest conversation that will help you connect to your students, and help make yesterday’s lessons relevant to today’s learners.
We at VPM understand these are uncertain and challenging times for our community. We're listening to leaders and partners in our community and are very concerned with the needs being expressed by families, educators, and community leaders. 1) The attached schedule for VPM Learning Plus programming for April 13-17. 2) The attached VPM Home Learning one-sheet. (Note: This includes a different URL from the vpm.org/resources URL). 3) The following link to five short clips that VPM created with the First Lady of Virginia, Daniel Tiger and Katerine Kittycat offering helpful tips for families. https://vpm.org/articles/12291/five-tips-from-virginias-first-lady-to-keep-your-kids-active-and-healthy 4) The following link to information about the “VA TV Classroom." VPM, Blue Ridge PBS, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction, including Standards of Learning-aligned content, to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options due to a lack of high-speed internet. Instructional content will air from 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Monday, April 13. https://vpm.org/articles/12336/new-va-tv-classroom-airs-sol-programs-for-virginia-students I have also attached a resource one-sheet for your use. Feel free to share with those that you might feel this information would be helpful. Stay safe and well!
Can WMRA provide link to morning episode (Monday April 13th) on COVID19 droplets and references? This would be really useful to have and share! THANKS for the special COVID19 coverage.
Was there a Trump press conference announced for today, Sat. March 21 that hasn't happened? Or was I on a repetitive dialtone in some other world?
Officials have reported the first death in Virginia due to the novel coronavirus -- a man in his 70s in eastern Virginia. We have the details, and much more on what state officials say you should do to avoid catching the virus, at WMRA.ORG. https://www.wmra.org/post/virginia-reports-states-first-death-coronavirus
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