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Efforts to change how Virginia public universities ask about prospective students’ criminal histories spread to JMU

Two-thirds of former inmates stop filling out college applications when they see a question about criminal history, according to one survey. Now a student group at JMU is working to change that, and JMU is tweaking how it asks about criminal histories of prospective students — all an offshoot of broader efforts in Virginia and across the country.

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Cigarette on 1st floor deck started Southview fire, HFD investigation finds

An improperly discarded cigarette on the deck of a first-floor apartment ignited the fire that engulfed the Southview Apartment building at 1083 Lois Lane on Thursday, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department’s investigation.

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43 residents displaced by Southview Apt. fire. No one hurt, at least one pet killed — but one dog was reunited with owner

More than 40 residents — nearly all of whom are JMU students — were displaced after a fire started on the first floor of one of the Southview Apartment buildings and eventually engulfed the entire structure Thursday afternoon.

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A year in, the Virginia Breeze bus line has blown past expectations

On a sunny Friday, JMU junior Ahmad Hassane waits patiently beneath the looming brick and concrete mass of Godwin Hall. He’s anticipating the arrival of the Virginia Breeze – the year-old bus line with soaring ridership that runs from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C., with Harrisonburg one of several stops along the way.

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Wilt, Copeland and Finnegan give JMU students a preview of their 26th District campaigns

In a sneak peek of the 26th District state delegate race, Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and the two Democrats competing for the right to challenge Wilt all road-tested their distinct approaches on Thursday, even if the trio largely avoided debating each other over the issues.

As JMU students prepare for spring break, burglaries at off-campus complexes during previous breaks remain unsolved

With JMU heading on spring break next week, area law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to prevent more break-ins and burglaries as a result of unoccupied apartments while the university is closed and students are away.

Meet the low-profile outfit behind one of Harrisonburg’s highest-rising structures

After Bridgeforth Stadium, it’s possibly the most recognizable landmark for those driving through Harrisonburg on Interstate 81. The 120-foot wind turbine is perched on a ridge on the east side of the highway, its spinning, 33-foot blades propelled by the invisible breeze. What can’t be seen from the road is the force behind that specific turbine – a renewable energy advocacy organization that calls Harrisonburg home.

In the name of history: Should Paul Jennings Hall coexist on a campus with buildings that also honor Confederate leaders?

JMU leaders say the naming of the new residence hall after Paul Jennings is a step toward confronting racism that has been embedded in the history of the campus and its namesake, as well as the Harrisonburg community, the commonwealth of Virginia and the country. But some people, including students and community activists in Harrisonburg, are asking what this might signal about the renaming of other buildings on JMU’s campus — the ones named after confederate leaders.

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