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UVA Group Asking for Community Input on Memorial to Honor Slaves
The President’s Commission on Slavery is asking for some feedback on a memorial to remember and honor the slaves who built the University of Virginia.
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Cale principal wins statewide achievement award
The Impact Award is given to educators who challenge not only themselves but others to grow, learn and achieve at the highest possible performance levels.
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Nadjad Nikabou-Salifou, Golda Houndoh and Jessica Amick will receive funding and support for global health projects in African nations.
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First-year students selected for the program will attend Regent’s University London for their first semester.
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All of the lectures will be held at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
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New UVa technology takes users 20,000 leagues below, virtually
UVa's visualization lab recently acquired new virtual reality technology, which allows users to immerse themselves in three-dimensional simulations.
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CT: Accelerated schedule for Hydraulic planning OK’d
Money for a study currently is not scheduled to be available until July at the earliest.
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Virginia Gubernatorial Hopefuls Speak at Economic Forum
On Friday five men hoping to be Virginia’s next governor spoke about why they're cut out to lead the commonwealth. 
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Team of PVCC Students, Faculty Nominated for NASA Engineering Challenge
A team of students and faculty at Piedmont Virginia Community College are trying to raise money after being chosen to participate in a national NASA engineering challenge.
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Man Who Loses License Over Court Fines Talk About Implications
Damian Stinnie is talking about the implications of losing his driver’s license after failing to pay court fines. Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville is fighting the constitutionality of that practice.
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UVA Students, Faculty Discuss Diversity and Other Topics
Around 200 University of Virginia students and faculty members came together Friday for a town hall on diversity, equity and inclusion.
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Updated: Former CPD Officer Seymore Remaining in Custody
Authorities offering some details over the arrest of Christopher Seymore, a former police officer charged with an alleged sexual assault.
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Area legislators talk uncertain budget picture at forum
The next session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene in just under six weeks and some area legislators told officials this week that uncertain budget times may continue. “The [main] challenge that we will have is budgetary as you are...
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Downtown-area neighborhoods get turn to speak at Our Town meeting
Charlottesville City Council heard an earful from citizens Thursday on sidewalks, speeding and more topics at their latest town hall meeting. “The point of doing this is to put us all in the same room together,” said Mayor Mike Signer, adding...
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Charlottesville High adds urban farming entrepreneurship class
Charlottesville High School students next year will have the option to get their hands dirty in an entrepreneurship-focused urban farming elective. That elective will serve as a prerequisite course for entrepreneurship and innovation, another enterprise-oriented elective joining the school catalog next...
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Accelerated schedule for Hydraulic planning approved
Planning for the reconfiguration of Hydraulic Road’s intersection with U.S. 29 could begin sooner than expected. “We look forward to the continued progress and movement, specifically with the Hydraulic Road Area Study, in order to keep Virginia moving through the Charlottesville...
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Urban design group meets with City Council, planning commission
Three groups in Charlottesville — including City Council — began a conversation Wednesday about how the city’s rules and regulations could be tweaked in order to improve future buildings. “We’re here tonight to talk about how we can all work together...
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Collaboration, persistence key to nonprofit success, speaker says to CNE
President Barack Obama’s former chief domestic policy adviser had a simple message for nonprofits, their donors, business and government Wednesday: For their work to be effective, these sectors must put aside differences, communicate and work toward specific, stated goals. Melody Barnes,...
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Charlottesville News

Area legislators talk uncertain budget picture at forum

Dec 02, 2016

The next session of the Virginia General Assembly will convene in just under six weeks and some area legislators told officials this week that uncertain budget times may continue. “The challenge that we will have is budgetary as you are facing in local governments as well,” said Delegate Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave).  “The fact is that state revenues are not...

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Downtown-area neighborhoods get turn to speak at Our Town meeting

Dec 01, 2016

Charlottesville City Council heard an earful from citizens Thursday on sidewalks, speeding and more topics at their latest town hall meeting. “The point of doing this is to put us all in the same room together,” said Mayor Mike Signer, adding that councilors and staff are always present at the events. The “Our Town” meetings have been held since 2010 to provide...

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Charlottesville High adds urban farming entrepreneurship class

Dec 01, 2016

Charlottesville High School students next year will have the option to get their hands dirty in an entrepreneurship-focused urban farming elective. That elective will serve as a prerequisite course for entrepreneurship and innovation, another enterprise-oriented elective joining the school catalog next year. The two electives, presented to the Charlottesville School Board at its December meeting Thursday, are among a host of new...

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Accelerated schedule for Hydraulic planning approved

Dec 01, 2016

Planning for the reconfiguration of Hydraulic Road’s intersection with U.S. 29 could begin sooner than expected. “We look forward to the continued progress and movement, specifically with the Hydraulic Road Area Study, in order to keep Virginia moving through the Charlottesville area,” wrote Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne in a recent letter to local officials. Money for a study currently is not...

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Urban design group meets with City Council, planning commission

Nov 30, 2016

Three groups in Charlottesville — including City Council — began a conversation Wednesday about how the city’s rules and regulations could be tweaked in order to improve future buildings. “We’re here tonight to talk about how we can all work together on several substantial projects,” Deputy City Attorney Lisa Robertson said. Councilors met with the planning commission and the PLACE Design Task...

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Collaboration, persistence key to nonprofit success, speaker says to CNE

Nov 30, 2016

President Barack Obama’s former chief domestic policy adviser had a simple message for nonprofits, their donors, business and government Wednesday: For their work to be effective, these sectors must put aside differences, communicate and work toward specific, stated goals. Melody Barnes, a Richmond resident who currently serves as chair of the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions, told the crowd at...

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City schools, council talk CIP priorities, transportation needs

Nov 29, 2016

The Charlottesville School Board on Tuesday told the City Council that the division would like a portion of its capital improvement program funds to be dedicated to improvement and modernization projects and said it is having trouble maintaining a strong staff of bus drivers. At a joint luncheon at CitySpace, the bodies discussed the division’s long- and short-term needs but did...

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City schools look to robots to connect with homebound students

Nov 27, 2016

Ashton Ryan is, in many ways, a typical 16-year-old. He balances a busy extracurricular schedule — organizing a coat drive, serving on the Charlottesville Youth Council and appearing every month on Rob Schilling’s radio show on WINA — with the demands of school. But for Ryan, a sophomore at Charlottesville High School, there is another complication thrown in — back and...

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My Brother’s Keeper looks to build local workforce by teaching coding

Nov 25, 2016

  Produce delivery driver Rico Hearns has aspirations far beyond moving vegetables from one place to another. Hearns, 29, would love to set up his own website as a platform for the artist interviews he does in his spare time and shares on YouTube. Driving a delivery truck isn’t a bad gig, he said, but he’s got something bigger in mind. Before...

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Albemarle planning commission gets first look at next capital budget

Nov 24, 2016

The Albemarle County Planning Commission has been briefed on the latest version of the county’s capital improvement program budget. “It’s a combination of our five-year plan, which is balanced to revenues, and then another five-year look, which is what we call our capital needs assessment,” said Trevor Henry, the county’s director of facilities and environmental services. The capital improvement program represents all...

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Crozet group briefed on population analysis, zoning changes

Nov 23, 2016

As more homes continue to be built in Crozet, members of a citizen panel charged with overseeing the master plan want to know how many more people to expect as new neighbors. “What’s left? What development land is left in Crozet?” asked Dave Stoner, chair of the Crozet Community Advisory Committee. Various groups have been requesting an inventory of how many people...

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Council briefed on affordable housing recommendations

Nov 22, 2016

As the price of housing in Charlottesville continues to climb, city officials are weighing several options to ensure that some homes remain affordable for those with lower incomes. City Council was presented Monday with a list of 35 policy recommendations made by the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC), which has spent the past year reviewing a report made by the firm RCLCO...

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