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VDGIF: Richmond’s Falcon Cam is Now Online
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a live video feed for Richmond’s nesting pair of peregrine falcons.
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Albemarle board chair to seek reelection
Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Diantha McKeel pledges support for public education, affordable housing and work on the U.S. 29 and Hydraulic Road intersection.
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A strong storm blew through Central Virginia, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rains that downed trees and knocked out power.
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Virginia Issues Legal Guidance for Schools on Immigration
State officials are distributing legal guidance to local school districts on immigration-related issues in response to President Donald Trump's recent executive actions.
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House Minority Leader David J. Toscano said the decision will likely force the General Assembly to reconvene to draw new boundaries for the 11 districts in question.
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Supreme Court Mainly Rules for Black Voters in Virginia Case
The Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.
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CPD: Meat Grinder Accident at Lampo Sends Worker to the Hospital
An accident at a restaurant in Belmont sent a woman to the hospital. Police say a worker got her hand caught in a meat grinder at Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria.
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ABC Accepting Grant Applications for the 2017-2018 Grant Program
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is now accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2017-2018 Alcohol Education and Prevention Grant program. 
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VSP Annual Report: Insurance Fraud Up from a Year Ago
According to an annual report released by the Virginia State Police, the number of Virginians that fell victim to insurance fraud in 2016 is up from a year ago.
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CT: Commissioners finalizing strategy for Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan update
City Council is expected to review the strategy at a meeting March 20.
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Commissioners finalizing strategy for Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan update
The Charlottesville Planning Commission is putting the finishing touches on a document that seeks to get more city residents involved in upcoming conversations about how the city is preparing for growth. “It seems like it is our responsibility to bring a...
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Safety personnel converge on Crozet for drone summit
The three-day conference was set up for law enforcement and safety professionals who use or want to use drones as part of their operations.
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City budget would grow by $9.6M under $171M proposal
Revenue from property taxes is expected to increase by $7 million.
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Laufer launches campaign for Charlottesville City Council
A member of the Charlottesville School Board who is currently in her second term has announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for one of two seats on the Charlottesville City Council. “Let’s continue to move Charlottesville forward in these uncertain...
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Announcing the Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative
Is there a small-scale improvement, like walking trails or playground equipment, that would benefit your community? Or the need for a planning or design study for a future improvement? The Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative is a new, one-time program approved...
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Jackson-Via focuses on world, school culture through Sister Cities
Jackson-Via Elementary School has taken a page from the “Harry Potter” series by sorting students into “houses,” like the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, the house system at the school is designed to teach students about far-off...
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Pedestrian railroad crossing in McIntire Park moving forward
Plans to connect the two sides of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park are moving forward. The city is accepting bids for a pedestrian bridge that has been a long time in development. “All design and funding have been approved by the Virginia Department...
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Albemarle School Board considers options to expand after-school program
An internal evaluation of Albemarle County Public Schools’ largest afterschool program found that it is struggling to fill staff vacancies and meet demand from families. However, legislation proposed at this year’s General Assembly could enable the division to enroll more students...
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Charlottesville News

Commissioners finalizing strategy for Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan update

Feb 28, 2017

The Charlottesville Planning Commission is putting the finishing touches on a document that seeks to get more city residents involved in upcoming conversations about how the city is preparing for growth. “It seems like it is our responsibility to bring a diverse group of people to the table,” said Commissioner Genevieve Keller, adding that it is not the job of the...

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Laufer launches campaign for Charlottesville City Council

Feb 28, 2017

A member of the Charlottesville School Board who is currently in her second term has announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for one of two seats on the Charlottesville City Council. “Let’s continue to move Charlottesville forward in these uncertain times,” said Amy Laufer at a campaign announcement Tuesday. “I want us truly to focus on the needs of all...

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Announcing the Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative

Feb 28, 2017

Is there a small-scale improvement, like walking trails or playground equipment, that would benefit your community? Or the need for a planning or design study for a future improvement? The Neighborhood Improvement Funding Initiative is a new, one-time program approved by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to drive investment in quality-of-life projects in the County's development areas. County residents are...

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Jackson-Via focuses on world, school culture through Sister Cities

Feb 27, 2017

Jackson-Via Elementary School has taken a page from the “Harry Potter” series by sorting students into “houses,” like the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, the house system at the school is designed to teach students about far-off places in the real world. At the beginning of second grade, students at Jackson-Via are placed in groups of about 45...

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Pedestrian railroad crossing in McIntire Park moving forward

Feb 26, 2017

Plans to connect the two sides of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park are moving forward. The city is accepting bids for a pedestrian bridge that has been a long time in development. “All design and funding have been approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation, so now is the time to go bid,” said Brian Daly, the city’s parks and recreation director. The bridge...

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Albemarle School Board considers options to expand after-school program

Feb 25, 2017

An internal evaluation of Albemarle County Public Schools’ largest afterschool program found that it is struggling to fill staff vacancies and meet demand from families. However, legislation proposed at this year’s General Assembly could enable the division to enroll more students in its Extended Day Enrichment Program at no additional cost. Jamie Gellner, program evaluator for the division, on Thursday presented her...

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Local hemp importer waiting for rule change to expand business

Feb 24, 2017

Charlottesville-based horse bedding importer Old Dominion Hemp picked up its first client at a horse show less than a year ago and last month moved about 4,000 bales of its unique stable liner. The bedding, which Old Dominion imports from a supplier in Europe, consists of the ground-up hurd — the core of the stalk — from hemp plants. Business founder Marty...

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County schools to pay $20k to reimburse families for items lost in bus fire

Feb 23, 2017

Albemarle County Public Schools will pay nearly $20,000 to reimburse 23 Monticello High School students, three coaches and a bus driver for personal items lost in a Jan. 13 school bus fire on Interstate 64. The county School Board approved the action on a 7-0 vote Thursday night as part of the board’s larger consent agenda. The lost items, which totaled $19,688...

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Lowry begins second run for Samuel Miller seat

Feb 23, 2017

Retired businessman John Lowry has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the Samuel Miller magisterial district seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. “Increasingly over the last four years, I’ve felt the Board of Supervisors’ management of the county has been out of balance,” Lowry said. “We need leadership that gets us a better balance.” Lowry, 69, made his announcement...

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United Way TJA

Feb 23, 2017

Meet Your Nonprofit, a weekly profile of nonprofit organizations in our community, is brought to you by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.   Describe your nonprofit's mission. Community Philanthropy: We provide opportunity and access to be a giving community by connecting expertise, dollars, and volunteerism. Catalytic Leadership: We convene and engage key stakeholders to advance community goals. Dynamic Grantmaking: We grant funding to a fabric...

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Councilors debate arts coordinator position

Feb 22, 2017

The Piedmont Council of the Arts adopted a cultural plan in September 2013 intended in part to foster additional government support for the region’s arts community, but the city of Charlottesville is wrestling with its role three and a half years later. “There has been a concern in the community about the lack of coordination between the arts organizations and a...

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Kimley-Horn begins public process for new Belmont Bridge design

Feb 21, 2017

As work begins for a new Belmont Bridge, members of the design team spent Tuesday night ex-plaining the parameters and constraints involved in creating a replacement for the deteriorating Charlottesville structure. “The Belmont Bridge was last rated at 40 on a scale of 100,” said Sal Musarra, project manager with Kimley-Horn. “That is not a good grade. Not for your children...

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