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CPD’s new assistant chief will handle daily operations, freeing chief to focus on restructuring

The Charlottesville Police Department has a second in command for the first time in more than two years. James Mooney, a former captain, was promoted to the newly created assistant police chief in a ceremony last week at City Hall. Steve Knick was promoted to captain, Mooney’s former role, at the same ceremony, and the […]

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Voter registration extended to end of day Thursday

Virginia residents have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to register to vote. U.S. District Court Judge John Gibney Jr. ordered that registration be extended beyond Tuesday’s deadline after a cut fiber line near the state’s Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center in Chester took down the voter registration website for hours Tuesday. “You can’t go back in time […]

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UVA’s COVID cases plummet in weeks after officials enact stricter rules

Coronavirus cases among University of Virginia students have plummeted in the three weeks since the administration enacted a series of strict distancing rules in late September. The number of active cases within the student body dropped from 231 the week administrators announced the new rules to 80 on Thursday — a roughly 65 percent decline. […]

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Virginia voter registration site back up after outage from cut fiber line

Update 3:30 p.m.: Virginia’s voter registration website is back up, the state’s Department of Elections said. Residents may register to vote here. Update 2p.m.: Albemarle County said it has fixed the issue with its in-person voting check-in system, and residents may vote in-person as usual. The state’s voter registration website remains down. It’s the last […]

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Three fatal wrecks on Fifth Street since July pushes city to look for fixes — but they won’t be fast or cheap

A violent car crash that took the lives of two young men and seriously injured a third on Fifth Street Southwest early Saturday morning is the third fatal wreck on a one-mile stretch of the Charlottesville road in less than three months. That many fatal wrecks in such a short time — and on such […]

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Future of Albemarle’s FOIA deadline waiver unclear after attorney general declares it unlawful

It’s unclear what Albemarle County intends to do with its ordinance waiving the state’s public records request deadlines after Attorney General Mark Herring on Monday said that such ordinances violate state law. Albemarle County Attorney Greg Kampter said in a Thursday email that he was reviewing the attorney general’s opinion and intended to “bring a […]

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UVA students with COVID are included in local numbers, health district says

All the cases of coronavirus among University of Virginia students who are living in Charlottesville or Albemarle County are being counted in the local Thomas Jefferson Health District numbers. That includes students who use a permanent address from out of the area, according to TJHD. “If a student uses an address outside of the district […]

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Attorney general says Albemarle’s ordinance waiving state FOIA deadlines unlawful

Albemarle County’s waiver of state mandated response deadlines for public records requests violates Virginia state law, according to the state’s attorney general.  In a three-page advisory opinion released Monday, Mark Herring holds that state law “does not empower a locality to modify or indefinitely extend the deadlines for responding to requests for records set forth […]

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Here’s how you can report UVA students for breaking COVID-safety rules

The University of Virginia has an online reporting portal that Charlottesville-area community members can use to report students who do not comply with the university’s COVID-19 safety regulations. UVA students signed a contract before returning to in-person class promising to follow all COVID-related rules and guidelines. The university this week imposed stricter rules that will […]