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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 […]

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‘Getting to Thanksgiving is going to be hard’ — UVA tightens COVID restrictions in effort to keep Grounds open

In a video message this week, University of Virginia President James Ryan warned students that unless they all follow the university’s COVID-19 rules, “getting to Thanksgiving is going to be hard.” COVID-19 cases are rising, he said. Quarantine space is filling up, not all students are wearing masks and officials have heard of several “large […]

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Albemarle extends ordinance waiving deadlines to respond to public records request

Albemarle County says it still is not legally obligated to respond to all public records requests within Virginia’s statutory deadline. An updated version of the county’s ordinance that defines how it will function during the COVID-19 pandemic extends a waiver of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act’s response deadlines another six months. The new “continuity […]

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Soundboard: Statues coming down; COVID cases up

Related Articles: Here are the (mostly Confederate) mementos in Johnny Reb’s time capsule ‘Johnny Reb’ is gone — Here’s the status of the 5 other Charlottesville-area statues activists want removed Photos: Albemarle County removes ‘Johnny Reb’ statue Saturday Statues coming down; COVID cases up Credit: WTJU This week, we talk to activists as they mark […]

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City argues Supreme Court should throw out injunction stopping removal of Confederate monuments, reverse lower court decision awarding attorneys fees to plaintiffs

The city of Charlottesville submitted its opening brief Friday to the Virginia Supreme Court laying out arguments for why a 2017 lawsuit to halt the removal of the city’s Confederate statues should be thrown out. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case in November. A spokesman for the city said […]

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UVA quarantines its first residence hall as COVID cases climb

The residents in the University of Virginia’s Balz-Dobie dormitory got their first inkling that something was happening on Monday. “People were starting to exhibit symptoms of COVID — and they were actually just a few doors down from us,” said Luke Lamberson, a first-year Balz-Dobie resident. “Late Tuesday, we heard that the first person was […]