New puppies in Albemarle County begin their journey to become service dogs

Nine newborn puppies in Albemarle County could make a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities down the road. Right now, the puppies are just three-weeks old.

  Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry fundraising to expand facility

Ballots with screen reader tech made available to absentee voters with disabilities

Three months until hands-free law enforced statewide

  Annual Fluvanna Co. Halloween light show begins Oct. 1

  VHDA helping health care workers, first responders, educators buy their first homes

Virginia State Police launch freedom of information website

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Virginia State Police investigate hit and run in Stuarts Draft

Northam requests extension on utility shutoff moratorium

Presidential campaigns focus on Virginia

Ex-Virginia House speaker files papers to run for governor

Missing Virginia teen found safe

Historically good summer for air quality in Virginia

Virginia colleges, universities see 1.3% enrollment drop

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia said there are 6,658 fewer students at Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education this fall. The biggest drop was at community colleges, where enrollment fell 10%.

CPD: no guns allowed on city property starting Oct. 1

The Charlottesville Police Department is reminding folks that guns are no longer allowed at city properties.

  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine weighs in on presidential debate

emocratic Senator Tim Kaine criticized President Donald Trump’s performance on the debate stage, likening his refusal to accept the results of the election, if he doesn’t win, to that of a military dictator.

VDH: 148,721 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 3,228 deaths

Check here for the latest Virginia Department of Health statistics on the status of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Rep. Denver Riggleman says first presidential debate ‘disappointing’

  Charlottesville City Council discusses improvements to West Main Street

Virginia Tech researcher teams up with Cornell to help America’s hard cider identity crisis

  McGuffey Art Center reopens for in-person art exhibits by appointment

  Charlottesville employee surprises colleague’s daughters with virtual school set-up in their office

Ballot Boxes installed at Staunton City Hall

Two dogs attacked by bear in Harrisonburg

Police officers spent three hours on Wednesday looking for a bear after it reportedly attacked two dogs in Harrisonburg.

Sales tax rate changes in Central Virginia on Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, the sales and use tax rate in Central Virginia will increase.

Rep. Ben Cline on first presidential debate, ‘viewers lost out’

Virginia’s 6th district congressman says debate viewers lost out, because both sides were arguing.

  UVA rolls out rapid saliva testing for students, plans to test hundreds randomly

The University of Virginia kicks off its new COVID-19 screening program called ‘Be SAFE’ this week. Rather than using the nasal swab, it will use saliva testing to rapidly screen students for the virus.

  Daughters of Zion cemetery gets repairs following grave vandalism

Sacred ground in Charlottesville got a makeover Wednesday morning after tombstones were vandalized.

  COVID-19 reveals lessons learned and lost from deadly 1918 flu pandemic in central Va.

Another deadly pandemic reached central Virginia 102 years ago this fall. The virus that became known as the “Spanish flu” forced schools and churches to close and overwhelmed Charlottesville’s largest hospital in 1918. It shares remarkable similarities and differences to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation Survey to guide projects in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro area

The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking for community input on a variety of proposed transportation projects in the area.

  Staunton determined to safely celebrate holidays in downtown

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Staunton Downtown Development Association and businesses are determined to find ways to safely celebrate the holidays in downtown.

  The Junior League of Charlottesville is offering thousands of dollars in nonprofit grants

The Junior League of Charlottesville has begun accepting applications for its 2020 Fall Community Grants.

  Scarecrows in the Park underway in Staunton

Scarecrows in the Park is on display at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.

  The Piedmont Master Gardeners hold virtual orientations for next year’s classes

Piedmont Master Gardeners hold online orientation sessions for next years classes.

JMU works to address budget shortfall, possible furloughs

James Madison University is working to address a multi-million dollar budget shortfall and leadership may consider temporary salary reductions or furloughs for some employees.

Fatal fire in Waynesboro ruled an accident

Waynesboro fire investigators have ruled a fatal fire earlier this month was an accident.

Employees charged with selling cocaine, crystal meth out of vape shop

Two people have been charged after authorities say they were selling narcotics out of a vape shop in Mineral.

Worldstrides emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Charlottesville-based Worldstrides has emerged from chapter eleven with a long-term business plan.

  Center at UVA School of Nursing compiling history of COVID-19 pandemic

A center at the University of Virginia School of Nursing dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history is documenting the history we’re currently living.

  UVA Center for Politics: 1st presidential debate did not affect candidates' polling

University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato says the polling he’s looking at suggests the debate did not change a thing and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is still ahead of President Donald Trump.

Lawsuits challenge Virginia’s sexual orientation protections

A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Virginia fire department, JMU partnering to honor fallen firefighters

The Harrisonburg Fire Department and James Madison University are partnering with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to “Light the Night” for fallen firefighters.

How to ensure your mail-in vote counts

A mail-in ballot - it’s what many Americans are turning to amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  CHO starts winter preparation early

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is rolling out its fleet of snow plows to prep for the winter season.

  Albemarle County Public Schools encourages attendance at virtual college and career planning night

Albemarle County Public Schools will be sharing ideas Thursday night for students and their families about options after graduation that go beyond simply heading off to college.

10 Virginia cities make top 20 list for rudest drivers

In new rude rankings by ‘Insurify’, 10 Virginia cities have made the top 20 list of rudest drivers. The city of Richmond was ranked number 16.

Two tornadoes confirmed in Virginia Tuesday night

An EF-0 tornado struck just before 11 p.m. Tuesday evening in Isle of Wight County and another struck Southampton County.

Virginia committee opposes ban on some rally control tactics

A city council committee in Virginia’s capital has voted against a proposal that would ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and tear gas on demonstrators.

  Social distancing measures begin on the Belmont Bridge for bicyclists, pedestrians

The Belmont Bridge is a shared space for bicyclists and pedestrians, but beginning September 30 it will be easier for people to maintain social distancing while passing each other.

Deadline approaching for Albemarle Co. businesses to apply for grant

Time is running out for businesses in Albemarle County to apply for funds that are aimed to help them serve customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Bitter debate taunts overpower Trump’s, Biden’s visions

The debate will offer a massive platform for Trump and Biden to outline their starkly different visions for a country facing multiple crises, including racial justice protests and a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs.

  Unitarian Universalist Church drops “Thomas Jefferson Memorial” from its name

A Unitarian church in Charlottesville is dropping "Thomas Jefferson Memorial" from its name.

Virginia House approves budget focused on police reforms

The House spending plan approved Tuesday allocates $28.4 million for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality

  How central Virginia communities are performing according to CDC school metrics

As schools prepare to make decisions on the future of in-person learning, new data from the Virginia Department of Health could help administrators and school boards.

  Waynesboro theatre debuting first musical since pandemic started

This weekend in Waynesboro, the Wayne Theatre is debuting its first socially-distanced musical since the start of the pandemic.

JMU students begin job search struggle

JMU had its first virtual career fair Tuesday. Students could sign up for one-on-one sessions with employers, network with them and get their resume looked at. This event, like many others, had to be moved online.

  Concerns emerge over allocation of COVID-19 testing at UVA, large percentage of resources goes to athletes

There is much frustration over how COVID-19 testing is being allocated at the University of Virginia. The athletics department administered 1,168 tests over the last week with 945 of them coming straight from UVA Health and the rest from a third party.

Justice Department settles sexual harassment, race discrimination lawsuit against owners of Harrisonburg rental properties

A manager of rental properties in and around Harrisonburg will pay $335,000 to resolve allegations that he sexually harassed multiple female tenants and discriminated in housing on the basis of race in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest goes virtual

The Virginia Craft Brewers Fest is going virtual this year.

ACPD named as a state accredited law enforcement agency for the 6th time

The Albemarle County Police Department has earned state accreditation for the sixth time.

ACPD: missing person with autism safely located

The Albemarle County Police Department asked for the public’s help with locating a missing person with autism Monday. He was found safe a couple hours later.

ACPD: missing person with autism safely located

The Albemarle County Police Department asked for the public’s help with locating a missing person with autism Monday. He was found safe a couple hours later.

  Fire alarms causing potential safety issue at Charlottesville apartment complex

A fire alarm at a Charlottesville apartment complex is keeping its residents up, and now some are concerned it is becoming a safety issue.

  Charlottesville holds special meeting, first of three strategic planning meetings

Charlottesville City Council held a special meeting to discuss the second round of CARES Act funding before moving into the first of three strategic meeting planning meetings.

  Charlottesville’s Ronald McDonald House accepts first new families since March

The Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville has begun accepting new families again after stopping in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Liberty pays Falwell 2 years’ salary as severance following Aug. resignation

Former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., was paid an unadjusted sum of two years' base salary Tuesday, owed under his pre-existing employment contract before his August resignation.

Extra $300-a-week unemployment benefits delayed until mid-October in Va.

Virginians on unemployment who are waiting to get their extra benefits will have to wait a little longer.

  UVA launches research on long-term effects of blast exposure on military members

Service members on the front lines put themselves at risk every day. Now researchers at the University of Virginia are trying to determine if exposure to artillery blasts put them at higher risk for changes in their brain and quality of life.

Rockingham County deputies taking over for Massanutten police in November

The Massanutten Police Department posted on Twitter that it has been defunded. Rockingham County deputies will be taking over in early November.

Poll: Virginia voters rank Biden better than Trump on COVID-19

A new survey by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows more Virginia voters favor Democratic nominee Joe Biden over Republican President Donald Trump when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus.

VSP investigating fatal Rockingham Co. crash

Authorities say a Grottoes man was killed in a crash involving a minivan and tractor in Rockingham County Monday evening.

Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues

A new poll shows Virginians about evenly divided on whether Confederate statues throughout the state should be removed.

31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia

Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic.

  Gloucester man to receive kidney transplant at UVA Health, but still needs a donor

Chris Leigh, a Gloucester man with a rare kidney disease, says his kidney function is on the decline. He plans to have a kidney transplant through the University of Virginia Health Center, but is seeking a living donor.

  Provisional ballot replacement creates faster lines for early in-person voting

The lines have calmed down since the first day of early in-person voting in Albemarle County, and the process has became a lot faster thanks to a new gold oath form.

Albemarle Co. ordinance to prevent spread of COVID-19 extended through Nov. 18

Albemarle County is extending a local ordinance to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

One dead after minivan, tractor crash in Rockingham County

One person was killed on Monday night after a crash involving a minivan and tractor in Rockingham County.

Valley linemen help restore power to thousands down south after Hurricane Sally

Sixteen linemen with SVEC left for the Gulf Coast to spend the week helping the people of Baldwin County, Al. clear debris and restore their power.

Virginia GOP says confusion remains on absentee ballot rule

The Republican Party of Virginia says state elections officials have created confusion among voters ahead of the November election by failing to make it clear that a witness signature requirement for absentee voters has been waived.

  Staunton community dialogue series aims to educate and build stronger community

Building Bridges for the Greater Good in Staunton hosted its first Watch & Talk Monday night. The topic was voter suppression.

  Schools eye usage of new metrics on data portal from Virginia Dept. of Health

The Virginia Department of Health is releasing new data showing potential safety concerns when it comes to school reopening. The question now is how schools will use this data and how important will it be in the decision-making process.