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  VDH: 429,391 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 5,706 deaths

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

Bob Good’s district director, 5th District GOP Committee chairman in Capitol attendance

Nelson County Public Schools extends remote learning

BRHD expands COVID vaccinations to phase 1B recipients

  Samantha Clarke disappearance case reclassified as an abduction and homicide investigation

Tracking extremist groups: ADL says it’s working with law enforcement to thwart threats in Richmond

  Albemarle County schools reverse course on athletics, discuss shifting school plans

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Central Virginia man charged for having ‘KILL BIDEN’ sign

  Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley lawmakers split along party lines on impeachment

  Respiratory disease expert shares why flu spread has been minimal this season

  UVA’s Miller Center hosts panel on the far-right and fascism

  PHA seeks volunteers to run errands for Scottsville seniors in isolation

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County prosecutors dive into criminal justice policies in light of 2021 session

Senior Alert canceled after missing man last seen in Richmond found safe

Police said he was found safe.

Madison County supports medical cannabis growing facility

The Madison County Board of Supervisors is giving its support for a medical cannabis grow site to be established in the county.

Update: AMBER Alert canceled for baby last seen in Louisa County

The Virginia State Police announced early Wednesday, January 13, that the AMBER Alert has been canceled. Authorities say the child has been safely located, and the alleged abductor is in custody.

  UVA physicians participate in ‘Color and COVID’ webinar

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has shined a light on disparities in health care and treatment. The issue now is what to do about it.

  UVA Health banning visitors in wake of COVID-19 surge

  Louisa County Schools to begin all-remote learning Thursday

  VDH: Retirement home visitation guidance unlikely to change in early stages of vaccine rollout

Spanberger co-sponsors article of impeachment against Trump

  Fluvanna County first responders receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Charlottesville teen identified as driver shot after chase in Henrico County

  BRHD breaks down Phase 1B of vaccine roll-out, says many uncertainties still lie ahead

The Blue Ridge Health District breaks down who will be next in line for the vaccine, but says there are still many uncertainties about when the transition to the next phase of the vaccine roll-out will start.

  ACPS educators reflect on lessons learned from first half of a mostly virtual school year

Educators at Murray Community Charter in Albemarle County reflect on lessons learned from the first half of a mostly virtual school year.

  Facts, Faith, and Fauci: Virginia Dept. of Health hosts conversation with infectious disease expert

A shot of hope is near, but there are questions about how soon until it’s here for everyone.

  Ski slopes see busy holiday season, say COVID-19 regulations are working

Massanutten and Wintergreen reporting high numbers of ski ticket purchases despite COVID-19 limitations.

  COVID-19 surges across Charlottesville and Albemarle can be attributed to holiday gatherings, travel

The Blue Ridge Health District, which includes Charlottesville and Albemarle County, is now reporting the highest rate of positive coronavirus cases since mid-April.

VCU begins removing Confederate names from buildings

Workers at Virginia Commonwealth University are removing Confederate-associated names from its buildings in response to a resolution calling on them to be taken down.

‘I was not part of the disgraceful attack at the Capitol’: Richmond Food Truck Association President resigns after comments made on social media

The President of the Richmond Food Truck Association has resigned after comments made on social media following the violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Preempted “Jeopardy!” episode to air today at 4:30 p.m.

The airing of “Jeopardy!” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was preempted due to breaking news of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. NBC29 will air the episode, one of the final episodes of Alex Trebek, today at 4:30 p.m.

  D.C. riots dominate UVA Center for Politics’ ‘Democracy Dialogue’

Sabato didn’t mince words about President Trump and what he says will go down as an attempted “coup” in a separate interview.

  REC offering COVID-19 utility relief funds to qualifying member-owners

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was recently awarded $4.8 million in federal funds. Those funds will be used to assist member-owners who have fallen behind on their electric bill payments due to an covid-19 hardship.

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County prosecutors call for criminal justice reform laws

Prosecutors in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are among those leading the charge for criminal justice reform in Richmond

Louisa County Schools gets 2 electric buses

Louisa County Public Schools received two new electric school buses on Tuesday.

  Boys and Girls Club to keep up with full-day programs in the new year

In the new year, the Boys and Girls Club of central Virginia is keeping up with programs to help children with working parents.

Colonial Heights Animal Services asks for information after dog abandoned at facility

Colonial Heights Animal Services is asking for the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible for abandoning a dog at the facility.

Virginia stimulus checks are being garnished despite new state law

Kacey Moss wants answers. The 28-year-old is frustrated because a creditor is holding up her latest payment of federal stimulus money.

Richmond police identify suspect injured in officer-involved shooting

Richmond police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on New Year’s Eve.

VA Rep. Bob Good to challenge electoral college certification

A joint session of Congress will meet Wednesday, January 6, to certify the Electoral College results from the 2020 presidential election. Some Republicans, including Congressman Bob Good of Virginia, plan to object the results, citing widespread voter fraud.

Despite low passengers, TSA catches record number of guns at Richmond airport in 2020

Despite a record low of people traveling through Richmond International Airport, Transportation Security Administration officials said they closed out 2020 by catching the highest number of guns in a single year.

Rescue farm looking for volunteers and foster families with plans to expand in 2021

Feel Better Farm Equine and Farm Animal Rescue is asking for volunteers and donations as it plans to expand its outreach in 2021.

Champion Ice House expected to open spring 2021

Champion Ice House hits delays

  Beer Run says New Years Eve alcohol sales saved by new purchasing methods

Off-premise sales and people buying via pick-up options helped the business during a quiet New Year's Eve.

  Central Virginians wish for a better 2021

After a year like 2020, we’re all wishing for brighter days ahead in 2021. We asked some of you what you hope to see in the new year.

Virginia law enforcement expect heavy enforcement of ban on cell phones while driving

Police say they plan to be aggressive with enforcing this one. First time caught it’s a $125 fine. If you are caught a second time or in a work zone and your forking out $250.

Virginia Mortgage Relief program to offer housing assistance over the pandemic

December 31 marked the last day of the statewide moratorium on evictions in Virginia. Though different restrictions, there is still a nationwide ban on evictions until January 31, 2021.

  Central Virginia and Valley families welcome newborns on New Year’s Day

Several families in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are celebrating the new year, with a newborn!

‘We just never thought it would happen to us’: Va. family shares coronavirus experience

As the new year rolls in, Crystal and Madison Allen have someone special in their hearts.

  Thomas Jefferson Health District changes name to Blue Ridge Health District at start of new year

January 1, 2021 marks the Thomas Jefferson Health District officially changing its name to the Blue Ridge Health District.

  Time is running out to apply for LISC rural relief small business grants

The LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program deadline of Tuesday, January 5 is fast approaching. Small Businesses in rural counties with populations of less than 50,000 are eligible, which includes Greene, Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson among others.

  James Madison’s Montpelier closes for 2 weeks for annual maintenance

James Madison’s Montpelier will be closed from January 1-15. The closure will give the staff a much-needed week break after the holidays as well as provide time for routine maintenance on the property.

Fatal shooting under investigation in Town of Culpeper

Culpeper Police are investigating a fatal New Year’s Eve shooting that killed one and sent another to a hospital.

VSP investigates deadly antique car crash

The driver of an antique corvette is dead after a crash in Orange County.

  Dispelling COVID vaccine myths after partially-immunized nurse tests positive

A UVA Health doctor is busting myths after a lot of talk about a California nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week after getting the vaccine.

  UVA data scientists release COVID-19 risk assessment app

There’s now a way to track the risk of contracting COVID-19 based on where you are and how many people you’re around.

Breaking down fireworks laws ahead of New Year celebrations

With 2021 approaching, some residents in the central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley may start prepping to set off fireworks in celebration of leaving 2020 behind. While it may be a fun tradition, you’ll need to consider the county or city where you live and their fireworks laws.

‘They shot through the door’: Man killed in early NYE Richmond shooting

Richmond Police are searching for the person or people responsible for shooting and killing a man in the early morning hours of New Years Eve.

Louisa Schools shares ’things teachers said for the first time in 2020’ video

The year 2020 is not likely to be forgotten as it brought many new changes to the daily lives of people around the world.

2019 National Teacher of the Year apologizes for tweet he has since called ‘bad joke’

The 2019 National Teacher of the Year, Richmond’s own Rodney Robinson, is apologizing after sending a tweet calling for the attack of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  Charlottesville restaurants prepare for adapted New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is usually a night for large gatherings and late nights out - but not so much this year. That means restaurants are adapting.

  ‘Save the Music’ concert series strives to help musicians and area nonprofits

So much has changed in the past several months, but one that is nearly unanimously missed is music.

VSP investigating fatal crash in Greene County

The Virginia State Police is investigating a crash in Greene County that killed a Free Union man.

  Charlottesville-based lawyer discusses fighting evictions, new assistance from Congress

In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 76 eviction hearings are already scheduled for January.

  Veritas Vineyard and Winery offering igloos this winter

Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton, has found a creative way to keep people warm this winter.

  Work begins on brick memorial walk at Nelson Memorial Library

Work got underway Tuesday, December 29, on a brick memorial walkway outside of the Nelson Memorial Library in Lovingston.

VDOT: School Bus Rd. realignment project starts Jan. 4

The Virginia Department of Transportation is alerting folks about an upcoming project at School Bus Road (Route 767) and Davis Highway (Route 22/208) in Louisa County.

Richmond to begin accepting proposals for resort casino

The city of Richmond will begin accepting proposals for a resort casino, the Stoney administration announced Monday

  Thomas Jefferson Health District vaccinates staff, prepares for next phase

The vaccination process in the battle against COVID-19 has made its way to the Thomas Jefferson Health District headquarters, as the staff who will soon administer the vaccine got it themselves.

’This entire event has been tragic’: Suspect shoots self, another charged in murder of woman during home invasion

Police say one suspect involved in a deadly home invasion that occurred in Caroline County is dead after shooting himself and a second suspect has been arrested.

  Second round of PPP loans en route for businesses suffering due to COVID-19

A new $284 million round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is part of the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27.

Economic developers encourage shopping small as COVID-19 continues to hit businesses

Holiday shopping looked drastically different this year. The big question is, will this season’s shopping trends be enough to help area businesses hurting from the coronavirus pandemic get back on their feet?

Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad rescues man who drove into high water

CARS officials told NBC29 on the scene that a man drove his van past a ‘road closed’ sign, and then ran into high water.

‘We’re looking to hire 100 individuals in 100 days’: RMC Events seeks applicants for 100 new jobs

RMC Events has announced the creation of 100 new full and part-time jobs. The company is actively recruiting for External Services positions to provide support at a growing number of client job sites across central Virginia.

Virginia announces Small Herd Initiative to help protect waterways

Virginia is offering a reimbursement program where farmers can get money back for installing fences on their property.

  Charlottesville, national health experts discuss new strain of coronavirus, vaccines

A new strain of the coronavirus found in the United Kingdom has gained the attention of health officials here in the United States.

The Paramount Theater screens holiday classic “A Christmas Story”

Dozens flocked to the Paramount Theater on Charlottesville's downtown mall Wednesday for screenings of "A Christmas Story".

  VDOT seeking public input on Zion Crossroads corridor improvement study

VDOT, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, as well as Fluvanna and Louisa counties are working together on an improvement study for the Zion Crossroads Corridor. Now, they are asking the public to help.

Salvation Army: Central Va. donations projected to be down $45k

With fewer and bell ringers on site during the 2020 season, the Salvation Army is projecting to raise $45,000 less than last year.

  UVA alum and Olympic gold medalist publishes book to inspire

An Olympian who calls Charlottesville home is hoping to inspire people to not let anything, including the coronavirus pandemic, hold them back.

  Charlottesville restaurants offering catering for the Christmas holidays

Several Charlottesville restaurants and bakeries are serving customers with large catering orders during the Christmas holidays.