Albemarle County

It’s wait and watch in Albemarle and neighboring counties today.  They may miss the worst of the storm but are not home free.  Flooding and power outages are possible through Wednesday of next week.

Residents of Charlottesville and neighboring counties are taking advantage of a special offer from local government – ten free sandbags.  Maribel Street is Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVA

Despite a falling crime rate, Virginia continues to spend more than a billion dollars a year on corrections.  A commission appointed by Governor McAulifee considered restoring parole as a means of reducing the prison population but recommended, instead, that judges consider punishments other than prison. 

Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been doing just that, diverting people convicted of possessing or using drugs.

Herb Dickerson spent most of his adult life addicted to drugs.

RWSA

One person is dead and two are still missing after flash flooding in and around Charlottesville.  The area got up to ten inches of rain Wednesday night, closing many roads and washing two cars into a creek. 

Rog Cogswell, Creative Commons

A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in a rural Virginia town on Wednesday. No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously injured.

Piedmont Environmental Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe was in Charlottesville Thursday to announce the opening of a new park.  The land for that property has been in state hands for more than eight years, but a Republican legislature refused to fund its development. That prompted McAuliffe to cut an unusual deal.

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