Albemarle County

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After losing a high-profile case involving a marijuana-smoking truck driver, the commonwealth’s attorney in Albemarle County has vowed to get some standards on the books for prosecuting people who may be impaired by pot. 

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This month, the United Nations announced that forty percent of births in this country are to unmarried mothers.  While it's become much more accepted today, Virginia journalist and author Mary Carter Bishop reports that such a thing was scandalous in the 1930’s when her half brother was born.  She’s now written a book about him.

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.

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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. 

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