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Drugged Driving Campaign Kicks Off

 (Metro) The U.S. Transportation Department is launching its first-ever drug-impaired driving campaign. 

Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says it’s a new twist on the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort.
That includes doctor-prescribed medication which King says can lull you into a false sense of security. 

She says if it impairs you, it’s unsafe and illegal to get behind the wheel. 

The campaign runs through Labor Day weekend, one of the deadliest times on American roads and highways.

Boomers Need Vaccinations Too

A new national campaign by a leading pharmaceutical firm hopes to get baby boomers to check with their doctors about vaccinations. Doctor Donald Middleton, a professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, is working with Pfizer on the project. He says a lot of aging baby boomers think there are vaccines they no…Continue Reading

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops

(Metro) Life expectancy is down in the U.S. and most other high-income countries.  A new study finds life expectancy fell in 14 of 18 high-income nations from 2014 to 2015.  Along with the U.S., other nations where people aren’t living as long include Canada, Britain, Germany, and Sweden.  Researchers from Princeton and the University of…Continue Reading

Woodbrook Gets More Security

 As the new school year gets underway, Albemarle County schools have added new security upgrades to their buildings. At Woodbrook Elementary, they have installed electronic door locks and window coverings to keep anyone from seeing into the classroom, but national school safety expert Dewey Cornell says these safety upgrades don’t necessarily make students feel safe.…Continue Reading

Foxfield Future Discussed

 The future of the Foxfield Races is in question. The current CEO of the Foxfield Racing Associaton wants to sell the land for a new neighborhood development, but those who want to keep the races say the original owner’s will means the property cannot be used for anything but horse racing. They also say the…Continue Reading

Police Review Board Meets

 The Charlottesville Civilian Police Review board held their second meeting Thursday night. The board heard some of the boards legal requirements and talked about adding a ninth member. Attorney Jeff Fogel says the biggest concern is about the new board is transparency: “We have to have an open and transparent process so if the police…Continue Reading

Truck Takes Out Wall

A tractor trailer made an illegal right turn onto Franklin Street Thursday, destroying a rock wall in the process. Despite a sign prohibiting truck from making the turn, the driver did anyway and took out the corner of a rock retaining wall, spilling the debris ion to the sidewalk. No injuries were reported, but the…Continue Reading

Afton Shooting Victim/Suspect Identified

The woman who was found dead in Afton on Sunday morning has been identified. According to a release from the Virginia State Police, 29-year-old Alexia S. Lockett was found by Nelson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and state troopers in a home on the 1700 block of Avon Road just before 11 a.m. Sunday. 40-year-old Anthony…Continue Reading

Downtown Mall Reopens

All of the various barriers that were put in place in downtown Charlottesville on Friday have been removed after most of the weekend restrictions were lifted. The gates and barricades restricted access mainly to the Downtown Mall but several adjoining and nearby streets were temporarily closed as well. Many of the businesses on the Downtown…Continue Reading

VDOT Advisory: Madison County Road Closure

VDOT has issued an advisory for a Madison County road closure beginning August 20th — part of Hebron Church Road will close so crews can repair a box culvert that was damaged in recent heavy rainfall. The road will be closed between Blankenbaker Road and Hebron Valley Road until the work is finished on or…Continue Reading