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Overnight lane closures are coming to Interstate 64 this week. One lane in each direction will be closed at mile marker 119 on Sunday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. VDOT says the lane closures are so that crews can work on bridge maintenance. A bumpy road waits for you the following weekends, ascontractors will work on the eastbound bridge March 31-April 3 and the westbound bridge April 7-10. The single-lane closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday of next and the following weekend. VDOT will implement a zipper merge pattern at the work zone. The zipper has been shown to reduce backups and keeps traffic flowing through the work zone. Depending on direction of travel, motorists attending special events in Charlottesville during these weekend closures should plan for extra travel time.
After burning through three lawyers in the last 17 months, the woman facing animal cruelty and embezzlement charges in Orange County has a new attorney. Peaceable Farm owner Anne Williams has retained Alexandria-based Joseph King to represent her. This stems from William’s charges in the October 2015 raid of the horse rescue where many horses were found dead or starving. More than 100 animals were seized or taken from the property. Back in late February, Orange County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Bouton issued a stern warning to 58-year-old Williams about going through attorney after attorney in the hopes of delaying the proceedings. Williamsis next due in Orange County Circuit Court for the embezzlement charges on April 3. She is due in Orange General District Court for the animal cruelty charges on June 30.
More and more people are applying to the University of Virginia and more and more students are being accepted. But don’t think it’s any easier to get in. The Daily Progress reports UVA accepted more than 9,950 applicants for its incoming class of 2021. In the fall, a little over 37-hundred of them will arrive in Charlottesville for their first year. University officials say this is a record number of people applying to the school this year. That number, 36,800, up 13 percent from last. If your son or daughter got in, they graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class with an average SAT score of 1,419 compared to last year’s average of 1,346. Keep an eye out for these perspective students. UVA is welcoming admitted students to Days on the Lawn, a series of open house events that start on Grounds Monday. More information is available at http://admission.virginia.edu/.
A dog is Louisa County is recovering from a gunshot wound while authorities investigate the alleged shooting. According to the dogs owner, Jay Perez, his dog was shot and nearly killed on Monday after escaping with another dog from Perez's mother's property on Hanback Road near Gordonsville. Perez says his dog, Chief took off from behind the carpart and he chased him to the edge of a neighbor's property. That’s when Perez says he heard the neighbor shoot his dog. The neighbor’s name is not being released, as he has not been charged with a crime. Perez believes the neighbor should be held accountable.
Despite Friday’s failed Republican health care bill, President Donald Trump is smiling for a different issue this weekend, courtesy of a Virginia judges decision. According the Associated Press, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil rights group that sought to block the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban. The AP reports the ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, a George W. Bush appointee, is at odds with rulings from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. Trenga had questioned at a hearing this week whether the injunction sought by the civil rights group was necessary, since orders are already in place from the Hawaii and Maryland judges. This decision gives a victory to the Trump administration and its authority to issue the order temporarily banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.
Famed actor and producer Bryan Cranston will be speaking at the University of Virginia on Sunday.
Known for his role as Walter White in the television series, “Breaking Bad,” Cranston will be the third speaker in the UVA President’s Speaker Series for the Arts.
UVA expects 5,000 people to attend the event, which starts at 2 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
Previous guests of the speakers series include Kevin Spacey and Tina Fey.