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New ACPS Assistant Sup. For Student Learning

May 23, 2017 -- 7:44pm

Albemarle County Public Schools announced it has a new Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning.

Deborah Collins is currently the county’s Executive Director of Student Learning, and will now take over her new post.

Collins was named Curriculum Leader of the Year by the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

A recent national survey placed ACPS in the top 5% of schools in the nation, and Deputy Superintendent Matthew Haas says that’s largely thanks to Collins’ leadership.

Money Approved For New AC At Crescent Halls

May 23, 2017 -- 7:43pm

The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority has authorized more than $131,000 to replace a major part in the air conditioning system at Crescent Halls.

Residents spent most of the summer without AC last year, leading to multiple complaints; and CRHA is hoping to avoid a repeat.

However, installation of the new unit might not happen until late August or September.

Until then, a backup system will remain in place to provide residents with cool air if the main system fails again.

Do Campaign Donations Buy Legislation?

May 23, 2017 -- 7:37pm

More than 60 candidates for Virginia’s House of Delegates have pledged not to take campaign donations from energy companies Appalachian Power and Dominion Energy.

The two companies donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates of both political parties, and many Virginians believe the companies have a financial stranglehold on state and local government.

Incumbent candidate Creigh Deeds says he intends to play by the rules by which everyone else is playing and continue to accept campaign donations wherever he can get them.

He says not taking the donations is like entering a fight with one hand tied behind your back.

While incumbent candidates seem to agree with Deeds’, “everybody else is doing it” defense, the pledge to refuse funds has been signed by most of the non-incumbent candidates for state house seats; indicating an opportunity for a dramatic shift in Virginia politics.

Nathan, Curtis Hot Dog Recall

May 23, 2017 -- 10:46am


(Metro) More than 200-thousand pounds of Nathan's and Curtis brand beef hot dogs are being recalled because they may contain shards of metal.

The affected franks were produced in January and shipped to stores across the country. 

Parent John Morrell & Company says it received several complaints of the problem but no reports of illness or injury. 

The recall applies to 14-ounce packages of Nathan's Skinless 8 Beef Franks, with a use-by date of August 19th, and 16-ounce packages of Curtis Beef Master Franks with an expiration of June 15th.

Poll Shows Pipeline Support

May 23, 2017 -- 10:44am





(Metro) A new poll shows most voters in three states are in support of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. 

The poll conducted by Hickman Analytics was commissioned by the nonprofit Consumer Energy Alliance. 

In Virginia, 54-percent of registered voters support the pipeline while those in West Virginia and North Carolina also show strong support. 

The pipeline would run from West Virginia through Virginia and end in North Carolina.

Local Woman Wins Region Ten Complaints

May 23, 2017 -- 10:41am





A woman who filed ten complaints against Region Ten has won all of them.

Myra Anderson says Region Ten violated her human rights by trying to force her to signs a contract she didn’t agree with, and providing a case worker she didn’t get along with.

Anderson filed her complaints against Region Ten through the states Human Rights Committee.

In a statement Monday, a Region Ten spokesman said Region Ten disagrees with the findings of the Committee.

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