The Illinois Supreme Court granted a review yesterday of a case involving a 10 billion dollar lawsuit against Philip Morris, USA. It appeared the case had been settled in 2005, when the Illinois high court dismissed the $10.1 billion lawsuit against the nation’s biggest cigarette maker.
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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb said yesterday that he is “seriously looking” at a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. Webb said in a speech to the National Press Club that he has talked to respected advisers about a presidential bid and will continue to have those discussions during the next four or five months. Webb’s potential move would create a challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.
Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's ABC stores and restaurants, and the state agency saw record sales again in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it has seen sales increases to record-breaking levels for the past 16 consecutive years.
Sales at retail stores were up nearly 5%, sales at restaurants nearly 2%, adding up to a total of about 801 million dollars last year.
Virginia’s Republican House Speaker says he is blocking the appointments of three recently-resigned Democratic state lawmakers who took new jobs in state government. Speaker William Howell’s office said yesterday he would not allow the House of Delegates to confirm the appointments by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, until he is given guidance by federal prosecutors on whether they are legal.
In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, Howell said he was motivated to seek guidance because of the federal probe into former Democratic Senator Phil Puckett.
Proponents of a proposed high-speed roll road alongside US Route 460 through rural Southeast Virginia got a setback yesterday. The Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the US Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed 55 mile toll road detailing concerns over hundreds of acres of wetlands. Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lane says it appears now the state likely would not get a permit to build it.
Dominion Resources says it plans to put its most outage-prone power distribution lines underground. It was the Derecho of June 2012 that prompted Dominion to take another look. That powerful series of thunderstorms across five states killed 22 people and resulted in millions of people losing power, some for days.
Dominion says it now plans to bury some 350 miles of power lines annually over the next 10-12 years, with priority based on a 10-year outage history from all regions served by Dominion.
Henrico police are still investigating a traffic stop that resulted in a man killing himself early yesterday. Henrico police say it was a routine traffic stop that turned into a police pursuit that ended when the driver killed himself on a street in Highland Springs.
He had been stopped for speeding at Pleasant Street and Newbridge Avenue, but he sped off, initiating a chase that ended on Elm Street. The driver stopped, and according to police, fired two shots and died at the scene. Police have not yet released his name. They say the investigation is ongoing.
The Metro Richmond Zoo welcomed five new cheetah cubs this weekend (9/19). The cubs were born Friday morning at the zoo to Milani, a three year old first-time mom, and Kitu, a six year old Dad. The cubs will have their first veterinary check-up later this week and the Zoo says it will launch another 24-hour cheetah cam to keep up with the new arrivals.
The Wild cheetah population is in drastic decline and breeding them in captivity is challenging, but this is the 2nd cheetah birth at the Metro Richmond Zoo in the last 11 months, adding 10 cubs to the captive population.
Two VCU professors, Dr. Bryce McLeod and Dr. Kevin Sutherland, have been awarded a $1.6 million dollar grant to help improve services for preschool children.