The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Mayor Dwight Jones’s administration will make a formal announcement this morning, that Byron Marshall has resigned. It was described as “amicable,” though Marshall recently fought with the city auditors office over a report detailing an attempt to boost the retirement pension of one of his deputies, Sharon Judkins, as her employment was ending. Richmond’s Commonwealth Attorney investigated and found no criminal wrongdoing, but Marshall’s attorney criticized the report as “inaccurate.”
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Gasoline prices continue to fall, with the national average remaining under $3.50 per gallon for 40 consecutive days. The National Average Friday was $3.41, down 3¢ from the week before and 14¢ lower than this time last year. Virginia was $3.15, Richmond $3.07.
The average typically declines after Labor Day due to the end of the summer driving season and amply supply. Also, today marks the switch to a cheaper winter-blend.
Triple A sees a continued downward trend, with the usual cautions about hurricanes, refinery problems and geopolitical problems.
Henrico County School officials say they expected more than 40% of their schools to be denied accreditation this year. While state results are not out yet, school officials say by their own calculations the number of schools accredited with warning will jump. They say it reflects new assessments and new minimum scores, and similar increases across the state, but the school board says it wants to take “big steps” to boost SOL scores and have asked county government officials to begin spending more of the meal tax money to do it
Defense attorneys will begin closing arguments this morning (9/12) in the trial of three people accused of shipping tainted peanut better that ultimately caused nine deaths.
Yesterday, prosecutors said the owner of the George Peanut plant linked to the deadly salmonella outbreak knowingly approved shipments of the tainted food, “whatever the risk.”
The Virginia Department of Health says recent outbreaks of respiratory disease among children have not yet been confirmed to be Enterovirus EV-68, even as cases increase in the region. HCA Virginia emergency rooms and pediatric intensive care units are seeing an increase in pediatric patients with symptoms of respiratory illness, making all three major hospital chains in the area reporting more activity.
The defense has rested in the case of a former Virginia peanut company implicated in the deadliest salmonella outbreak in recent US history. The trial is in Georgia, where the plant is located.
Attorneys for three people charged in the salmonella outbreak have rested their cases in just one day after more than five weeks of prosecution.
Plans have just been announced for a $160 million hotel and water park development in Chesterfield County near the intersection of 288 and Route 360.
Rapid transit along the Broad Street corridor just got a $25 million go-ahead grant from the US Department of Transportation.
A Wason Poll released September 10 shows Democrat Mark Warner with a commanding lead over Republican Ed Gillespie.
A Wason Poll released September 9 indicates Virginia voters strongly agree with the McDonnell verdict.