From the City of Lynchburg: From the mid-1950s until 1980, Leggett’s Department Store at 1015 Main Street in Downtown Lynchburg installed a mechanical Santa in a sleigh with eight moving reindeer on the front canopy. Many Lynchburg residents remember it as part of the holiday traditions in Downtown. The Santa was donated by Tom and Marilyn Jenkins in 2013 and is on display in the Main Gallery now through January 31, 2016. Looking for a way to document that this was the real Leggett’s Santa, Museum Director Doug Harvey contacted Gordon Leggett whose family operated the chain of stores. Leggett came to the Museum and verified that it was the real one and remembered helping assemble the display over the years. He noted, “The Santa turned and waved, and the reindeer moved up and down. Sometimes the brackets that held the reindeer became loose and the reindeer would jump down into Main Street! I always worried they were going to hit someone.” Leggett’s Department Store operated on Main Street from 1927 until 1980 when it moved to River Ridge Mall. The chain was later bought by Belk. The Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against the department, its director and agents. The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day. ABC agents say Johnson was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID. Johnson, who filed the lawsuit in October, says his ID was valid and he was not intoxicated during the bloody altercation. Charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice against Johnson were later dropped. ABC says the lawsuit fails to state any claim against the defendants and says there was probable cause for his arrest.
From Norfolk Southern: NORFOLK, Va., November 17, 2015 – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) (“the Company”) today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding, highly conditional indication of interest from Canadian Pacific (CP.TO) to acquire the Company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, representing a premium of less than 10% based on closing prices today.
The Company’s board of directors, in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, will carefully evaluate and consider this indication of interest in the context of Norfolk Southern’s strategic plans, and its ongoing review of opportunities to enhance stockholder value through strategic, financial and operational measures and pursue the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. Notably, any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles. Norfolk Southern’s board of directors and management team are committed to enhancing value for all stockholders. The Company’s stockholders do not need to take any action at this time. Continue reading for the full news release.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A new state forecast expects Virginia’s Medicaid costs to increase by nearly $1 billion through the next two-year budget. The $956 million increase is due primarily to a surge in enrollment. More than 51,000 people have enrolled since July 1. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the forecast was released Monday. House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones says the forecast will leave little latitude for any new initiatives in the next budget. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s spokesman, Brian Coy, says most of the increase is one-time, externally imposed expenses. He says the forecast isn’t evidence of a long-term liability for the program.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell’s position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Other signers include 66 former state attorneys general, 63 current or former Virginia state legislators, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell and three former governors _ Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Jan Brewer of Arkansas and Sonny Perdue of Georgia. McDonnell argues that he never took any official action to benefit a wealthy businessman who showered him and his family with more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte is getting plenty of heat from the New York City area for not supporting a proposal to permanently authorize a compensation fund for many 911 responders. The bill’s supporters will head to Washington this week, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia higher education employees is getting new management. The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan’s management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association _ Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016. Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the change is expected to reduce beneficiaries’ fees and improve the plan’s management. The retirement system informed affected state colleges and universities of the move last week. The change won’t affect Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and George Mason University. These schools operate their own retirement plans.
MONETA, Va. (AP) _ A lawsuit stemming from a fatal boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake has been settled. The Roanoke Times reports that 37-year-old Timothy O’Quinn’s family members settled their lawsuit against two boat operators for $450,000. O’Quinn was killed on May 2, 2014, when two boats collided on Smith Mountain Lake during a fishing tournament. The Botetourt County resident was a passenger in one of the boats, which was operated by Teddy Wolford. O’Quinn’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wolford and the other boat’s operator, Gary Nichols. A Botetourt County judge recently approved the settlement.