Virginia Democrats outraise Republicans; pork shipments to China expected to triple; the Jonas Brothers’ dad goes to Liberty University and more headlines

Virginia Mercury

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• A deeply divided federal appeals court revived a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that lets judges designate people as “habitual drunkards,” which allows police to arrest them for possessing or even smelling like alcohol. – Associated Press

• Virginia Democrats outraised Republicans over the last three months, closing the mid-summer campaign finance reporting period with $4.9 million in the bank in various party and PAC accounts compared to $3.7 million held by similar Republican groups. At the candidate level, Republicans as a group still hold more cash on hand. – The Washington Post

• Police were called to Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond 12 times in the first 10 days the new casino was open. Reports ranged from stolen wallets to disorderly conduct and drunken people. – WRIC

• New York City sued Cigarettes Unlimited, a retail outlet in Fredericksburg, accusing the company of selling 15,000 cartons a month to tobacco bootleggers. – New York Post

• Unemployment is down in Southwestern Virginia, but probably only because more unemployed people have given up looking for work, meaning they’re no longer counted. – WVTF

• State transit officials voted to replace nearly 10,000 interstate streetlights with brighter, whiter LED lamps, which use half the energy and last three to four times longer than existing sodium lights. – WAMU

• The price of a single-family home in Arlington near Amazon’s new Headquarters has doubled since last year to a median list price of $1.6 million. – The Washington Post

• Virginia’s Smithfield Foods says it expects its shipments of pork to China to triple as a deadly pig fever spreads through the country. “Were it not for the tariffs, we’d be looking at a historic sales opportunity.” – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Nelson County distillery is facing a lawsuit filed by a Scotland-based trade group accusing the company of trying to pass its whiskey off as Scotch. “Virginia Distillery’s labeling uses the words ‘Highland’ and ‘Scotch’ prominently to evoke an improper association with Scotland,” the group says. – The Daily Progress

• Liberty University is launching a music label and center, which will be co-led by Kevin Jonas, the father and original manager of the Jonas Brothers. – Religion News Service

• It’s going to be extremely hot today. – NBC12

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