Newly elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has made history becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay person to be elected Chicago mayor. Chicago will become the largest U.S. city to have a black woman serve as mayor when Lightfoot is sworn on May 20. She will join seven other black women currently serving as mayors in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans, and will be the second woman to lead Chicago. Lightfoot, a former prosecutor with no history in public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday.
A Hanover County Public Schools fifth grade teacher and her husband were killed Monday when they were struck by a pickup truck in Kitty Hawk, N.C., authorities say. 40-year-old Holly Nicolette and 37-year-old Alan Nicolette Jr. of Mechanicsville were walking on the shoulder of the road when a pickup struck the couple and a child from behind, according to the Kitty Hawk police. The adults died from their injuries; the child was treated at a hospital and released, police said. Kitty Hawk police said the driver of the pickup truck possibly fell asleep or had a medical incident at the wheel.
A Tennessee bill to establish daylight saving time year-round has made it out of the House State Committee. Representative Rick Tillis told the committee his reasoning behind the change is to save energy. Tillis also cited that heart attacks increase by 24 percent when the time changes in the spring, and studies have shown car accidents increase.