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December 23, 2006|By Julie Scharper

State to get $1.2 million in settlement of tobacco case

Maryland will get $1.2 million of a $55.4 million tobacco settlement with House of Prince A/S and Scandinavian Tobacco SIA, the attorney general's office announced yesterday.

The settlement was reached to resolve a dispute over enforcement of a 1998 agreement requiring tobacco manufacturers to make annual payments to the states.

The payments are intended to compensate for billions of dollars in health care costs related to smoking.

House of Prince participates in the agreement, which is called the master settlement agreement. Scandinavian Tobacco is an affiliated entity.

The settlement resolved a three-year court dispute over whether cigarettes manufactured by Scandinavian Tobacco and sold in the United States from 1999 to 2003 were subject to the agreement's payment requirements.

Baltimore: west side

Man, 34, dies after shooting

A 34-year-old West Baltimore man died yesterday morning after being shot in the head and torso, police said.

At 9:25 a.m., officers received a call about a shooting in the 700 block of N. Monroe St,, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. There they discovered Erik Johnson of the 1500 block of N. Payson St., who had suffered several gunshot wounds, Moses said.

Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead about 10 a.m., Moses said.

Witnesses reported seeing the shooter approach the victim on foot, Moses said.

Witnesses had been taken to the homicide division for further questioning.

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