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Legislation introduced to hold VA medical providers accountable
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Legislation introduced to hold VA medical providers accountable

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Following a USA Today investigation revealing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) concealed poor care and mistakes made by its medical workers, two senators have introduced legislation to hold the VA accountable. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., introduced Monday the VA Provider Accountability Act, which would require the […]

MU community’s resilience extolled at plane crash ceremony
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MU community’s resilience extolled at plane crash ceremony

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Through speeches and song Tuesday, the pattering of water against the copper tubing of the Marshall University Memorial Fountain could be heard until the last drop fell, signifying the end of 75 lives the copper represents. “We will turn off the fountain to remind us of the tragedy, […]

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DHHR Deputy Secretary discusses “cliff effect” of people losing benefits

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The deputy Secretary for the state Department of Health and Human Resources told legislators there are dis-incentives that keep people from getting married or keep them from getting an increase in income for fear of losing benefits. Jeremiah Samples, deputy secretary for the DHHR, discussed what he […]

Chief Justice says justices misled about costs of office renovations
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Chief Justice says justices misled about costs of office renovations

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry said he was misled about the cost of office furnishings and other accoutrements in an ongoing $3.7 million renovation project for the state Supreme Court. According to information provided by the Supreme Court, the state spent $363,000 renovating […]

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Surface owners’ group asks for different approach to co-tenancy

By JIM ROSS The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A legislative interim committee delved into the details of gas drilling law Tuesday as it heard from lawyers who explained the complicated process of how land owners are paid for gas that comes from their property. The last of four people to address the Joint Committee […]

Owners of Sutton’s Cafe Cimino eye retirement, list restaurant/inn for sale
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Owners of Sutton’s Cafe Cimino eye retirement, list restaurant/inn for sale

By RICK STEELHAMMER Charleston Gazette-Mail SUTTON, W.Va.  — Cafe Cimino Country Inn, a pioneer in West Virginia’s farm-to-table dining movement and winner of numerous culinary and travel industry awards, is for sale as its owners contemplate retirement. “We’re trying to plan our exit strategy with as much love as we put into building our business,” […]

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School superintendents make requests for SBA for local projects

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Standing before members of the School Building Authority, Mercer County Superintendent Deborah Akers asked for $10.7 million to replace two 1920s-era elementary schools in Bluefield. “You should give us the dollars for this because we found a flat piece of property,” she joked. “We own it. […]

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Smoking to continue at casino, video lottery rooms in Ohio County

By LINDA COMINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Smoking can continue in specified areas at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and in limited video lottery rooms, now that the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has declined to change the county’s clear air regulation. A vote wasn’t taken during the board’s meeting Tuesday because no […]

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Report: More child abuse victims seeking treatment in WV

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — More than 400 new child abuse victims sought help at one of West Virginia’s children’s advocacy centers for the 2017 fiscal year – an 11.26 percent increase over the previous year and marking a 66 percent increase in victims served five years ago, according to the West Virginia Child […]

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Petition against Fairmont Human Rights Commission ordinance succeeds

By JOHN MARK SHAVER The Fairmont News FAIRMONT, W.Va. — After two months of going door to door and holding signing events, the Keep Fairmont Safe group now has all 1,979 signatures needed on a petition against the city’s Human Rights Commission ordinance. According to a certificate sent by the city to Keep Fairmont Safe, […]