4-7-14 Heroin deaths doubled since 2010

CHARLESTON (AP) — Some states, including West Virginia, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what’s happening in West Virginia: THE PROBLEM: West Virginia’s prescription opiate addicts are following a national trend as they shift to heroin, […]

4-7-14 WVU board approves facilities, PRT upgrades

MORGANTOWN (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday approved athletic facilities upgrades and improvements to the university’s four-decade-old Personal Rapid Transit monorail. The athletic facilities plan is estimated to cost $106 million. WVU said $75 million of that would come from bonds paid for by guaranteed annual revenue from the Big […]

4-7-14 AG settles complaint with auto lenders

CHARLES TOWN  (AP) — West Virginia’s attorney general has settled complaints with two Virginia auto loan companies over their debt collection practices. Patrick Morrisey said the settlement was reached in Jefferson County Circuit Court with Fast Auto Loans Inc. and Virginia Auto Loans Inc. Car title loans are banned in West Virginia. The companies were […]

4-4-14 W.Va. schools superintendent announces retirement

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit. Phares didn’t give a reason in his letter […]

4-4-14 Governor plans special session to fix wage bill

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he will call the Legislature into a special session in May to address concerns with a bill to increase the minimum wage by $1.50 over two years. Although Tomblin signed the bill Tuesday, he expressed concern it trumps federal overtime exemption for police, seasonal employees, and nursing […]

4-3-14 Smooth sailing now for boat decals

SUNRISE SUMMIT — If you’ve had trouble getting a renewal registration sticker for your boat at the DMV lately, representatives there say they’ve finally been able to right their keel. For several weeks, DMV offices around the state ran out of the decals, frustrating boaters hopeful to get their crafts in the water at the […]

4-2-14 County commission meets Monday

The Hampshire County Commission holds a rare Monday session next week. The date is one a handful mandated by state law. Here’s the agenda:   Monday, April 7, 2014 Hampshire County Commission 9:00 am   Call to order, minutes, President’s and Commissioner’s reports 9:15 am   Steve Moreland, re:  Library Board nomination and levy discussion 9:30 am […]

4-2-14 W.Va. sees massive turnout for Medicaid enrollment

CHARLESTON (AP) — On the final day to begin enrolling for health insurance under the new federal health care mandate, West Virginia has nearly doubled the projected number of individuals to sign up under the state’s Medicaid expansion. The total federal projection since Jan. 2014 in West Virginia was 63,000, said Jeremiah Samples, Department of […]

4-2-14 Residents take plunge to support child

SHANNONDALE (AP) — Jumping into a freezing lake may seem like a strange way to raise money, but the idea went over swimmingly with friends and family of Madeline Nagy. The “Freezing for a Reason” polar plunge in the lake at Shannondale was held as a fundraiser for Madeline, 5, who has been diagnosed with […]

4-1-14 Thirteen charged in state cocaine ring bust

Potomac Highlands Drug Task Force investigation leads to 73-count indictment  MARTINSBURG — A large drug trafficking organization was disrupted as a result of a 73-count federal indictment charging cocaine trafficking and money laundering. United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, who announced the charges on Monday in Wheeling, said that the lead defendant in the […]

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