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W.Va. health coverage marketplace enrollment rises 12-11-2013 06:29
Enrollment in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace has jumped in the past month. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 1,200 West Virginians have enrolled in plans through the federal exchange ...
Gas prices remain steady in W.Va. 12-11-2013 05:56
Gas prices remained steady over the past week in West Virginia. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state was about $3.32. That's down about 14 cents a gallon ...
Arch operation in W.Va. begins longwall mining 12-10-2013 06:35
Arch Coal Inc. says longwall mining is underway at its Leer mine in northern West Virginia. St. Louis-based Arch said Tuesday that the longwall system's startup is a milestone in the company's development ...
A swath of winter storms that had spread across the East Coast over the weekend, interrupting traffic, felling power lines, and depositing sheets of snow, is likely to last into Tuesday, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Late Monday afternoon, winter weather advisories were in place in northern Virginia along the West Virginia border, as well as in the far Northeast states of ...
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, West Virginia ranks 20th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. West Virginia currently spends $5.3 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation ...
FCC program expanding broadband in rural W.Va. 12-06-2013 05:17
Broadband service is being expanded to about 36,000 homes and businesses in rural West Virginia. The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that its Connect America Fund has earmarked $22 ...
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Manchin partially pleased with Congress budget deal 12-11-2013 15:02
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time in over three years lawmakers on Capitol Hill have come up with a tentative budget deal and Senator Joe Manchin is happy to see it happen. “I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans were able to sit down in a room together, negotiate, and arrive at a deal,” said Manchin. The deal, unveiled Tuesday, would prevent a partial government shutdown, but also begin to unravel hard-fought spending cuts. Manchin said it’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing. “It’s a start, it’s moving in the right direction and a lot more can be done,” he said....
Guyandotte River is evacuation path for Madison Creek residents 12-11-2013 12:22
LOGAN, W.Va. – Forty Logan County residents were evacuated from their homes Wednesday with no firm timeline on when the only way in or out would be repaired. The residents live on Madison Creek Road near Lyburn. The road is covered with a mudslide with an unstable hillside above. Those residents met with the DOH Wednesday and were urged to take advantage of the evacuation option and some did. The Logan County Emergency Ambulance Service Authority took about 40 residents out by boat on the Guyandotte River. The DOH will pay for temporary housing and transportation. The DOH has no clear timeline...
ACA enrollment numbers troubling for some 12-11-2013 09:25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Although the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act have eased at least some, the numbers of people signing up for an exchange continued to be sluggish through this week. The state’s lone provider through ACA, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has registered just over 1,200 in their packages. There is a fear it isn’t nearly enough to sustain the program. “Obviously is much lower than they projected or would have liked,” said Perry Bryant of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care. “They were projecting to have 20 to 25,000 and they are less than 10 percent of...
State lawmakers apply brakes to broker ambulance transport plan 12-11-2013 09:14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leading lawmakers want representatives of the state DHHR to appear before them at a meeting next month to further explain a proposal to use a broker to handle non-emergency medical transports across the state. House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, raised a number of questions during a meeting Wednesday morning of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance. Del. Armstead said he’s heard from county ambulance services who are concerned they will lose some of the transports and thus lose the money they use to help with their emergency responses. The DHHR has already received bids...
Worker injured after trash truck hit by train 12-11-2013 08:09
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A City of Charleston worker was injured Wednesday morning when the trash truck he was riding in was struck by a CSX engine. Charleston Police Lt. Shawn Williams said the trash truck driver did not yield to the train as he drove the truck up and over the steep 12th Street crossing near the South Side Bridge. The driver told police he didn’t hear the train. “You’re going up an incline and there’s a yield sign. There are no arms and barriers. The driver did not hear the whistle and did not yield to the train,” Williams...
Child advocacy group opposed to legalizing medical marijuana 12-11-2013 07:50
Jennifer Smith/MetroNews Retired Kentucky Trooper Ed Shemelya told members of the Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Wednesday that medical marijuana would be bad for kids. INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Legalizing medical marijuana is a hot topic all across the country and one that’s already gone before the legislature here in West Virginia. The West Virginia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children tackled the issue Wednesday during its quarterly meeting at the State Police Academy in Institute. Andrea Darr, the coordinator of the program, said it’s important for members of the group, which includes law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, school counselors and others, to understand the what’s...
Charleston, WVa – November 25, 2013 — Thousands of West Virginians will be preparing meals and traveling in inclement weather throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway. more... (pdf)
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Local Judicial Corruption In WV Social Security Office Could Topple National SSA Commissioner
West Virginia News 02-21-2013
Problems Within The Social Security Administration Are Mounting... by Jack SwintWhat began back in late 2010 as a regional SSA scandal alleging fraud and 'case-fixing' of disability appeal claims with the Office of Disability Adjudication Review (ODAR) office in Huntington WV, now has federal authorities and US Senators focusing their...Read more...
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