Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says employers in the state will see an estimated $43 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year.
Tomblin says employers have saved more than $323 million since the program was privatized in 2006.
According to the governor, the National Council on Compensation Insurance recently filed a proposed 12.1 percent reduction in workers' compensation loss cost rates with the Offices of the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner. It's the 11th reduction in 11 years.
West Virginia's Department of Transportation has purchased its second drone.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the $3,500 drone will be used to help provide views of hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas. Department spokeswoman Carrie Bly says it will be used for situations like rockslides and to assess flooding damage.
Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.
At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.
On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about this week’s episode featuring a discussion about outsiders taking pictures in Appalachia. And we visit the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins where it’s bluegrass music week. These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.
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Labor leader Bill Blizzard died on July 31, 1958, at age 65. The Kanawha County native was the son of two passionate union activists.
During the 1910s, Blizzard quickly rose in rank in the United Mine Workers of America labor union. In 1921, he played a key role in the armed miners’ march on Logan County and personally led some of the front-line fighting at the Battle of Blair Mountain. He was charged with treason and murder for his actions. He was tried in the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town—ironically, in the same building where John Brown had been convicted of treason six decades before.