News http://wvpublic.org en Manchin Sued by Brother Over Loan http://wvpublic.org/post/manchin-sued-brother-over-loan <p>U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.</p><p>Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch Manchin.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:47:43 +0000 Associated Press 16006 at http://wvpublic.org Manchin Sued by Brother Over Loan Group Works to Restore Oldest House in Hinton http://wvpublic.org/post/group-works-restore-oldest-house-hinton <p>The <a href="http://www.cfm-fmh.org/index.html">Campbell Flannagan Murrell House Museum </a>at 422 Summers Street in Hinton, is believed to be the oldest house in town. The house is perched about a block away from the New River, providing a clear view of the water.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:21 +0000 Jessica Lilly 15999 at http://wvpublic.org Group Works to Restore Oldest House in Hinton Doctor's License Suspended by the State http://wvpublic.org/post/doctors-license-suspended-state <p>A West Virginia board has suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.<br />&nbsp;<br />West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.<br />&nbsp;<br />Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen in Marshall County who had an injection between the clinic's 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patient contracted bacterial meningitis last October.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:42 +0000 Associated Press 15997 at http://wvpublic.org Doctor's License Suspended by the State W.Va. Pain Clinic Operator Faces Disciplinary Hearing http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-pain-clinic-operator-faces-disciplinary-hearing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A board will conduct a disciplinary hearing for the operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.</p><p>West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Director Diana Shepard says the board will hold a conference call Friday for Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr.</p><p>One of the board's options is to suspend Chalifoux's medical license.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:15:51 +0000 Associated Press 15995 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Pain Clinic Operator Faces Disciplinary Hearing PETA Opposes Using Animals in W.Va. Testing http://wvpublic.org/post/peta-opposes-using-animals-wva-testing <p></p><p>An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply using animals.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.</p><p>Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish. They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:09:57 +0000 Associated Press 15994 at http://wvpublic.org PETA Opposes Using Animals in W.Va. Testing Kanawha Commissioners to Seek Prosecutor's Removal http://wvpublic.org/post/kanawha-commissioners-seek-prosecutors-removal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants.</p><p>The commission voted Thursday to file a petition, citing the costs of paying a special prosecutor to handle certain cases in his place. Once filed, the state Supreme Court would appoint a panel to rule on it.</p><p>Plants and his office are barred from handling cases involving crimes of violence by a parent or guardian, abuse and neglect cases, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:09:50 +0000 Associated Press 15991 at http://wvpublic.org Kanawha Commissioners to Seek Prosecutor's Removal Huntington to Hire Additional Police Officers http://wvpublic.org/post/huntington-hire-additional-police-officers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.</p><p>The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget.</p><p>Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside. He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:44 +0000 Associated Press 15990 at http://wvpublic.org Huntington to Hire Additional Police Officers Help for Charleston's Community Gardens, W.Va. Teacher of the Year http://wvpublic.org/post/help-charlestons-community-gardens-wva-teacher-year <p>A follow up to our story about the gardens on Charleston’s west side.&nbsp; Publicity about the effort brought new volunteers to help maintain them.&nbsp; We’ll re-visit West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year as she prepares for schools to open next month and Lori McKenna with the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:59:39 +0000 Beth Vorhees 15987 at http://wvpublic.org Help for Charleston's Community Gardens, W.Va. Teacher of the Year Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy at Forum http://wvpublic.org/post/casey-mooney-talk-business-policy-forum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney say the global warming debate is better left to scientists.</p><p>During Thursday's West Virginia Business &amp; Industry Council forum at the Charleston Civic Center, they added that other countries should step up in reducing carbon emissions.</p><p>It marked the first forum featuring both party candidates in this fall's 2nd Congressional District election.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:40:56 +0000 Associated Press 15956 at http://wvpublic.org Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy at Forum U.S. Plans W.Va. Refunds Under Affordable Care Act http://wvpublic.org/post/us-plans-wva-refunds-under-affordable-care-act <p>More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia.</p><p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:29:49 +0000 Associated Press 15937 at http://wvpublic.org U.S. Plans W.Va. Refunds Under Affordable Care Act Process Slow for Picking Huntington Police Chief http://wvpublic.org/post/process-slow-picking-huntington-police-chief <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Huntington remains without a permanent police chief four months after Skip Holbrook announced his resignation.</p><p>Mayor Steve Williams says the selection process for Holbrook's replacement has gone slower than he anticipated.</p><p>Williams says he underestimated the time required to conduct background checks of candidates.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:30 +0000 Associated Press 15936 at http://wvpublic.org Process Slow for Picking Huntington Police Chief Marshall University Gets High Forensic Science Rating, Cruising Returns to Princeton http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-university-gets-high-forensic-science-rating-cruising-returns-princeton <p>Part two of our report on the Veterans to Agriculture Program, giving returning soldiers a chance for therapeutic work.&nbsp; Public policy workshops give citizens a chance to voice concerns about legislative issues. Marshall University's Forensic Science program gets a high national ranking and in Princeton, cruising is making a comeback as a way of revitalizing the downtown area.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:12 +0000 Beth Vorhees 15926 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall University Gets High Forensic Science Rating, Cruising Returns to Princeton Children Combat Hunger in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/children-combat-hunger-west-virginia <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Tom Toliver has seen people with children who are hungry, searching for food in dumpsters in the alleys of Charleston. And he isn’t the only one. At the Union Mission where Toliver has been donating fresh vegetables, the president and CEO Rex Whiteman says hunger is on the rise throughout the state, and in Appalachia. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Roxy Todd 15915 at http://wvpublic.org Children Combat Hunger in West Virginia Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton http://wvpublic.org/post/cruisers-reunion-brings-nostalgia-princeton <p><em><strong>Cruise</strong>&nbsp;(v)&nbsp;: </em>Driving with an emphasis on socializing.</p><p>It used to be unstoppable in towns in Southern West Virginia. Drivers would crowd the streets on weekends for a chance at meeting up with their friends and families.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:47 +0000 Jared Kline 15892 at http://wvpublic.org Cruiser's Reunion Brings Nostalgia to Princeton Keys to Grassroots Policy Success: Wide Net, Narrow Focus http://wvpublic.org/post/keys-grassroots-policy-success-wide-net-narrow-focus <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">If you spend any time at the West Virginia state capitol during the annual 60-day legislative session, you’ll notice many voices clamoring for the attention of our state’s part-time lawmakers.&nbsp; All citizens are welcome to approach legislators with ideas and requests, but average citizens generally don’t have the time or the know-how to impact state policy decisions.&nbsp; One grassroots initiative has been working to change that.&nbsp;</strong></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:30:29 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 15893 at http://wvpublic.org Keys to Grassroots Policy Success: Wide Net, Narrow Focus Marshall Forensic Students on Top Again http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-forensic-students-top-again <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the fifth time in eight years the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program earned the highest overall test scores in the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://forensics.marshall.edu/">Marshall Forensic Science Graduate Program</a> attracts students from all over the country. Take for instance Mackenzie </span>Kilkeary<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose fondness for forensic science started with a weekly viewing of a NCIS.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:17:21 +0000 Clark Davis 15894 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Forensic Students on Top Again Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/feds-commit-health-studies-elk-river-chemical-spill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal, state, and&nbsp;Kanawha&nbsp;county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe&nbsp; Manchin’s&nbsp;Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:43 +0000 Dave Mistich 15884 at http://wvpublic.org Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill Tanker Truck Wrecks in Bartow, Leaks Diesel Fuel into Greenbrier River http://wvpublic.org/post/tanker-truck-wrecks-bartow-leaks-diesel-fuel-greenbrier-river <p>Megan Moriarty with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that on Tuesday afternoon a tanker truck carrying 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel overturned at Hermitage Bridge in Bartow, West Virginia. The driver was uninjured but the truck caught on fire and some of the diesel fuel has spilled into the Greenbrier River.<br /><br />The truck was owned by Petroleum Carriers, LLC, based in Richmond Virginia. A private environmental clean-up crew hired by the trucking company is now on the scene.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:56:36 +0000 Roxy Todd 15878 at http://wvpublic.org Tanker Truck Wrecks in Bartow, Leaks Diesel Fuel into Greenbrier River Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/program-turning-warriors-farmers-across-wva <p>As the country continues to struggle to help its military members returning from war, one fledgling program in West Virginia isn’t wasting any time tackling the issues veterans face.&nbsp;</p><p>From transitional job training to psychological therapy, members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program say they’re discovering they can help West Virginia veterans in more ways than they ever anticipated.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:23:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 15877 at http://wvpublic.org Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va. Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration http://wvpublic.org/post/vets-agriculture-chinese-medicine-va-italian-heritage-celebration <p>Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.&nbsp; More about the <a href="http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers">Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine</a> in Floyd County, Virginia.&nbsp; The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:13:25 +0000 Beth Vorhees 15870 at http://wvpublic.org Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration