State Purchasing

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Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a former Shepherd University administrator accused of making unauthorized purchases with a state-issued card.

Fifty-year-old Elizabeth "Libby" Shanton of Martinsburg is charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and 53 counts of misuse of a state-issued purchasing card.

Shepherd University Sign, McMurran Hall
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An audit says Shepherd University employees used state money to buy sexual enhancers and other items that could have been deemed "extravagant," ''unallowable" or for "personal use."

The Legislative Post Audit Division released the report to a legislative panel Sunday.

The audit shows a $57 receipt for condoms, K-Y Jelly, and Vital Erotic Shots. The purchase, titled "RA Program," was approved in 2012.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, legislators debate details of pseudoephedrine, electric cigarettes, and child welfare. Plus, some radio sleigh riding, and this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn with "City of Refuge."

The House of Delegates passes a bill to make the sale e-cigarettes illegal to minors and addresses the issue of sexual abuse of minors. The
Senate deals with two issues--state purchasing and pseudoephedrine--that have been in mind since interims. Representatives of the Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty discuss their legislative priorities with Beth Vorhees.

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Senators unanimously passed a bill requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine through committee and will soon vote as a whole on a bill reforming state purchasing procedures. Both issues were studies during the previous interim session.

Senator Greg Tucker sponsored the prescription only bill which makes pseudoephedrine a controlled substance, requiring a prescription for its purchase. The bill made it through Senate Judiciary after three hours of debate.

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  The State Auditor's Office recently flagged as suspicious charges on a state travel card that included Chicago Bears football tickets, alcohol and other purchases that typically aren't allowed.

The Charleston Gazette says these purchases were allowed because the travel card belonged to West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill.