- West Virginia
Fed health officials: W.Va. water ‘safe’
A federal health official says it’s safe to use water contaminated by a chemical spill in West Virginia last month.
Taxpayer-funded team testing water
A taxpayer-funded research team has collected hundreds of water samples from 10 homes, in the hope of determining how much of a coal-cleaning chemical can be present in the water supply before it is too toxic for people to drink.
Chemical spill firm winding down operations
The company at the center of West Virginia’s chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people is selling the rest of its chemicals, helping its 51 employees find new jobs and winding down operations.
Saying the company’s problems exceed its small size, attorney Mark Freedlander announced Freedom Industries’ plans in federal bankruptcy court Friday.
West Virginia lawmakers are struggling to get budget deal
After proposals to raise cigarette, sales or other taxes fell flat Thursday, West Virginia lawmakers will likely have to bear down for more budget cuts and dig deeper into state reserves next year.
Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said after hearing from his Democratic caucus in a closed meeting Thursday that tax increases don’t have the support needed in the House of Delegates.
Company involved in chemical spill paid $6 million
The company at the center of West Virginia’s chemical spill paid about $6 million to executives and associated companies in the year before filing for bankruptcy.
Freedom Industries sent $1.1 million of that pot to three former company owners — Charles Herzing, Dennis Farrell and William Tis.
Pizza worker caught urinating in sink fired
A West Virginia pizza restaurant has been shut down after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.
Pizza Hut Corp. spokesman Doug Terfehr said Wednesday the company was made aware of the video Tuesday and fired the employee shortly thereafter.
Senate: Pseudoephedrine products prescription-only
The West Virginia Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make pseudoephedrine products prescription-only. The measure passed 25-9, mostly along party lines.
The common ingredient in many cold- and sinus-relief medications is also a critical component of methamphetamine, which are “cooked” in labs or in a “shake and bake” method in 2-liter soda bottles.
Tomblin: State of emergency to end soon
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday that he is days away from lifting a state of emergency related to last month’s chemical spill into a public water supply.
Hours later, he told federal health officials they should start funding more lab tests immediately on the little-known chemicals that spilled.
Committee OKs bill to protect teacher planning
A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.
The bill mandates that administrators may not ask a teacher to attend meetings, trainings, or any work-related event during a planning period. This includes parent-teacher conferences.
Bill proposes change to flood insurance
A bill that would create a private flood insurance option was introduced in the West Virginia Senate on Monday.
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