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Rep. Paul Ryan will hit the campaign trail in Charleston next week to tout Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's bid for U.S. Senate. Ryan was the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee for Mitt Romney. Capito's campaign says Ryan will be in West Virginia's capital Monday afternoon to talk about fiscal issues. The same day, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will campaign for Capito's opponent, Democratic West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Tennant will roll out an education plan at the Eastern Panhandle event. Capito and Tennant are vying for retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat.
Kanawha County commissioner Dave Hardy wants County Prosecutor Mark Plants to resign. There's something called a "Plants Defense" happening, where defendants who have been charged with the same exact crime as the prosecuting attorney go to court and ask for the same deal Plants received. That's bond and an education program instead of a harsher penalty. Hardy says it makes him sick:
At a special meeting of commissioners Tuesday, Hardy called the Plants situation a financial burden on county taxpayers and asked for Plants' resignation. The Kanawha County Commission meets next on July 24th.
West Virginia has launched the third phase of a project incorporating state agencies under one computer system. The new system, called wvOASIS, will allow agencies to use one system to manage accounts, personnel, and assets. The third phase launched on Tuesday involves financial, procurement, and treasury applications. Governor Tomblin says in a news release that wvOASIS will replace nearly 100 administrative systems. There is a help desk set up to help state employees and vendors learn to use the new system.
A big swim competition starts today at the University of Charleston. More than 500 swimmers are scheduled to compete in the City National Bank Kanawha Valley Summer League Swimmig Championships starting today. Cross Lanes is a heavy favorite to win as it defends its title. The swimmers compete in the evening for the next three days, and the competition starts at 9:30am Saturday on the final day.
A Kanawha County strip mine has been approved and the Keystone strip mine is going up on a mountaintop right next to the Kanawha State Forest. But not without controversy. Nieghbors in the Loudendale area and environmentalists voiced concerns last night at a public meeting, and many pushed to get the mine's permit pulled. WCHS TV reports there is an appeals hearing with the surface mine board scheduled next month. A lawsuit is also in the works.
The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Freedom Industries for two violations. The federal agency fined Freedom $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and resulted in the water crisis. OSHA also fined Freedom Industries $4,000 for failing to have standard railings on an elevated platform.
CVS Pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia. The sales ban applies to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine also is used to illegally manufacture meth. CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis tells the Charleston Gazette that the sales ban also is in effect at 40 stores in neighboring states that are within 15 miles of the West Virginia border. There are 50 stores in West Virginia. Ride Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last year.
Democrat Nick Casey raised $332,000 last quarter and has $873,000 in the bank for his West Virginia congressional bid against Republican Alex Mooney. Casey also announced Monday he has raised more than $1.2 million throughout the election cycle. Mooney's campaign did not immediately have updated numbers for April through June. They are due July 15. Casey is the former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman. In Maryland, Mooney served as state Republican Party chairman and as a state senator. This is the seat vacated by Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito as she runs for U.S. Senate.
Permitted gun owners now have another option. West Virginia has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Nebraska. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Monday. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. West Virginia now has full reciprocity agreements with 31 states. Seven states have been added since July 2013. Five additional states honor West Virginia permits, but concealed carry licenses issued by those states are not currently recognized by West Virginia.
The investigation is on after a baby's body was found and the parents are facing charges. State police are investigating after the infant's body was found buried in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the infant's parents were arrested Saturday in Morgantown, and troopers found the baby in the woods after that. The parents, Joseph Christy and Summer McDaniel, have been charged with child neglect and may face more charges after admitting to the burial. No word yet on a motive or cause of death for the baby.