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A consulting firm thinks the state Department of Health and Human Resources would be more efficient if it were split into two part. State lawmakers were told Tuesday that the study by Public Works LLC suggests the 5,700-employee department be restructured into divisions focusing on health care and human services. The Charleston Gazette says the current 36 boards and commissions could be merged into three primary commissions on healthy lifestyles, clinical medical care and payments for services. It recommends that the Office of Inspector General focus on Medicaid abuse and fraud.
The wife of Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum took over as interim sheriff when her husband was killed earlier this year, and now she has resigned. In a letter to county commissioners she said she had mixed emotions about stepping down after four months. She said it's a big undertaking, and the sheriff's office needs a qualified person who can dedicate the time and attention it deserves. Crum recommended that Dave Rockel serve as sheriff, who was Sheriff Dugene Crum's task force commander and chief field deputy. Rosie Crum's resignation is effective September 4th
Kanawha County is going to give the contractor a chance to make repairs at Coonskin Park before any legal action is pursued. David R Bowen had an agreement to clean up damage from last year's derecho, but allegedly went beyond the scope of the agreement and now has to make good on the damage. He's also paving some sections torn up by logging equipment.
Those with a valid concealed carry permit can legally carry handguns in three more states. State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Alabama, Georgia, and Colorado have passed reciprocity agreements, meaning West Virginia concealed carry permit holders can carry in those states. The toal number of states on the concealed carry list now has grown to 35, and West Virginia has reciprocity agreements with 27 of them.
Police arrested a protestor Wednesday who is linked to the Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival Group, or RAMPS. David Baghdadi was arrested for trespassing and obstruction after he chained himself to a barrel of dirty water a few steps away from the governor's mansion at the State Capitol. The group says it was trying to draw attention to inadequate water supplies and poor water quality in places.
Two people are facing charges after a meth bust in Nitro earlier this week. A tip came in about possible drug activity at an apartment complex on Tidd Lane, and after getting consent to search, officers found 25,000 grams of pseduphedrine, over an ounce of meth, $3,600 in cash, scales, meth making materials, several tv monitors and surveillance cameras. 37-year old Duane Dunlap and 35-year old Carole Anne Demersman were arrested on several drug-related charges, and also exposure of children to meth since there were two kids present under the age of 8.
“Pamper Your Dog Day,” is coming up in September at North Charleston Dog Park at 2009 Seventh Ave. If you have a pet you'll be able to bring it out for a free wash and brush, and the toenails will be clipped too. You don't pay anything thanks to the city of Charleston Parks and Rec Department. They'll alos hold a “Dog Day on the Island” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Magic Island. Local veterinarians and trainers will help with dog behavior and agility that day.
State lawmakers from West Virginia are coming to North Dakota to learn more about the state's savings account for oil and gas taxes. North Dakota's Legacy Fund gets 30 percent of the state's oil and gas tax collections. It topped $1.3 billion in assets last month. None of the money can be spent until 2017, and only then if the Legislature decides by a two-thirds vote to dip into the fund. West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler is leading the 17-member delegation as natural gas production increases here. Kessler wants lawmakers to set aside tax revenue similar to what is being done in North Dakota. About a dozen North Dakota lawmakers are slated to host the West Virginia delegation on Thursday in Bismarck.
After at least five home burglaries in Charleston's South Hills area in recent months, and car vandalism too, neighbors want to know how to protect themselves. At a meeting last night, police offered tips like putting newspaper subscriptions on hold when out of town so they don't pile up outside. And perhaps don't mention your vacation on Facebook. One teen has been arrested in a car vandalism case.
School is on as scheduled today at Pratt Elementary in eastern Kanawha County. The school was closed mid-morning Monday because of a water main break near the school, but that won't keep students away today. You may remember earlier this summer, Pratt residents voted to sell their town's water system to West Virginia American Water.