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A California filmmaker was arrested over the weekend in Lincoln County on her way to film a protest Saturday. The protest happened at a Patriot Coal mine in Lincoln County, and Babette Hogan was taking pictures from the passenger seat of a vehicle on Kanawha State Forest DRive when a West Virginia State police trooper demanded her camera. She refused, and was eventually handcuffed. Hogan is working on a documentary on the environment.
Kanawha County Chief Deputy Johnny Rutherford is retiring this week to clear the way for his campaign for sheriff. Rutherford is running unopposed in the general election in November, and he's afraid his campaign might violate federal law if he's still with the sheriff's department. The West Virginia Gazette reports Rutherford recently found out about a legal opinion holding that state and local employees who oversee federal funding cannot run for public office. A sheriff candidate in another county recently dropped out of the county sheriff's race for similar reasons. Rutherford has turned in his letter of resignation and will officially retire Tuesday
Rumors that the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association would no longer be parterning with Dog Bless were put to rest at last night's Board Meeting. They will continue to work together. Dog Bless is a nonprofit that arranges for dogs in the shelter to be sent to rescues in other states, thereby reducing the number of dogs euthanized at the shelter. Dog Bless also coordinates foster homes where the dogs can stay until a transport is arranged.
Have an idea for a trash can? Put your artistic talents to work and submit it to the FestivALL office by 11:59pm August 31st. The selected designs will be used on 12 to 15 trash cans to be placed on Kanawha Boulevard. An open house to discuss the project will be held 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West. Besides watching your design be put to good use. the winning artist will also receive a thousand dollars. A selection committee made up of art administrators, representatives of the city of Charleston and its refuse department and local artists will select the design. New this year...the five finalists will be interviewed by the panel. The FestivALL website has details.
Citing an interview that aired Wednesday night with Shawn Lester on WSAZ-TV Kanawha County Circuit court Judge Duke Bloom has issued a gag order in the case yesterday. Lester who's trial is to start Monday, said in the interview he is innocent and it would make him feel better as a person to have fewer people think he is "this monster." He is facing a first degree murder charge in the fatal shootings of three people outside a convenience store in 2003. Bloom's order bars anyone associated with the case from discussing it.
Some drug benefit changes went into effect July first and now one legislator wants to know more about those changes. House Speaker Rick Thompson is concerned because he is hearing from staff members and consitiuents costs have dramatically increased. He's asking the head of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency for answers. Under the former plan, participants were charged $50 co-pays for certain brand-name prescriptions; the new plan requires them to pay 75 percent of the cost for those drugs. He's especially concerned about those with chronic conditions who may cut or stop treatment because of the costs.
After thousands were left without electricity from recent storms, the state's food pantries took a major hit. Yesterday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thanked all those who helped to replenish them including, the Mountaineer Food Bank and teh Huntington Area Food Bank. During food drives this month close to 150thousand dollars and five truckloads of food has been received that has been collected during state wide food drives. Distribution will now go to other pantries across the state. .
So you love hot dogs? No not the kind on a bun with mustard, but with four legs and fur? Owners of the weiner dogs can watch their canines strut their stuff tomorrow for a good cause. The 8th annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival in downtown Huntington will benefit Cabell Huntington Children's Hospital. Besides dachsunds from across the Tri state there will be plenty of entertainment, costume parade, weiner dog races and yes...hot dogs..the kind on the bun with mustard.
Time is running out for Independent and small party candidates to decide whether they want to be a part of the November ballot in Lincoln County. August 1, is when candidates must not only file the paperwork, also have enough signatures to get a place on the ballot. Those signatures must also be verified by the Lincoln County Clerks office. Speaking of the Lincoln County Clerk, Myrl Gue's term ends December 31st. He was appointed by the Lincoln County Commission when Donald Whitten resigned for his role in the 2010 absentee ballot scheme. He will be sentenced next month. Democrats still must decide who their candidate will be, Republicans have nominated Howard Isaccs and Gue will be on the November 6th ballot as an independent.
union workers at the Constellium aluminum rolling facility in Ravenswood begin voting on a new contract today. It would mean they would begin paying 15 percent of their health-care costs. company CEO Kyle Lorentzen says each employee should see a net gain of about $15,000, including increases in wages and pension benefits, over the five years of the contract. Today, Constellium's rolling mill is the largest private employer in Jackson County. The plant has nearly 1,000 employees, 700 of whom are production and maintenance workers and members of the United Steelworkers of America. Results may be announced on Saturday. Company and union representatives have been negotiating the contract since May.