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City National Bank has sold its insurance operations to a Virginia company. City National's parent, City Holding Company, says in a news release that the sale of CityInsurance to The Hilb Group in Richmond, Virginia, was effective Jan. 1. The insurance group will continue to operate from City National's offices in the Charleston area and a branch in Beckley.
Starting Jan. 26, the state will begin accepting applications for the low income energy assistance program. West Virginia Health and Human Resources secretary Karen L. Bowling says the application window will end Feb. 6. Eligibility for heating assistance benefits is based on income and household size, among other factors. Income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline for the household size. For a household of four, for example, allowable income tops off at about $2,500. Applications can be obtained at local Health and Human Resources offices, community action centers and senior centers.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says president Paul Vining is resigning to become CEO of another coal-related company. Alpha said Tuesday that Vining is leaving the company effective Jan. 31. He'll become CEO of an affiliate of Cline Group that will be focused on acquiring and operating coal mines outside the U.S. Alpha says chief commercial officer Brian Sullivan and mining operations executive Keith Hainer will take on expanded responsibilities after Vining leaves.The company operates 60 affiliated coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming.
A Boone County judge has denied a request to dismiss the state's lawsuit against a dozen drug distribution companies. Circuit Court Judge William Thompson ruled that the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs can sue the companies, but asked the agencies to add details to the lawsuit about how each company broke the law, according to the Charleston Gazette. Former Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed the lawsuit in 2012 and alleges that the companies failed to report suspicious prescription drug orders and didn't establish monitoring programs to stop the proliferation of drug sales.
A new report says correctional officers employed by the Division of Corrections have the lowest entry-level salaries in the nation. The report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's Office says the entry-level salary for correctional officers is $22,141 annually. Illinois has the highest entry-level salary, $45,103. The report also says the turnover rate among correctional officers was 37 percent in fiscal 2014. But low pay likely wasn't the only factor. A stressful working environment and long shifts also came into play. According to the report, correctional officers earning the entry-level salary would qualify for government assistance if they live in a single-income household with three or more people.
A former HR director in Charleston is suing the city, claiming age discrimination. Judy King is 64 years old, and worked for the city for 20 years. She claims she was terminated over her age, and says she was still able to perform her job duties. The Charleston Gazette reports she was let go almost one year ago, and replaced with someone much younger and with less experience. The lawsuit claims the city violated the state Human Rights Act when it allegedly discriminated against King because of age.
Concerns about bullying aren't going away. A new study says nearly half of student bullying incidents in West Virginia's public schools occur in middle schools. The state study says 47 percent of school discipline referrals for bullying, harassment or intimidation in the current academic year have occurred in middle schools. 29 percent of such incidents occurred in high schools and 24 percent occurred in elementary schools. The Register-Herald reports nearly 3000 students were referred for disciplinary action for bullying or harassment behaviors. Seventy-five percent of these students are male.
Services are scheduled this week for former Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. Moore died on Wednesday at age 91. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is his daughter, and her office says a memorial service will be held at the Culture Center in Charleston at 11 a.m this Friday Jan. 16. Visitation is set from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Grisell Funeral Home in Moundsville. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 17 at Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville.
An apartment fire over the weekend in Kanawha City is under investigation. One person died in the fire in apartments above Trivillian’s Pharmacy on the corner of 35th Street and Staunton Avenue. The flames escalated in a hurry, and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office if investigating to see how the fire started and why it got out of control so quickly. There is another fact in the matter that investigators will consider as part of the investigation....in December Trivillian's Pharmacy was charged with two counts of health care fraud and one count of misbranding drugs. It's not known yet if there is a connection between the fire and that federal indictment.
A man picked up a hitchhiker Friday in Rand, and then called the Kanawha County Sheriff's office when the man refused to get out of his car. The driver went to his own home on Coal Fork Drive in Campbells Creek and went inside, and told the hitchhiker to go away, but he ended up threatening to break car windows and hit the front door, and the victim said the hitchhiker threatened him with a gun while in the car. 20-year old James P Daugherty was arrested after a struggle with a Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy, and after refusing to cooperate. The deputy found crack cocaine on Daughterty, and a fully loaded 9mm pistol in his left jacket pocket. He was taken to South Central Regional Jail. And the man who called 911 said Daugherty wasn't a hitchhiker after all, but that he had given him a ride around town to sell drugs.