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County clerks in West Virginia are being told to accept marriage applications from same-sex couples. The move Thursday comes after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office would no longer fight a court challenge to the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Gay couples will use existing marriage license forms until the forms can be updated.
Charleston Police are increasing their presence on the West Side. At a meeting yesterday by the Charleston Urban Renewal board, a request was approved to give $100,000 to a program called "Project West Invest." A news release said it's a program that aims to increase home ownership, revitalize neighborhoods, and reduce crime on the West Side. The Charleston police department would like to have ten officers buy homes on the west side and live there for a minimum of ten years, with police cruisers parked in their driveways as a reminder that they're there. The money alloted would help the officers buy the homes and add some renovations. There is also $100,000 coming from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation for the project.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are looking for 46-year old Daryl A. Smith of Stover Road near Dunbar, after he was reported missing by his family. Smith was last heard from last Wednesday on Oct.1st. Deputies say Smith is six feet tall and weighs 210 pounds. He has medium brown skin, brown eyes and a shaved head. Anyone with tips should call 304-357-0169, or go to www.kanawhasheriff.us.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Putnam County Health Department are watching for Enterovirus. A 5-year old child from Kanawha County was recently treated and released at the hospital, and two people were diagnosed with the virus in Lincoln and Raleigh Counties. Four cases last month involved children in Greenbrier, Wood, and Wirt Counties. The EV-D68 doesn't always turn serious. In fact, some infected people have no symptoms or only mild ones. Other cases can be serious, especially for those with other respiratory conditions that already exist, like asthma. Washing hands and disinfecting surfaces helps prevent the virus.
Leaders in the health industry are taking every precaution regarding the Ebola virus. The first patient diagnosed in the US has died at a hospital in Dallas after contracting the virus in West Africa. Locally, an Ebola Task Force has been formed and they held their first meeting this week. Many people from hospitals, emergency management offices, and EMS groups got together to talk about how they would work together if an Ebola case should come up, and they would also access travel records of anyone showing symptoms, to know if they had ties to West Africa. Another meeting is planned for the task force later this month.
It's not Halloween yet, but it is time to start thinking about Christmas. The Salvation Army opend up the application period this week in several counties for its annual Angel Tree Program. Signups in Kanawha County continue through October 10th at the Salvation Army office on Tennessee Avenue in Charleston. Just stop by between 9 a.m. until noon, or from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. You can also sign up at the Salvation Army in Logan County on Straton Street in Logan. Signups in Putnam County have already passed.
West Virginia State Police will receive $1 million in federal funding to fight meth lab production. Congressmen Nick Rahall and David McKinley and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced the two-year grant this week from the U.S. Department of Justice. Rahall says in a news release that State Police will use the funds to hire and train law enforcement personnel to investigate meth production and distribution. The funds also will be used to buy equipment for meth lab cleanup and develop partnerships among various agencies to prevent the spread of methamphetamine.
A poilce cruiser was damaged in an early morning accident along I-64 in Dunbar. Two peope were hurt and had to go to a hospital, and the South Charleston police cruiser was hit as the officer was out directing traffic. The officer wasn't hurt, but the car had to be towed away. Westbound lanes were shut down for about an hour, but have since reopened.
A West Virginia high-speed Internet project is being investigated by the federal government.
The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked state officials to turn over thousands of documents related to a fiber-optic cable network built by Frontier Communications. The $42 million project was funded with federal stimulus money. Documents sought by the government include invoices submitted by Frontier to the state and emails and files of eight former and current state officials. State officials say they're cooperating with the investigation. The inspector general also has requested records from the company.
St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants. St. Albans wasn't affected by a water ban imposed after the Jan. 9 spill in Charleston. The Charleston Daily Mail says that St. Albans's business and occupation tax revenue increased by $30,000 in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same January-to-March period in 2013, and Mayor Dick Callaway says the increase is at least partially due to the spill. The city also sold water to commercial entities at a cost of 1 cent per gallon, and provided free water to residents from other areas.