Board: Planning info needed in W.Va. spill probe
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Regulators ordered a water company under investigation for its chemical spill response to produce emergency plans and information potentially protected by anti-terrorism laws.
The state Public Service Commission ordered West Virginia American Water on Friday to produce many documents it opposed releasing.
The PSC says some information potentially shielded by state and federal laws can be considered. It will be confidential from the public.
Advocates for a Safe Water System said Friday it was pleased with the ruling. The group is intervening in the investigation, alongside businesses affected by the spill and the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division.
The water company has said those documents were beyond the investigation's scope and are being sought in civil lawsuits.
Freedom Industries' January spill contaminated the company's water supply for 300,000 people for days.
Man hit, killed by train in southern W.Va.
RODERFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police say a man was killed when he was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on a bridge in McDowell County.
Trooper J.R. Coburn in Welch says a 20-year-old male died at the scene and a 24-year-old female who fell 60 feet was in critical condition at Welch Community Hospital. A 29-year-old male who jumped from the tracks suffered less serious injuries.
Coburn says the three were walking on the tracks Thursday night near Roderfield.
State police on Friday said the man who died was Kenneth Neace of the Roderfield area.
CHEMICAL SPILL-FISH SURVEY
W.Va. to study fish life in river after chem spill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state will survey fish life in the Elk River after a massive chemical spill polluted the waterway in January.
The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fish Health Laboratory in Leetown will aid the state Division of Natural Resources in the project next week.
The Freedom Industries spill contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people for days.
The state Division of Natural Resources says no fish kills were observed after the spill. The survey will look at possible health impacts on fish from the disaster.
The division will perform a similar fish study on the Kanawha River. That survey is part of a statewide fish health assessment project with the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service's Northeast Fishery Center in Lamar, Pennsylvania.
Founder of closed W.Va. boarding school charged
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A prosecutor says the founder of a closed boarding school in Harrison County has been arrested following an investigation into the alleged abuse of students.
Harrison County Prosecutor Joseph Shaffer says Susan Gayle Clark of Pennsboro was charged Friday with child neglect resulting in injury, failing to report incidents and obstructing a law enforcement officer during an investigation.
Criminal complaints say Clark was aware of three incidents at Miracle Meadows School in Salem since November in which teacher Timothy Arrington allegedly choked and handcuffed a male student, left another in handcuffs overnight, and locked a third in a room and forced him to strip to his underwear.
Arrington was charged Friday with three counts of child abuse creating risk of serious injury. He was arraigned last week on another charge.
Hearing board recommends W.Va. judge suspension
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board has recommended a less severe suspension than a special counsel sought for a Randolph County judge who acknowledged having an affair with a community corrections official.
The board Friday recommended a three-year suspension, censure and $20,000 fine for Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong.
The board found Wilfong violated several canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, including maintaining the integrity of and public confidence in the judiciary and avoiding the impression of improper influence.
Wilfong and the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel have 30 days to respond.
Earlier this week, the Judicial Investigation Commission's special judicial disciplinary counsel recommended a four-year suspension and censure for Wilfong. In response, Wilfong's lawyers proposed a reprimand, saying there is no evidence to support most of the allegations.
HUNTINGTON HOUSING DEMOLITION
Demolition to start at Huntington housing complex
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Demolition is expected to start next week at a Huntington public housing complex.
Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority Executive Director Vickie Lester tells The Herald-Dispatch that demolition on three buildings at the Northcott Court Housing Complex will likely begin Monday. The work is expected to take up to three years.
The Housing Authority has considered the complex outdated and inadequate for its residents. The 30 housing units, built in the 1940s, were boarded up in June.
Residents were relocated starting last year either to another public housing site or they received vouchers to pay for other types of housing.
The city plans to convert the site along Hal Greer Boulevard into a commercial district.
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