US Sen. Joe Manchin sued by brother over loan
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.
Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch (rock) Manchin.
The lawsuit says Joe and Roch Manchin received a loan of more than $1.7 million from John Manchin in the late 1980s to help the financially struggling business with the promise of repayment. No payments have been made.
The lawsuit says the brothers' general partnership was dissolved without John Manchin's knowledge, with funds and assets transferred to a partnership controlled by Joe Manchin and his son, Joseph Manchin IV.
Jonathan Kott, a spokesman for the senator, declined comment Friday. Roch Manchin didn't immediately return a telephone message.
W.Va. board suspends clinic operator's license
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia board has suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.
West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.
Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen who had an injection between the clinic's 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patient contracted bacterial meningitis last October.
West Virginia's state epidemiologist Dr. Loretta Haddy said the investigation found, among other things, that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient.
Chalifoux's medical license was revoked in Texas in 2004.
HUNTINGTON POLICE HIRINGS
Huntington to hire additional police officers
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.
Media outlets report the city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget.
Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside. He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.
Williams says the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year. In addition to the new officers, an information technology position will be created.
City officials estimate that drug offenses in Huntington by the end of the year will jump 89 percent over 2013 levels.
Kanawha commissioners to seek prosecutor's removal
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants.
Media outlets report the commission voted Thursday to file a petition, citing the costs of paying a special prosecutor to handle certain cases in his place. Once filed, the state Supreme Court would appoint a panel to rule on it.
Plants and his office are barred from handling cases involving crimes of violence by a parent or guardian, abuse and neglect cases, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.
Plants was charged with domestic battery for allegedly hitting one of his sons several times with a belt and for violating an order not to have contact with his children or ex-wife.
Under a recent agreement, the charges may be dismissed if he completes a batterers intervention program.
Graduation day Friday for junior troopers
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - It's graduation day at West Virginia State University for the 19th Junior Trooper Academy.
The academy is a week-long program designed to introduce young people between the ages of 14-17 to the law enforcement field. Instruction includes training in firearms, Internet safety, crime scene investigation and other related classes.
Fifty-seven junior troopers participated in the training this week. Friday's graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m.
W.Va. workers' comp premiums projected to decline
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia employers will see a projected $32 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance filed the proposed reduction with the Office of the West Virginia Insurance commissioner. Tomblin's office says the reduction is the 10th consecutive year.
Tomblin said savings of more than $280 million have been realized since the program was privatized in 2005.
The NCCI is West Virginia's rating agent.
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