Saturday, March 05, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...3-6-'11
- Maryland Republican Representative Roscoe Bartlett said Friday he has written to House Speaker John Boehner to ask that the body of Frank Buckles, the last surviving American World I veteran, be allowed to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. West Virginia lawmakers also want to see Buckles honored that way. Boehner has said he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are trying to get permission for a ceremony for Buckles in the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit for Reylas Surface Mine in Logan County. The permit allows Highland Mining Company to discharge fill material into 13,743 linear feet of waters and authorizes one valley fill, one sediment pond and several mine-through areas. The company will be required to restore or create thousands of linear feet of stream channel for mitigation.
- Fire ripped through the Logan Motor Lodge late Friday night. The motel, five miles south of Logan, is considered a total loss. A body was found at the location.
- Police are investigating after a man was shot early Saturday in the area of Sky Lounge on Civic Center Drive in Charleston. Officers discovered a vehicle with multiple bullet holes. Shortly after that, police got a call from CAMC Women and Children's Hospital that a shooting victim was at the hospital. The victim was later transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center General with non life-threatening injuries.
- A bill allowing all of West Virginia's 31 judicial circuits to create juvenile drug courts passed the House of Delegates Friday on a vote of 97-0 and now goes to acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for his signature. Currently, five such courts operate in the Northern Panhandle and Cabell, Wayne, Mercer and Logan counties. The programs provide specialized services for nonviolent youths ages 10 to 17 who face delinquency or status offenses related to substance abuse.
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