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Martirano takes charge

CHARLESTON - Newly appointed state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano officially became West Virginia’s 30th state superintendent on Monday during an oath of office ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston.

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) hired Martirano following a nationwide search. As part of the search process, Ray and Associates, Inc., a national search firm, engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. From that pool, 64 candidates spanning 43 states submitted applications. The WVBE narrowed the candidates to ten, then five and finally interviewed three finalists. Martirano replaces James Phares, who retired on June 30, 2014.

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$5.7m Obamacare funds include $238,178 for LPCC

HAMLIN - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced $5,775,105 in Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") funding to 25 health centers in West Virginia to expand primary care services. The announcement includes almost $240,000 for Hamlin-based Lincoln Primary Care Center.

 According to the department, the awards enable health centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care by hiring an estimated 93 new staff including new health care providers, staying open for longer hours, and expanding the care they provide to include new services  including oral health, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy, and/or vision services.

These investments will…