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$1m in forfeit proceeds presented to State Police

CHARLESTON - United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced Monday, May 14, 2018, that the West Virginia State Police received $1,087,285.15 as a result of a civil forfeiture action relating to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act by First National Bank of Williamson.  The Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to maintain programs that detect and report suspicious activity that may signify money laundering. Under this law, banks must prepare and file Cash Transaction Reports for all cash transactions over $10,000. The Bank Secrecy Act also makes structuring a federal crime that involves the breaking down of cash banking transactions in amounts of $10,000 or less to avoid triggering…

West Virginia, Qatar ties offer opportunities

By JIM WORKMAN

For The West Virginia

Press Association

CHARLESTON - An official partnership between the state of West Virginia and the country of Qatar could lead to economic development and much more, officials announced Monday, May 14, 2018.

Gov. Jim Justice and Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, hosted Qatar's Defense Attaché, Brig. Gen. Yousef Al Kuwari along with Qatar's Air Force Attaché, Col. Mohamed Al Manai and Qatar's Army Attaché, Col. Khalid Al Naimi at the State Capitol.

Justice said discussions have begun, “...in agriculture, of all things.”

“Their country is in its infancy of developing agriculture,” Justice said. “And we have…

West Virginia gamble on SCOTUSsports betting decision could pay off

By JIM WORKMAN

For the West Virginia

Press Association

CHARLESTON - All states are now free to operate in sports betting, thanks to a United State Supreme Court ruling Monday May 14, 2018.

West Virginia is poised to take advantage of the new opportunity as state lawmakers voted to legalize it during the 2018 session, concluded in March. Gov. Jim Justice allowed legislation to become law without his signature.

Wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports events should begin in the coming months at West Virginia Lottery activities. Supporters of the law contend sports wagering revenue will help pay for education, tourism and senior services in the Mountain State.

West Virginia’s…

$10m announced for Head Start

CHARLESTON -  U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration of Children and Families has awarded $10,362,033 for Head Start programs in Bluefield and Huntington. The announcement came Friday, May 4, 2018. Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia, Inc. in Bluefield was awarded $3,526,925 and Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc. in Huntington was awarded $6,835,108. The Lincoln News Sentinel understands that the funding for the latter agency will directly impact Lincoln County.

 “Head Start programs are an important…

Manchin welcomes Walmart move

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded Walmart’s announcement to limit the number of opioid pills prescribed for an initial opioid prescription, in line with the CDC’s opioid prescribing guidelines, and to require e-prescriptions of opioids and other controlled substances to reduce abuse and diversion.

 “I applaud Walmart’s decision to proactively implement policies that will change the way they prescribe opioids and improve their prescription verification system. These changes will not only help us decrease the number of prescription opioids that make it to the street, but will help us crack down on fraudulent prescriptions. While I’m glad that there is a growing…

Marshall University Foundation creates John H. Houvouras Scholarship

HUNTINGTON - Publisher and Marshall University alumnus Jack Houvouras has established an undergraduate scholarship at the university. The John H. Houvouras Scholarship for Journalism was designed to assist aspiring journalists from West Virginia.

 Houvouras is a 1988 graduate of Marshall and former editor of the student newspaper, The Parthenon. In 1989 he founded H.Q. Publishing Co. and released his first magazine –Huntington Quarterly. Today his company oversees the publication of six magazines that cover such topics as education, health care and the law.

 “Because of the outstanding education I received at the School of Journalism, I was able to launch my first magazine just one year…

844 new businesses in April 

CHARLESTON - New business registrations in West Virginia grew at a 1.06 percent in April according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

 The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported that the top three counties for business growth in April were Gilmer County with 2.19 percent growth, Roane County with 2.15 percent growth, and Wirt County with 2.13 percent growth. In West Virginia, 54 counties reported business registration growth in April.

 The number of business entities grew in Gilmer County from 269 to 274, business entities in Roane County increased from 501 to 512, and the number of entities licensed to do business in Wirt County increased in number…

Emma and Liam tops in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Emma and Liam are America’s most popular baby names for 2017.  This marks the first time Liam has bested the boys, beating Noah for the top spot, and the fourth straight year for Emma.  Liam first crawled into the top 10 in 2012 and has been reaching for the highest honor ever since.   In other huge baby name news, Michael has been bumped from the top 10 for the first time since World War II, landing at number 12 this year.  Emily also fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 1990.  There are several new names in the top 10--Amelia and Evelyn make the list--Amelia for the first time and Evelyn for the first time since 1915.  These traditional names show parents…

Drums of airline waste were moved at night

CHARLESTON - Brian Scott Miller, the President  of Executive Air Terminal, Inc., and Executive Air Terminal, Inc. each pled guilty to the felony offense of Storage of Hazardous Waste without a Permit, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  The announcement came Thursday, May 3, 2018.  Executive Air provides fueling and other services for private and commercial airplanes at Yeager Airport in Charleston. Miller is the owner and president of Executive Air.    Stuart praised the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Yeager Airport Police Department.

“Business owners have a responsibility to legally and safely…

Jenkins tells Sessions to keep traffickers 'locked up'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) has asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions what can be done to ensure that the major drug traffickers, arrested in Huntington during a landmark raid, serve their time behind bars.

 “I want to make sure that your prosecutors, your law enforcement officials have the resources to make sure that we put these people behind bars, because I will tell you, there is a real concern from the public that the criminals get out faster than the reports are filed. We want them rounded up; we want them locked up,” Rep. Jenkins said to Secretary Sessions at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

 “Revolving doors are not…