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Tomblin vetoes gun bill backed by 5 of 7 Lincoln lawmakers

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - Last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed Senate Bill 347, Creating Firearms Act of 2015. The controversial bill was among the most high profile pieces of legislation to emerge after the 60-day legislative session, which concluded Saturday, March 14, 2015. Tomblin announced his veto Friday morning, March 20.

 “Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsive to the apprehension of law enforcement officers from across the state, who have concerns about the bill as it relates to the safety of…

Fake invoicescam warning

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey last week warned business owners of a scam circulating through West Virginia in which business owners are getting fake invoices for allegedly being listed in telephone directories and social media.

The invoices, some of which are for thousands of dollars, are sent by American Yellow Group Inc.’s Outsourced Accounting Department with a return address of Varna, Bulgaria. The design of the invoice includes the familiar “walking fingers” logo, which makes it appear as though the business is being charged for its inclusion in a telephone book’s yellow pages. However businesses who have received the faxed invoice said they never contracted with the…

Tomblin confirms $14,227 for Lincoln County Clerk's Office

CHARLESTON - On March 18, 2015, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the awarding of $708,875 in grant funds to recipients in 41 West Virginia counties. Funding was allocated in the form of State Development Grants, Survey and Planning Grants, and Records Management and Preservation Grants. Among the awardees was the office of Lincoln County Clerk Direl Baker.

 “The Mountain State is full of records, archives, and landmark structures that play an important role in defining our state's history,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Together, this grant funding, will help enhance access to public records and maintain historic infrastructure around the state - ensuring stories of West Virginia's past are…

SMART529 fares well in Website survey

CHARLESTON – SMART529 WV Direct, a college savings plan administered by State Treasurer John Perdue’s office, has earned high marks for its three-year performance.

Savingforcollege.com ranks WV Direct seventh out of 49 similar plans from across the country. The site ranked only directly sold plans -- those that do not require the services and fees of a stockbroker.

WV Direct requires no stockbroker, no minimum initial contribution and no regularly scheduled subsequent contributions. Obviously, however, regular contributions greatly aid in growing a savings plan.

SMART529’s direct plan earned a 34.69 percentile, with the lower numbers indicating the better plans. Only six states rated…