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Jenkins, Capito put forward CRIB bills

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation, last week, to help expand care programs for drug-exposed newborns. Meanwhile, a companion bill has been put forward in the U.S. Senate by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) among others.

 The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act would build on the best practices of Lily’s Place in Huntington for treating babies born exposed to heroin, opioids and other drugs. It would also make it easier for similar centers to open across the country by cutting regulatory red tape.

 The bill is also sponsored by Mike Turner (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Katherine Clark (D-Mass.). A companion bill will…

Attorney General Morrisey applauds delay of oil and gas rule

CHARLESTON —  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey applauded Thursday’s decision by a federal appeals court that effectively postpones any decision regarding what his office described as a "job-killing oil and natural gas rule" from the U.S. EPA.

 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered that any final decision regarding the case be held in abeyance and requires periodic status reports from the EPA while the court and the parties involved determine the next steps.

 “Today's decision by the court is a victory for working families in West Virginia,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We appreciate the Trump Administration's willingness to review the…

Senators seek to rename area VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) last week petitioned to rename the Huntington Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center after Hershel “Woody” Williams. Woody is West Virginia’s only living Medal of Honor recipient and from Fairmont, West Virginia.

 “Woody has dedicated his life to public service, and he has represented the state of West Virginia with the utmost honor and distinction. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Woody continued in public service at the Veterans Affairs Administration for 35 years. Even today, at the age of 93, Woody travels around the country to advocate for Veterans and their families, to include those who have…

Manchin, Capito, colleagues introduce miners pension act

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lincoln County’s two voices in the United States Senate last week made good on their promise to seek to secure a fix for threatended miners’ pensions. A week earlier, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) were closely involved in successful efforts to secure health benefits for miners as part of ongoing budgetary discussions in the nation’s capital. Now, the focus is on the miners’ pensions. The legislation would impact a large number of retired miners in Lincoln County.

Manchin, and Capito were joined in introducing the legislation on May 11, 2017 by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod…

Emma, Noah remain popular; Kylo name you him?

HUNTINGTON - Emma and Noah are again America’s most popular baby names, for the third year in a row.  This marks the fourth year at number one for Noah and the third for Emma.  There is only one new name in the top 10 this year—Elijah, the first time he has ever reached the list of 10.  Like a name, Social Security is with you through life’s journey, starting at birth when newborns receive their Social Security number.

Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2016:

Boys: 1)  Noah Girls: 1)  Emma

                     2)  Liam           2)  Olivia

3)  William 3)  Ava

4)  Mason 4)  Sophia

5)  James 5)  Isabella

6)  Benjamin 6)  Mia

7)  Jacob 7)  Charlotte

8)  Michael 8)  Abigail

9) …

SMART5.29 K run/walk Saturday • Race raises college funds for former foster children

CHARLESTON – A loving family has adopted two foster children. Everything is great right?

Yes, certainly better than the alternative, says Joanna Seigneur, who with husband Tim has hosted multiple foster children and adopted two. Their family actually includes three adopted children, though the older child did not come through the foster system.

The adventure only begins with formal adoption, Seigneur says. Foster children carry lots of baggage -- and expense -- conventionally raised kids might not. It’s easy to understand how college savings accounts fall through the cracks.

“Foster parents put themselves out there financially to take care of kids,” Seigneur said. “Foster kids have so…

Justice calls lawmakersback for special session

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - As expected, Governor Jim Justice last week issued the required call for a special session of the West Virginia Legislature. While the call didn't specifically list budget legislation, the focus of the lawmakers' work is expected to be on finalizing a budget ahead of a June 30, 2017 deadline. Lawmakers had failed to agree on a budget when the regular 60-day session expired last month.

Justice issued the official call for special session on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Lawmakers convened in the State Capitol the following day. The proclamation from the governor outlined four separate bills that will be taken up by the Legislature to "fix the…

Senators revisit community pharmacy legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) last week reintroduced legislation to help seniors access prescription drugs and health care services provided by community pharmacies. Co-sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act (S. 1044) will provide individuals on Medicare Part D more flexibility to choose pharmacies in their communities without paying additional costs.

 “In states like West Virginia, community pharmacies are vital resources that many families and individuals in rural areas rely on for their health care needs,” Senator Capito said. “The Ensuring Seniors…

Manchin, Capito welcome miners' benefits vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) last week voted for the fiscal year 2017 spending bill that includes a permanent solution for retired miners’ healthcare benefits. According to Manchin's office, the provision requires that the federal government and coal operators honor their obligation of lifetime healthcare benefits to retired miners and their families who are facing uncertainty as a result of the financial crisis and corporate bankruptcies.

 “Today, our retired miners who have been put in limbo for months and who have told me that they have been afraid to go to the doctor for fear of their healthcare being ripped away from them,…

A wonderful sight as Lions help Mustangs

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

ALUM CREEK - The Alum Creek Lions Club has embarked on a new project, aimed at helping the vision of youngsters and parents at a Lincoln County elementary school. Lincoln County Schools Lead School Nurse Teresa Ryan addressed the April 18, 2017 regular session of the Lincoln County Board of Education in Hamlin.

The board heard that the school system had been approached by the Alum Creek Lions about a vision screening program for Midway Elementary. The service is to be offered to students and parents. Ryan explained that the program would not only benefit the children, would help lighten the load for the school system when it comes to the regular…