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LC man sentenced to 11 years for pill trafficking

CHARLESTON  – A Lincoln County man was sentenced to 11 years and seven months in federal prison for trafficking pain pills, as announced by Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. William Harrison Meade, 46, of Branchland, previously pleaded guilty in September 2015 to conspiring to distribute oxycodone.

Meade admitted that in 2010 and 2011, he conspired with individuals in Florida and Lincoln County to distribute oxycodone. Meade also admitted that he laundered the proceeds of the drug sales through a West Virginia bank account for withdrawal in Florida in an effort to conceal the source of the cash and the pills.

Lester Taylor, of Daytona Beach, Florida, was…

Pipeline construction said critical if WV to develop natural gas-related industries

By GEORGE HOHMANN

For the W.Va.

Press Association

 WESTON - Pipeline construction in West Virginia is vital if the state hopes to attract factories that would use the region’s rapidly increasing supply of natural gas, according to an executive with a major energy company.

Speaking at this week's West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association spring meeting, Paul Kress, vice president of market origination at EQT Energy, said there's an estimated $5.7 billion in pipeline projects on the drawing board for West Virginia.

EQT is involved in two of those projects:

* The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a $3.5 billion, 300-mile pipeline that would run from Bradshaw in Wetzel County to Pittsylvania…

Capito welcomes transport, veteran funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently welcomed the Senate’s passage of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MILCON-VA) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and an amendment providing $1.1 billion to help address the Zika virus:

 “We accomplished important work this week by passing funding measures that will benefit our veterans, infrastructure and efforts to address the threat of the Zika virus. As we continue to move forward with the appropriations process, I am pleased that we…

Drug Court Month marked

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - National Drug Court Month in Lincoln County was marked in recent weeks following a brief presentation to the Lincoln County Commission by Chief Probation Office Jerry Swanson. He spoke at the Thursday, April 21, 2016 regular session of the commission in Hamlin.

The commission was asked to approve a resolution in support of National Drug Court Month, established during the month of May 2016. The commission later approved the request at the May 5, 2016 meeting.

According to the approved resolution,

•Drug courts save as much as $27 for every dollar invested, and up to $13,000 for each individual served.

•Three-quarters of all drug court graduates…

Jenkins' neonatal abstinence bill clears House of Reps.

WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives , last week, passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) to help improve care for babies born exposed to drugs during pregnancy. The bill cleared the House on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

 According to Jenkins' office, H.R. 4978, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act, also known as the NAS Healthy Babies Act, would expand knowledge of care of babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), including the prevalence of NAS in the United States, the number of NAS babies covered by Medicaid, the settings for care for NAS babies, obstacles to care, and access to care for NAS babies under state Medicaid…

Senators announce $1.581m for LPCC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that a total of $20,831,405 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to 11 West Virginia health centers. This funding will be used to help cover the costs of caring for underinsured or uninsured patients, as well as attracting, recruiting and retaining highly qualified medical professionals. The grants include over $1.5 million for Lincoln Primary Care Center in Hamlin.

 “Health centers throughout the Mountain State play a vital role in maintaining healthy communities,” said Senator Capito. “This funding will allow our health centers to…