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Tomblin, top lawmakers discuss roads

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead have met to discuss ways to improve West Virginia's highway infrastructure.

 The three met for more than an hour Tuesday, July 8, 2015, with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox. Among other issues, the governor and legislative leaders agreed to look at existing fee structures and tolls, prioritizing existing revenue sources and continuing collaborative discussions related to infrastructure improvements in the coming months.

 "I, along with President Cole and Speaker Armstead, will make it a priority to find solutions that will help us maintain our current transportation infrastructure and expand…

WVDEP gets $200k for brownfields

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has been awarded a $200,000 federal brownfields grant. It’s one of several grants, totaling $1.6 million, that will be used to assess and clean up brownfields sites across West Virginia.

A brownfield site is a piece of property that the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The brownfields funding for West Virginia is part of a total of $54.3 million in grants awarded to 147 communities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among the communities selected for funding, more than 30 percent have…

$18,900 grant for county cleanups,wages and financial exams

CHARLESTON - Lincoln County  is among 35 local Solid Waste Authorities (SWAs) set to receive grants totaling $360,000 as a result of action taken by the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) at its meeting held in Charleston on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

The SWMB Grant Program is designed to assist local SWAs in the job of properly managing solid waste within their respective counties or regions.

Lincoln County will receive $18,900 in grant funding. The money will be used to fund county cleanups, wages, and financial exams.

Chase settlement announced

 CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently announced a settlement with Chase Bank USA and its Chase Bankcard Services Inc. subsidiary that resolves and reforms the companies’ unlawful credit card debt collection practices.

 As part of the settlement, Chase will pay $219,153.72 to the state of West Virginia and $14,000 in restitution to 15 West Virginia customers. It will also cease collection efforts for 643 state residents.

 The state settlement was part of a $136 million joint federal-state agreement negotiated as part of a cooperative effort between Attorney General Morrisey, the Attorneys General in 46 other states and the District of Columbia, and the Consumer Financial…