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State up to 39th for child wellness

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - The Mountain State has improved to 39th for overall child well being, up from 43rd a year ago. That's according to a major annual student published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In another sign of progress, West Virginia is now ranked third best in the nation in terms of the number of children covered by health insurance. All the data is contained in the foundation's 2016 Kids County Data Book, published in recent weeks. The state's best rankings were seen in the Economic Well-being (31) and Family and Community domains (33). More concerning, however, is the data showing the state continuing to be in the bottom 10 in the foundation's…

Manchin applauds Obama administration’s action to address opioid abuse epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The prescription opioid and heroin abuse epidemic. According to a news release from the senator's office, these additional actions will expand access to treatment, strengthen prescription drug monitoring, enable safe disposal of unneeded drugs, and accelerate research on pain and opioid misuse and overdose.

 “With this announcement, the Administration has demonstrated its commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic but it is now time for Congress to act too,” Senator Manchin said. “As the Senate and House conference committee continues to work on bipartisan, bicameral comprehensive opioid legislation, we must also recommit to putting real resources behind these programs…

SBA Low-Interest Disaster Loans Critical to West Virginia Recovery

CHARLESTON - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are urging disaster relief applicants to complete and return the loan application forms from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Completing the loan application is a critical part of the disaster assistance process. It can keep the door open to all federal assistance, including possible additional grants, from FEMA.

Assistance from FEMA may not cover all damage or property loss. The SBA loan application, however, may make FEMA assistance available to replace essential household items, replace or repair a damaged vehicle, or pay storage costs. It is critical that the SBA loan application be completed and returned…