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Century Aluminum presented two plans Friday to the West Virginia Public Service Commission as the special rate case continues. Byron Harris, executive director of the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division told the Charleston Gazette the plans still put the company's risks upon the customers of Appalachia Power. In Friday's filing, Century says its Immediate Restart Modification plan would reopen the Ravenswood plant sometime in 2013. The other plan, a Future Restart Modification, would open the plant sometime in the future, dependent upon the increase of aluminum prices. Appalachian Power has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission for clarification.
Police in Dunbar are looking for a sexual assault suspect. A man reportedly knocked on a woman's door Thursday morning on Lightner Avenue and attacked her when she opened it. The suspect is described as a black male with curly hair standing somewhere between 5'10'' and 6.'' Police say he got away in a compact, light green car. Anyone with information is asked to call Dunbar Police.
As Hurricane Sandy moves up the eastern seaboard, that may mean rain and possible snow for much of West Virginia early next week. The National Weather Service predicts highs in the low 40's Monday and Tuesday, and Charleston could see some snow, but it's not expected to amount to much. The hurricane's big impact could be felt in central New Jersey as it makes landfall.
Police are investigating an accident that happened earlier this week in Raleigh County. Officers there say a passenger in a car that wrecked on Clear Fork Road Wednesday afternoon died not longer after being thrown from the overturning vehicle. The driver is still hospitalized. This victim was one of three to die on West Virginia roads Wednesday afternoon.
The state Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling issued in April from Kanawha Circuit Judge James C. Stucky, saying Stucky committed "clear error" in denying the town of Pratt's motion to be dismissed from a lawsuit. The suit was over work at a landfill that is said to have caused damage to a Roger and Roxanna Crist's property. The suit says work on an adjacent property led to standing water and a mosquito breeding ground on their land. The Crists sued, and listed the town of Pratt as a defendant, saying town officials failed to do anything about it. Supreme Court justices wrote in the order that "multiple statutory immunities" relieve Pratt from responsibility in the case and they will be dismissed from the lawsuit.
A 22-year old West Virginia woman is facing charges after police say she tried to smother her 4-month old son after he was admitted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Rachel Nelson of Costa is accused of causing the respiratory issues her son was having. At one point the father alerted nurses that the child was not breathing and performed CPR until the nurses could take over. The child was revived, but again had abnormal breathing in the ICU. Investigators say Nelson admitted holding the boy to her chest until he stopped breathing. The investigation involving the baby and his mother has grown wider, and six visits to a Charleston hospital are being analyzed.
October is domestic violence awareness month. The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence held its awards ceremony Thursday evening at the Charleston Marriott to recognize efforts that have helped put an end to domestic violence. The nonprofit Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action was one of those recognized, along with several individuals. The coalition says at least 38 domestic violence-related deaths have occurred in West Virginia over the past year.
The Department of Health and Human Resources has agreed to refund $360,000 to the federal government following an audit that uncovered problems with record-keeping. There were state and federal requirements that were not met, and DHHR has agreed to pay back the government and improve oversight of the home health care program that helps people with daily activities like bathing, eating, and getting dressed.
The Public Service Commission issued an order Thursday that will mean West Virginia drivers will soon be able to dial 511 to gather information about travel conditions and accidents. The state Dept of Transportation first petitioned for the new dialing code, then a task force investigated the possibilities and recommended that the dialing code be approved. The PSC gave the final okay. Carriers now will have to program their switching equipment to properly route the 511 calls. There's no word on how long that might take.
At a meeting with of the hospital's board of directors Wednesday, administrators addressed a nursing shortage at CAMC. Beds were closed last month because of the nursing shortage, which led to a $4 million revenue shortage. The hospital says it has an orientation class of nurses that is almost ready to work full-time, and the shortage should be temporary.