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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.
After pleading guilty earlier this year, A St. Albans man has learned he will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sexual contact with a family member more than ten years ago. 53-year old Dean Jackson Kinder is accused of having sex with a young female family member while they were living in Belle in 2000, according to prosecutors. The family member now lives out of state. Once he's out of prison, Kinder will spend an additional 50 years on supervised release.
A rally Wednesday at the Governor's mansion brought protestors looking for answers to help the coal industry. Layoffs and declining demand for the coal industry have made headlines this year, and the environmentalist group called RAMPS, or Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, went to the governor's mansion to have their concerns address. The governor wasn't there, but the group left a letter which is also posted on their website at rampscampaign.org.
An assistant professor of criminal justice is going to startig practicing what he preaches. Michael Kane is an assitant professor at West Virginia State Universityin Institute, and has been appointed a municipal court judge by the town of Gilbert. The Charleston Gazette reports it's a part-time position where Kane will hear cases involving traffic citations and petty crimes every-other-week. Kane's first day in court is November 15.
Police are warning of a scam where the names of fraternal police lodges in Fayette and Raleigh counties are being used without authorization. The person on the other end of the line tells residents and businesses that the money being raised will benefit the Shop-With-A-Cop programs for Fayette and Raleigh counties, and they claim to be raising the money on behalf of Fayette County Memorial Lodge #118 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Diamond Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in Raleigh County. A news release says the lodge in Raleigh County is soliciting funds over the telephone, but this fundraising effort is not for the Shop-With-A-Cop program and is not connected with the Fayette County’s annual Shop-With-A-Cop fundraiser. The Fayette County lodge does not use telephone solicitation for this fundraiser. If you get a call like this you should report it to police.
Students usually learn about the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in history class...the ships that Christopher Columbus used when he sailed to the West Indies in 1492. Replicas of two of those ships will be on display in Charleston through next week. The ships arrived yesterday and docked at Haddad Riverfront Park. The public is invited to tour the ships for an admission fee of $8 for adults, and $6 for students ages 5 to 16. Children 4 and under are free. The ships will be docked along the Kanawha River until November 5.
Police say 2-year-old Aydin Toler died from head trauma after being injured by Nicolas Turkale, the boyfriend of Aydins mother, when he was pushed against a door frame. The toddler died October 15 from the injuries. Turkale has been charged with murder of a child by a custodian. And if convicted, he could face life in prison. Friends, family, and members of the community gathered last night at Man Middle School in Logan County to remember the toddler.