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Saints Practice Gives Fans a Chance to Interact

If you're planning on watching the New Orleans Saints hold training camp practices at The Greenbrier resort, they've released some information that might be helpful. The first practice is coming up Friday from 8:50-11:40 a.m. followed by a walk thru from 4:30-5:30 p.m. All practices are open to the public, and there's a picnic coming up for fans Saturday at 3:30pm. There's also a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 2. The practice facilities at The Greenbriar were custom-built for the Saints. More shuttle and parking info is available on www.neworleanssaints.com

Escaped Inmate is Captured

A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia. The Beckley Correctional Center told the Register Herald that 40-year-old Chad Edward Cook was captured in Roanoke after an officer saw him riding a bicycle without tail light reflectors on a sidewalk. Leamon says the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia. He left a work release job in May while serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Case Worker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former case worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to fraud. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Shannon Collins of Logan pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston after being accused of using the Social Security numbers of two dead people to open fake accounts in order to claim benefits. She did that while working at the agency office in Logan and also obtained benefits through the state's food stamp program. The total combined loss was in excess of $58,000. Sentencing is set for Oct. 29.

Tentative Deal is Pending in Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Case

A bankruptcy hearing yesterday involved a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom Industries' s insurer, AIG, and under a tentative deal the insurance money would go for public projects. Several businesses sued to recoup money they lost while shuttered for days in January after the chemical spill. But a federal bankruptcy judge refused to sign off on the deal after lawyers for ex-Freedom executive Dennis Farrell and other shareholders complained. They contend the policy covers all their civil legal expenses no matter what the cost but the deal doesn't go that far. WCHS TV reports the judge gave both sides time to work it out or he'll decide.

Unsafe Practices Found at WV Clinic

Ohio health officials are advising Ohio patients of a clinic in West Virginia to be tested for some infectious diseases. The Ohio Department of Health said Monday that an investigation by West Virginia health officials found possible unsafe injection practices at Valley Pain Management in McMechen (muhk-MAY'-kuhn). The Ohio agency says in a news release that patients potentially were exposed to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. According to the Ohio agency, the West Virginia investigation found that the clinic re-used needles and syringes. The investigation also found that the same pain medication vial was used for multiple patients.

WV Bridge Named For Vietnam Soldier

A bridge in Randolph County has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was killed in the Vietnam War. The former Becky's Creek Bridge near Huttonsville is now the U.S. Army Sgt. Cecil W. Kittle Memorial Bridge. The Inter-Mountain says Kittle was a member of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was killed on Nov. 17, 1965, while participating in an operation to take troops to a clearing in the La Drang Valley. During the bridge renaming process, officials discovered that Kittle had been approved for a Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguished "V'' Device and a Combat Infantryman Badge and the medals have been presented to his family.

Democrats Want To GOP Hopefuls Off The Ballot

West Virginia Democrats said Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot. They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot. The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts. Democrats said Raines doesn't live at her listed St. Albans address, hasn't filed campaign finance reports and a financial disclosure, and didn't sign previous disclosures. They said Lewis switched from Democrat to Republican five days before filing. State law allows only switches more than 60 days before filing. Democrats claim she lived outside Preston-based District 52 within a year of November's election, making her ineligible. Raines is seeking a second term in Kanawha-based District 35.

Man Enters Guilty Plea To Kanawha County Murder

A man accused of killing an elderly man is facing up to life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to first-degree murder charges. 90-year old George Molle Jr. died from blunt force trauma at his home in January, and 40-year old Anthony Caldwell said in court Monday that he killed Molle with a hammer. The guilty plea was part of a plea deal that will lead to robbery and other charges being dropped. Caldwell will be sentenced in September, and could receive life in prison with mercy, which would make him eligible for parole in 15 years.

Tainted Water Could Be Treated Locally Instead of Out-of-State

Demolition continues at Freedom Industries as storage tanks responsible for spilling crude MCHM are torn down. The tanks leaked 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM in January into the soil and it eventually got to the Elk River and contaminated the water supply. Now every time it rains, the stormwater runoff becomes tainted. WCHS TV reports the water is being trucked out of state for disposal, but negotiations are under way between Freedom and the Charleston Sanitary Board that would lead to treating the water in Charleston. The water would go through a North Charleston sewage treatment plant and then be released into the Kanawha River. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones supports it, and said the sewage treatment plant already treated slightly tainted MCHM water when the entire water system was flushed after the leak.

Pending Agreement Would Settle Freedom Industries Lawsuits

At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and Freedom Industries. The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court. The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom after several businesses sued to recoup profits lost during the water crisis. The money would come from Freedom's insurance policy. A board will decide how to spend it, with long-term health studies a possibility.

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