WV AG Looks To Crack Down On Human Trafficking

West Virginia’s attorney general has drafted best practices for police in the state to address human trafficking and its coercion into prostitution and forced labor.
The Legislature passed a new state law earlier this year that sets criminal punishments and provides immunity from prosecution for minors who are victims.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says men, women and children of all ages can be victims.
Recommended practices include free training courses for officers, field screening questionnaires for potential victims and keeping current data on confirmed cases to identify trends and responses.

Report: Pipeline Could Have Major Effect On WV Forests

An environmental assessment of the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline finds the project would have “significant” impacts on forests in West Virginia but “limited” adverse effects otherwise. The analysis was published Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines. Its release marks a milestone in the approval process for the approximately 300-mile pipeline.

Shooting in Greenbrier

There was a fatal shooting in Greenbrier County around 2:30 pm, on Wednesday. It appears to be a murder- suicide. Captain David Hinkley with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, said a woman was fatally dead and the shooter used the gun to take his own life. Another man was flown to the hospital. The extent of his injures is not known. This shooting is still under investigation, and officers from the Greenbrier Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and officers with the WV State Police assisted at the scene.

Senior Wins Scholarship

When Ripley High School senior Chris Neil heads off to college, he can leave his checkbook at home. Yesterday, he was named the winner of the full four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan. The scholarship is valued at 160-thousand-dollars. Neil suffers from a congenital heart defect, so he wants to study biology and eventually head to medical school.

Tropical Storm Cindy

The effects of Tropical Storm Cindy can be felt in the Mountain State as we head into the weekend. Chances for rain and some flooding increase through tomorrow and Sunday. Of course, today marks the one-year anniversary of the June 23rd flood in 2016. That flood killed 24 people. This storm is not expected to pack the same punch.

Community Rallies Behind Family Of Young Cancer Victim

A community in Wyoming County is rallying behind the family of a Raleigh County girl who lost her battle with cancer. 4 year old Ashlyn Belcher was battling Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor since February of 2016 and died Tuesday. Now, friends and family are planning a Pull for Hope drive to raise money for the toddler’s final expenses.  One happens Tursday at the
Baileysville intersection of Route 97 & 971 until 5 p.m. and another is in Oceana In front of Summit Bank Saturday Noon- 5 p.m. 

Watch Out For West Nile Virus

West Virginia health officials are urging residents to be on the look out for West Nile Virus. A case surfaced in Cabell County, where the Health Department has been trapping mosquitoes and submitting them for tests to monitor the virus. The department’s physician director, Michael Kilkenny, says West Nile can cause fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting diarrhea or body rash. West Nile is spread to humans from mosquitoes who may feed off dead birds carrying the virus.

Hearing On Drug Distributors’ Role In WV Heroin Epidemic

The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia’s heroin epidemic. Local news outlets report on Tuesday in Charleston a legal team for several West Virginia counties argued damages are necessary for opioids’ harmful impact on communities, alleging the firms breached their duty under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to oversee suspicious orders of prescriptions entering the state over the past several years.

WV Hall of Fame for Business

Three new members will be joining the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame this summer. Inducted this year will be Charles Jones, the president and CEO of Amherst Industries; Robert Orders, the CEO of Orders Construction Company; and Stephen Walker, the former president and CEO of Walker Machinery. The event will be held at the Greenbrier Resort on August 29th.

Internet Update

West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties. According to Capito’s office, the grant will be matched with $450,000 in local funds to deploy fixed wireless broadband to over 3,500 households and business in the Central West Virginia Development Association LLC.