VA. and W.Va. Sales Tax Holiday begins today 8/5

Virginia and West Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins today Fri. Aug 5 lasting through Aug. 7 in Virginia and Aug. 8 in West Virginia.

Certain school supplies that cost $20 or less per item will be Virginia and West Virginia sales tax free during the holiday.

Some clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less will also be included in the holiday as well.

A number of emergency preparedness items are also sales tax free in Virginia as well.

Visit tax.virginia.gov for details on the annual Virginia Tax free holiday.

Visit tax.wv.gov for more information on West Virginia’s tax free days.

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Southern States merges to form new co-op

Southern States Cooperative of Winchester is merging with 3 other co-ops in West Virginia and Maryland to form Freedom Ag & Energy Cooperative.

The Board of Directors of the co-ops formally approved the merger and now await the votes of each member.

The merger is expected to be finalized by the start of 2023.

The merger will allow the new cooperative to have a better competitive advantage and strengthen their financial position.

It will also help protect members equity and patronage.

Each cooperative shares similar core values and visions which should accelerate the merger.

No jobs will be eliminated in the process with overall employment expected to increase over the next 12 months.

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W.VA. reaches a settlement with drug manufacturers

West Virginia’s Attorney General (AG) Patrick Morrisey announced in a news release that a settlement has been reached in a suit against drug manufacturers.

The AG’s office has reached a $161.5 million plus settlement with drug manufacturers Teva and Allergan.

The drug manufacturers were accused of fueling the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

The Teva and Allergan are accused of engaging in campaigns to misrepresent the risks and benefits of opioid painkillers.

The AG asserts that this settlement and others will provide significant help to those affected the most by the opioid crisis in the state.

As a part of the settlement Teva will also supply West Virginia with $27 million worth of narcan.

The cash value of the settlement is believed the highest per capita in the nation.

The monies will be distributed among cities and counties throughout the state.

The overall amount secured thus far from opioid manufacturers and related parties is a total of $296.5 million plus.

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W.VA. Officials gather after devastating flooding

A group of 80 officials and experts are scheduled to gather in Charleston West Virginia to address flooding issues.

The West Virginia news service reports that officials will gather May 18 and Thur. May 19  to update West Virginia’s flood prevention plan.

The meeting is to address issues that flooding caused to more than 100 homes in Huntington West Virginia.

Less than two weeks ago the Mayor of Huntington issued an emergency declaration over a second large scale flooding episode hit the city in nine months.

Elected leaders from across West Virginia along with state officials who work on flooding will meet with the state chief resilience officer.

The officials plan to work on ways to improve public policy and ways to better inform the public.

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4 hurt in Bunker Hill fight and shooting

The Herald Mail reports a fight and shooting at a gentlemen’s club in Bunker Hill West Virginia.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to reports of a shooting Saturday morning May 7 at the Elysium Gentlemen’s club.

A large fight was reported at the bring your own beverage club on Winchester Road around 5 a.m..

An unidentified Virginia man was injured when he fell fleeing reported gunfire and was taken to the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.

Two other individuals who had been at the club were later reported at the Winchester Medical Center and treated for gunshot wounds.

Another was injured by broken glass after a bullet struck the windshield of the vehicle he was fleeing in.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the outbreak and the extent of the injuries involved.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office are being assisted by the West Virginia State Police on the investigation.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police  are also working on the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact authorities.

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W.VA. Attorney General announces agreement with Endo

West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced in a news release a settlement with Endo Health Solutions Inc.

The settlement of $26 million will be shared by all city and counties in West Virginia.

This is in regards to a lawsuit that was filed in 2019.

The lawsuit alleges that Endo Health Solutions failed to disclose the serious risk of opioid addiction.

The suit also alleges that Endo overstated the benefits of chronic opioid therapy and promoted higher dosage without disclosing the greater risk.

Along with the monetary settlement Endo has agreed to not make false claims or encourage the use of opioids.

Endo must also operate an effective monitoring program using downstream customer data to identify suspicious orders.

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Units from 4 states respond to mountain fire

Fire crews from Frederick County Virginia joined 5 units from West Virginia 3 from Maryland and 3 from Pennsylvania to fight a mountain fire.

Several sources including the Morgan Messenger report the crews spent most of last night Mar. 21 working a 50 acre fire at the top of Sleepy Creek Mountain near White’s Gap.

Reports indicate that heavy smoke may still be visible but the fire is contained by hand dug fire lines and the natural barrier of the Meadows Branch Stream.

The West Virginia Department of Forestry is monitoring the situation through the coming days.

Authorities ask that if you see fire on the mountain you should call 911.

It is reported at this time there is no danger to residents.

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Jefferson County Animal Control make 2 seizures

An email from Jefferson County West Virginia Animal Control Officers announced that several dogs and cats have been taken into protective custody.

There were two large seizures of animals made in both Harpers Ferry and Charles Town West Virginia.

The animals were reported to be in substandard living conditions.

The owners of the animals were given instructions to improve the animals living conditions and did not comply.

In all 15 cats and 47 dogs have now been moved to the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.

The cases remain under review with possible criminal charges pending in the investigation.

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Update on W.VA. Schools for the Deaf and Blind

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney updated their status on the loss of their Administration Building.

The historic landmark building was deemed a total loss after a fire early Sat. morning Feb. 26.

No injuries were reported in the blaze as occupancy was limited as it was a weekend.

Students will be in remote learning status through at least Mar. 4.

It was announced yesterday that the investigation continues with the assistance of agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who were called in by Gov. Justice.

Those agents will be assisted by agents of the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office as well as local law enforcement along with Officials from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Those officials will remain on the site until the investigation has been completed.

Immediately after the fire Gov. Justice requested that Frontier Communications prioritize the restoration of all internet services, telephone and campus security lost in the blaze.

Frontier Communications crews worked night and day to restore all services by the day after the fire.

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Vehicle search leads to Martinsburg arrest

West Virginia News reports a vehicle search resulted in a suspected Fentanyl arrest.

After a traffic stop permission was given by the owner for a West Virginia State Trooper to search the vehicle.

The search resulted in the arrest of Martinsburg resident Danielle Foltz.

The search resulted in the discovery of approximately 50 capsules of what is believed to be Fentanyl.

The Fentanyl is believed to be worth over $3,000.

The 31 year old Foltz was arrested and faces charges of possessing, traveling with and possible delivery of Fentanyl.

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