Morrisey: W.Va. not ready for health care rollout
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the state has a “huge problem” in meeting an Oct. 1 deadline to begin open enrollment under the new health care reform law.
Morrisey told the State Medical Association’s annual conference on Saturday at The Greenbrier resort that federal delays will make it difficult to implement the law in the state.
Morrisey said state officials have been dealt “an impossible hand” and that they “are not ready to roll out” the new law in October.
Morrisey cited a recent congressional report that found half of 82 federal deadlines related to the Affordable Care Act have been missed.
Morrisey suggests the state take legal action if enrollment doesn’t go well between October and March.
More states honoring gun permits: Three more states are now honoring West Virginia concealed weapons permits.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Alabama, Georgia and Colorado have been added to the list of states where West Virginians with a valid permit can legally carry a concealed handgun. That brings the total to 35 states.
West Virginia now has reciprocity agreements with 27 states. That means licensed West Virginians can legally carry a concealed weapon in those states, and licensed concealed weapons permit holders in those states may legally carry in West Virginia. An additional eight states recognize West Virginia concealed weapons permits within their borders.
Morrisey says West Virginia handgun owners can travel to any state to the south and be confident their permit will be recognized.
Unclaimed property inserts start this week: The West Virginia treasurer’s office will start distributing the latest round of newspaper inserts this week to let unclaimed property owners know the state is holding assets for them.
Treasurer John Perdue says the inserts began on Tuesday.
State code stipulates that such inserts be published. About 13,000 names are included in the latest tabloid-size publication that will be distributed in each county until Sept. 12. None of the names have previously been published.
In the 2013 fiscal year, the treasurer’s office returned $6.2 million in unclaimed assets to owners.
Unclaimed property can include a left-behind utility deposit, a forgotten paycheck or stock dividends not cashed and reported as unclaimed.
Two products advance in Walmart competition: Two products made in West Virginia have advanced in a national competition sponsored by Walmart to have inventions sold on the company’s website.
Beckley-based Vaught Inc. has developed a product to help people disposed of unwanted medication. The company currently sells the Element Medication Disposal System online.
Vaught director of business development Daniel Keaton calls the product an answer to a nationwide problem.
And Teays Valley building contractor Kermit Monk made a showerhead attachment that blocks the flow of water when it reaches 112 degrees. The product is called “Scald Me Not.”
The 93-year-old Monk advertises and sells his product in person. Voting on the inventions will take place until Sept. 2 at https://getontheshelf.walmart.com. Voting will determine whether second-round competitors advance to the finalists round.
Two kids seen handling human waste removed: McDowell County police say two young children have been removed from an unsanitary home where they were seen handling and eating human excrement, and their parents have been arrested.
Sheriff Martin West said 28-year-old Michael Paul Perry and 19-year-old Crystal Sidney Perry of the Ashland area were charged Wednesday with child abuse creating substantial risk of injury.
West said deputies went to the home where a Child Protective Services worker was trying to remove the children but had met resistance from the parents.
The children are ages 1 and 2. West said the CPS worker witnessed the children touching and consuming human waste.
The Perrys were arraigned before a magistrate and ordered held on $100,000 bond apiece. It wasn’t immediately known whether they had an attorney.
Judge dismisses lawsuit in 2007 WVU degree scandal: A federal judge has dismissed the latest lawsuit against West Virginia University over a 6-year-old master’s degree scandal involving the daughter of a former governor.
U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey issued an order last week dismissing all three counts against WVU’s former academic integrity officer, administration officials and Board of Governors.
Former business school dean Stephen Sears and former associate dean Cyril Logar argued that WVU ignored its obligation to repair their tarnished reputations since an academic-misconduct investigation ended.
They accused WVU of breach of contract and denial of their due-process rights. It was their third lawsuit in four years. All have failed.
Last summer, WVU said there would be no further action against anyone involved in altering transcripts, creating grades and awarding an executive master’s degree to Heather Bresch.
—Compiled with information
from the Associated Press
WVU invests $1M in Green Bank Telescope: West Virginia University will invest $1 million over two years in the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope to help keep a key resource for the world’s astronomers open.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced WVU’s deal Friday with the Virginia-based National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which manages the telescope for National Science Foundation.
WVU students and faculty will get 500 more hours of research time out of the arrangement.
A special review panel recommended the NSF stop funding the observatory and the Very Long Base Line Array within five years. West Virginia’s congressional delegation has worked to save it.
WVU says the deal helps build WVU’s leadership role in radio astronomy and raise its profile.
The 16 million-ton structure in Pocahontas County is the world’s largest, fully steerable single-dish radio telescope.