W.Va. utility: 2 changed filters show no chemical
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The water company impacted by a January chemical spill says water treated with two replaced filters shows no chemical contamination.
However, the company still has six or seven weeks-worth of changing 14 other filters found to contain traces of a spilled chemical. The chemical found in treated water late last month was 2,000 times less concentrated than federal health officials deem safe to drink.
West Virginia American Water began replacing filters April 1 after finding trace chemicals were flowing off them into the distribution system for 300,000 people.
The company has said previous tests couldn't detect the chemical at such low concentrations.
The company says new filters will cost more than $1 million.
The Jan. 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries spurred a tap-water ban for up to 10 days.
Ex-Homeland Security official accused in W.Va.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who is a former director of a Homeland Security division has been indicted on charges he used his government-issued credit card to obtain more than $100,000 in cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced Monday that 55-year-old Gene Protogiannis of Lovettsville, Va., has been indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud. He says Protogiannis used the government credit card to obtain $115,000 in cash advances in 2013.
The government says Protogiannis was the acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of Homeland Security. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on Wednesday.
Protogiannis' federal public defender did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.
Salary for WVU president to be set April 25
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The Higher Education Policy Commission will meet April 25 at Fairmont State University to vote on a new contract for West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee.
The commission approved Gee's appointment as the university's permanent president on March 10. Gee was named interim president after Jim Clements left for Clemson in November.
Gee was paid $450,000 annually for the interim appointment. The Dominion Post reports that the higher education panel will meet at Fairmont State University to approve a contract that reflects Gee's new status.
At Ohio State, Gee earned approximately $2 million. WVU is not expected to match that salary.
2 in W.Va. cited for hosting cockfighting
OAKVALE, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police say they've cited two brothers with staging cockfighting.
State police assigned to the Princeton detachment and members of the Mercer County Sheriff's Department say they responded over the weekend to an address near Oakvale after receiving a tip of cockfighting.
When they arrived, police said they found two severely injured roosters.
They cited 43-year-old Stacey Brown and 45-year-old Gilbert Brown for hosting an illegal venture. Three others were cited for attending the cockfight.
A phone listing could not be found for either Brown brothers.
K-9 units at annual W.Va. training seminar
NEWELL, W.Va. (AP) - K-9 units from across West Virginia are in Hancock County for the 20th annual West Virginia Police Canine Association training seminar.
The Weirton Daily Times reports that the convention is being held at Tomlinson Run State Park and sites in New Manchester and Newell. Nearly 70 K-9 units from Huntington, Charleston and elsewhere are in attendance.
The convention is required for K-9 units to be certified or get their annual recertification.
Among the training sessions are those dealing with narcotics, tracking work and explosives.
The participating dogs include bloodhounds from the West Virginia Division of Forestry, as well as narcotics, bomb-sniffing and patrol dogs from city police departments.
The public will have a chance to see the dogs during a special demonstration Wednesday at Tomlinson Run.
GOP targets women in WVa counties, 9 other states
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia counties are among two dozen nationwide that Republicans are targeting to sway women's votes.
The Republican National Committee's "14 in '14" program calls for volunteer work in the 14 weeks before the November midterm elections. The initiative will use female volunteers to attract other women from 21 to 40 years old to vote Republican and become involved in election season.
RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day unveiled the GOP program Monday in Charleston. Kanawha and Cabell counties are among the GOP's targets.
The counties are spread among 10 states, from Florida to Montana.
The program reacts to problems in the 2012 cycle. Day said Republicans didn't engage with Hispanic, African American, Asian or women voters that election.
Women have traditionally helped put Democrats in office, including President Barack Obama.
Kanawha prosecutor says he won't resign
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants says his office doesn't have a conflict investigating domestic violence cases involving children.
Plants is facing a domestic battery charge. He's accused of hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt on Feb. 22.
Plants told media outlets at a news conference on Monday that corporal punishment is legal if it's reasonable. He says 75 percent of Kanawha County would be in jail if spanking was a crime.
Plants also said he won't resign.
The state Office of Disciplinary Counsel has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to either suspend Plants, prevent his office from working on cases involving allegations of violence by parents against children, or both.
GUN IN LUGGAGE
Gun, brass knuckles found in bag at W.Va. airport
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says a loaded handgun and brass knuckles were discovered in a carry-on bag at Huntington Tri-State Airport.
The agency tells media outlets that the bag's owner was detained but wasn't charged. The woman missed her flight and was allowed to book another one, without the weapons.
A TSA officer saw the .32 caliber North American Arms handgun in the bag during a routine screening Friday at an X-ray machine checkpoint. The gun was loaded with six rounds. Another loaded magazine also was in the bag.
Airport police confiscated the weapons and ammunition.
BABY IN CAR
W.Va. man pleads guilty to neglect in theft case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kanawha County man accused of stealing a vehicle with a baby inside has pleaded guilty to child neglect.
Media outlets report that Christopher Linville entered his plea to the felony charge Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Prosecutors dropped a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Police say Linville took a car parked at a convenience store in Charleston in January. A 9-month-old boy was in the back seat.
The car and the baby were found abandoned nearby a short time later. The baby wasn't injured.
Linville faces one to five years in prison. Sentencing is set for May 19.
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