We’re following some breaking news this morning regarding high-ranking Mingo County officials, including a county commissioner. Click here for a brief story. Keep checking www.charlestondailymail.com throughout the day for more information. A press conference is expected around 2 p.m. from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
In other news…
- West Virginia University has hired the New York law firm Bond, Schoeneck and King to work on an eligibility issue with a member of its football team, although the university is refusing to discuss what those issues are or what student is involved. Managing partner Michael Glazier, who runs the firm’s collegiate sports practice, is a nationally-known specialist in handling eligibility issues and is informally referred to as “The Cleaner.”
- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined with 12 other lawyers-in-chief to send a letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, requesting it establish a plan to secure consumers’ private information when it comes time to sign up for the health insurance exchanges next year. Morrisey and the other attorneys general said they are concerned the individuals hired to help folks sign up for the exchanges aren’t being properly trained to protect that data.
- The West Virginia Department of Agriculture took to its Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon to live-tweet the birth of a baby cow. Rudi Kidder, who joined the department as a media specialist about two weeks ago, talked to me yesterday about her decision to turn the calf’s birth into an Internet event.
- Assistant attorney general Mark Bramble, accused of shooting up his South Hills home on Monday, has now been charged with attempted murder.
- According to a recent report from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, the state could save millions by opening up its Childrens Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) to state employees’ children currently covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). Lori Kersey of the Charleston Gazette has the story.