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MAYOR CHARGED

Ex-W.Va. mayor pleads guilty to drug charges

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Former Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

Media outlets report Blount entered the plea Friday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg to conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxymorphone and false or fraudulent material omission.

Blount is a pharmacist who announced his resignation as mayor Monday night at a City Council meeting. He was elected in 2013.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says as part of the plea agreement, Blount must surrender his state pharmacy license and cannot apply for reinstatement.

Federal agents arrested Blount in June. Last October a task force raided pharmacies operated by Blount's employer, Best Care Pharmacy, in Bridgeport, Lumberport and Belington.

CHEMICAL SPILL-CDC

CDC wraps W.Va. trip to talk spill health tracking

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal health officials have finished a three-day Charleston visit to discuss medical monitoring options after a January chemical spill contaminated water supplies to 300,000 people.

State health officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be directed at the specific population exposed or focus on a specific event. It will monitor the state's overall health indicators.

Officials say they are weeks to a month from deciding their tracking plans.

The spill spurred a tap-water ban for days.

Hundreds of people went to the emergency room in the two weeks after the spill, many after a tap-water ban was lifted. Some symptoms were rashes, nausea, vomiting and itching.

The visit follows a July commitment that the National Toxicology Program will spend $750,000 to $1.2 million on additional studies.

PHARMACY PRESIDENT CHARGED

W.Va. pharmacy head faces additional charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Barboursville pharmacy president has been indicted on drug and money laundering charges.

The indictment filed recently in U.S. District Court in Huntington charges 36-year-old Kofi Ohene Agyekum with distributing or conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydromorphone pills and 36 counts of money laundering.

Agyekum is president and director of KAYPAT Medical Inc., which did business as A+ Care Pharmacy.

He had been arrested last month on a charge of trying to evade federal cash reporting requirements. Federal law requires financial institutions to report cash transactions exceeding $10,000 to the federal government.

Media outlets report prosecutors will seek to have Agyekum forfeit $2.3 million in cash deposited in various banks if he is convicted.

COAL POLITICS

Legislative leaders say coal rhetoric not helping

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's top legislative leaders don't think clamoring over coal this election helps Appalachia's already-sputtering industry.

A U.S. Senate race and two competitive House contests have hammered on fear of federal regulation further stifling coal.

Republicans lump Democrats in with President Obama, an ever-unpopular figure in West Virginia. Democrats zig-zag to show they don't support his energy policies.

State House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler say the dialogue is oversimplified.

The Democratic leaders point out other factors: cheap natural gas, thin coal seams, lousy markets and national and global competition.

Kessler and Miley are also from northern West Virginia, where natural gas production has boomed.

Some of West Virginia's longest-tenured Democratic politicians, the late Sen. Robert Byrd and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, similarly criticized coal rhetoric.

OBIT-SHELLEY RILEY MOORE

Former W.Va. first lady Shelley Riley Moore dies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The family of Shelley Riley Moore says the former West Virginia first lady has died.

A statement from the family released through the campaign of her daughter, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, says Shelley Riley Moore died Saturday. She was 88.

The family says she "matched an uplifting sense of humor with a genuine ability to listen and connect."

Her husband of 65 years, Republican Arch A. Moore Jr., served three terms as governor from 1969 to 1977 and from 1985 to 1989.

Shelley Moore Capito has served seven terms in the U.S. House and is seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller in November's election.

In a statement, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the former first lady represented the state "with grace and class throughout her life."

SLAYING-ARREST

Arrest made in West Virginia slaying

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a North Carolina man has been charged in the death of a West Virginia man whose body was found in a park.

Police in St. Albans say in a statement that an arrest warrant was served in Charleston on Friday charging 24-year-old Michael Benbow of Huntersville, North Carolina, with first-degree murder.

A man walking his dog found the body of 20-year-old Micah Burdette on Tuesday in a parking lot at St. Albans City Park.

A criminal complaint says police found a cell phone at the park that contained several text messages. Media outlets report the phone where the messages originated was in the area of the park at the time of the crime.

Benbow is being held without bond in the South Central Regional Jail.

PHARMACY PRESIDENT CHARGED

W.Va. pharmacy head faces additional charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Barboursville pharmacy president has been indicted on drug and money laundering charges.

The indictment filed recently in U.S. District Court in Huntington charges 36-year-old Kofi Ohene Agyekum with distributing or conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydromorphone pills and 36 counts of money laundering.

Agyekum is president and director of KAYPAT Medical Inc., which did business as A+ Care Pharmacy.

He had been arrested last month on a charge of trying to evade federal cash reporting requirements. Federal law requires financial institutions to report cash transactions exceeding $10,000 to the federal government.

Media outlets report prosecutors will seek to have Agyekum forfeit $2.3 million in cash deposited in various banks if he is convicted.

CHEMO DUCKS

Huntington High student raises funds for 'chemo ducks'

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Huntington High School student wants to help alleviate fears for kids facing cancer.

Senior Ginny Blake has launched a project to raise money to have stuffed ducks wearing hospital scrubs and a bandanna. It also has a chemo port or patch, intended to help the children better understand what's happening to them.

Blake is inviting the public to a fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Huntington High football field. The Herald-Dispatch reports it will raise money to make Chemo Ducks for young patients at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Charleston Area Medical Center.

Blake says the project was inspired by her grandfather, retired businessman A. Michael Perry who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

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