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CHEMICAL SPILL-BANKRUPTCY

Co. at center of spill in bankruptcy court Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.

Freedom Industries has a Tuesday morning hearing scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The hearing will involve a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom's insurer.

Lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom reached a tentative settlement, according to documents filed Friday in Charleston federal court.

The settlement would use $2.9 million in insurance money for public projects, potentially including long-term health monitoring. A board would determine exactly how to spend the money.

The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom. Many businesses sued to recoup profits they lost while shuttered for days. A January tap-water ban affected 300,000 people.

TEACHER-SEX CHARGES

Ex-Mercer teacher pleads guilty to sex charges

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Mercer County teacher has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students.

Media outlets report that 36-year-old Jonathan Edward Kirk of Walton pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual abuse and distributing obscene materials to minors.

Kirk is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25 in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Judge William Sadler had rejected an earlier plea agreement.

Kirk formerly was a teacher and coach at PikeView High School. He resigned after the investigation began. He was arrested in March 2013.

RURAL AIRPORTS

Silver Airways chosen for new Williamstown flights

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Silver Airways will begin offering nonstop flights from Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport in October.

Mid-Ohio Valley manager Jeff McDougle tells media outlets that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Silver Airways to provide the new service.

McDougle says the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority recommended Silver Airways to provide the flights.

He says Silver Airways will offer 12 nonstop roundtrip flights a week. Six other flights from the Williamstown airport will have stops at either the Morgantown or Clarksburg airports.

The new service begins Oct. 1.

Silver Airways will provide the service under the federally subsidized Essential Air Service Program. The program is designed to provide connecting service from secondary airports to larger hubs.

FUGITIVE CAPTURED

W.Va. inmate who escaped in May captured in Va.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia inmate who escaped in May is back in custody following his capture in Virginia.

The Beckley Correctional Center tells media outlets that 40-year-old Chad Edward Cook was captured in Roanoke on Sunday.

Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon tells The Register-Herald that an officer stopped Cook after he saw the inmate riding a bicycle without tail light reflectors on a sidewalk.

Leamon says the officer discovered that Cook was a fugitive from West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says Cook left a work release job in May.

Cook was serving a sentence for fraud, forgery and false pretenses in Harrison and Upshur counties.

Leamon says Cook is charged in Virginia with falsifying a public document and a traffic violation.

BENEFITS THEFT CHARGES

Ex-W.Va. agency worker pleads guilty to fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former case worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is facing up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty to fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Shannon Collins of Logan pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Charleston to defrauding the state agency.

Officials say that while working at the agency office in Logan, Collins used the Social Security numbers of two dead people to open fake accounts in order to claim benefits.

She also obtained benefits through the state's food stamp program. The total combined loss was in excess of $58,000.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 29.

FAKE JOB ADS-SCAM

W.Va. AG warns job seekers of fake job ad scams

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about fake job postings and other employment scams online.

Morrisey says scammers see places where people are looking for work as fertile ground to snag new victims.

Officials say scammers posting ads online will often use reputable businesses or organizations to trick jobseekers into handing over sensitive personal information.

Morrisey says to be wary of any online job application that asks for a fee to apply or for pre-job training.

Other scams send applicants a check that they are supposed to cash and then send a portion of the funds back to the company.

Another scam requires the applicant to fill out a lengthy, detailed application that includes information such as their Social Security number and banking information.

CONGRESSIONAL FORUM

Casey, Mooney to attend US House candidate forum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney will participate in a Charleston candidate forum this week as they battle for an open congressional seat.

The West Virginia Business & Industry Council event Thursday morning will include both 2nd Congressional District hopefuls. The forum will take place at the Charleston Civic Center.

Casey is the former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman. In Maryland, Mooney served as state Republican Party chairman and as a state senator.

Both are vying for a district stretching from the state's western border on the Ohio River to the Eastern Panhandle.

Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate.

BEAR HUNT

Applications available for W.Va. bear gun season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Division of Natural Resources says permit applications are now available for the limited bear firearms season this fall in West Virginia.

A bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 24 through Dec. 6 on public and private land in 17 counties by permit only. The hunt is concurrent with the traditional firearms season for deer.

Residents aren't required to apply for a permit or buy a hunting stamp to hunt bears on their own land.

Applications are available at www.wvdnr.gov . Printed applications will be available late this month at hunting license agents, DNR district offices, the Elkins Operations Center and the DNR main office in South Charleston.

Completed applications must be mailed to the DNR by Aug. 18.

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