WV Planned Parenthood $$$ – Couple Arrested for Toddler’s Death – Children Find Grenade

DHHR: Vienna Planned Parenthood Funding
The West Virginia legislature is investigating Planned Parenthood in West Virginia in light of highly publicized videos released by the Center for Medical Progress – evidence that the organization was selling fetal organs and tissue in violation of federal law. According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, at least $66,000 in state funding went to the Vienna clinic. However, officials say Planned Parenthood does not perform abortions in West Virginia. Even so, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says “there are many other trusted options that provide women’s health services across our state besides Planned Parenthood.”

Couple Indicted for Death of Toddler
Last year the death of a Vienna toddler at a Marietta hospital launched an investigation that resulted in the arrest this week of his father and step-mother. Kenneth Holbert and Carla Vickers now live in Kentucky where they were taken into custody and posted bond. The recent indictment charges the pair with child neglect resulting in death. The boy died from bacterial pneumonia.

Children Find Grenade in the Woods
Children playing in the woods in Belmont County over the weekend discovered a live grenade. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Pine Lake Park. Deputies contacted the Franklin County Bomb Squad and the explosive device was safely dismantled. (AVC)

Oil and Gas Industry Job Layoffs Pileup
Oil and gas industry jobs continue to be eliminated in the Appalachian Basin as more companies – primarily in the supply chain and oilfield services sectors – announce broad layoffs that have left more than 1,500 people without jobs. Industry publication Shale Daily reports that those cuts have been announced in WARN Notices filed in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania since the beginning of the year. The notices are required by federal law whenever a business plans layoffs of 50 or more employees. Oilfield services firms have been hit particularly hard by the downturn in oil and gas prices as producers require fewer services and have pushed heavily for contract concessions to lower their own prices. About 658 mass layoffs were announced across the industry in Ohio since January. In Ohio, the sector employed 14,200 people in August, down 7.2% from the year-ago period. (AVC)

Ohio’s Voter Registration Deadline Oct 5
The deadline for Ohioans to vote in the upcoming general election is Monday, October 5. This is also the final day registered voters can update their registration information before the November 3 general election. Absentee voting will begin October 6. To register to vote, update voting information, request an absentee ballot or find general information on the election, visit MyOhioVote.com. (AVC)

Where Does Pentagon Money Go?
During the 2014 fiscal year, the Department of Defense distributed $418.4 billion to cover its operations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A state-by-state analysis of last year’s Pentagon spending is highlighted by a two-part report. The top five states—Virginia, California, Texas, Maryland and Florida—collected $184.4 billion, or about 44% of the total amount spent; and the bottom five states—Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, West Virginia and Idaho—collected $2.4 billion, or about 0.06%. (TRNS)

Identity Theft is a Growing Problem
If you’re age 65 or older, are female, and live in a household with an annual income in excess of $75,000, you are especially vulnerable to identity theft. A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics said people who fit into one of more of those categories are statistically more likely to be victimized by an identity thief. Last year, an estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7% of the U.S. population age 16 or over, were victims of at least one identity theft incident. BJS said 85% of people took preventive actions such as shredding documents and changing passwords on financial accounts; and that 52% of victims were able to resolve problems associated with identity theft in a single day. (TRNS)

Marietta – Wash Co CVB Scores Four Awards
The Marietta – Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently brought home four awards for their destination marketing and tourism development efforts. There were two second place awards: “Marietta to the Future” the 2014 Official Annual Report and Metrics; and, “Ooh and Aah” the direct mail piece in the brochure category. The CVB also took two first place awards. For business to business video, the CVB took the MIDDY for “Small Town Girl”. The video specifically highlighted the many group tour friendly lunch opportunities, Marietta’s small town charm, and the accessibility to I-77. For many years, the CVB has taken the MIDDY for visitor guide. This year’s 2015 Official Getaway Guide continues the streak.

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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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