Marietta Mourns Zimmer – WVAG Investigates Disability – Ohio Cops Hire PR Firm

 Marietta Loses Historian

Historian and author Louise Zimmer departed this life on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the age of 83. The delightful storyteller was the long time host of WMOA Radio’s Pioneer Past. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Gilman United Methodist Church. McClure-Schafer-Lankford is assisting the family with arrangements and messages of sympathy may be sent at

WVAG Forms Disability Investigation Unit

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced today the formation of the Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit in Charleston. As part of the nationwide CDI Program, the Charleston Unit identifies and prevents Social Security disability fraud throughout the State of West Virginia.

“We have a significant problem with disability fraud in West Virginia,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “It is my hope that this partnership will dramatically reduce fraud and abuse so that we can preserve precious taxpayer resources for those who are legally allowed to obtain this benefit.”

The CDI program currently consists of 37 units covering 31 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Social Security and the OIG plan to establish another unit in 2016 as part of an ongoing agency effort to root out disability fraud and preserve benefits for those who truly deserve them.

Social Security and its OIG jointly established the CDI program in 1997. Since the program was established, CDI efforts have contributed to $3.3 billion in projected savings to Social Security programs, and $2.2 billion in projected savings to related non-Social Security programs. For more information on the CDI program, please visit the OIG website and Social Security’s anti-fraud website at

Members of the public should report suspected disability fraud to the Social Security Fraud Hotline at; send U.S. Mail to PO Box 17768, Baltimore, MD, 21235; fax (410) 597-0118; or call (800) 269-0271 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Ohio Police Hire PR Firm

Ohio law enforcement will be hiring a public relations firm to improve relations with the public. The Ohio Department of Public Safety will be using Warhol and WALL ST. on a public awareness campaign. Governor John Kasick created an advisory board to make recommendations on police-community relations after a series of fatal police shootings. (AP)

Charitable IRA Rollovers Made Permanent

Congress recently passed the PATH Act of 2015, which makes the Charitable IRA Rollover permanent. A Charitable IRA Rollover allows individuals aged 70½ or older to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution of up to $100,000, tax-free, from a traditional IRA to a 501(c)(3) public charity. In addition to making a tax-free distribution, the donation can count against the minimum IRA distribution individuals are required to take for the calendar year. IRA owners who make a qualified charitable distribution in an amount equal to the minimum distribution are considered to have satisfied the requirement for the year, even though a charitable entity is the beneficiary of the distribution and not the IRA owner.

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Callie Lyons

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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 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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