The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 13, 2012

WV news briefs

5 more counties added to gypsy moth quarantine

CHARLESTON (AP) — Five counties have been added to West Virginia’s gypsy moth quarantine area.

The state Department of Agriculture says McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties were added after surveys documented the presence of egg masses. Forty-four counties are now regulated the gypsy moth quarantine.

The quarantine requires an inspection before trees, shrubs, logs, pulpwood and wood chips, and mobile homes and associated materials can be transported into a non-invested area.

The gypsy moth is a non-native caterpillar that has become established in most of the northeastern United States. It feeds on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs but prefers the leaves of oak trees, West Virginia’s predominant forest tree.


Black lung rule stalled 2 years after introduction

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal plan to tackle the resurgence of black lung disease by controlling coal dust in U.S. mines is stalled.

The Charleston Gazette says a rule the Mine Safety and Health Administration introduced two years ago this month hasn’t reached the White House Office of Management and Budget. That office must review it before a final version is issued.

MSHA chief Joe Main can’t explain why. He says his agency finished its work and the rule is moving through the process.

But the United Mine Workers of America is eager to see changes implemented.

Spokesman Phil Smith says that if anyone is worried the bill will be assailed by Republicans as another job-killing regulation, they should remember black lung kills miners.

Some 10,000 died nationwide between 1995 and 2004.


4 WVU students, 2 others are charged after rioting

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Morgantown police have arrested four West Virginia University students and two others in the aftermath of last weekend’s post-game rioting.

Three are from Maryland, two are West Virginians and one is from Pennsylvania.

With the help of social media, police identified 21-year-old Kathryn Durko of Cokeburg, Pa.; 22-year-old Timothy Watkins of Westminster, Md.; James Richard Zito of Glenelg, Md., and 18-year-old Alexandra Amato of Morgantown.

Charges against the four students include disorderly conduct, and battery and obstruction of an officer.

Police also charged 19-year-old Pursglove resident Nathan Hoopergarner with battery on a government representative or emergency responder, while 39-year-old Vincent Rohrbaugh of Germantown, Md., was charged with public intoxication.

Police say they’ll be ready with new tactics to handle potential problems after Saturday’s football game at Texas Tech.

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