The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 17, 2013

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W.Va. joins other states in challenges

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s attorney general is joining other states that are challenging a section of federal bankruptcy law.

Attorney General Patrick Morrissey has also filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging New York’s tough new gun law, according to media reports.

The bankruptcy challenge involves the Dodd-Frank Act. A section of the law allows the federal government to decide which of a bankrupt company’s creditors to bail out.

Morrissey said West Virginia holds investments in many institutions that could be covered by the so-called bail-out provision.

Morrissey also announced Thursday the state is joining 19 other states to challenge a section of the New York gun law that requires residents to show a particular need before they can obtain a concealed weapons permit.

WVU makes tomato seeds available

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University is making seeds of a blight-resistant tomato available to home gardeners.

The West Virginia 63 tomato was developed at WVU 50 years ago as part of the state’s centennial celebration. WVU says a limited supply of seeds will be available starting March 4.

Retired WVU professor Mannon Gallegly bred the tomato. He says the West Virginia 63 is good for both canning and for slicing in sandwiches.

Seeds can be obtained from the WVU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit at 304-293-6131. Seeds are limited to one packet per household while supplies last. They also can be requested through local WVU Extension offices.

 

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