The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 18, 2012

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Jefferson County opposes proposed halfway house

CHARLES TOWN (AP) — The Jefferson County Commission is opposing a proposed halfway house for federal prisoners in Charles Town.

MinSec Companies LLC notified the commission late last month that it had submitted an offer to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to establish a halfway house on a 10-acre site.

The Journal says the commission voted unanimously Thursday to send a letter to MinSec and the Bureau of Prisons voicing its opposition to the facility. The letter also will be sent to federal and state elected officials and other county commissions that MinSec has approached.

Jefferson County Commission President Patsy Noland says she supports rehabilitation. But she doesn’t think the halfway house is a good fit for the area.

 



U.S. court reverses ruling on W.Va. flying squirrel

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down a lower court ruling that had sided with environmental groups that were hoping to restore protected status to the West Virginia northern flying squirrel.

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday ruled in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Five environmental groups had sued in 2009 after the federal agency took the squirrel off the endangered species list.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the agency wrongly ignored its own rules and effectively changed the recovery plan for the species without the required public-input process.



Sunnyside Up lays off its director after budget cuts

 MORGANTOWN (AP) — The head of a nonprofit urban redevelopment program in Morgantown has been laid off, but Jim Hunt says he’ll remain a supporter of Sunnyside Up.

Hunt will depart in mid-September under a vote taken this week. The board of directors thanked him for his service and said the decision was strictly budgetary.

Earlier this year, City Council cut its funding for the group from $100,000 to $50,000. So did its partner, West Virginia University.

Hunt’s salary was more than $76,000, with nearly $11,000 more in other compensation rather than benefits.

The Dominion Post says the board is considering hiring a part-time leader.

Sunnyside is a section of the city dominated by run-down student housing that the city and university have been trying to revitalize.

 

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