The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 18, 2012

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Steel coating company announces W.Va. expansion

FOLLANSBEE (AP) — The Wheeling-Nisshin steel coating company has announced a $28 million expansion to produce a new product at its Brooke County facility.

The company’s new line is called ZAM, a combination of zinc, aluminum and magnesium. Company officials say it’s highly corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly.

Jeffrey McLaughlin, general manager of accounting and finance at Wheeling-Nisshin, says the company will expand its building space, buy new equipment and add an electrical substation.

Construction is expected to begin by October and be completed by next fall.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $10 million loan to assist in the project.

AG names longtime educator to advisory committee

CHARLESTON (AP) — Veteran educator and Democratic activist Reva Mickey is the newest member of Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

Mickey spent 40 years in the public school system as a counselor, teacher and reading specialist. She’s been a member of the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee and chairwoman of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.

The Citizens Advisory Committee provides consumers an opportunity for direct contact with a representative of the attorney general’s office.

Clerk is accused of forging winning lottery tickets

HUNTINGTON (AP) — A Huntington gas station employee faces charges of forging winning lottery tickets.

Media outlets say 30-year-old Crystal Gail Hampton of Huntington is charged with 35 counts of forgery and counterfeiting and one count of embezzlement.

Hampton is accused in criminal complaints of scanning lottery tickets at the gas station to determine if they were winners. She allegedly bought 35 winning tickets at the gas station and then cashed them in.

Payouts ranged from $1 to $18.


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