The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

May 12, 2013

State News Briefs — Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother charged after toddler found wandering

A Charleston woman has been charged with felony child neglect after her 2-year-old son was found wandering outside alone for the second time in as many days.

Police didn’t file charges after the first incident Friday, when the toddler wandered off after his uncle fell asleep. The Charleston Gazette reports that the child was living with his grandmother, who asked the uncle to babysit while she was in the hospital.

The boy’s mother, 20-year-old Freda A. Gilmore, picked him up after seeing him on the news Friday night. Police say she told them she drank two 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor and asked a man to watch her son. Both adults fell asleep, and the child unlocked the door and walked out.

Child Protective Services took custody of the boy.

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Student threats prompt evacuation at Fairmont

Campus life is back to normal at Fairmont State University, which was evacuated for about six hours because of what officials described as a potentially dangerous situation involving a student.

According to media reports, university police asked all students and employees to leave the main campus around noon Friday. Police said a student had threatened to harm himself and others and might be armed.

However, the 17-year-old was unarmed when he was taken into custody late Friday afternoon at Valley Falls State Park. Police did not release his name because he is a minor.

Some area elementary, middle and high schools also were locked down Friday as a precaution.

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Funds to help centers with insurance signups

More than $2.4 million in federal funds is being made available to help West Virginia health centers enroll uninsured individuals into health insurance coverage.  

The federal health officials said funding of about $150 million nationwide will expand efforts of community health centers to provide in-person help to enroll in Affordable Care Act coverage.

Officials say the funds will allow health centers to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities.  

Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new affordable health insurance options.

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