The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 3, 2013

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WVU Hospitals seeks an OK to buy cancer center

WVU Hospitals is seeking the state’s approval to acquire a cancer center in Fairmont.

The Dominion Post reports that the hospital system has applied for a certificate of need from the West Virginia Health Care Authority to buy the Fairmont Regional Cancer Center from Oncology Services Inc. The acquisition would cost $11 million. WVU Hospitals also would spend about $3 million to buy and install treatment equipment.

The authority is expected to make a decision in mid-April.

The cancer center is located on the campus of Fairmont General Hospital.

Artist’s work chosen for stamped envelope

A Charles Town artist’s work is featured on a new stamped envelope approved by the U.S. Postal Service.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the 58-cent Bank Swallow Forever Stamped Envelope was unveiled Friday. It features a large illustration of a bank swallow perched on a reed, and a smaller image of the bird in flight, by artist Matt Frey.

According to the Postal Service, nearly 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas are received each year, but only about 20 are deemed worthy of pursuing.

Frey also illustrated the Purple Martin Forever Stamped Envelope in 2012.

The 58-cent Forever stamped envelopes are good for mailing one 9-ounce first class letter anytime in the future, regardless of postal price changes. They are only available online at, or by calling 800-782-6724.


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