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Child Struck By Vehicle

There were no charges filed against a Cumberland man, whose car struck a 12-year old boy in the 1,000-block of Frederick Street on Tuesday. The driver, Charles Neus, said he wasn't able to stop before he struck the youngster. The child was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was listed in stable condition.

 

Legislative Audit Office Releases DVA Report

The Maryland State Department of Legislative Audits has released a report concerning the Department of Veterans Affairs, and several problems were found. Most of the discrepancies related to bookkeeping matters and federal funding issues. One of the findings noted the department did not follow established procedures on "sole source" procurements. The audit is recommending written justification for procurements and retroactive approval for state contracts from the Board of Public Works.

 

FSU to Hold Commencement Saturday

Frostburg State University will hold its 143rd commencement ceremonies this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center's Main Arena on the FSU campus. President Dr. Johnathan Gibralter, will confer degrees on graduates from the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

Holiday Schedule for City

There will be no trash collection in the city of Cumberland next Wednesday, Christmas Day, and January 1st, New Year's Day. Residents of areas affected by the change should put their trash out the next regularly scheduled collection day. Christmas trees will be collected for recycling, beginning on Monday, January 6th. Trees must be completely undecorated and placed to the curb area as possible the evening before the pickup.

 

Schools Benefit from Hooley Plunge

The 2013 Hooley Plunge, which benefits Allegany County Special Olympics and other local programs for the developmentally disabled, raised more than $40,000 for SLE programs and Unified Sports. Funds allocated to the school system will help fund computers, instructional supplies, equipment, and field trips. The 2014 Hooley Plunge will be the tenth annual, andf the date is Saturday, March 1, 2014.

 

Contract Ratified by Food Workers

Workers for Safeway and Giant Foods-the parent company of Martin's Food Markets-have overwhelmingly ratified a three year labor contract that preserves health benefits and raises wages over three years. The contract covers 28,000 UFCW workers in Local 27 and Local 400, and takes effect immediately. The contract allows current employees and some future employees to keep their current health benefits, rather than being shifted onto health care exchanges.

 

Maryland Needs Plan for Aging Population

Maryland's population is getting older, and the state of Maryland needs a better plan to deal with it. AARP leaders from eight states met this month to discuss their policy priorities for the next year. AARP State Director Hank Greenberg hopes the 2014 Maryland General Assembly will work toward a comprehensive plan to protect the state's aging population. Greenberg says some of those needs include improving care giving, retirement planning and utility reliability. He adds Maryland seniors need more resources to be able to age in their homes.

 

Health Exchange Deadline Extended

Insurance carriers participating in Maryland's health care exchange, have extended the deadline for individuals and families to enroll in order to be covered. Those who enroll in a qualified health plan through the exchange have until next Friday, December 27th, in order to be covered by the first of the year. The previous deadline was this coming Monday. The deadline was extended because of computer glitches enountered since the website went online October 1st.

 

Gas Prices More Expensive in West Virginia

Gas prices in areas of West Virginia-especially in Jefferson and Berkeley counties-are considerably higher than those in Pennsylvania, or even Maryland. The West Virginia gas tax is not the driving force behind higher prices; it's a practice called "zone pricing," a practice wholesalers use to set the price of gas, according to the region where the gas is going. State Senator Herb Snyder is trying to get a bill passed, which prohibits zone, or predatory, pricing. New York has such a law, and Snyder is modeling his legislation after that.

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