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Effective Solutions to War Against Meth

WITH another legislative session underway in Charleston, lawmakers are considering legislation aimed at tackling our state's methamphetamine problem.

Some are pushing for a new law that would require a doctor's prescription for certain cold and allergy medicines that contain the decongestant pseudoephedrine (PSE).

There's no question that meth production and use are a problem in the state, but we must remember that most of those purchasing these PSEbased products (Advil Cold & Sinus, Allegra-D, Claritin-D, Sudafed, etc.) are law-abiding citizens who are simply trying to ease the symptoms associated with the common cold or allergies.


WVRA Members,
West Virginia is experiencing a water contamination crisis in 9 counties including the state capitol.A federal disaster as also been declared in those counties and FEMA assistance will be available.
I want to thank your local managers many of whom I was in contact with until well after midnight last nightregarding this situation.  We did receive reports of looting in some locations around the Charleston area.
Some retail stores opened at 6:00 a.m. this morning after having water trucked into local communities overnight.Once again the retail industry is out in front of a disaster situation and I say thank you for your dedication to your customers.
I will keep you updated throughout this crisis and provide updates as they become available.
Our sincere thanks!
Bridget Lambert, President

WV Retailers Association


Water to be available through the county offices of emergency services

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this evening issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties. This declaration follows a notice from West Virginia American Water Company that its water supply had become contaminated. Residents served by Lincoln PSD, Queen Shoals PSD, Reamer PSD, City of Culloden PSD, and City of Hurricane PSD are also affected.

"West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged NOT to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Gov. Tomblin said. "Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. I've been working with our National Guard and Office of Emergency Services in an effort to provide water and supplies through the county emergency services offices as quickly as possible."

Collection of sales tax expansion begins Jan. 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia will have sales tax revenue coming from some new sources beginning next year when a new state law kicks in.

The new law calls for those businesses that sell products in West Virginia, online or otherwise, to collect the six percent sales tax if the company itself or a company affiliated with it has a physical presence in the state.

Many West Virginia lawmakers, like those from other states, believe states are losing millions a year on items purchased over the internet because sales tax is not collected.