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BOE meeting tonight closed to public 

 Tonight’s meeting of the Monongalia County Board of Education as with the case of other BOE meetings in recent weeks, is closed to the public, due to current COVID-19 safety mandates.

“In accordance with current guidelines and best practices recommended by federal and state health officials, only required staff will be permitted in the meeting room,” the board states on its website, at boe.mono.k12/wv/us.

The 6 p.m. meeting, though, will be live-streamed on the site.

Tonight’s agenda, along with agendas and video links to past meetings, are also located there.

The re-entry plan for this fall and the school calendar are among the issues scheduled for discussion.

Attorneys seek names of drug-exposed babies

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A group of West Virginia attorneys is asking a judge to force the state to release the names of babies born exposed to drugs as part of the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy case.

The lawyers want the names so they can send families a notice of pending litigation and seek compensation for them, The Herald-Dispatch reports. They filed a complaint in Kanwaha County Circuit Court seeking the names.

The deadline for individuals and entities to file a claim against Purdue Pharma in the bankruptcy case is Friday.

Body of fisherman found in West Virginia river 

THACKER  — The body of a man has been found after his boat capsized on a river in southern West Virginia, authorities said.

Dennis Gearles, 60, last was seen on a boat Friday night in the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River near Thacker. His body was found Saturday, the Mingo County sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page.

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