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W.Va. airports getting $6 million in funding

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- More than $6 million in federal funding is on its way to airports across West Virginia.

Members of the state's congressional delegation say the funding is intended to improve and modernize the airports. The largest sum -- $1.8 million -- is for the rehabilitation of the runway at Braxton County Airport in Sutton. Morgantown's airport will replace the terminal building roof and drain system with its $1.3 million grant.

The other funding is headed to airports in Parkersburg, Fairmount, Elkins, Beckley, Lewisburg, Summersville, Buckhannon, Martinsburg, Philippi, Bluefield and Clarksburg. The funding levels range from $800,000 for runway work at the Parkersburg airport to $50,000 for fencing at the Clarksburg airfield.

The airport grants were announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall.

Beef jerky recalled for safety reasons in W.Va.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- A West Virginia-based beef jerky manufacturer is recalling about 109 pounds of its product after the federal inspectors found it was not safe to eat.

Fairmont-based Lone Star Western Beef Inc. issued the recall on all 1-, 3- and 16-ounce packages of "Lone Star Western Beef Inc. Original Beef Jerky" produced on Aug. 12.

The Charleston Gazette reports that inspectors discovered the products were not processed at a safe temperature.

According to a news release, the products were shipped to a distributor in north-central West Virginia and sold to retail stores.

Stores in Fairmont, Morgantown, Rivesville, Weston and Jane Lew, as well as other places, may have received the bad jerky.

Each bag of jerky has the establishment number 19563 printed inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Airgas closes Black Betsy fill plant in Poca

CHARLESTON -- Citing cost efficiency, a Putnam County plant that employs 12 people is shutting down.

Airgas, located along W.Va. 62 in the Black Betsy area near Poca, was the scene of a large explosion earlier this year, but company officials said the blast had nothing to do with the decision to close.

The closure was effective Wednesday. None of the other six Airgas facilities in the region will be affected, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania-based company.

The facility is a low-to-mid-volume cylinder fill plant.