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Print/E-paper exclusives for Wednesday, Feb. 20

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Besides the stories you can read at herald-dispatch.com, there are many more stories and features in today's Herald-Dispatch newspaper and e-paper.

PROPOSAL WOULD REDISTRIBUTE TAX TO FUND JAILS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS: A bill that would transfer an existing excise tax on transfers of real property — now paid to the state — so that it would instead go to county governments to support regional jails and substance abuse programs has been introduced by Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall. Read more in today's edition.

'AHA' MOMENT SPARKS HEALTH CHANGE: Kristen Napier’s “aha moment” was also a mortifying one. “I was at the Pumpkin Festival in 2009, standing there at a booth next to a pregnant lady, and the woman asked her when her baby was due and then she asked me when my baby was due and I just froze and whispered, ‘I’m not pregnant,’ and walked away,” said Napier, 26, a Kenova native and nurse at HIMG. “It was just one of those life-altering moments when you realize, ‘This is bad.’” Read about Kristen's transformation on our Community page.

COOKIN' WITH 'CRICKET': Since age 5 or 6, Lavonia “Cricket” Sargent Porter started helping her mother in the kitchen. “I have been cooking all my life,” daughter of the late Elmer and Pearl Sargent said. “Every Thanksgiving, daddy killed hogs and mother would fry up a big skillet of tenderloin with brown or dirty gravy (as some called it) and she would let me help make biscuits.” Read more about Cricket's lifelong love of cooking and check out some of her recipes on our Life page.

PARENTING ADVICE: Family psychologist John Rosemond addresses common parent concerns. This week, find out how he counsels a parent to deal with irrational childhood fears, on our Life page.

BRENDA LUCAS: Get the latest community news, announcements, birthdays and more in Brenda Lucas' Community News column.

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