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    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:12 GMT
    Police patrolling the roads this Labor DayPolice patrolling the roads this Labor Day
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    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
  • After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

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    Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:00:38 GMT
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    While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ...
  • Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Update: New Information Released in Raleigh County Murder Investigation

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:33:21 GMT
    Joe Collins is arrested on murder chargesJoe Collins is arrested on murder charges
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.
    The Raleigh County Sheriffs Office made an arrest Sunday after a man was murdered in Glen White.Joe Collins was arrested and is being charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting and killing of Larry Totten.The incident occurred Sunday morning at Mr. Tottens residence.

Nine West Virginia hospitals have now joined the West Virginia Health Information Network's query-based Health Information Exchange.

Wheeling Hospital and WVU Healthcare joined last year, and more recently Monongalia General Hospital, Preston Memorial Hospital, Thomas Memorial Hospital, Grafton City Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center have joined.

The HIE allows participating hospitals to share patient health information with one another in a secure electronic manner for public health reporting purposes.

Providers have the latest patient health information in near real-time, in an organized manner. Some patients have been able to enjoy reduced testing and improved quality of care due to physicians having access to the most current medical information as well as critical emergency information, such as allergy information and current medications.

"We are very excited to have these new hospitals join our network," WVHIN Chief Operations Officer Phil Weikle said in a news release. "The WVHIN now has partners in many areas of the state.

"In an effort to provide the best health care to patients across the state, participation of health care organizations in the HIE is crucial so we continue moving forward in connecting providers in all corners of West Virginia."

The WVHIN was recognized by the federal government in December 2012 as a national leader in its efforts to enhance the safety and quality of healthcare by embracing the use of health information technology.