Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STATE Briefs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STATE Briefs

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Judge refuses to dismiss test case against DuPont

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against chemical giant DuPont that is serving as the first of two test cases that could potentially help settle more than 3,500 similar lawsuits. The complaint by an Ohio woman alleges the Delaware-based company knew the potentially dangerous risks posed by a chemical its plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia had been depositing into the Ohio River, but declined to inform the public.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that DuPont unsuccessfully asked judge Edmund Sargus on Thursday to dismiss the case.

Sargus agreed to read motions filed by DuPont that argue the evidence doesn't support the awarding of punitive damages.

Thousands of lawsuits allege DuPont's dumping of a chemical known as C8 into local drinking water caused diseases including cancer.

Charleston man faces DUI charge after crash

A drunk man crashed his SUV into the Kanawha River in the early morning hours Friday, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

Police responded at about 1:20 a.m. after a naked Benjamin Lee Gittinger, 27, of Charleston was trying to get into someone's vehicle in the area of U.S. 119 and MacCorkle Avenue, the release says.

While police were talking to him, they noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath. He also told them he had crashed his 2010 Toyota Highlander into the river.

Gittinger was charged with aggravated DUI. He blew a .183 on the breathalyzer, according to the release.

Gittinger was taken to the South Central Regional Jail. During his arraignment, his bail was set at $5,000 cash only.

Charleston Fire Department divers were unable to find the vehicle overnight, but retrieved it this morning.

VA chief on final leg of West Virginia visit

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is on the final leg of his two-day swing through West Virginia.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting McDonald's visit. …

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