Morgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents WEDNESDAY Oct. 1, 2014 ® Sports CB Banks is glad to be back Relishes return from suspension. Page 5-B Local College of Media celebrates 75 WVU school noting anniversary. Page 1-D Airport manager to retire Marhefka was 3rd hire in 5 years. Page 1-B Talking hoops with Huggins WVU loses 3-pointers, gains other skills. Page 5-B WEATHER Fog in the morning, then partly sunny. High Low 76 54 Your complete forecast Page 6-A Expand your culinary horizons Oct. 17. Page 1-C OBITUARIES ALEXANDER, Isaac Eugene BARLOW, Eric Lyle COBB, Harold Stuart COLEBANK, Harry ‘Dale’ DeWITT, Ivy Alan Jr. GAPEN, Alice A. LANHAM, William Dale SCARFF, Susanna Price SMITH, James Wilson WALKER, Rose Marie Fraze Page 5-A Kurds report advances; Britain joins the fight Page 3-A MARKETS Page 3-B COMING TOMORROW Marquee Phil Vassar set to play at Schmitt’s Saloon. 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Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out “Labatt Blue” on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city’s Lake Erie waterfront, home to several longdefunct grain elevators. The six silos have been painted blue to resemble huge Labatt beer cans. The silos are part of the Buffalo RiverWorks, a former grain elevator t h at ’s being transformed into a brewery, entertainment and recreation complex. Drug, device firms pay care providers big money Associated Press WASHINGTON — From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars in 2013. The government disclosed the information Tuesday, in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Industry spent nearly $3.5 billion on such payments in the five-month period from August-December, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which released data on 4.4 million payments. The massive trove of information named companies and many of the recipients. Also listed were types of payments, with details down to travel destinations. About 546,000 clinicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals received payments. Some doctors had ownership stakes in companies. It’s part of a new initiative called Open Payments, mandated by President Barack Obama’s health care law. It was intended to allow patients to look up their own doctors online, but that functionality isn’t fully ready yet. In future years, the information will cover a full 12 months and will be easier to search, officials said. Consumer groups called the move a much-needed step toward transparency about relationships that can influence patients’ care. But doctors and industry said the government rushed to release the data, and they raised questions about accuracy and lack of context. The administration said it’s not pointing a finger at the medical profession or the pharmaceutical industry. “Open Payments does not identify which financial relationships ... could cause conflicts of interest,” said Shantanu Agrawal, the agency official overseeing the project. “It simply makes the data available to the public.” Under Obama, government policy has shifted toward opening the books of the medical profession. A few months ago, Medicare released its huge claims database, showing program payments to more than 825,000 providers for 2012. Unlike other provisions of his health care law, Open Payments is supported by lawmakers of both political parties. Feds sue developer Allege Biafora broke housing, disabilities laws BY DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post The U.S. government has sued Metro Property Management and 10 other companies it refers to collectively as the Biafora Companies for alleged violations of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at its various rental properties in the area. The case was filed Tuesday, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia in Clarksburg. The facts and allegations cited here are from the complaint. The named defendants are Bia fo r a ’s Inc. dba Metro Property Management, Falconcrest LLC, Five Star Holdings, Metro Rentals, Metro Rentals II, RDR Properties, RDR Properties II, The Gables, The Woodlands, 3BT, and CMC Co. All are based at the same office, on Mid-Atlantic Drive, Morgantown. The suit lists 23 properties: 16 in Morgantown (inside and outside city limits), three in Fairmont, three in Bridgeport and one in Waynesburg, Pa. (See list, Page 2-A.) Most properties have more than one building. All but one of the buildings range from two to five stories (the one is just one story), and only one has an elevator. The complaint does not specify for one property. The defendants failed to design the properties to be accessible to people with disabilities. Among the failures: Lack of walkways or sidewalks to publicuse or common-use areas; routes with steps or abrupt level changes or steep slopes without handrails, and other obstructions; inaccessible light switches, environmental controls and elecSEE SUE, 2A WVU grads on average: $22K in red University’s rate of default 10.5% BY ALEX LANG The Dominion Post WVU students graduate with an average debt of about $22,000 and the university holds a 10.5 percent default rate, according to federal data. This week, U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said the U.S. has a higher rate of borrowing for higher education than any other country, according to a Reuters report. The country has $1.1 trillion in outstanding college loan debt. At WVU, the average debt is about $22,000, said Tresa Weimer, associate director of WVU’s Financial Aid Office. The office uses several programs to help educate students about repaying loans. All students are required to participate in exit counseling. That occurs when the student drops below full-time status or g raduates. There are more one-on-one interactions with professional students, such as medical and law, to educate them on repaying their loans, which are usually larger than those of other students, Weimer said. There are also efforts to inform students through social media, Weimer said. WVU started a program to inform students who receive refund checks that if they SEE DEBT, 2A 4-way stop created in front of CAC New intersection opens The Dominion Post Though construction will continue for a few more weeks, the new intersection of Evansdale Drive and Monongahela Boulevard opened Tuesday. The intersection, in front of the Creative Arts Center, is one of several WVU infrastructure improvement projects around and on the Evansdale Campus. As a result of the work, the intersection was shifted to the north, toward the Coliseum. The continuous through lane was eliminated and a four-way stop created. A pedestrian crosswalk was added. The south exit of the Coliseum parking lot — near the Arboretum — has been closed as crews wrap up the construction work. The exit will remain closed until Oct. 13, when the new access road opens. Ron Rittenhouse/The Dominion Post A student strolls through the new crosswalk at Monongahela Boulevard and Evansdale Drive. Ron Rittenhouse/The Dominion Post A view of the intersection from Evansdale Drive.
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