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News in Brief – 9/21/11

Oct. hearing set on proposed W.Va. barge facility

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on a proposed barge-mooring facility at a public hearing next month.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that the Oct. 18 public hearing is the final step before the Army Corps of Engineers decides whether to issue a permit for the facility.

Huntington Marine Services has been trying for 17 years to get permission to build the facility in the city’s Westmoreland neighborhood.

The project has been the target of numerous court cases. It’s opposed by residents who claim it will create coal dust, noise pollution and riverbank erosions.

The public hearing will be at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Free flu shots available for veterans

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington VA Medical Center is offering convenient drive through flu shots on Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all Veterans enrolled for VA health care.

The drive through clinics will be set up on the east end of the VAMC campus, near Marshall’s medical education building.

Free flu shots are also available for Veterans during appointments at all primary care clinics, including community based outpatient clinics, and in some specialty clinics.

In addition, Veterans may bring their VA ID card to the Outpatient Lobby Desk on the Ground Floor anytime, 24 hours a day, to request a flu shot.