W.Va. governor vetoes added charges for strangling, Charleston health pilot project

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed bills adding criminal charges for strangling someone, and putting a state agency in charge of a Charleston health project.

In a veto message Wednesday, the Democrat wrote that the bill is duplicative, since state law already prohibits the act. The bill says strangling someone could earn one to five years in state prison, up to $2,500 in fines, or both.

Tomblin vetoed another proposal Tuesday to put the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs in charge of a four-year community health pilot program in Charleston's West Side.

The governor wrote that the office lacks funding, manpower and time for the project. He said the office has one executive director and assistant, and should have a general, statewide focus on minority issues.

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