CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.
It could be days before everyone in the Charleston metropolitan area is cleared to use the water, though officials said the water in certain designated areas was safe to drink and wash with as long as people flushed out their systems.
Officials were lifting the ban methodically to help ensure the system was not overwhelmed by demand.
Health enrollment skewing older so far
It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.
Young adults from 18 to 34 are only 24 percent of total enrollment, the administration said in its first signup figures broken down for age, gender and other details. Adults ages 55-64 were the most heavily represented in the signups, accounting for 33 percent of the total.
Key House Democrat won’t run again
Rep. George Miller, the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and a longtime confidant of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014 after four decades in Congress.
Miller, 68, the dean of California’s congressional delegation, played a prominent role in developing President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul and has helped guide House Democrats on issues such as education funding and college affordability.
Octomom accused of welfare fraud
Octomom Nadya Suleman did porn films, boxed D-list celebrities, even endorsed birth control for dogs after giving birth in 2009 to eight babies after she received in vitro fertility treatments. Through it all, she never ran afoul of the law.
At least until now.
On Monday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Suleman has been charged with three counts of welfare fraud. Authorities say the 38-year-old single mother of 14 children failed to report $30,000 she earned while collecting public assistance money.