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April 8, 2012
From staff and wire reports , The Herald-Star

JOINED STAFF: Nina Passione has joined the staff of the Kindermusik program at the Center of Music & Art, 264 Main St., Wintersville. Passione graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in writing. Because of her certification, CMA will offer ABC Music & Me, a four-week curricula to help children ages 3-5 develop pre-literacy and language skills through music and story time. For information, call the Center at (740) 264-3111.

CELEBRATION: West Virginia Northern Community College will celebrate the completion of its new classroom addition in Weirton with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Weirton Campus Dean Mike Koon said the ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m. Monday and will be followed by an open house with tours of the new addition until 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Ground was broken on May 24 for the nearly 10,000-square-foot addition, which houses two new classrooms and three new laboratory classrooms that will house health sciences classes, as well as mechatronics, a new program that prepares students to be electrical and industrial maintenance technicians.

INPUT: Jefferson Regional Planning Commission will host the second of three meetings to solicit public input on a new land-use plan at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Salem Township Community Senior Center, 7576 state Route 152, Richmond.

"We're trying to make sure the public has a chance to comment in the early stages" of the planning process, Richard D. Fender, JRPC planner, said. "The main goal is to get the public's views of the county's strengths and weaknesses, where they would like to see the county go over the next 20 years sort of a community vision. We're doing this in the early stages so the public can have the most impact."

Fender said the initial meeting, held Thursday in Tiltonsville, included a discussion of the county's various assets, "things you'd want to build on in the comprehensive plan, like the river, railroad and (highways).

"A big part of it, too, is to try and diversify our economy so we're not depending on one particular sector," he said.

The final meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Stratton Municipal Building, 136 Second Ave.

BIG CHECK: Wendy's gave its new CEO a pay package worth $4.6 million for the last four months of 2011.

Emil Brolick was hired last September after Wendy's split from fellow fast-food chain Arby's. The 63-year-old Brolick has been on a mission to reinvent Wendy's as a higher-end burger chain by improving ingredients and remodeling restaurants.

An Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing finds Brolick's compensation included salary of $338,462, a bonus of $500,000, stock and option awards worth $3.2 million and an incentive-based bonus of $533,026.

Other compensation covered legal expenses related to the negotiation of his contract.

MEDICAID: Ohio has picked managed care organizations for new state Medicaid contracts that will provide health care services for more than 1.5 million poor and disabled people.

State officials said Friday they selected Aetna Better Health of Ohio, CareSource, Meridian Health Plan, Paramount Advantage and United Healthcare Community Plan of Ohio.

Medicaid beneficiaries will be offered five managed care plan choices, up from the current two or three.

Ohio is also upping performance expectations in the contracts by linking a portion of each Medicaid managed care plan's payment to standards aimed at making people healthier.

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