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Tri-State briefs

November 22, 2007

Toy industry group launches Web site

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Toy Industry Association has launched a Web site and toll-free phone number designed to provide up-to-date information about toy safety and toy recalls, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a press release.

"As a parent, I am troubled by the number of recent news reports concerning toy recalls from China," Shuster said. "Friday marks the launch of the Christmas shopping season and no parent should fear buying a toy for their child."

The TIA's Web site, www.toyinfo.org, offers safety tips and insights from consumer safety experts as well as current information on recalled toys. Consumers can call 1-888-884-TOYS with questions about specific products or safety issues.

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Fire department gets federal money

INWOOD, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito on Wednesday announced that the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $44,645 by the Department of Homeland Security.

"The South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department is an important resource for the residents of Inwood and southern Berkeley County," Capito, R-W.Va., said in a press release. "This grant will help ensure that local volunteers have the resources they need to help their neighbors and do their job."

The award through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program generally is given to enhance the preparedness capabilities of local fire departments and emergency medical service organizations, including equipment upgrades and training for first responders, according to Capito's office.

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