Update on Susan Perry and Jennifer Taylor's whistleblower suit against the Department of Health and Human Resources: The governor's office has retained Bryan Cokeley of Steptoe and Johnson as counsel regarding dispositions of former deputy chief of staff Erica Mani.
One new state office building done, one about to begin: The long-delayed $15.9 million state office building in Logan opened last month, while work has just gotten underway on the new state office building in Fairmont.
That contract was awarded to P.J. Dick Corp. for $17.2 million.
Meanwhile, Capitol Complex Building 3, commonly known as the DMV building, is approaching its third anniversary of sitting vacant.
However, there is some work going on, primarily asbestos abatement and general interior demolition, in anticipation of finalizing a less ambitious design plan.
In 2011, bids for the renovation -- which then called for conference rooms with floor-to-ceiling "telepresence" video-conference screens, restoration of the lobby to its original circa-1951 appearance, and a reception hall with adjacent kitchen -- all came in over budget.
The revised renovation project has an estimated cost of $30.6 million, or about $3 million less than the low bid in 2011.
Finally, congratulations to the playoff-bound West Virginia Power for a terrific season, and to Robert "Wheeler Bob" Friedman for marking 40 years as the super salesman at Charleston ballgames.
(Unfortunately, Bob has toned down his routine over the years. He no longer encourages fans to come back for Handguns and Hard Liquor night, or touts the legendary Boone County fortune cookie -- a Tudor biscuit with a food stamp inside ...)
Also, a tip of the cap to Brent Szarka and the Power grounds crew for keeping the field at Appalachian Power Park looking good, despite being in use for nearly 70 Power games, 13 West Virginia University games, nine state high school championship games, a total of about 25 small college games, MMA events, and myriad other turf-wearing events.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.