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Hero's Salute Event Postponed

A fundraising event for veterans that had been planned for this week won't happen until next summer. A Hero's Salute had been scheduled for Oct. 25 with a dinner and dance and historic airplanes, but after a big financial sponsor backed out the event had to be postponed until next summer. The Charleston Gazette reports that financial backer would have paid for nine WW II aircraft to come to Charelston. And now the aircraft aren't available until June 20th of next year, so that's the earliest the event would happen.

Frontier Communications Customers Sue

Frontier Communications customers have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming Frontier failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised. The suit has been filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court, and in the suit customers also complain about outages, and having to turn modems on and off to reset service. Frontier had advertised “High-speed Internet Max,” with speeds up to 12 megabits per second, but decreased speeds in some areas. The suit claims it violates the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act The Charleston Gazette reports the company claims customers got the Internet service they paid for, and that speeds can vary because of many different factors.

Section of New Road Should Finish in WV by Thanksgiving

If you have plans to drive this Thanksgiving, you'll have a new road to use. Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving. Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area. Another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year, but it could be early spring because of winter weather. Overall the Corridor H construction is ahead of schedule. When it is completed, it will connect Interstate 79 near Weston with the junction of Interstates 81 and 66 in Front Royal, Virginia.

Skaff Apologizes For DUI Arrest

Kanawha County Delegate and West Virginia Senate candidate Doug Skaff issued a statement over the weekend in response to his DUI arrest Friday night in Monongalia County. Skaff said he was stopped by a Monongalia County deputy Friday night who believed he was intoxicated, and Skaff said he had consumed a couple of drinks earlier in the evening. He took a blood test for alcohol content and it takes some time for the deputies to get those results, but Skaff said regardless of the outcome of the test he should have had a designated driver, and not having one was a mistake. Skaff says he is solely responsible for his actions and will work to rebuild trust. Skaff also apologized to his family, friends and community members who have put their faith in him.

Football Game Canceled After Refs Fail To Show Up

There were some disappointed football players and angry parents over the weekend when a high school football game was called off because no referees showed up for the game. The Charleston Gazette reports the game in Beckley was Woodrow Wilson's homecoming game against the top-ranked team in the state, Capital. In other words, it was a big game. The game was initially delayed and Woodrow Wilson performed its homecoming festivities, but after about an hour the game was canceled and hundreds of fans lined up for refunds.
Woodrow Wilson coach John Lilly says the Mountain State Athletic Conference failed to schedule the referees.

Monitoring Continues At Freedom Industries Site

The Freedom Industries site is seeing testing right now, but it's not on the water after the chemical spill and water crisis back in January. It's air monitoring. The tanks are gone after orders required them to be removed, but the dirt contaminated with MCHM remains. WSAZ TV reports in the coming weeks, agencies will begin the process to remove it. The air monitoring machines will make sure the level of MCHM in the air stays below what the EPA says is a safe level - 10 parts-per-billion.

Man Facing Charges After Hitting St. Albans Woman

A Jackson County man is facing several charges after he allegedly hit a St. Albans woman in the head with a piece of wood. 25-year old James Pauley Jr. of Kenna, is charged with malicious wounding, burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony. St. Albans police were called to a home on Cody Street Wednesday night and the victim said she was hit with the piece of wood. She complained head and back pain. Wtnesses backed up the victim's statement. Pauley has been in South Central Regional Jail.

Deal Made to Acquire WV Drilling Assets

Southwestern Energy will spend about $5.38 billion to acquire drilling assets in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania now owned by Chesapeake Energy. The acquisition includes 256 operated and producing horizontal wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, and an additional 179 non-operated or non-producing wells in the same areas. Southwestern will also assume part of the transportation and processing capacity commitments from Chesapeake Energy once the deal is finalized.

Concerns Are There Over Racing Days and Finances to Back Them

The West Virginia Racing Commission says it needs the authority to set the number of live racing days at the state's tracks. The Charleston Gazette reports that the commission approved a resolution this week to seek legislation giving it the authority. The resolution aims to reviatlize the state's thoroughbred and greyhound racing industry. Tracks are struggling to meet the number of living racing days mandated by state law. Commissioners approved requests on Wednesday to cancel seven horse racing days at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town in November and December and December's horse races at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester. The tracks sought the cuts because of a lack of purse funds.

Gov. Tomblin Wants Photos of Service Members For Special Project

West Virginia service members and first responders will be honored later this year by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. They are asking state residents to submit photos of service members and first responders for recognition trees that will be displayed in the governor's reception room during the holiday season. Submit your photos by Nov. 14. They should be mailed to the West Virginia Governor's Mansion, attention Tina Amburgey. The address is 1716 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, W.Va. 25305. Photos will not be returned, so photo copies should be submitted.

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