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Students across West Virginia have to take a new standardized test in the 2014-2015 school year, but the preparations are being made now. The new test will be based on national Common Core standards and it will replace the state's Westest. Kindergarten and first-grade classes already are using new standards for math and reading/language arts. The standards are being implemented in second-grade classes, and all grades will use them by the fall of 2014. State associate superintendent Robert Hull told the Charleston Gazette that standards for other subjects are still being developed. Students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment test during the 2014-2015 school year.
A man wanted for robbing an Ashland motel last fall was arrested Tuesday in Charleston. U.S. Marshals arrested 20-year old Jamar D Robinson will be extradicted to Logan County.
Explosives will be attached to the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge next week, as crews prepare the bridge for demolition. The bridge will come down quickly once the explosives are detonated, but the entire bridge won't come down all at once. The state Dept. of Transportation has given the necessary two weeks notice before the explosions, saying the St. Albans side of the bridge will be detonated at 10 a.m. March 1, and the Nitro side will be taken down at 10 a.m. March 8. There will be a public viewing are set up in both Nitro and St. Albans for those who want to watch the bridge crumble. The entire construction project will take another year.
Two deaths in Cross Lanes Monday morning appear to be a murder-suicide. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies got a call after neighbors and coworkers discovered the bodies, and say the husband and wife who lived along Flairwood Drive died from gunshot wounds, and no one else had entered the home. Neighbors have identified the man as Dr. Bruce Foster and his wife, Marlise Foster. Both were in their early 60s.
A teenage girl who ran from the scene of a car accident Sunday night in St. Albans has been found safe. 17-year old Lindsey Bledsoe was inovlved in a 6-car accident that totaled four of those cars along Route 817 near the Impact Body Shop in St. Albans. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say Bledsoe was speeding when she lost control and hit a pickup truck, which caused a chain reaction. She ran from the scene Sunday and was evenutally found on Lee Street in Charleston by a Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy. There's been no announcement yet if charges will be filed in connection with the crash and leaving the scene.
Former state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has officially filed suit after being terminated last November. Marple is suing the West Virginia Board of Education, alleging that her firing was unlawful and "contrived in secret," and saying the firing caused irreparable damage to her reputation, affects her ability to get a job, and has caused mental anguish. The suit was filed Friday afternoon in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The suit also says Marple wants a "full airing of the issues" in court.
State police are investigating a Logan County shooting after a 35-year old man was found dead Sunday. Officers were called to a home on WV Route 10 were they found George Michael Bowens dead from a gunshot wound. The initial investigation points to a domestic issue between Bowens and his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, Venus Parton. Parton reportedly admits to shooting Bowens and claims self defense. State police are investigating to see if it was self defense after a home invasion, or homicide.
Last week, Buckwild cast member Salwa Amin was arrested on drug charges, and now a second cast member of the MTV reality series is in trouble with the law. Michael Burford, known as Blufoot on the show, was arrested on Thursday on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. Burford tweeted on Saturday he takes full responsibility for his actions, and should have called for a designated driver.
A candlelight vigil will be held this week in Charleston for a man police say was killed out of revenge. Michael Cassell was fatally shot inside his home on Red Oak Street on Charleston's West Side February 10th, and Patrick Price committed suicide soon after shooting Cassell, who had apparently contacted Child Protective Services about allegations of sexual abuse of a young girl. The vigil for Cassell will be held at 7pm tonight on Red Oak Street.
A pipeline construction company that West Virginia regulators say polluted a stream has to pay a fine. Wisconsin-based Michels Pipeline Construction has to pay a $3,800 fine and stop storing mud from gas drilling operations at its site near Lumberton. The Department of Environmental Protection last fall, found the company put drilling mud into an unlined waste pit, and that improper disposal allowed the slurry to run offsite and impact a tributary of Stewart Run. Michels promptly cleaned it up. The DEP is taking comments until March 15 on the consent order.