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Federal assistance has been denied to individuals after the June 29 storms, and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has called the for federal government to reconsider that decision. West Virginia's congressional delegation supports the Governor. All five West Virginia Congressional representatives wrote a joint letter to President Barack Obama appealing the FEMA decision, and requested a meeting with FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate.
Two men who were part of the Constellium strike have been arrested. Police took the two into custody last night along a picket line in Ravenswood for damaging three delivery trucks and injuring a driver. Robert Mason Sullivan, II of Evans and Michael Robert Fowler of Mount Alto face felony destruction of property for throwing jack rocks, which are nails welded together at the trucks that were trying to leave the Constellium plant on Wednesday, according to a press release from the West Virginia State Police. One of the drivers was left with an injured eye. The strike starte early this week after failed contract negotiations.
Charleston police have now arrested three out of four suspects they think are responsible for a robbery. 27-year old Angela Dawn Young and 26-year old Terrance Lowell Ramsey were taken into custody Wednesday evening, after 25-year old Bryan April Pugh was arrested. Police are still looking for Pugh's boyfriend, 39-year old Ronald Edward Tinsley. The four are accused of robbing a man July 25 in the 400 block of Elm Street, according to police. Anyone with with information on Tinsley's whereabouts should call Charleston Police.
Kristen Vieweg is an attorney who has worked in Kanawha County Magistrate Court for the past five years, and officially took over the slot vacated for by Carol Fouty yesterday. Fouty resigned Aug. 3 after 26 years. Fouty faces ethics violations, and submitted a resignation last week citing health reasons and a desire to spend more time with family. Vieweg has been sworn in as a new magistrate and will fill the rest of Fouty’s term - five months.
A new report from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce gives a failing grade to West Virginia colleges and universities. Mountain State was one of only four in the nation that received an "F" for not meeting the standards employers demand from four-year institutions. Two-year colleges didn't do a lot better, receiving "D's." College graduates in West Virginia who receive a bachelor's degree earn just $12,700 more annually than those who just graduate from high school. And the report shows college graduates here have an unemployment rate that is a mere two points better than those high school graduates. The West Virginia Legislature has already increased its oversight of higher education with a new bill passed in the 2012 session.
Those without power should have it back soon if they do not already. Frontier Communications said yesterday at noon power would be restored within thirty hours, or 6pm tonight. As many as 3,000 customers from Bigley Avenue to the Mink Shoals area lost service Wednesday after a contractor involved in a construction project at Spring and Bullitt streets severed two underground cables, according to a news release from the company. Repair crews are working around the clock to fix the problem.
No charges will be filed after a 75-woman pumping gas was struck and killed in Charleston Wednesday morning. Joyce Kendall was putting gas in her car at the 7-11 at 4929 MacCorkle Avenue. She dropped the gas cap and was reaching down to pick it up, when another driver didn't see her and clipped her with his back tire, according to Charleston police. Kendall was rushed to the hospital, but died from her injuries. It's still under investigation, but appears to be a tragic accident.
An accused murder attempts suicide in jail. Officials at the South Central Regional Jail say Charles March tried to jump off the second tier of a cell block Wednesday morning, and although his injuries turned out to be non life threatening it was a suicide attempt. March is accused of killing his co-worker, Kathy Goble in 2010 and burying her remains in his yard. March is scheduled to be arraigned next week.
Information sessions continue at the Beckley campus of Mountain State University this week. Mountain State loses accreditation December 31 and the University of Charleston takes over the Beckley and Martinsburg campuses. UC representatives are in Beckley this week to help students with the transition. Mountain State students are expected to continue with their professors this fall, and a UC representative told the Daily Mail after that, UC will use the Mountain State course material and add UC professors. Beyond next spring, it's unclear what Mountain State courses will continue.
City leaders in Beckley will decide later this month whether a residential property will be rezoned. Rep. Nick Rahall wants Beckley officials to allow him to subdivide the property he owns and lease part of it to a commercial business. Two lots rezoned from a one-family district to a general commercial district and Enterprise Rent-A-Car would build a new office there. The Register-Herald says the Beckley Planning Commission approved Rahall's request Tuesday and recommended it to City Council, which hold a public hearing Aug. 28 and then make a final decision.