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The University of Charleston is breaking ground on a replacement for its gymnasium this week. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for today for a new arena and learning center called the Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center. Construction is expected to start next month. The $15.5 million complex is scheduled to be completed in fall 2016. The arena will replace the Eddie King Gym, which was built in 1947 and is the oldest facility on campus.
A suspect in a fatal shooting in Elkins has been captured in Webster County. Derek Adamson was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Tuesday at the downtown Elkins Railyard Depot. Elkins Police Chief Craig Cross tells media outlets that the suspect stole a car from a convenience store parking and fled after the shooting.
The annual picnic featuring elephants from the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is happening tomorrow, after a rainy forecast changed the plan for it to happen today. The Pachyderm Picnic lets the elephants dine a picnic of fresh fruits and vegetables, and bread from Panera Bread company. Anyone can show up and watch, and the Charleston Town Center hosts at 1:30 p.m. Thursay at the Clendenin Street mall entrance. Before the elephants get their picnic, celebrity chefs will compete in an Iron Chef style competition. The circus perofrms a the Charleston Civic Center Thursday through Sunday.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is backing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party's nominee in the 2016 presidential race. Manchin waited until the 2008 Democratic primary was a foregone conclusion before extending his support to President Barack Obama. Clinton had already thrown her support behind Obama at that point. In 2012, Manchin said he wasn't sure he would vote for Obama, and chose not to attend the Democratic National Convention. Clinton announced her candidacy earlier this month.
There's a benefit concert coming up tonight at 8 at the Empty Glass on Elizabeth Street in Charleston. There's a $10 cover, and proceeds will help the Mountaineer Food Bank to help with its cash crunch. The money problems have been so bad that the food bank could even close. The food bank serves 48 of West Virginia's 55 counties, and hundreds of food pantries depend on Mountaineer Food Bank to survive.
After a robbery at Foodland in Kanawha City in August 2014, five people have pleaded guilty. The robbery and shooting left clerk Shawna Sampson wounded with a gunshot to the chest. WCHS TV reports John Paul Proctor, who fired the shots, and Levi Lanham and Telisa McCauley pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery with the use of a firearm in Kanawha Cirtcuit Court on Monday. Ricky Jerome Patterson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Alisyn Proctor pleaded guilty to assault in the commission of a felony. Sentencing is set for July 25.
The Charleston Civic Center is getting a whole new look. Where there is concrete now you'll see glass in it's place, and the renovations should be done in 2018, according to WCHS TV. It's all part of an effort to attract more national conferences and events, and with the renovations the Civic Center will not only have a more modern look, but will also be able to hold several conferences at once. Some phases of the renovations will be finished as soon as next summer.
Timothy Bennett is an elementary school principal in Nicholas County who's facing more than one sexual abuse charge/ WCHS TV reports he's accused of having inappropriate behavior with three teachers, and he's been charged with three counts of first degree sexual abuse. He was arrested by West Virginia State Police Saturday night. Bennett is the principal of Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is seeking nominations for awards that honor West Virginians for their community service work. The Governor's Service Awards are coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia. They recognize individuals, families and organizations for service and commitment to their communities. Nomination forms are available at www.volunteerwv.org or by calling (304) 345-0111. The deadline is June 9. This year's winners will be recognized during a conference in October.
Sen. Joe Manchin says he'll run for re-election in 2018 rather than make a return bid for governor next year. Manchin was a two-term governor when he won a special election in November 2010 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd. Manchin is West Virginia's only Democrat in Congress. The political hostility and lack of bipartisanship in Washington had led the centrist to consider leaving. But he tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he thinks "we've made some inroads" in the Senate "to where we're willing to put the country first."