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INTERSTATE 64 CONSTRUCTION 3/30/15

THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS PLANS TO REHABILITATE NINETEEN BRIDGES ALONG INTERSTATE 64 ARE UNDER WAY. THE EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WILL BEGIN AT THE EUGENE MEMORIAL BRIDGE AND WILL END WHERE THE BROOKS STREET ON-RAMP ENTERS THE INTERSTATE. CARRIE BLY, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, EXPLAINS WHY THE SUMMERTIME IS CRUCIAL TO THIS PRESERVATION PROJECT.

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CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY APRIL. THE PROJECT COMPLETION DATE IS OCTOBER 28, 2015.

'In God We Trust' License Plates Coming This Summer

West Virginia soon will begin offering specialty license plates bearing the phrase "In God We Trust." A Randolph County nonprofit collected the required minimum of 250 applications and fees before a May 1 deadline and 300 applications have been delivered to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. The plate's design features an outline of the state along with the West Virginia and American flags. Delegate Denise Campbell says the plates will be ready this summer.

Child is in Protective Custody After Being Found Walking Alone

Child Protective Services has a temporary custody arrangement in place for a 5-year old girl that was found walking alone last Thursday on Coal River Road near Saint Albans. 911 calls alerted deputies, who found the girl walking alone and crying, and they eventually found her parents intoxicated at home. The girl apparently wandered off toward her randparents' house while she was waiting for her parents to get home. 26-year old Katasha Logsdon and 37-year old William Aliff, Jr., her step-father have been arrested and charged with child neglect.

Now is the Time to Register for Adopt-a-Highway

The state Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations through April 10th for the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup. The cleanup happens on April 25, and groups like families, churches, businesses, schools, civic groups, government agencies and individuals will be picking up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road, or main route. Volunteers get garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests. More than 4,800 volunteers turned out for the spring 2014 Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup and cleared over 1,500 miles of West Virginia roadways.

One Robbery Suspect in Custody

Charleston police are looking for one man accused of robbing a Kanawha City gaming parlor early Sunday. One is in custody at this point. Two men walked into Mimi's on MacCorkle Avenue around 1:00 a.m. and pulled out a gun and made off with cash. The robbery is related to another robbery on Charleston's West Side... The Family Dollar on Virginia Street West was robbed by two men who left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Larry "Smurf" Patterson has been arrested, and police are still looking for Lance Tyler. Anyone with tips should call Charleston Police at (304) 348-6480.

Skier Dies After Snowshoe Accident

A man who was seriously hurt in a skiing accident Wedesday at Snowshoe Mountain has passed away. Rescuers on the slopes were quick to administer medical care there, and he was taken to the hospital but passed away that evening. Snowshoe says in a statement that skier safety is of paramount importance and it continues to strive to offer the safest environment for visitors.

Congressional Delegation Asks for Disaster Declaration

West Virginia's congressional delegation is requesting a major disaster declaration after winter storm Thor hit the state early this month. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins wrote the request to President Barack Obama on Thursday. A news release from Manchin's office says the declaration would make public assistance available for infrastructure and clean-up efforts in 30 counties. The storm moved through West Virginia on March 4 and 5, and included heavy rain and snow, flooding, mudslides, landslides and power outages.

Construction Delays Possible This Weekend

Drivers may find delays this weekend in Charleston on the Interstate 64 bridge. The West Virginia Division of Highways says in a news release that it's rehabilitating 19 bridges along I-64, beginning with the Fort Hill Bridge in Charleston and ending where the Brooks Street on-ramp enters the interstate. There will be lane closures this weekend, and more in April. Construction will last until October.

Kanawha County Lost Residents Last Year

U.S. Census figures show counties in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle continue to bulk up on population gains. Berkeley and Jefferson counties posted the greatest population increases from 2013 to 2014. Their combined gain of 2,565 residents was more than the other 53 counties combined. Overall, 16 counties gained population and 39 counties lost residents. Census estimates show the state lost nearly 3,300 residents last year. Berkeley County had the single-largest gain of 1,813 residents and Monongalia County had the second-largest increase of 1,246 residents.
Kanawha County's loss of 1,171 residents was the highest in the state but it remains the most populous county. Clay County had the highest percentage loss of residents at 2.8 percent.

Charleston Could Host a Presidential Debate

A West Virginia group wants to bring a 2016 presidential debate to the Mountain State. The group includes West Virginia and West Virginia State universities, which would host the debate at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. Other members are the state, the city of Charleston and the law firm Steptoe and Johnson. The application was submitted this week, which is the first step, and then the logistics would be worked out.

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