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Civic Center to Get a Facelift

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.

Nicholas County Elementary Principal Faces Charges

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.

Nomination Period Opens for Service Awards

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. Manchin Decides to Run For Senate Again

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."

Vandalism Investigation Continues at Chelyan Post Office

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a vandalism case at the Chelyan post office. Kanwaha County Sheriff's deputies saw broken window panes on the front of the building when they arrived around 4am on Friday, and a closer look revealed writing on exterior walls. The messages read, “Kill Cops,” “WV Wake Up Your (sic) Being Used,” and “F*%# Capitalism.” There were also anarchy symbols drawn on the building, a letter A inside a circle. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169.

Gov. Tomblin says Bond Sale Could Help Roads

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the sale of $134 million in state Road Fund bonds will save West Virginia $26 million, most of which will go into road projects. In a news release Friday, the governor said selling the bonds will save about $26 million in interest payments. More than $25 million of it will be invested in state Department of Transportation capital road projects in the 2016 budget year. Tomblin said the move will be critical to making long-term investments to improve state infrastructure.

Kanawha County Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Daughter

A Kanawha County man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of killing his daughter and wounding his son. 70-year-old Roy Roger Pittman pleaded guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. A malicious wounding charge was charged as part of the plea deal. Pittman is scheduled to be sentenced June 8 in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Police say Pittman fatally shot 15-year-old Brittany Pittman and wounded 18-year-old Matthew Pittman with a shotgun on May 24, 2013, at the family's home. He shot himself in the face when confronted by deputies.

New Bus Rates in Effect This Summer

It's going to cost more to ride the bus soon. The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority approved new fares yesterday, and the new rates go into effect in July. The new rate is now a flat fee of $1.50 for all riders, or a day pass for $2.50.

West Liberty University Continues Search for a President

West Liberty University's board has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the school's next president. The 21-member committee includes the Board of Governors, members of the university's Foundation Board, and representatives of students, faculty and staff. The Board of Governors approved the search committee on Wednesday. The committee's first meeting will be held April 28. Board of Governors chairman George Couch says in a news release that the goal is have a new president on campus by Jan. 1, 2016. Former President Robin Capehart resigned on March 11 following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty. John McCullough is serving as interim president.

State Treasurer is Looking for Unclaimed Property Owners

State Treasurer John Perdue's office is using newspaper inserts and direct mailings this month in an attempt to locate people with unclaimed property. Examples of unclaimed property include forgotten utility deposits, a final paycheck from an employer or safety deposit box contents. If you see your name you can call (800) 642-8687 or go to www.wvtreasury.com to find out how to claim.

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