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Charleston Conference Trains Teachers for AP Courses

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is hosting training for Advanced Placement teachers this week in Charleston. The professional development session starts today and runs through Thursday at Capital High School. The Advanced Placement program offers students an opportunity to take college-level courses while in high school. They will receive college credit or advancement placement before they enter college. The center says the session is designed to prepare teachers for teaching Advanced Placement courses. Subject areas to be covered at the Charleston session range from art history to physics.

Motorcyle Accident Still Under Investigation

A motorcyclist was killed over the weekend after initial reports said he hit a deer on US Route 60 near Hughes Creek. The cyclist is identified as 52-year old Robert Payne of Barboursville. Cpl. B-D Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the deer may not have had anything to do with the accident, but the cause is still under investigation. The Harley Davidson went off the road and after following the guardrail the driver was ejected and the bike kept going for about 50 yards. Any witnesses should call the Sheriff's Office.

Scammers May Be In The Area Selling Fake Magazine Subscriptions

Watch out for a company called Makin' Moves, going door-to-door selling magazines. Police say the company markets themselves as a legitimate company, but the checks are immediately cashed and there are no magazine subscriptions. They may also offer to send a magazine that you pay for to a soldier overseas and that never happens. They've been targeting the South Hills neighborhood. The Better Business Bureau says it's best not to invite any door-to-door salesman into your home If it's the Makin'' Moves company, police say keep the door closed and call them right away.

Man Threatens To Shoot While Watching A Movie at Nitro Theater

A security guard at the Great Escape Theater at Nitro Marketplace called Metro 911 Friday night to report a disturbance. People leaving the theater told the guard about a man in one of the screening rooms who was threatening to shoot people during the movie. 52-year old Tod Austin Ingram of Cross Lanes was being disruptive, talking loudly, and arguing with people during the movie, according to witnesses. One witness asked him to be quiet and Mr. Ingram said he had a gun and threatened to shoot the witness. He later threatened to fight him on the parking lot. Ingram was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. Any witnesses should contact the sherff's office to provide their account.

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Staffing Shortage At Medical Examiner's Office Backlogs Autopsies

Law enforcement officials say understaffing is delaying autopsy reports from the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office. The Charleston Gazette reports that three of the office's six medical examiner's positions are vacant and that can delay cases. Regional Jail Authority director Joe DeLong also is concerned. In cases involving inmate deaths, DeLong says there's only so much that corrections officials can do until they have records from the Medical Examiner's Office. Staff members try to prioritize autopsies with law enforcement, but administrators say the workload is staggering. No word on when the positions might be filled.

MCHM Toxicity Study Results Released

A new study shows the MCHM that spilled into the Elk River in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated. University of South Alabama researcher Andrew Whelton released findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas. Results indicate it takes much less exposure for the chemical to be toxic to fleas than a 1998 study showed. Eastman Chemical, crude MCHM's manufacturer, conducted the older study. Whelton unsuccessfully tried to replicate Eastman's results three times. He said the tests are far removed from directly applying to human exposure. Whelton used a $70,000 National Science Foundation grant for that project and others. He led separate spill research for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration.

Fire Departments Share Grant Money

Local fire departments are sharing more than $10,000 from West Virginia American Water to buy gear and training materials. The company said fire departments in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer and Webster counties were chosen to receive the grants. Recipients will use funds to purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, and training materials. West Virginia American Water is the largest water utility in the state.

Police Look For Woman Who Promised Sex To Robbery Victim

South Charleston police are looking for a woman wanted in a robbery that involved a promise of sex to the victim. Investigators said 19-year old Cortney Cain agreed on a social networking site to meet the victim and have sex June 16th. 20-year old Brandon G. Bandy and 22-year old Zachary Harrison face robbery charges, and are accused of attacking the victim from behind when he showed up to meet Cain. Police said they stole his cell phone, watch and pocketknife. The accomplices told police this wasn't the first time, and that Cain had instigated this at least 25 times already. More charges could be pending.

Mansion on Capitol Grounds To Be Restored

The state is moving forward with a project to renovate a historic mansion on the West Virginia Capitol grounds. Holly Grove Mansion has been vacant since the Bureau of Senior Services moved its offices to the Charleston Town Center Mall in October 2004. This week the Capitol Building Commission approved an architectural firm's plans to renovate the 2,300-square-foot mansion, with plans including stabilizing the building, restoring the exterior and interior to their original appearance and making the first floor accessible. The mansion was built in 1815 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Logan Man Pleads Guilty in Kickback Scheme

US Attorney Booth Goodwin's office says a Logan man is facing up to five years in prison over a kickback scheme. Alvis Porter of Holden admitted to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to the general manager of Arch Coal’s Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County, and pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to collect, account for and pay federal employment taxes. Porter owned and operated a company called Quality Oil, Inc., which did construction work at the Mountain Laurel complex. Porter entered Thursday’s guilty plea in federal court in Charleston, and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 16th.

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