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Which industries will need workers in the coming years? Executives and administrators will talk about the ways the workforce is changing this week at a conference at West Virginia State University. As tecnhology and industries change, needs change. Leaders from business, industry, and education will attend the conference Friday's inaugural Regional Workforce Development Conference in Institute. They'll focus on the role of education in preparing the workforce. Representatives will be on hand from the Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Manufacturers Association, West Virginia Coal Association, Appalachian Power, Charleston Area Alliance, Kanawha County Schools and others.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says three Campbell's Creek residents were arrested last Saturday just a few minutes after they broke into a mobile home. Witnesses saw the three break in and steal a washer, dryer and other
items, then deputies caught up with them. Sherry Ann Peyton was arrested, along with her 19-year old daughter Diva Peyton, and 21-year old Jeremy Light. All are facing burglary charges.
A new report on energy this week shows the global demand for coal will continue to rise, but as natural gas and renewable sources continue to gain popularity coal's share of the market may drop. That's according to an International Energy Agency report and also says total world energy demand will continue to rise over the next 25 years. The IEA says demand for oil, gas and coal will grow through 2035, but their combined share of energy supply will fall from 81 percent to 75 percent during that period.
A St. Albans woman is facing drug charges after police say they found materials used to make meth. 33-year old Nicole A. Boling has been charged with the purchase of Sudafed to manufacture meth, attempting to operate a meth lab, plus other charges. State troopers said they responded to 200 ½ Joseph Road in St. Albans and received consent to search a garage apartment. That led to Bolin's arrest. She's being held in the South Central Regional Jail.
A new report shows West Virginia is having more prescriptions filled for antibiotics. The report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says there were more 1,178 perscriptions filled for every 1000 people here in 2010 and that's good for second in the US that year. West Virginia ranked fifth for its use of antibiotics in 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's has declared this week as "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.''
Votes in Kanawha County are being canvassed today and the big task at hand is counting all of those provisional ballots. The Kanawha County Commission will be seated as the board of canvassers and part of their responsibility will be to decide if about 1100 votes can be counted. A race to watch as the votes are canvassed, is that in the House of Delegates 35th District. House of Delegates member Bobbie Hatfield is trailing by 64 votes. There were eight candidates for four spots and Republican newcomer J.B. McCuskey finished in fourth place just 64 votes ahead of the incumbent, Bobbie Hatfield. It's mathmatically possible for Hatfield to gain 64 votes today as the provisional ballots are verified, but some say it's unlikely.
The Smithers volunteer fire department has been shut down. WSAZ-TV reports that the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department fell behind in its insurance payments and was closed Saturday, and for now at least, Montgomery and Boomer are providing the fire protection for Smithers. Some worry that the resources will be spread too thin and the town of Smithers won't have their fire calls answered quickly enough, but the mayor there says not to worry.
A new 4-lane segment of West Virginia 9 opens tomorrow. The upgraded section of highway runs about five miles, from Charles Town to the Virginia border. Maryland's Herald-Mail says the segment was supposed to open earlier this month, but was delayed because of Superstorm Sandy. The project is part of an upgrade of Route 9 in the Eastern Panhandle.
On the heels of Veterans Day, the Governor is looking for old photos to recognize West Virginia's military members. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the photos will be displayed on a "Military Recognition'' tree at the Capitol during the holiday season. Tomblin says in a news release that the tree is a way to display gratitude to West Virginians serving in the military. You can send the photos to the governor's office through next Friday, November 23. A form and tag can be downloaded from the governor's website, www.governor.wv.gov .
Two deaths this year on the railroad tracks in Hurricane have officials there taking a closer look at safety. A man died on the railroad near Hurricane High School over the weekend. Police say he had his earphones on and couldn't hear the train approaching. 20-year old Michael Eads died upon impact. Back in January, Hurricane High School student Jacob Ball was killed while walking about 100-yards from that spot. He was also earing earphones. Hurricane police up the number of citations they issue around the tracks, rather than issue verbal warnings. It's illegal to walk on the railroad tracks.