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WVU Sets Date for Bidding Rights

West Virginia University is in the process of getting bids for media rights, and the school has set a date for bidders. Those who want to bid for multimedia rights to certain athletic events have until June 18 to respond to a new request for proposals. WVU announced last month it would rebid the contract after a review by the state attorney general's office found "significant errors and sloppiness" in how a previous deal was crafted. This time, the process will be led by Chief Procurement Officer Brenda Mowen. Two WVU Board of Governors members shouldn't have participated in reviewing the bids, but Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he found "no evidence of intentional wrongdoing."

Magazine Says Charleston Among the Laziest

Men's Health Magazine ranked 100 US cities in terms of their acitivity level for men, and Charleston didn't earn stellar marks. The magazine looked at the number of hiking trails, lakes, skiing opportunities, and other outdoor activities, and found Portland, Oregon to be the most active. On the other end of the spectrum, and the laziest according to Men's Health....Charleston, West Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee; Columbia, South Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; and Lexington, Kentucky.

Search Warrant Turns up Guns and Drugs

West Virginia State police say the investigation goes back five months, and a search warrant Wednesday turned up dozens of guns and drugs. The weapons were found throughout the home - more than a hundred shoved into every nook and cranny of a convicted felon's house, even under the home. Dorsey Junior Wooline was arrested at the home at 125 Summit Creek near Belle. Troopers think the meth was being shipped to the house from out of state. State police also recovered stolen items at the home, including computers, TVs, and tools.

Jobless Rate Shows Improvement

Good news as the economy continues to improve. West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.6 percent, the lowest it's been in four years. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that's down four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. County-by-county figures won't be available for another week or so.

Gov. Tomblin Announces New Tax Commissioner

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced the appointment an acting state tax commissioner. The Governor said in a news release that Mark Matkovich brings vast knowledge and experience to the state Tax Department. Matkovich will take over for Revenue Secretary Charles Lorensen, who will succeed the governor's Chief of Staff Rob Alsop when he steps down next month.

Three Identified in Charleston Meth Bust

State police in Charleston have released the names of three people arrested in connection with a meth bust in Charleston on Rutledge Road Monday. 33-year old Earl Myers of Charleston faces several charges including operating or attempting to operate a meth lab, receiving or transferring stolen goods, possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Trooper said he was out on bond at the time of his arrest for similar charges. 30-year old Jonathan Harris of Charleston and 25-year old Tina Belcher have also been arrested and charged with conspiracy. About the stolen property found at Myers' home, officers say he told them others traded it for drugs.

Charleston People's Choice Winners Announced

Did you vote in Charleston's first People's Choice Awards? The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau sought votes using QR codes scanned by smart phones at hotels and restaurants, and online ballots were available to those who wanted to vote with a mouse click. Here's how it all turned out: Mountain Stage is the favorite attraction, FestivALL the favorite event and Taylor Books is the favorite retail store or boutique. Other winners include Pies & Pints for favorite restaurant, Embassy Suites for favorite lodging.

City of Charleston Needs Lifeguards

With the warmer weather comes the opportunity to swim at public pools, adn the city of Charleston needs lifeguards to attend them. So far only 10 people have applied to be lifeguards at five pools, and to be fully staffed Charleston needs about 40. Not finding 40 lifeguards might mean some pools would stay closed this summer, or hours would be shortened. To apply, just go to the city of Charleston's website.

Former Sheriff Sentenced to Prison

A former West Virginia sheriff will spend a year in federal prison. Robert Shirley was sentenced Monday for his role in the December 2010 beating of a robbery suspect, and the U.S. District Judge in Wheeling also ordered 18 months' probation and that Shirley pay his victim restitution totaling $1,850. The twelve month sentence is less than the 33 months recommended under federal guidelines. At Shirley's sentencing, a retired state trooper and three community leaders pleaded for leniency. Shirley apologized for his conduct. The beating of the robbery suspect occurred after a chase through the Eastern Panhandle.

Some Charleston Businesses Will Have to Get Licenses

Charleston City Collector Tonya Cotton is in the process of sending out letters to lobbyists, accountants, doctors and others who need a license to do business in the city. Charleston city council members passed a bill to license these types of service providers on April 15th, and it will cost $20 per year. Wheeling was the first city to charge a fee for a service provider license, and state statute allows all municipalities to do it. The fee can't go beyond $20, because that's the maximum allowed by the state. In order to be issued a license, businesses will have to be current on business and occupation taxes, fees, interest and penalties.

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