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ROCKEFELLER ASKS FOR FACEBOOK VOTES

If you love Kanawha County, let it be known...on Facebook. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is asking West Virginians to vote for their favorite county as part of a new contest in concert with West Virginia's 150th birthday in June. West Virginians are being asked to vote by liking the picture of their favorite county in a Facebook photo album featuring photographs of each of the state's 55 counties. Visitors to the social networking site to also share special stories and memories from a particular county. The contest ends on June 20, which is West Virginia Day. The winning county will be featured in photographs as Rockefeller's cover photo throughout 2013.

PROM SAFETY

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Kanawha County Commission and Law Enforcement Agencies in Kanawha County will announce the kickoff of the 8th Annual “Operation Graduation Prom Alive” today. (Thursday) Each season for the past seven years, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has coordinated patrols around the county at post-event gatherings. Operation GPA is an “Aggressive-High Visibility- Zero Tolerance” Program that targets those who choose to drive under the influence and/or use drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication illegally. The extra patrols are made possible by the Kanawha County Commission and funds from the Public Safety Levy.

GAS PRICES DROPPING

The price of gas continues to fall in the mountain state. Larry McKay reports:

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The Triple A's weekly fuel gauge reports a 4-cent decline in the price per gallon of gas since last week. The statewide average is 3-dollars, 65-cents a gallon, which remains higher than the national average of 3-dollars, 58-cents.

MANCHIN ON GUNS

Sen. Joe Manchin is part of a new bipartisan effort to expand background checks to more gun buyers. Manchin, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would help keep firearms from criminals and the mentally ill. The checks would now apply to commercial sales, like transactions at gun shows and online. The sales would have to be channeled through licensed firearms dealers, who would have to keep records of the transactions.
Manchin said that since the slayings of school children and educators in Newtown, Conn., both sides in the gun debate must find common ground. Toomey said he considers expanded background checks common sense, not gun control. The NRA released a statement saying expanding background checks will not prevent the next shooting.

KANAWHA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION CONSIDERING LIBRARY LEVY

The Kanawha County Board of Education is considering sponsorship of an excess levy in support of the public library.

The state supreme court legally ended the schoolboard's funding requirement earlier this year, effectively slicing 3-million dollars from the library budget.

School Board President Pete Thaw says he has no problem with sponsoring an excess levy for the library, but he says he's against an uncapped levy for the board:

HOUSE OF DELEGATES PROPOSAL

The House of Delegates Wednesday amended and passed to third reading a proposal to continue the Home Rule project.

One of the amendments would forbid participating municipalities from regulating firearm sales, carrying or possession.

Kanawha County Delegate Patrick Lane offered the amendment and added language dealing with firearms in municipal buildings:

The House is expected to vote on the amended bill today.

HOME INVASTION SUSPECTS PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Two home invasion suspects have entered not guilty pleas. Terry Shamblin of Eskdale and Tonia Blount of Charleston are accused of breaking into a home in December 2012 and assaulting James Chapman and taking his wallet. The two pleaded not guilty this week to robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges. The trial is coming up at the end of June.

KANAWHA COUNTY AUDIT RESULTS TO BE EXAMINED TONIGHT

Next to health care, the most difficult item in the Kanawha County budget is housing prisoners at the South Central Regional Jail...that's according to County Commissioner Dave Hardy.

Hardy says Commissioners will study results of a forensic audit program used by Mercer and Cabell counties at tonight's meeting. And Hardy says they'll consider a proposal that Kanawha County do more and more auditing:

Hardy says right now it costs the county about 50-dollars a day to house a prisoner.

GOVERNOR SIGNS EDUCATION BILL

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed his massive education reform bill into law yesterday during a ceremony at the capitol.

Tomblin says the education measure became a reality with hard work from a lot of people:

Tomblin said high school graduates must be ready to either enter the workforce or make a seamless transition into college or vocational school.

BUCKWILD CANCELLED

The MTV reality show Buckwild has turned out to be short lived. MTV says it's canceling the show after the accidental death of 21-year-old star Shain Gandee last week near Sissonville. Network spokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed the decision Wednesday. Gandee, an uncle and a friend were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning April 1 after Gandee's SUV got stuck in the mud near his home in Sissonville, and the tail pipe was submerged. Season one was filmed last year, mostly around Sissonville and Charleston and shooting of season two was under way when the decision to cancel it was made.

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