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This is the second day of an advising fair for students at Mountain State University. The state Higher Education Policy Commission made the decision last week to revoke accreditation from the school, and hosted an advising fair for students last week at the Beckley campus. This week's fair is at the Martinsburg campus. As of right now, the school is still accredited. The change takes effect August 27. Mountain State's board of trustees says it plans to appeal the revoked accreditation.
Kanawha officials say the storm damage from June 29 will be greater than a million dollars. County officials are gathering data now that will go into the final damage number related to public property, and they're adding up the cost of responding to situations related to the storm. If West Virginia receives a federal disaster declaration, the county has to reach $856,000 in damages to receive FEMA reimbursements. FEMA is also back in Kanawha County this week compiling infomation for possible invidual reimbursements.
Workers are headed back home after coming to West Virginia to help Appalaccian Power restore electricity. More than 5,000 additional workers from 22 states were called to help get electricity back after the June 29 storms. Appalachian Power says now it may take until August before they're able to release the total cost of the storm. Overtime costs for West Virginia workers and all of the out-of-state workers' costs will be factored in.
Police are still looking for the suspect in a Capitol Street stabbing early Saturday. Police say a man was stabbed in the face about 3 a.m. and refused medical treatment, and they say he was generally uncooperative. The investigation continues.
A Charleston man charged with illegal gun possession has been sentenced. Tres "Trey" Davis was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for the most recent crime, where prosecutors say he admitted to shooting Mark King at a Huntington gas station in December 2011. Davis has previous convictions in Kanawha County, and admitted to selling crack cocaine to undercover officers on Charleston's West side.
The burn ban across West Virginia has been lifted for two days now. The ban that had been in place since July 6th was officially lifted Saturday after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin gave his approval. The governor says recent rainfall has improved the abnormally dry conditions and it's safe to burn debris from the June 29 storms. We should all be cautious when burning though, by putting debris in several small piles instead of one big one, and having water and tools close by case the fire gets out of control.
The Putnam County fair continues this week and runs through Saturday at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Eleanor. In addition to the 4-H market shows and exhibits, the fair has the demolition derby, mud run, tractor pulls, motocross, concerts, and of course the food and midway. Kids five and under get in free, otherwise daily admission is $8. Gates open at 4pm today and there's a Kids Tractor Pull at 6:30, and karaoke at 7:30.
It appears West Side Elementary is getting a new name. After a vote makes it officials, the school will be renamed in honor of Kanawha County's first black principal of a desegregated school - Mary C Snow. She was principal at Glenwood Elementary for several years. The Daily Mail reports school board members are confident a vote is coming this Thursday, despite the move not being listed on the official agenda. A group of ministers has been pushing for the name designation since February. The official name will be the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School
The West Virginia Attorney General's office warns of a scam on your cell phone. You may see a text message that says you've won a $1000 Target gift card and it contains a link to a fake Target website that prompts you to enter personal information and a social security number. The scam uses the Target logo, but Target has nothing to do with it. If you get the message, just delete it.
More now on a shooting early Thursday that claimed the life of a man from Rand. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 5300 block of Elaine Dr. and found 21-year old William Cordle II of Rand. The initial investigation showed some type of disagreement between Cordle and 19-year old Brent Burdette led to the shooting. Burdette has been arrested and faces first degree homicide charges. The investigation continues.