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State leaders have forecast trouble in the coming years for local school districts because of things like inflation and federal funding cuts. That could have an impact on school programs like athletics and art. A meeting of Kanawha County school officials last night talked about potential fixes, including doing away with the cap on the excess levy that voters approved in May, but that could lead to property taxes going up. There was no decision last night, and the issue will come up again at a March meeting.
Parents and students got help with financial aid forms Sunday as part of College Goal Sunday. Workshops were held at 20 different locations across the state, including an event at the Kanawha Valley and Community Technical College in South Charleston. The event was originally planned for Capital High School, but had to be moved because of technical problems. The volunteer program gives information and assistance to students and families applying for financial aid for post secondary education.
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The man struck and killed by a train Saturday night in St. Albans has been identified as 48-year old Kevin Moles. Reports from first responders show Moles was walking with two kids at the time and both of them saw the train coming and stopped before the bridge. The engineer blasted the horn, but Moles kept walking. He was hit by the train on B Street, and then fell off the bridge that crosses the Coal River. Officers still don't know why Moles didn't stop for the train.
A Clendenin area cafe was robbed Saturday night and police are still looking for the masked robber. The Riverside Cafe on Elk River Road in the Clendenin area of Kanawha County was robbed about 11pm Saturday while just one employee was working there. That person wasn't hurt. The robber demanded cash, and made off with about $2,000. Police say the suspect dropped some clothing as he ran away, and K-9 units were brought out to look for other clues. Police do have a person of interest, but so far no arrest.
Two people are dead after a shooting Sunday night in Charleston, and it could be a murder-suicide. It happened last night at 926 Red Oak Street and Charleston's west side, and the two men were dead by the time police got there. Police worked through the night to collect evidence and interview witnesses, and they will hold a news conference this morning to talk more about the investigation.
First it was an audit, now it's a criminal investigation. The Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department brought in more than $4 million in 2009 and 2010 through bingos and raffles, and Kanawha County commissioners suspected something was up when the fire department wouldn't reveal much about their record keeping. WCHS TV reports Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants is leading what is now a criminal investigation. The fire department has already handed over its books.
Despite protests, MTV has renewed the show Buckwild for a second season. Season 1 followed a group of Sissonville teens, and a protest from dignitaries including Senator Joe Manchin worried that the adventures that included putting a swimming pool in the back of a pickup truck, would send the wrong image of West Virginia. No word yet when exactly MTV plans to film again in the area for season 2.
The victim in Wednesday's fatal mine explosion has been identified. 34-year old Brandon Townsend of Mingo County died after a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press, and one other worker was injured. The US Mine Safety and Health Administration says this was the second coal-mining death so far this year, and the first in West Virginia. It happened at Patriot Coal subsidiary Midland Trail Energy's Five Mile Prep Plant in the Campbells Creek area of Kanawha County. State and federal officials are investigating.
A new program in Kanawha County schools will put sheriff's deputies in schools after county commissioners designated $30,000 for it. Starting next week, deputies will randomly visit each school to train staff and students on how to respond in an emergency.
As education uses more technology, it becomes increasingly important to stay up to date. Tuesday was Digital Learning Day across West Virginia, and across the US, and about 2 million students participated through a digital town hall meeting live-streamed into classrooms, and other technology sharing. And moving forward, teachers are encouraged to continue to make use of technology in classroooms. The website, www.digitallearningday.org gives examples of the ways teachers can digital technology incorporate into their lesson plans. West Virginia has a special connection to Digital Learning Day. It was inspired in part by Mountainview Elementary in Morgantown, which started a No Paper, No Pencil Challenge to get students accustomed to working with new technology. The organizing alliance for Digital Learning Day is led by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise.