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The US Environmental Protection Agency has come to an agreement on plans for cleaning up the Ravenswood smelter. The EPA has signed an agreement with TRC Companies Inc., TRC Environmental Corp., and Ravenswood Holdings Company to clean up the waste pile at Century Aluminum's smelting site in Jackson County. TRC has agreed to repair and maintain a rubber membrane liner on the waste pile to prevent cyanide from escaping into soil and groundwater.
Saving for college could get easier. West Virginia's SMART529 Direct Plan college savings program will see some changes that Treasurer John Perdue expects will make it easier for parents to save for their child's college education.
Investments primarily will be made in Vanguard funds which can keep costs low, and the minimum contribution requirement will be eliminated. Details were announced Wednesday at a news conference in Charleston.
Fire investigators are looking into an apartment fire in Dunbar that put several residents on the street Wednesday night. The Dunbar Towers building caught fire around 8:30pm after an electrical problem set off the blaze. There were no injuries.
Kanawha County is getting over $460,000 in federal Housing Assistance Funds to help after the June 29th storms. The Kanawha County Commission announced Tuesday the money will be used to reimburse residents for home repairs and rental assistance and will go to those who applied. The rest will go to those who applied for personal property damage, like as appliance, furniture, generators, and medical supplies.
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.