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A new KIDS COUNT report says the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are unemployed and aren't in school is rising. According to the report, 40 percent of West Virginians ages 16 to 24 held a job in 2011. That's down from 53 percent in 2000. About 50 percent of young people nationally were employed in 2011, compared to 60 percent in 2000. Laid off workers are now competing for entry level positions, which makes it harder for young people to enter the workforce. The report recommends developing a national youth employment strategy, along with employer-sponsored earn-and-learn programs.
Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced recently she's running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. A group called Coal Miners for Capito has thrown their support behind the Congresswoman in the new campaign. Some groups worry about the decline of the coal industry in the midst of the development of other energy sources, and Coal Miners for Capito believes she's the one to help the industry in the Senate. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller is up for reelection in 2014, and has supported legislation beneficial to coal miners in the past.
Nitro police are looking for a man who stole computers from Walmart. Surveillance video shows a white male in his twenties or early thirties, wearing a baseball cap. Police say he drives two vehicles - a black Ford Focus or a Jeep. He may have stolen computers on three separate occasions. Anyone with information should call Nitro police.
A Lincoln County man is facing drug charges. 28-year old Evan Edwin Hager was arrested drug charges after South Charleston police say they found hydrocodone pills in his pocket. Ther was a report of a domestic disturbance in the Southridge Walmart parking lot Saturday evening and while police were speaking with Hager they noticed pill bottles in his pocket. Detectives say the 36 pills are consistent with delivery. Hager is charged with felony possession.
The talk about what to do with some trees in St. Albans is over. The trees at the end zone of St. Albans High School's football field have been cut down. A man had filed a temporary restraining order against the school to try to save the trees, but a judge dissolved the restraining order and cleared the way for the trees to be cut down. School officials said the trees were rotting and suffered severe damage during the June 29th storms. Some worried the trees might fall down and then the school would be liable.
Skiers are hitting the slopes this season. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is celebrating its largest turnout for an opening weekend in more than ten years. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Snowshoe saw 73 percent more skier visits than their opening last year. Superstorm Sandy was good for the resort, with nearly 28 inches of snow . Snowshoe is in Pocahontas County, and has more than 40 acres of skiable terrain open now. The ski industry is big in West Virginai and draws more than 800,000 skier visits a year. That can turn into $250 million for the state economy.
A group of area teens may become famous in January. The MTV show Buckwild follows a group of teens in the Sissonville area who get a little crazy. Some worry about West Virginia's image with the show focusing on drinking, blowing things up, and mudding. The show premieres January 3rd on MTV.
West Virginia State Police say the body of a missing man was found Saturday afternoon in rural Logan County. The body of James David Marcum, Jr. was discovered in the woods and troopers think he died after being eletrocuted, and may have been trying to steal copper wire. Marcum went missing Tuesday. State police are still investigating.
Crews have been working on cleaning up Coonskin Park after the June 29th windstorms left them blown and damaged. The upper part of the park has been closed since the storms, and back in October the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission hired Elk Well Services of Charleston to cut up and dispose of the downed trees. The Charleston Gazette reports the clearning work in the upper part of the park almost finished last week. After trees are moved away from the roads, crews will move to the Coonskin trail system.
After the firing of state superintendent Jorea Marple, the West Virginia State Board of Education is asking the state Supreme Court to declare the firing valid. The parents of a special needs child filed documents last week asking that the court block the state board's firing of Marple. The board responded by asking that the firing be upheld and that they be allowed to hire a new superintendent.