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Last week a decision came down that bans tobacco use on West Virginia University's main campus in Morgantown. Other schools could follow suit. Marshall University has announced plans to study limiting smoking, or imposing an all-out ban on its campus. Marshall Chief of Staff Matt Turner tells the Associated Press that WVU's ban probably will bring the issue more to the forefront at other institutions, including Marshall. The student body president at Marshall concurred.
The interim President of Mountain State University in Beckley says the school is overcoming the problems of the past. Changes include a new administrative structure, smaller teaching loads and and new planning processes, according to the Register-Herald. Interim President Richard Sours wrote in a letter to the community that the phrase "the new MSU" applies. A decision is pending on whether Mountain State it will keep its accreditation after the school was put on "show-cause'' status last year over what the board said were weaknesses in governance, leadership and faculty. A decision could come in July.
In a few weeks you may notice new artwork on display at Charleston's East End. Photographs of the original art will be reprinted on metal signs on lamposts on Washington Street East. It's the first time this type of artwork has been attempted in Charleston. The photos will go up sometime after June 17 and will stay up indefinitely. The original art is on display now in a Facebook album to give the public the chance to view the art now, ahead of the East End Main Street art auction. Prebidding is on now, and fetches anywhere from $25 to over $2000. The auction is a fundraiser for the art celebration, and 50 percent of the proceeds go to the artist. The East End Main Street StreetWorks Art Auction is this Sunday evening at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
A memorial service is planned for Robert Snow today as police continue their investigation into his murder. The service will be at 1 p.m. at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home. Prima Marketing LLC and 7-Eleven, Inc. are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information resulting in apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death. He was a district manager of 7-11 stores in the Kawnawha Valley.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is taking nominations now for the 2012 West Virginia Women in Agriculture program. Nominations should include as much detail as possible about the nominee's agricultural career. Induction is granted to women who have made significant contributions to the establishment, development, advancement or improvement of the state agriculture industry. Nominations are due by this Friday, June 15.
The accident that killed a politician over the weekend is still under investigation. Marion County Democratic Party Delegate Don "Butch" Furbee of Fairmont, was killed after his SUV left MacCorkle Avenue and hit the side of Faith Missionary Baptist Church early Saturday. A release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says it happened at 1:43am Saturday. Furbee's car was heading West Bound, left the road, crossed both lanes of traffic before hitting the church. Furbee was not wearing his seatbelt. He was pronounced dead on the scene. State Democratic Party Chair Larry Puccio confirms that Furbee left a party reception earlier that night and was dropped off at the Charleston Marriott. No one knows where he went from there or why he would be in Saint Albans. The investigation continues.
HAZMAT crews were called out twice on Friday to clean up mercury. One of the incidents was at the Save-a-Lot parking lot in Charleston, and the other was at Quality Exhaust in South Charleston. Fire officials say it started as a woman was cleaning out her garage. She dropped off mercury at Quality Exhaust, then went to see someone she knew, to ask if he knew what it was. Mercury is a toxic substance and it's illegal to dump it, so it's possible she could be charged. It's unclear if that will happen since she wasn't aware it was mercury. Both Charleston and South Charleston police are investigating.
Amy Thomas of Cross Lanes filed a lawsuit May 23 against NAJ, LLC, claiming the company and its owner didn't properly notify her that she could reclaim the home she gave up in 2010 because of delinquent taxes. Earlier this year in Jackson County a similar lawsuit popped up alleging the same thing - that the company failed to conduct due diligence in notifying the former owner of her ability to get the property back. NAJ bought the homes at a tax sale. By law, before NAJ could formally claim title to the property, it had to notify Thomas of her right to redeem it. In her suit, Thomas says while NAJ did send her notice earlier this year, it sent it to the wrong address. Trial dates are pending in both cases.
Police are looking for vandals who hit a Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity worksite. Nearly $2500 worth of tools are missing from a construction trailer on West 6th Street. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those in need, and the agency says in a statement, "When an instance of theft occurs it not only delays the building process and increases cost but also postpones a family moving into their home.” Anyone with information is asked to call police.
First responders were on standby Saturday as a plane made an emergency landing at Yeager Airport, but there was no fire and no one was hurt. The pilot reported a problem with his landing gear, and when the wheels wouldn't drop down he was forced to land the plane on its belly. It's not known yet what caused the landing gear to malfunction. The runway was closed for about an hour after the emergency landing.