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New program available to laid-off miners

WorkForce West Virginia has a new initiative to help laid-of coal miners. Any coal miners laid off after March 1 who received a federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, might be able to receive as much as $5000 for education. Under the program, miners and their familes can train for in-demand jobs outside the coal mining industry, and get help with the training costs. There are several sessions set up this week where laid-off mine workers can learn more. Informational sessions are set for 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Logan, and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery.

Voter registration deadline is today

Today is the last day for new voters to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 6 election. Overall, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office, has said more than 47,000 new voters registered across the state between January and September of this year, which is down more than 25 percent from the last presidential election year in 2008. Voter turnout is expected to be largely the same as 2008. If you're not already registered, today is the day to do it at the County Clerk's office. The state's early voting period will run from Wednesday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 3, with voting available each day except Sunday, Oct. 28. In Kanawha County, early voting will be held at the Voter's Registration office in the Judicial Annex along Quarrier Street. Putnam County will have early voting on the second floor of the county courthouse in Winfield.

Boy Scouts to lead service initiative

Boy Scouts and other service groups will come together next year to perform more than 350 community service projects in Southern West Virginia as part of a community service initiative. The Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative will cover nine counties during the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in July 2013 to be held in Fayette County. The Beckley Register-Herald says the volunteers will include up to 40,000 Scouts and more than 250 young adults from the Americorps/National Civilian Community Corps.

Woman died of natural causes

The Kanawha County Sheriff's spent much of Monday investigating after a woman's body was discovered in a wooded area in South Charleston early Monday. Detectives say the woman had been living in a tent near Myrtle Tree Lane, and was in her fifties, and apparently died of natural causes. She may have been living in the woods for a month or more.

Domestic Incident Leads to Stabbing

One person is recovering today after a weekend stabbing. Charleston Police say it appears related to a domestic battery. It happend early Saturday at a home on Randolph Street on Charleston's West Side. Officers say 46-year old Jeffery Brock allegedly assaulted the mother of his children, and she picked up a knife to defend herself. Brock was taken to CAMC General Hospital with injuries, and after he left the hospital he went back to the home. Police arrested him there on charges of domestic battery and took him back to the hospital.

New Downtown Library still on the table

What's next for the Kanwaha County Public Library system? A new downtown library has been in the works for ten years now, and the library's board of directors has picked a firm to review the airchitect's plans and look over the building program. Providence Associates of Cottonwood, Arizona will do the honors. Plans call for a new 113,000-square-foot building to go up at the corner of Lee Street and Leon Sullivan Way, diagonally across from the Clay Center. With technology contstantly changing, the needs of the library are being evaluated. The proposed parking lot may also be re-situated. The money for the new library will come from a public-private partnership.

New Deal for Luck takes effect Monday

The new employment agreement takes effect today for WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. According to a press release, the agreement extends his employment from 2015 to 2017. Luck’s annualized salary will be $550,000, with a maximum performance bonus capped at $150,000 per year. He will also receive retention incentives for fulfilling terms in the contract.

Book Festival draws a crowd

12th annual West Virginia Book Festival drew a crowd to the Charleston Civic Center over the weekend. Many waited in line Saturday afternoon to have books signed by author Charlaine Harris, who is a New York Times bestselling author known for her vampire mystery series, The Sookie Stackhouse Novels. The books are the basis for the hit HBO show, "True Blood." Area libraries and newspapers joined together to put on the book festival.

St. Albans native shares research Monday at the Kanawha Library

The Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston hosts public discussions on many topics, and today a St. Albans native will give a talk on his findings on the migrations patterns of far-ranging shorebirds. Bryan Watts, is the director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Virginia's College of William & Mary, and is the lead researcher on the whimbrel, which is a member of the sandpiper family. The birds' migration involves a lengthy trek - they winter in South America and breed in the Arctic. Watts will have more at the Kanawha County Public Library tonight at 6:30.

West Virginia fares well for Worker's Comp rates

A new study shows West Virginia's workers' compensation rates are among the best in the US. The numbers from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which conducted the study, show West Virginia has the 12th-least expensive workers' compensation rates in the nation. Alaska's are most expensive. North Dakota has the least expensive rates. The state has worked to transform workers' compensation insurance from a state monopoly to a private, competitive market over the past six years, and that has led to a savings for employers.

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