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West Virginia is getting funds that will help low-income students take advanced placement courses. The aim of the $52,000 grant is to encourage students to take the advanced courses and earn college credit, and it's part of a larger $21.5 million grant from the US Dept. of Education going to 43 states. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the advanced placement courses help create a culture in high schools that gets students excited about college.
It's something you may have talked about at the office this week. Charleston is the most sleep-deprived city in the US, according to pillow manufacturer Carpenter Co. and SleepBetter.org. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected the data from all 50 states, and in Charleston, folks don't get enough sleep on just over ten days per month. Most analysts seem to agree that holding down an intense job, or several different jobs to make ends meet, can squeeze out sleep. And then there's Facebook.
We won't know for awhile whether state regulators will approve a special electricity rate for Century Aluminum's Jackson County plant. The Public Service Commission has extended the deadline for filing briefs, after Appalachian Power and several others told the PSC they need more time to file. Some are waiting on transcripts from court hearings. Century Aluminum says it needs to reduce electricity costs so it can reopen the Ravenswood plant that closed three years ago. A decision is expected in about a month.
The last of four suspects in a July robbery has been arrested by Charleston police. 39-year old Ronald Edward Tinsley was arrested last night on a KRT bus. Three people so far have been arrested and charged with first degree robbery stemming from an incident July 25 in the 400 block of Elm Street, where a man was choked and his wallet was stolen. The three previously charged remain in the South Central Regional Jail, and now Tinsley joins them.
Agencies continue to analyze their response to the June 29 storms to see how the emergency responses were handled, and what should be improved upon. Beckely city officials have put together a report that identifies strengths and will provide recommendations for improvement in the face of power outages, blocked roads, limited communications, and restricted supplies of water and ice, in case there is a next time. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is in the process of appealing a recent FEMA decision to deny a request for individual assistance to help homeowners impacted by the storm.
Meetings all day on Saturday turned out to be productive for union workers who were trying to avoid a strike against Special Metals. There are reports that members of the United SteelWorkers have reached to a tentative agreement on a contract with Special Metals and that would keep 700 workers at work, instead of sending them to a strike.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller revealed more about his stance on the coal industry in a recent interview withThe Associated Press. Rockefeller has reached out to the coal industry for help drafting upcoming legislation to cut down on carbon dioxide and still achieve the benefits of coal. Rockefeller has been critical of coal operators for being negative, and for claiming there's a war on coal.
A Salt Lake City man was sentenced Friday to two years and three months in federal prison for mortgage fraud. Michael S. Hurd was sentenced in federal court in Charleston for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Court records show Hurd was involved with a Utah man and a woman from Hurricane in the scheme. Deborah Joyce of Hurrican has already been sentenced to nearly four years for selling property in a Hurricane subdivision at inflated prices.
A homicide on Charleston's west side has police investigating. Investigators say 36-year old John Allen Rogers Jr. was found dead on the railroad tracks about 8 a.m. Saturday near the corner of Wyoming and Madison Streets, and had been shot multiple times. Someone reported hearing shots about 7 hours earlier, but police didn't find anything then. Daylight led to the body being discovered. Rogers may have previously lived in Rand but was currently staying in Charleston near relatives, according to police.
Federal assistance has been denied to individuals after the June 29 storms, and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has called the for federal government to reconsider that decision. West Virginia's congressional delegation supports the Governor. All five West Virginia Congressional representatives wrote a joint letter to President Barack Obama appealing the FEMA decision, and requested a meeting with FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate.