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Two schools in Kanawha County canceled classes Wednesday after a diesel fuel spill. A food delivery truck spilled the fuel behind Cedar Grove Elementary School and that school, along with Cedar Grove Middle School dismissed students early. Kanawha County deputy emergency manager C.W. Sigman says an estimated 25 to 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and the schools were evacuated as a precaution.
Patriot Coal Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. The company made the filing Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. It had emerged from an earlier bankruptcy case in December 2013 in Missouri. Patriot says it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of its operating assets to a strategic partner. Patriot has eight active mining complexes in West Virginia. It is based in Scott Depot and employs about 2,900 people. United Mine Workers of America spokesman Phil Smith says the union was reviewing the filing. He declined immediate comment.
West Virginia State Police say one of its vehicles along with two guns and an officer's badge were stolen during a traffic stop. State Police issued an advisory Tuesday saying the blue-and-gold marked 2014 Ford Explorer was taken about 9 a.m. on U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs. Police are searching for Dustin Hinckel and say he's considered armed and dangerous. He's got brown hair and a scar on his left arm. The vehicle was equipped with an AR-15 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun.
The mother of a teenager who was arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school has filed a lawsuit against the Logan County Board of Education. The Charleston Gazette reports Tanya Lardieri filed the lawsuit in federal court last month on behalf of her son who was charged with disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer after he was asked to turn the shirt inside out or face suspension by Logan Middle School staff two years ago. A judge dropped the charges. The lawsuit seeks $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.
A trade mission to Japan starts today for Governor Tomlin, and continues through May 21. There will be several meetings with potential investors to try to attract more companies to West Virginia. The delgation is also hosting a seminar at Japan’s largest automotive trade show. The Charleston Gazette reports another highlight of the visit will include an address by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce, and a reception hosted by the West Virginia University alumni chapter in Tokyo. The trade office in Japan opened in 1990, under then-Gov. Gaston Caperton, and a spokesperson says in that time West Virginia has seen over $2 billion in new investments from Japanese companies. Today, 20 Japanese companies operate in West Virginia and employ over 3,000.
A new study puts says several West Virginia universities are near the bottom when it comes to how well grads exceed expected earnings. The Brookings Institution released the report last month and said among the seven West Vrignia public institutions on the list, only West Virginia University and Marshall University graduates are making higher mid-career earnings than alumni of roughly similar schools that accept similar students. West Virginia State University and Fairmont State University were among the worst. The Charleston Gazette reports the median WVU graduate actually makes 9.1 percent more than expected, at $78,600.
Billionaire businessman Jim Justice is running for governor of West Virginia as a Democrat in 2016. The coal executive and owner of The Greenbrier resort announced his intentions Monday afternoon at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center. Justice's announcement comes three weeks after Democratic U.S. Sen Joe Manchin said he would seek another Senate term in 2018 rather than try another bid for governor. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can't run for re-election because he is finishing his second consecutive term. Forbes.com lists Justice's net worth at $1.7 billion. Justice is the second Democrat to make an official move toward running. State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler opened a pre-candidacy account to raise funds for the race.
West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer says three Florida time-share advertising and rental companies have failed to register with the state. Gainer says cease-and-desist orders have been issued against Access Travel Network of Orlando City, Premium Timeshare Exchange of Sanford and Florida Finest Villas of Clermont. Gainer's office says the companies called West Virginia timeshare owners with offers to advertise, sell or assist them in transferring their time-share interests for an advanced fee. In each case, after the owners made payments, there was no further contact from the companies. The orders prohibit the companies from contacting West Virginia residents to offer their services unless they comply with state law.
A man has been arrested on charges that he left a child in a hot car in Charleston. Charleston police say 23-year-old Anthony Dallas Scaggs was arrested Friday. South Central Regional Jail records show Scaggs was held on $5,000 bond Saturday on a felony charge of child neglect with injury. Police say a shopper at the Charleston Town Center mall noticed the child in the car with the windows closed Thursday. Police say the 2-year old was left inside for more than an hour. The high temperature reached 90 degrees in Charleston on Thursday.
The Transportation Security Administration is planning overnight training exercises at Yeager Airport this week. The TSA says bomb squad teams and others will undergo training in explosives-related incidents at the airport Tuesday through Thursday. Don't be alarmed if you see or hear emergency vehicles at or near the airport. The West Virginia Air National Guard, the Kanawha County sheriff's department and State Police are among other participating agencies. TSA West Virginia federal security director Karen Keys-Turner says the training is a valuable opportunity to test the capabilities of emergency responders as well as foster stronger working relationships among agencies.