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The Raleigh County Commission is contributing $5,000 to a reward for information leading to convictions in seven cold-case slayings. The Register-Herald reports that commissioners voted to fund half of the $10,000 reward through Crime Stoppers and seven unsolved murders in Raleigh County. Crime Stoppers President Butch Fink says the oldest case is the fatal shooting of Cynthia Miller in 1981. The 27-year-old teacher was killed in her apartment on the evening before her wedding.
Big names in sports and entertainment were in the area Wednesday for the Pro-Am that was part of the Greenbrier Classic. “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Jase Robertson played with two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson. NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday, Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer and comedian George Lopez were among the names that were part of the tournament. The first official round of the Greenbrier Classic tees off this morning and runs through Sunday.
Back on June 4th a man was struck by a coal truck in the 2300 block of Cabin Creek Road. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says 53-year old Michael Gentry of Cabin Creek was near the roadway at his home when he was hit by a passing coal truck. Mr. Gentry’s left leg was caught between rear tires and dragged a quarter mile before being freed. The striking coal truck continued traveling. Cpl. B-D Humpreys says Gentry has been in critical condition and his left leg was amputated during surgery the night of the accident. The investigation continues, and anyone with information about the hit and run should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip through www.kanawhasheriff.us.
A 92-year-old Charleston woman is recovering after a fall left her lying on a floor in her home for two days. Evelyn McClure tells WCHS-TV that her next-door neighbor and niece found her. McClure says she thought she was going to die after she fell while walking down the stairs. She says her neighbor watches out for her. But he was out of town when she fell. McClure suffered several broken bones, including her collarbone and an arm. She's recovering at a rehabilitation facility.
State officials say West Virginia closed a gap in the budget and ended the fiscal year in the black. The state started June with a $57 million gap in revenue collections. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's spokesman, Chris Stadelman, told the Charleston Daily Mail that the state ended the fiscal year on Monday with a balanced budget and additional steps weren't necessary to close the gap. Muchow also says it's the first time in recent years that no new tax laws take effect on July 1.
Beckley officials are looking to boost the city's population by annexing several residential areas. Beckley director of information technology Bill Kelly is chairman of the city's annexation committee. He tells The Register-Herald that annexing these areas bordering the city could increase Beckley's population from about 17,000 to nearly 35,000. Kelly says this would more accurately reflect the number of people who come to Beckley for services such as shopping and health care. He says an increase in population also could make the city more appealing to new businesses. The city is sending letters to a large group of property owners to educate them about annexation, including the benefits and cost.
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy held an open house last night to highlight a new project that will offer more health services. Highland Behavior Services and UC are teaming up to offer primary care, behavioral health treatment and pharmacy services on UC’s campus.
The West Virginia Division of Public Transit is preparing to launch a new bus service between Charleston and Morgantown. The daily I-RIDE 79 service begins today and includes stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont. One-way fares range from $3 to $15, depending upon where the passenger boards. The service also provides links to Greyhound in Charleston and Morgantown. To celebrate the new service, the Division of Public Transit is offering free rides through July 7.
The Division of Corrections has told the McDowell County Commission to address deficiencies at the Stevens Correctional Center or risk losing its contract to house state inmates at the facility. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein sent a letter to the commission regarding the deficiencies earlier this month. The issues include staff members not following Division of Corrections directives and the letter says the county owes the division liquidated damages under the contract. The letter also says the division would cancel the contract if the problems aren't resolved. But the agency is willing to waive damages and assist in transferring the facility's ownership and operations to the state.
Electricity customers may see higher bills in the coming months. American Electric Power wants the state Public Service Commission to approve a 17 percent rate increase to recover costs related to the 2012 Derecho and then Superstorm Sandy. Under the rate hike, the average customer that uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month would see their monthly bill go from $94 to $116. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper issued a statement saying nobody likes a rate increase, but Appalachian Power has brought in extra resources to restore power quickly after storms. The company's tree trimming program cost millions of dollars to ensure that trees are away from the lines to reduce power outages in future storms. And the power company says it will work with customers on payment arrangements for those who need it.