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West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity following the arrests of more than a dozen members on alcohol-related charges. WVU interim student activities director Bob Campione tells The Dominion Post that the Sigma Chi fraternity can't host social events, accept new pledges or participate in any university activities during the suspension. Morgantown police arrested 19 fraternity members early Thursday morning.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is getting his own school at West Virginia University. The retiring senator joined WVU President Gordon Gee and others on Saturday in Morgantown to announce the launch of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics. Rockefeller says the school will be "intensely focused on a deep academic study of ourselves, our world and its future." He's also is donating his Senate papers to the university. Rockefeller is retiring in January after 30 years in the Senate. He also served as governor, secretary of state, in the House of Delegates and as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are investigating shots fired in Sissonville Sunday morning that may have been a suicide attempt, or it's being investigated that way. The shooting happened on Abb Lane in the 12am hour, the deputies say three adults were inside the home when one of them started playing Russian Roulette. The man was taken to CAMC General right after the shooting, and his name and condition haven't been released.
West Virginia University has a new agreement to buy the former Mountain State University campus in Beckley. WVU President Gordon Gee said in a news release Thursday that it's a unique opportunity and has the potential to increase WVU's ability to serve the state. Mountain State University folded after having its accreditation revoked in 2012, and the University of Charleston stepped in to offer classes in Beckley and Martinsburg at Mountain State’s former campuses. Lawsuits were filed by former Mountain State University students, and as part of the settlement MSU would sell its campus in Beckley, and UC would look for a new place to offer classes.
A lawsuit is following an acquittal. Kanawha County family court judge, D. Mark Snyder, was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge in August after being accused of battery on a health care provider. The Charletson Gazette reports Snyder is suing a nurse and her husband, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy, as well as several Charleston police officers, CAMC, and the city of Charleston. The nurse, Stephanie King, testified during the trial that Snyder yelled in her face and grabbed her arm trying to guide her to his friend’s hospital room. Snyder testified that he didn’t think he did that. In his lawsuit, Snyder also alleges that the defendants provided false information to the state Judicial Ethics Commission.
Sixteen school choirs from across West Virginia will perform this weekend at the state Culture Center in Charleston. The First Lady's Festival of Songs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and each choir sings for 15 minutes. The event is free and open to the public, and some of the choirs include Nitro High School, Horace Mann Middle School, Elkins High School, Nicholas County High School, Woodrow Wilson High School, the Appalachian Children's Chorus, and Capital High School.
University of Charleston Daevon Henry is facing federal charges after police say he tried to use counterfeit money at a South Charleston Chevron Gas Station. WCHS TV reports a clerk called 911 and gave a description of the car Henry left in, and then he and another man were stopped at a South Charleston Rite Aid, and police say they found nine more counterfeit bills in his wallet. The driver of the car has been released. Police are now looking for other fake bills.
The 2014 midterm elections proved to be a history-making night for West Virginia and the United States, and part of that history includes a freshman in college becoming the nation’s youngest state lawmaker. 18-year old Republican Saira Blair will represent a small district in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, about a one and a half hour-drive outside Washington, D.C. Blair defeated her Democratic opponent in the House of Delegates 59th District race, 63-year old Layne Diehl, 63 percent to 30 percent, according to The Associated Press. A third candidate, Jeff Becker, got 7 percent of the vote. Blair is a freshman at West Virginia University, and has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
The American Red Cross in West Virginia is seeking the donation of unneeded vehicles that can sold for money to help those in need. The vehicle donation program runs from November until Dec. 31. The program seeks unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and other vehicles in any condition. Donations are tax deductible and the Red Cross offers free pick-up and towing. Once donated to the Red Cross, the vehicles will sold by Insurance Auto Auctions and 91 cents of every dollar from the program goes to its humanitarian mission.
A West Virginia constitutional amendment will allow the Boy Scouts of America to rent out facilities it owns at the Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Fayette County to raise money for its operations. The facilities would be used for concerts and sporting events. Up until this year, the complex was used only for scouting events and a Boy Scout Jamboree that occurs every four years. Without the amendment change, the Boy Scouts would have been on the hook for as much as $5 million in property taxes, but this keeps them tax exempt. The amendment passed with 62 percent voter approval.