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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has reauthorized two private colleges in the state. The Charleston Gazette reports that the commission reauthorized Ohio Valley University and Future Generations Graduate School on Friday, despite some concerns. Commission members voiced concerns about Future Generations' low enrollment and graduation numbers. They also said Ohio Valley's financial condition is weak. The commission determined that the colleges' proposed reform plans can resolve the issues. The Legislature made the commission responsible for authorizing all colleges and universities in the state in 2013, including private and nonprofit institutions. The move was in response to Mountain State University's closure in 2012 after it lost its accreditation.
The same construction project that affected traffic last night on the Eugene Carter Memorial Bridge will impact drivers tonight. The West Virginia Department of Transportation will have the eastbound and westbound ramps of several exits off of Interstate 64 closed, including Lee Street, Virginia Street and Oakwood Road. The closures will happen tonight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Transportation officials say th lane closures are necessary for a high friction surface treatment. The work should be done by Thursday.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry says on its Facebook page that it's sending sixteen staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters to help battle wildfires in northern California. The group of twenty is flying to California today after driving to Harrisburg, PA on Monday. They'll be out west helping battle the fires for two weeks. You can send your well wishes on Facebook.
Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland. The state is watching places like it, that are part of a growing agriculture tourism trend that advocates say can help revive struggling rural economies. Ag tourism refers to working farm enterprises geared to visitors, encompassing farm stands, pumpkin patches, barn dances, zip-line rides, pick-your-own berries, corn mazes and even weddings. Farms engaging in ag tourism generated roughly $700 million in 2012 - a 24 percent increase over five years, according to the most recent U.S. Agriculture Department statistics.
A woman who works for the Kanawha County Department of Emergency Services says she was sexually harassed by her boss. Tammy Chandler has filed a lawsuit against the department director, Dale Petry, alleging that she was also retaliated against and made to work in a hostile environment. Chandler is also suing the department, alleging that supervisors made up reasons to discipline her or have her fired. The lawsuit alleges that Petry is drunk at work and makes sexual advances toward Chandler.
Police in Huntington made an arrest last night, after a man was stabbed during an argument. Police say a woman stabbed the victim during an argument just after 9 pm. He was hospitalized and is expected to recover.
A St. Albans woman was killed in a fire early Sunday morning. The fire broke out in a home in the 2500 block of West Washington Avenue around, claiming the life of Gwendolyn Salton. St. Albans fire chief Steve Parsons says it was a long-burning, slow fire. He says Salton was unable to get out of the home in time. Salton's death was St. Albans' third fire fatality in three days. A man and a woman were killed in a blaze on Benedict Circle last week.
Huntington police shot and killed a man in a restaurant around 12:30 Saturday morning. Cabell County 911 got a call that a man was brandishing a weapon at the Ranchito Mexican Bar and Grill and a Huntington police officer was dispatched along with a State Trooper. The officers found people in the restaurant involved in an argument. One of them, Robert Henderson, had a gun. The officers repeatedly ordered the man to put the gun down, and when he refused to comply he was shot by the Huntington officer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man has been charged with child neglect after leaving his 18 month old daughter in a hot car. It happened Thursday in Wheeling. Police noticed the little girl locked in the car. She was asleep but soaked in sweat. They found her father, Corey Rockhold, passed out on a couch inside the house. He's in jail with bail set at 50 thousand dollars.
A grand jury in Kanawha County handed down indictments in three murder cases on Friday. Bobby Kanode was indicted in connection with the murder of 35 year old Tonya Payne, whose body was found on the banks of the Kanawha River in February. Jessica Woods of St. Albans was indicted for allegedly killing her mother, Eva Woods. D.J. Carter and Mark Gaddy were indicted in the April shooting death of Charleston teenager Tymel McKinny. He was shot to death on the front porch of his home on the city's west side.