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An annual survey has found 18 bald eagles in the New River Gorge. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the eighth annual Spring Eagle Survey found nine adult eagles and nine young eagles from the Bluestone Lake area through Brooks in Summers County. The survey was conducted March 14.
West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that's based on the national Common Core standards. The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules. State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the test will evaluate how well students have learned under new education standards. The new test doesn't have any multiple-choice questions. Instead, students will work through problems in each subject and show how they arrived at their answers. Martirano says the Department of Education won't use the test's results to determine teacher and school grades until 2016. That will allow two sets of results from the same test to be analyzed.
Arch Coal is honoring teachers. The company gave twelve of the state's best teachers the "Teacher Achievement Award" and a cash bonus for the work they've done both in and out of the classroom. The governor has congratulated the teachers, and they've earned a $3500 cash stipend to invest in students.
Human rights is the focus of a conference this week at West Virginia State University. The second annual Conference on International Human Rights will be held Thursday and Friday at the Erickson Alumni Center on the university's campus in Institute. Topics include social justice, violence against women and children, elder abuse and human trafficking. The College of Business and Social Sciences and the National Center for Human Relations will co-host the conference.
Co-directors Larry Groce and Brittany Javins announced more details on FestivALL that's coming up in June. The music will range from blues to guitar to jazz, and the 10-day event runs from June 19th through 28th. The Mayor's concert will be on June 25th. The West Side Main Street Wiener Dog Races, the Capitol Street Art Fair, Children's Arts Fair, Dance Gala, and Kanawha County Public Library Street Fair will all return. More will be added in the coming weeks, and you can see more at www.festivallcharleston.com.
THE WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS PLANS TO REHABILITATE NINETEEN BRIDGES ALONG INTERSTATE 64 ARE UNDER WAY. THE EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT WILL BEGIN AT THE EUGENE MEMORIAL BRIDGE AND WILL END WHERE THE BROOKS STREET ON-RAMP ENTERS THE INTERSTATE. CARRIE BLY, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, EXPLAINS WHY THE SUMMERTIME IS CRUCIAL TO THIS PRESERVATION PROJECT.
CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY APRIL. THE PROJECT COMPLETION DATE IS OCTOBER 28, 2015.
West Virginia soon will begin offering specialty license plates bearing the phrase "In God We Trust." A Randolph County nonprofit collected the required minimum of 250 applications and fees before a May 1 deadline and 300 applications have been delivered to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. The plate's design features an outline of the state along with the West Virginia and American flags. Delegate Denise Campbell says the plates will be ready this summer.
Child Protective Services has a temporary custody arrangement in place for a 5-year old girl that was found walking alone last Thursday on Coal River Road near Saint Albans. 911 calls alerted deputies, who found the girl walking alone and crying, and they eventually found her parents intoxicated at home. The girl apparently wandered off toward her randparents' house while she was waiting for her parents to get home. 26-year old Katasha Logsdon and 37-year old William Aliff, Jr., her step-father have been arrested and charged with child neglect.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is taking registrations through April 10th for the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup. The cleanup happens on April 25, and groups like families, churches, businesses, schools, civic groups, government agencies and individuals will be picking up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road, or main route. Volunteers get garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests. More than 4,800 volunteers turned out for the spring 2014 Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup and cleared over 1,500 miles of West Virginia roadways.
Charleston police are looking for one man accused of robbing a Kanawha City gaming parlor early Sunday. One is in custody at this point. Two men walked into Mimi's on MacCorkle Avenue around 1:00 a.m. and pulled out a gun and made off with cash. The robbery is related to another robbery on Charleston's West Side... The Family Dollar on Virginia Street West was robbed by two men who left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Larry "Smurf" Patterson has been arrested, and police are still looking for Lance Tyler. Anyone with tips should call Charleston Police at (304) 348-6480.