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The stage is set for a November contest for retiring democratic senator Jay Rockefeller's seat. GOP US Rep. Shelley Moore Capito won the primary on Tuesday, which sets up a contest with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who won the most votes on the democratic side. The nation is watching who wins Rockefeller's seat this fall because it could influence control in the Democratic U.S. Senate.
An advisory panel has recommended five candidates to fill a judicial position serving Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission submitted its recommendations to replace 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Kanawha County senior assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach is one of the candidates, according to the Register Herald.
Many high school seniors will be getting their diplomas this week. Two schools graduated last night, and all eight schools will have had graduation ceremonies by the time the week is over. St. Albans and Nitro High Schools passed out diplomas last night. There are no graduations scheduled tonight, but South Charleston High School will hold its graduation Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Sissonville High School will hold its graduation that night at 7 p.m. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Capital High School’s graduation will be Thursday evening at the Civic Center, and Herbert Hoover High School’s ceremony will be at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium that night. Riverside High graduates Friday night at the Civic Center and George Washington High will hold their ceremony Friday at Municipal Auditorium.
Students in Kanawha County are graduating from high school this week, but those in Putnam County will wait a few more weeks. Buffalo High School graduates June 2 at the home gym, Hurricane High graduates June 3 at the Charleston Civic Center. Other schools handing out diplomas the first week of June include Poca High and Winfield High.
The Jefferson County Fair Board has canceled the pig show at this year's event amid concerns about a deadly virus. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus first appeared in the United States in May 2013 and has since spread to about half the country. West Virginia University Extension agent Michael Harman tells The Journal that there will be no pigs at the Jefferson County Fair this year, recommended by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Each county's fair board will decide whether pigs will be allowed at local fairs.
Emergeny rescuers were called out to a Boone County mine last night around 10:30pm, and although there are few details there are reports that the West Virginia State Department of Miners’ Health and Safety and Boone County Emergency officials were called out after a noise inside the Brody Mine. The story is still developing.
About 34,000 West Virginians have voted early ahead of Tuesday's primary. The figure released by the Secretary of State's office Friday reflects in-person and absentee ballots cast. The early voting period opened April 30 and ended Saturday. The light turnout could reflect a relatively small number of contested races. The lone statewide race involves the U.S. Senate, where three candidates each are running in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Seven candidates are seeking the Republican nomination in a bid to succeed 2nd District GOP Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jay Rockefeller. Fewer than half of the 67 House of Delegates districts and only four of 17 Senate seats up for election have contested races.
Charleston Area Medical Center is reaching out to West Virginia artists to be considered for the new cancer center The Power of Many fundraising campaign is on now, and the hospital wants the new cancer center to be a community effort, and include West Virginia artists. The art selection committee wants applications from a variety of artists who work in various media, to have artwork installed starting in the winter of 2015 at the new cancer center. Artwork for the program should evoke themes of nature and portray communities in West Virginia. Those who have fought cancer or had a personal connection with it are encouraged to participate. The deadline to apply is May 31st.
Application information can be found at http://healthcareartconsulting.com/artistsubmissioncamc.
Mother's Day has been a national holiday for 100 years, but not everyone knows it was a West Virginia native who came up with the idea for the holiday. Anna Jarvis asked Congress and President Woodrow Wilson to designate the second Sunday in May as an official U.S. holiday, which they did. Anna Jarvis was inspired to create the Mother's Day holiday in honor of her mother, Ann Jarvis. West Virginia was the first state to recognize Mother's Day as a holiday.
You may notice flags at half-staff today to honor a long-serving city council woman who has passed away. Mary Jane Vanderwilt died over the weekend. She served for many years on the Charleston City Council and worked with the Beautification Committee. County commissioner, Hoppy Shores has ordered all flags at Kanawha County facilities to be lowered to half-staff.