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A new study shows West Virginia's workers' compensation rates are among the best in the US. The numbers from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, which conducted the study, show West Virginia has the 12th-least expensive workers' compensation rates in the nation. Alaska's are most expensive. North Dakota has the least expensive rates. The state has worked to transform workers' compensation insurance from a state monopoly to a private, competitive market over the past six years, and that has led to a savings for employers.
Create WV is a movement that aims to get the state more involved in activities that the name suggests - the creative side of things, or what the movement calls the "Innovation Economy" that thrives on musicians, artists, technology workers and entrepreneurs. The Create West Virginia Conference is coming to Charleston October 26 and 27, with the goal of helping individual creators become entrepreneurs. It's the fifth year for the conference, but the first time it's ever been in Charleston.
West Virginians who have not already registered to vote have less than a week to sign up. Many watched last night's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan where the two covered everything from taxes to defense cuts.
The next Presidential debate is Tuesday the 16th leading up to the November 6th election. October 16 is the last day in West Virginia to register to vote.
Around noon yesterday a man was shot in West Dunbar and detectives immediately started looking for the suspect. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested 31-year old Franklin Beverly of West Dunbar a few hours later for the Malicious Wounding of Joe Green also of West Dunbar. Beverly told investigators he shot Green because Green had "smacked" Beverly's girlfriend in the stomach area, who was pregnant. Green was transported to CAMC General and is in serious condition. Beverly has already been arraigned in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
A Fayette County man has been charged with a sexual crime against a 5-year old family member. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation charged 59-year old Ewell Keith White of Layland with one count of first degree Sexual Assault for engaging in a sexual act with the girl who was five years old at the time, and it happened at a home on Kanawha State Forest Drive in Loudendale. That's why the Kanawha Bureau had the investigation. They say it happened in 2010, and was discovered during an interview with the victim at the Child Advocacy Center in Women's and
Children's Hospital. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
A burglar in Fayette County was no match for a 70-year-old woman, who shot at him and scared him off. A news release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department says the suspect broke into the woman's home and punched her in the face around 2 a.m. Thursday and the burglar alarm went off. She grabbed a gun, and when he punched her in the face she shot at the suspect before he ran away. There was no blood that detectives could find, so none of the shots apparently struck the suspect. The release said the victim suffered a minor injury to her head, but she declined medical treatment.
Two men from Detroit, Michigan were arrested this week in Charleston on drug charges. 27-year old Rodney Caver and 31-year old Jason Brown face charges after Charleston detectives found heroin, cash and stacks lottery tickets inside a home in the 3200 block of Moles Drive in Charleston. Detectives say lottery tickets are used to attempt to disguise chunks of heroin for sale. Now both men face felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
There are a few details that have yet to be worked out, but the building is off the market now. The landmark Save Supply building was built in the 1800s, and sold at auction this week for $307,000. The buyer hasn't been identified and it's not clear what the future use of the building will be. The sale should become final by the end of the year.
Questions are being raised about how funds have been handled at West Virginia State University. An audit found a shortage of more than $260,000, and it's gotten the attention of lawmakers. The report was shared with legislative leaders this week, and shows things like overcharges for parking fines, questionable practices at the campus bookstore, and missing funds. The reports also reveals more than a hundred students were allowed to remain enrolled three years ago after failing to pay tuition. No word yet how the issues will be dealth with, but the school president, Brian Hemphill, told lawmakers the school is taking the results of the audit very seriously.
The West Virginia Sheriff's Association is backing a constitutional amendment that would lift term limits for sheriffs. West Virginia is one of only three states in the country that still imposes term limits on sheriffs, and the only other elected official in West Virnginia with term limits is the governor. The Sheriff's Association says sheriffs are kept in check with yearly audits and a civil service code. Voters will decide on November 6th whether to keep term limits for sheriffs or get rid of them. Voting yes on Amendment One removes the term limits.