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West Virginia State University has reduced its workforce and is looking at other ways to cut costs. Ten employees have been laid off and 15 vacant positions have been eliminated. West Virginia State spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne tells the Charleston Gazette that the layoffs are a response to recommendations developed at a budget summit last November. Administrators, faculty, staff and students participated in the summit. The recommendations also include reducing energy and paper record-keeping costs, combining departments to eliminate redundancies and renting campus space to outside businesses. Osborne says West Virginia State's state and federal financial support has been cut for three consecutive fiscal years.
High school students can get help with planning for college during West Virginia's annual College Day Tour. The Higher Education Policy Commission says the tour will begin Sept. 9 and run through Oct. 29. The schedule is available online at www.cfwv.com . It will be in Kanawha County Schools on October 7th. Representatives from the state's colleges and universities will host informational workshops and will provide information on college planning and state-level financial aid. Military representatives also will participate in the tour. The annual event is organized by the West Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
A man is facing charges after a stabbing at the Charleston Transit Mall. 27-year old Jarvis Mitchell is in jail after being accused of stabbing a man and a woman with a box cutter Friday night. Mitchell is accused of stabbing the victims after approaching them and asking for a cigarette. Mitchell is charged with two counts of malicious wounding for what happened Friday night, and also faces burglary and battery charges for another incident earlier this month.
A reward has been offered now as the investigation continues into the Kanawha City Foodland robbery. There have been four arrests so far, and one woman who is said to have been promised money to be he getaway driver is still on the loose. There is a $1000 reward for the arrest of Talisa McCauley, offered by "Friends of Jeff Moore." McCauley was convicted of first degree robbery in 2010 in the beating death and robbery of Jeff Moore. Talisa McCauley and Alisyn Proctor are both wanted in relation to the Foodland robbery, and anyone with information is asked to call Charleston Police.
The state will survey fish life in the Elk River after the January 9th chemical spill in the Elk River. The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fish Health Laboratory in Leetown will aid the state Division of Natural Resources in the project this week. The state Division of Natural Resources says no fish kills were observed after the spill. The survey will look at possible health impacts on fish from the disaster, and they'll perform a similar fish study on the Kanawha River.
As a way to support the growing local food movement, the New Appalachian Farm and Research Center is conducting a supplier survey to assess West Virginia's ability to maximize the use of food hubs for small farmers and ranchers in the state. In the survey, the NAFRC will receive feedback from local farmers throughout the state who are limited by means of production, distribution and processing. The online survey wraps up today with Downstream Strategies.
West Virginia Surface Mine Board is deciding whether to revoke a permit for a surface mining operation located near Kanawha State Forest. Testimony ended Wednesday in a hearing over the Keystone Industries KD No. 2 mine permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Charleston Gazette reports that the board is expected to take a month or more to rule on the case. Keystone Industries was issued a state permit to mine on more than 400 acres. As a condition of the permit, Keystone agreed not to use state forest roads for access, coal hauling or other mine-related activity. Several environmental groups have opposed the mining operation.
It's almost time for football....the 17th Annual Paint the Capital City Green event happened last night and about 500 Thundering Herd fans headed to the Embassy Suites in downtown Charleston for the big pep rally. The night was the largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni and fans, all wearing the kelly green.
Know that there are extra patrols on the roads this weekend as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Charleston police held a sobriety checkpoint earlier this week, and in general there is a greater effort happening to pull over drunk drivers or those under the influence of drugs. The increased enforcement effort runs through Labor Day.
Parents went to a Local School Improvement Council meeting Thursday evening at Capital High School, and one of the subjects that they thought might come up was an addiction treatment facility that's planned near the school. The Kanawha County school board voted this week to donate 50 acres of school property across the road from Capital High for the treatment center. A time for questions and comments wasn't officially on the agenda so most of the time was spent on other subjects. But the Gazette reports some parents talked about it casually and expressed opposition at Thursday night's meeting. Others said they weren't too concerned about it. The T-Center would be a project of the nonprofit Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home.