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Some details are out about how Kanawha County schools may make up all of the missed days, after the water emergency and snow days this week wrecked havoc on the schedule. All scheduled instructional support days are going to be regular school days now instead. That's - Feb. 17, Apr. 11, and May 16. And days where students were scheduled to be released early, they'll have to attend a full day. Those dates are - Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26, April 10, May 16.
What's next for freedom industries? At a federal bankruptcy court hearing yesterday, Freedom Industries' president, Gary Southern, said the company is in a "death spiral" unless it can change perception. Several lawsuits have been filed against Freedom Industries after a chemical leaked into the Elk River and caused a water emergency in nine counties. The company has spent $800,000 on the cleanup so far, and a plan is in the works to keep employees getting paychecks during the cleanup and bankruptcy process.
The race to fill U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's congressional seat has drawn two more candidates. Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Charlotte Lane filed with the Secretary of State's Office on Monday to run for Capito's 2nd District House seat. Capito has announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jay Rockefeller. Casey is a former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party. Lane is a former state delegate and a former member of the state Public Service Commission. Republicans Alex Mooney and Jim Moss filed last week to run for the 2nd District seat.
Children in some West Virginia counties affected by a water emergency got another day off from school because of weather. Most of the state was under a winter storm warning Tuesday and schools were closed in 43 counties, including Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam. Students in Kanawha County haven't been in class since Jan. 9, the day of the chemical leak along the Elk River. A few schools in Lincoln and Putnam counties also were closed that long. When all of those days will be made up has yet to be decided.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and his administration are waiting on more information to act, after another chemical was found in the Elk River. The chemical is called PPH and is used in conjunction with the MCHM that already had been identified. The Charleston Gazette reports Freedom Industries handed over some documents, and that's when federal and state investigators learned of the second chemical. Tests are continuing, but so far there are no new water bans or restrictions.
The WV International Auto Show kicks off this weekend with hundreds of the latest cars, trucks and crossovers on display. The vehicles will be waiting to be viewed at the Charleston Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's ten bucks for those 13 and over, free for kids six and under, and five dollars for those in between. Sunday is Family Day and children 12 and under will be admitted for free.
The Clay Center has announced a pay-what-you-wish event for families that runs through mid-February. The goal is to help those who were affected by the water crisis by suspending regular gallery admission prices. Clay Center officials say in a news release that a new exhibit is opening this weekend. The "Brain Teasers 2," exhibit isinteractive and features puzzles, illusions and games of strategy, and will open this Sunday. In lieu of gallery admission, donations are being accepted through February 14th. The Center's Gizmo Factory science gallery closed for renovations yesterday, and will remain closed through late March.
An Elkins College is freezing tuition for returning students. The State Journal reports that the college also is guaranteeing tuition rates will stay the same during the next four years for the class entering this fall. Michael Mihalyo is president of Davis & Elkins and says the college has long tried to ensure that no student is denied an opportunity to attend Davis & Elkins for financial reasons. Mihalyo says a combination of scholarships, student work, family contribution and loans means nearly everyone who is admitted and wants to attend Davis and Elkins is able to do so.
Charleston police say a man has turned himself in, in connection with a shooting Sunday on the West Side. 18-year old Michael Butler, also known as Big Mike, was wanted for shooting 20-year old Maylik Watson in the face after a fight broke out on Roane Street near Kroger. Three others have been detained, interviewed, and released. The exact motive for the shooting hasn't been determined, but there are reports that all of the individuals involved were associated with the Damion Blainey homicide that happened on Glenwood in 2010.
A shooting Sunday on Charleston's west side sent one man to the hospital. Officers said a fight broke out among several people near the 400 block of Delaware Avenue, and at some point 20-year-old Maylik Watson was shot in the face. He was taken to CAMC with non-life threatening injuries. Officers questioned several people on Sunday and the investigation continues today.