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The West Virginia AFL-CIO has honored 17 workers who died on the job last year. The 27th Workers Memorial Day ceremony was held Tuesday at the state Capitol in Charleston. The Charleston Gazette says about 150 people gathered in front of the West Virginia Coal Miner's Statute to remember workers including coal miners, truck drivers and utility workers. West Virginia AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Josh Sword read the names of the fallen workers. Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Labor Council president B.B. Smith rang a bell in memory of each of them.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he has been asked about running for Congress, and hasn't decided either way yet. Tomblin told The Associated Press he has been approached about running for the 3rd Congressional District seat next year. The southern West Virginia seat is currently filled by freshman Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins. Tomblin said he hasn't made "any final decisions on anything yet," adding that he's keeping the door open. Tomblin cannot run for re-election because he is reaching his term limits.
Over the last several months a business on Greenbrier Street has seen its share of crimes. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says Power Parts Supply in the 3100 block of Greenbrier Street had a vehicle stolen from its lot February 9th, and it was later recovered at Mill Creek Landing Apartments. Then sometime on April 5th the gates and buildings were broken into at Power Parts Supply and tools stolen. Anyone with information should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.
High school graduation is a landmark day for all students, but twelve students at George Washington High School are making school history next month. There are six sets of twins graduating from GW this year, and all six sets of twins are fraternal. None of them are going to the same college together after graduation, so the fall will mark the first time the siblings have been apart from each other for more than a few days. All of the George Washington High grads will walk across the stage May 20th.
The Fayette County Sheriff's Office has acquired two dogs for its K-9 unit to replace others that died last month. Sheriff Steve Kessler says residents and businesses donated more than $8,000 in less than a month after an appeal by the sheriff's department, which had no money available in its budget for the purchase of new dogs. Kessler says an 8-week-old bloodhound named Pappy and a 2-year-old Dutch Malinois named Bane are undergoing training. He says the department hopes to raise enough funds to buy additional dogs. The department lost another bloodhound to a sudden illness on March 25. A Belgian Malinois used in narcotics detection and suspect apprehension was euthanized five days later after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Mountaineer Food Bank has survived financial problems that threatened to shut it down. Mountaineer board of directors president Julie Harris attributes the turnaround to support from various sources. She tells The Exponent Telegram that the next step is to hire a permanent executive director and begin a strategic planning process. Mountaineer's former director was let go in March, primarily because of cost. The food bank took a financial hit in July 2014 when its computer system crashed, resulting in a costly fix. The food bank supplies food to more than 600 programs in 48 of West Virginia's 55 counties. Help on the Horizon Inc. director Yvonne Chelberg says Mountaineer helps her program feed 80 to 100 families a month in Lewis and Harrison counties.
An honor for the WVU marching band...West Virginia's marching band has been chosen to perform in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It will be the WVU band's first appearance in the annual televised parade, which is seen by more than 3.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million people overall. The Pride of West Virginia was selected from 175 applicants as one of 10 bands to march in the parade, a Thanksgiving day staple since 1924.
The widow of a West Virginia sheriff who was shot to death while he sat in his police cruiser is suing the man charged with killing him. The Charleston Gazette reported Rosie Crum filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Tennis Maynard in Mingo County Circuit Court earlier this month. She is seeking $1 million in damages. Maynard is charged with murdering Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, who was shot in April 2013 in downtown Williamson. Earlier this year, a judge found Maynard mentally incompetent to stand trial. Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ordered Maynard committed to a state mental health facility for life and indefinitely postponed his trial. The civil suit says the sheriff was shot while conducting surveillance in a drug investigation.
Girls Scouts will gather this summer in the same location where the Boys Scouts of America held their event in 2013. The Girl Scout Jamboree will be held July 22 to 26 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County. The Charleston-based Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council said Wednesday it will host the event, which is open to girls who were in grades 4 through 12 this school year, and open to Girl Scouts nationwide. The registration deadline is June 19. The Boy Scouts own the park that includes zip lines, kayaking, mountain bike courses, archery and shooting ranges.
A Logan County man has been sentenced to three years' probation for his role in a kickback scheme at a West Virginia coal mine. Forty-five-year-old Scott Ellis also was fined $3,000 Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. He had faced up to five years in prison. Ellis pleaded guilty last year to structuring a transaction in order to evade federal reporting requirements. He was among 10 people accused of participating in the scheme at Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County. Federal prosecutors say companies had to pay kickbacks to Arch employees for business at Mountain Laurel. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Ellis structured withdrawals of $10,000 or less from various accounts to generate cash to pay kickbacks.