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Charleston lawyer Joanna Tabit has been appointed to fill a vacant judgeship in Kanawha County. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tabit's appointment as Kanawha County Circuit Court judge, replacing Paul Zakaib, who retired after serving as a Kanawha County circuit judge for nearly 30 years. Tabit has been a member of the Steptoe & Johnson law firm. She previously served as an assistant attorney general and also worked as an adjunct professor at the West Virginia University College of Law.
Hundreds of people have put a lot of hours into their vehicles, and they've shined them up to park them in Charleston this weekend. You might notice the classic cars, muscle cars and antiques lining Kanawha Boulevard as part of the Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop. Jack Jarvis, president of the Rod Run and Doo Wop says a large number of West Virginians like to tinker with old cars:
There are about a thousand vehicles expected through Sunday.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick says reprinting ballots to include a Republican House of Delegates candidate will cost $37,000. There are 50,800 ballots that will be reprinted after a Supreme Court decision Wednesday that requires adding Marie Sprouse-McDavid's name. In August, election commissioners denied Republicans' request to fill the 35th District ballot after GOP Del. Suzette Raines withdrew. State Democrats sued Raines, alleging she doesn't live where she claims and didn't complete certain paperwork. The ruling says Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and state election commissioners misinterpreted election laws by letting Raines withdraw without filling the ballot opening.
A Do Not Drink The Water order has been issued at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. Students at BridgeValley campus have been warned with signs up , and a letter has gone out that the WV Regional Technology Park is experiencing low dissolved oxygen rates and low residual chlorine levels in some water samples. They're checking into the possibility of bacteria, but it's not really clear yet what's causing the odor. Testing continues, and until it's complete the Do Not Drink order is in effect.
West Virginia higher education officials are promoting a campaign to get students through college on time. As the campaign's name suggests, the "15 to Finish" initiative encourages students to take 15 credit hours each semester. That puts a student seeking a four-year degree on track to finish his or her studies in four years. Proponents of the campaign say research shows that taking a full course load each semester improves academic performance, reduces student loan debt and increases a student's job prospects. The policy has been promoted by the Higher Education Policy Commission.
A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection's retroactive veto of a permit for a mountaintop removal coal mine in West Virginia. The ruling this week by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., says the EPA's action was reasonable and supported by the record. In 2011, the EPA revoked a water pollution permit that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued four years earlier to Arch Coal for the Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County. The EPA concluded that mining practices at the mine would cause irreparable environmental damage and threaten health. The judge had ruled earlier that the EPA overstepped its authority. A federal appeals court overturned that ruling and sent the case back to Judge Jackson, and she upheld the ruling.
Human remains were found in Clendenin in August, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office wants help identifying them. The white male was about 50 years old, and the sheriff's office says he had suffered a traumatic brain injury in recent years which may have been the result of a car or ATV crash. He had broken ribs and was also missing several teeth that probably related to the accident. If you can help identify the man, call 304-357-0169.
The West Virginia Supreme court heard arguments Tuesday on the Suzette Raines ballot issue. She withdrew from the race citing personal issues, but democrats accused her of lying about her address and breaking campaign finance laws. The GOP is arguing that the State Election Commission blocked them from replacing former Delegate Suzette Raines on the ballot. They're trying to get Republican Candidate Marie Sprouse-McDavid on the ballot in the 35th District before November. If the court rules Sprouse-McDavid's name has to be put on the ballot, about 50-thousand ballots will have to be reprinted with taxpayers footing the bill.
Today marks an important deadline for above-ground storage tank registrations. A new state law requires owners to register above-ground storage tanks by today Oct. 1. It's been estimated that up to 80,000 tanks could meet the law's registration requirements. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that about half were registered as of Monday morning.
More now on the teen accused of breaking into a middle school on Monday. 18-year old Christopher Ian Shamblen of East Bank was arrested Tuesday for the break-in at East Bank Middle School on Monday, and charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, both felonies. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says a 32” flat screen television, a laptop computer, a Microsoft X-Box 360 game console, and a pair of Nike shoes were taken from the school, and all of it has been recovered. Shamblen was also charged with third degree arson for something else that happened the same morning. He allegedly taped together four rifle shells and put them next to the Express Mart convenience store on 3rd Avenue in East Bank, then lit newspaper as a makeshift fuse to attempt to ignite them.