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Alpha Natural Resources says it's reducing its production in the southern West Virginia coalfields and laying off miners. The company says the reductions will impact about 100 employees, but about 80 of them will be offered other positions. There are reports that Alpha is idling White Buck Coal's Pocahontas mine in Rupert. A section of the Grassy Creek Mine also will be shut down. Other plants in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Raleigh and Boone counties will also be impacted. The company says the reductions are primarily due to an oversupply of metallurgical coal resulting in a price drop.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office in Beckley attracted a bomb squad Thursday after the office received a suspicious package. The package came from outside the country and it wasn't expected, and it was sealed extra tight around the seems with tape, according to Beckley police. Rockefeller's office released a statement saying the staff felt the package needed "an extra set of eyes to determine its contents and intent" and wantedto ask for help from extra security screeners.
WVU has awarded its media rightsto certain athletic events. The $80 million, 12-year contract for multimedia rights goes to North Carolina-based IMG College. That's the same company WVU had previously struck a deal with before it was forced to rebid the contract after a review by the state attorney general's office found "significant errors and sloppiness" in how that deal was crafted. Two WVU Board of Governors members shouldn't have participated in reviewing the bids, but Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he found "no evidence of intentional wrongdoing." WVU said Thursday the new partnership is effective this fall, for the 2013-14 school year.
Mudlisdes in Logan County have trapped people in their own neighborhoods. Road construction has been going on in the Lyburn area, and trees that have been cut can't hold the dirt. That had a road closed for several hours last week, and it happened again yesterday. The state has contracted with the construction company Vecellio and Grogan on the project.
Precautions are being taken after an employee at the WV Dept. of Education contracted legionaires pneumonia. The Center for Disease and Control's website says Legionnaires' pneumonia is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella, found naturally in the environment, usually in water. This type of pneumonia can't spread from person-to-person contact. Some workers did their jobs from home on Thursday as a precaution. The Kanawha Charleston Health Department has an eye on the situation.
An American Idol winner is in town for tonight's Live on the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park. Kris Allen take the stage around 7:45pm, and fireworks are scheduled for after the concert to honor the 10th anniversary of the Clay Center's opening and the Boy Scouts heading to the National Jamboree in Fayette County. The Boy Scouts National Jamboree starts Monday and runs through the 24th.
West Virginia health centers will have some money coming their way. They'll get over $2.5 million in grant awards to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options that line up with the new healthcare law. Among the grant recipients - WomenCare Inc. in Scott Depot...they'll get more than $121,000. Cabin Creek Health Systems in Dawes gets more than $108,000. And Roane Family Health Care in Spencer will get $54,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money is expected to help consumers understand their coverage options in the new health insurance marketplace, and they'll help determine an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and new affordable health coverage options.
A candidate for sheriff in Johnson County is facing federal charges in connection with his recent arrest. 42-year old John Kline was arrested after he allegedly sold 100 prescription pain pills to undercover deputies. It was an investigation that had been going on for more than a year, and in a press release the Johnson County sheriff's offce said Kline was found to be 'doctor shopping' in multiple states, and is believed to be responsible for bringing thousands of pills into the region. Guns and cash were found inside Kline's home. Kline filed to run for sheriff in Johnson County in March of this year.
The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority spent much of Wednesday talking about construction projects. Among those, the East End Park construction project, plus the conversion of the Kyle Furniture building. Developers have expressed interest in making the Kyle Furniture building into lofts and commercial space and they would include a parking garage. As for the park project...the East End Community Park and Trail on Dixie Street continues to move forward on target. Construction is in the final phase now and the main entrance arch is up. The landscape will be installed, and then the second phase of construction will begin, which will install a walking and jogging trai. The entire project should be finished by August.
A St. Albans man is facing multiple charges after he refused to have his fingerprints or photo taken while he was being booked. South Charleston police say 33-year old Jonathan Daniel Byrd also threatened an officer. Byrd was being booked on a charge after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat at an apartment in South Charleston and pushed her. A South Charleston police officer arrested him for driving on a revoked license for DUI, and was also charged with domestic battery, failure to submit to booking, an assault on an officer after he refused to comply with the booking process.