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West Virginia American Water crews were called out to another water main break over the weekend. This time customers in Fraziers Bottom were affected, along Route 35. Many of the same customers went without water last week because of a water main break in Dunbar.
Earlier this week we learned that the Public Service Commission approved a tuition increase for schools including West Virginia University and West Virginia State, and now the Marshall University Board of Governors has approved a tuition hike and general fee increase. Marshall wants to use the extra money for raises for school employees, and the Charleston Gazette reports the increase is about $290 for in-state undergrads, bringing annual tuition and general fees to a total of $6810.
The City of Hurricane's skate park inside Hurricane City Park has been torn down. Mayor Scott Edwards says city officials decided to close the park due to complaints about vulgar graffiti, litter, foul language and marijuana use. Edwards says the park had also fallen into disrepair over the years. A group is already being formed with hopes of garnering enough support to create a better park in a different location. They've saved the equipment and hope to work with the city or county to build another park.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says he "appreciates" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting 28,000 West Virginians keep receiving federal subsidies for health insurance plans bought from a federal marketplace. About 28,000 of the 33,000 West Virginians using the exchange receive credits. Subsidies were threatened in 34 states that relied on the federal health insurance marketplace, including West Virginia.
Prosecutors had asked for 80 years, but John Proctor was sentenced to 30 years in jail after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery in last year's Foodland robbery. Proctor was the last of five to be sentenced, and two others received 10 and 20 years for their roles in the crime. Proctor's 20-year old sister and a friend were ordered to attend a program for youth offenders that lasts from 6 months to 2 years. A store clerk was shot and wounded during the robbery.
West Virginia American Water says there was a new leak at the site of a transmission main break that disrupted service to about 25,000 customers. The company says the leak occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday, after an earlier break on Tuesday evening left customers in parts of Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties without water service or with low water pressure. Water distribution sites have been set up in the affected areas.
Beckley city leaders are considering banning playing basketball on city streets following residents' complaints about players refusing to yield to traffic. The Register-Herald says that the Common Council revised a proposed ordinance banning street basketball on Tuesday. A public hearing and a second reading of the ordinance is set for July 14. Basketball goals on city streets also would be banned. City attorney Bill File says the ordinance doesn't apply to goals on private property.
The Kanawha Day Report Center is part of the sheriff's office, and will complete its tenth year on Tuesday, June 30th. It's a Drug Free alternative sentencing program to help clients with the skills needed to make progress in their lives while keeping them under close supervision. Classes include: Substance Abuse Group Counseling; G.E.D.; Anger Management; Parenting; Cognitive Behavior; Preparing for the Work Force; Domestic Violence 101. The sheriff's office says it has helped 2200 clients in the past ten years.
A former Raleigh General Hospital nurse will spend eight months in prison for stealing painkillers intended for patients. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 31-year-old Olivia Dixon of Midway was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Beckley. Dixon had pleaded guilty in March to obtaining hydromorphone and morphine sulfate by fraud. Goodwin says Dixon admitted stealing pain medications for personal use on Nov. 10, 2014.
An 80-year old man in Cross Lanes suffered minor injuries during a robbery last week, and the Kanwaha County Sheriff's Office has been investigating. The man said he was attacked from behind has he walked home toward Kensington Court in Cross Lanes. He said he had been at McNalley’s Pub and met a woman who asked him for money. She followed him to Kroger, and as he was headed home he was hit on the head and robbed. Security video showed it was the same woman, 48-year old Kimberly Ann Rhodes of Cross Lanes. She's also been charged in a robbery from last November at Jolie’s at 5229 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes. A clerk was robbed at knife point in that case.