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Once again, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked many state agencies to submit budget proposals that are 7.5 percent lower than the current budgets in the new year. Public education, corrections, Medicaid and others are exempt from those cuts, but higher education is not exempt. Marshall University is among the school planning to make do with less in the coming years, and the school is hosting several forums this week for students, faculty, and members of the community. Lawmakers and policy makers have been invited to take part as well.
A man walking along the train tracks in Marmet Monday has been identified. Police said it happened at 98th Street and Ohio Avenue as he was walking along the tracks at about 1:30 in the afternoon. He's been identified as 53-year old Anthony Dawkin. Two other fatalities have happened along that same stretch of 98th street in the past decade.
West Virginia Internet providers said they are working hard to reach the 9 percent of people who lack broadband access, but hurdles remain. Officials with Suddenlink, Frontier, Comcast and Verizon said Monday they're expanding networks and creating low-cost options. Connect America Fund grants are helping extend service to rural areas, and more than 60,000 people will get service soon. Another 20-thousand households will have to wait a little longer for service, but 100 percent coverage is still the goal.
Charleston's Donna Shaver has done something most people haven't. She's visited 150 countries, and accomplished the feat this summer after she crossed the border from Latvia to Estonia. She says the goal had been 44 years in the making. Shaver was already a card-carrying member of the Travel Century Club for having notched a visit to a 100th country in 1995 - it was Mongolia. She now joins the club's more rarefied Silver Level, receiving a letter, a pin and new membership.There are 196 countries in the world, and Shaver told the Associated Press she's not quitting.
The Kanwha County Sheriff's office is investigating a head-on crash. It happened Friday on Pinch Road North near the intersection with Waters Edge Drive. Deputies say a vehicle driven by 54-year old Charlene Copen of Ohio veered off the roadway, and into the opposite lane where it struck another vehicle head-on. The other vehicle was driven by 44-year old Lena Parsons of West Virginia. Both were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. Charges could be filed pending the outcome of the investigation.
An inmate at the South Central Regional Jail is accused of assaulting two officers. There was an incident Saturday night at the jail and 44-year old Shelton Cash allegedly hit an officer in the face and caused his nose to bleed, and hit another officer in the scuffle. He resisted arrest, but was eventually restrained by officers and now faces new charges in addition to the ones that sent him to jail.
School officials in Putnam County are taking precautions to protect students' health. Two volleyball players at Winfield High School were recently diagnosed with an MRSA staph infection, caused by a common germ that many people already carry. Most people don't see any problems, but it can cause serious infections. WCHS TV reports the school cancelled volleyball practice earlier this week because of the infection risk and parts of the school have been sanatized. The girls are under medical care for treatment.
Military veterans are getting a special overnight rate at West Virginia state parks during the beginning of November. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the Veterans Day appreciation program featuring reduced cabin and room rates runs from Friday until Nov. 15. The special is available to all military personnel who have served or who currently serve in the reserves or are on active duty.
Moundsville police are looking for copper thieves, and a utility company is offering a reward in the case. The theives caused a power outage affecting about 3,000 American Electric Power customers after breaking in to a substation on Tuesday morning and tripping a circuit breaker while stealing copper wire. AEP is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Power was restored in about two hours, but AEP says it's still assessing the damage.
After a Halloween attraction stirred some controversy, Kings Dominion says it won't bring it back next year. A statement from the amusement park said it doesn't intend to operate Miner's Revenge Halloween Attraction next year. It's based on miners who died while trapped in an underground coal mine, and they sought revenge when their rescue was said to be too dangerous. Many mining families became upset, especially in the wake of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.