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Schools to Upgrade Computers

West Virginia's public schools will get free computer operating system upgrades for five years under a new agreement with Microsoft. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that schools will enter the agreement with Microsoft on July 1. Under the agreement, schools can upgrade their computers' operating systems without cost if the hardware can handle the upgrade. Many school computers still use the 12-year-old Windows XP system. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last week. The company said it will continue to provide anti-malware related updates through July 14, 2015. Department of Education chief technology officer Sterling Beane says he hopes the department's security safeguards and Microsoft's security updates will provide sufficient protection until schools complete upgrading to newer systems.

Civil Suit Filed in Mingo County Corruption Case

A civil lawsuit has been filed naming former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury, former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former county commissioner David Baisden, along with former Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel, The West Virginia Supreme Court, City of Williamson, Former Mingo County Flood Plain Administrator William Davis, Mingo County Sheriff's Department and Mingo County Commission as defendants. George White was arrested and jailed on drug charges, and claims in the suit he was the victim of scheme before his case was overturned and dropped. Sparks and Thornsbury have admitted denying White his constitutional right to choose his own attorney. The suit seeks restitution for the loss of his business and time spent in jail, among other things.

Railroad Wants Lawsuit Dismissed

Railroad company CSX is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the death of a Putnam County teenager who was hit by a train. The company says in its response to the lawsuit that it wasn't negligent. The company also says Jacob Ball was trespassing. Ball died in 2012 after being hit by a train while walking home from school and his father, Richard Dwayne Ball, sued CSX, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Board of Education. The lawsuit alleges that there weren't enough warnings to prevent pedestrians from walking along the tracks. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Richard Ball originally filed the lawsuit in Putnam County Circuit Court. Earlier this month, CSX moved the case to federal court and filed its response.

Elkview Middle School Student Charged After Bomb Threat

Charges releated to a bomb threat last week.....Last Wednesday April 9th there was a bomb threat at Elk Elementary Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Elkview. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office’s Bomb Squad responded but didn't find anything. On Monday, an Elkview Middle School student was charged with placing the terroristic threat. Since it's a juvenile, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the name will not be released.

GOP Targets Local Women, Encouraging Votes

Kanawha County is one of two West Virginia counties are among two dozen nationwide that Republicans are targeting to sway women's votes. The Republican National Committee's "14 in '14" program calls for volunteer work in the 14 weeks before the November midterm elections. The initiative will use female volunteers to attract other women from 21 to 40 years old to vote Republican and become involved in election season. Kanawha and Cabell counties are among the GOP's targets. The counties are spread among 10 states, from Florida to Montana. The program reacts to problems in the 2012 cycle, when there were reports that Republicans didn't engage with Hispanic, African American, Asian or women voters that election.

Wrong Way Driver Arrested

A wrong way driver is facing charges. Metro 911 dispatchers got a call Saturday afternoon about a car heading east in the west bound lanes of I-64 between Nitro and Cross Lanes, and by the time deputies got to it, it had hit another vehicle. Both drivers were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of various injuries. 41-year old Lori Call of Nitro was given a preliminary breath test at the time which the Kanwaha County Sheriff's Office says came back three times over the legal blood alcohol content limit. Call has been charged with DUI causing injury and failure to maintain control.

Man Shot and Killed by Ex-Girlfriend

A Putnam County shooting is under investigation. It was just before 7 a.m. Saturday when deputies got a call about a domestic violence situation on Grandview Ridge Road in Red House. 31-year-old Curtis Adams is accused of breaking into his ex-girfriend's home, kicking in the front door, and she fired a gun. Adams was hit in the chest and later died at the hospital. Adams' ex-girlfriend and five children lived in the home, and there are reports of domestic violence situations. No word about charges yet, but the investigation is continuing.

Plane Crash Investigation Continues

The plane crash near Glasgow that happened Friday afternoon is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, who allowed the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office to release some information. The pilot has been identified as 50-year old Lazarus Enoch Sommers and his wife, 56-year old Maryann Sommers was also on board. They were from Millersburg, OH, and both were killed in the crash. The flight originated at Akron Fulton Airport in Ohio. It was bound for Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Schools Implement Change To Breakfast Programs

Many West Virginia public schools have changed the way they serve breakfast to students ahead of a requirement that goes into effect in September. The requirement is part of the state Feed to Achieve law. The 2013 law aims to maximize school meal participation by making it easier for students to eat at school. The law recommends programs such as "grab and go" breakfasts, eating breakfast in class, or serving breakfast after first period. The Sunday Gazette-Mail reports that 518 schools, or more than 75 percent, already meet the requirement. The law also sets up foundations in each county, along with a statewide foundation, to collect private donations to fund expanded meal programs. School meals are funded by the federal government. Increasing meal participation will harness more federal dollars.

Investigation Leads to Marijuana Bust

Kanawha County Sheriff's Office STOP team executed a search warrant at a home in Chesapeake this week on a tip that the man who lived there had been selling drugs. 49-year old Arthur Ray Elkins lived there, and his 23-year old son Arthur Ray Elkins Jr was seen leaving the home in his vehicle and was stopped a short distance away, and was found to have 1 ounce of marijuana packaged for sale. A search of the residence turned up an additional 1.5 pounds of marijuana. Arthur Ray Elkins was arrested and charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Arthur Ray Elkins Jr was charged with 1 count of possession with intent to deliver Marijuana.

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