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Appalachian Power says the storms of June 29th cost the company $62 million and the numbers could climb higher because the final tally has yet to be reached. The state Public Service Commission held a hearing Monday to discuss the response of public utilities, and executives from Appalachian Power, First Energy and West Virginia American Water Company all sent representatives. Appalachian brought in 3,500 additional workers from 22 states to help restore power after the storm.
Bluefield State College in Beckley is expanding its nursing program. More nursing students will be able to attend school under the associate degree program in 2013, according to the Register-Herald, prompted mostly by a shortage of nursing education opportunities in the region.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office was called Saturday morning to a home in Rand, about a woman that had possibly overdosed on medication. As deputies were on the way there, a man called and tried to cancel the response, but deputies continued on to make sure the woman was okay. The police report says 47-year old Lawrence P. Richmond was beligerent when the deputy requested to speak with the woman, who was slumped over a chair. Paramedics eventually took the woman to the hospital, and the deputy said at that point Richmond tried to attack him. Richmond had to be tasered to be subdued, and was eventually taken to South Central Regional Jail.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says a fugitive from Georgia turned himself in Sunday morning. After learning he was wanted in the state of Georgia on Felony Drug charges, 36-year old Robert Allen Shamlin of Charleston surrendered in Kanawha County, and was taken to the South Central Regional Jail. He's awaiting extraditition to Georgia to face charges there.
Wild boar season opens Saturday in four counties. The Division of Natural Resources says a special boar permit is no longer required, but hunters must have certain licenses. Hunting of wild boars will be restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming Counties. Hunters can only take one wild boar per year and hit has to be checked at an official station within 24 hours. Wild boar hunting begins October 27 and runs through November 3.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced that sixteen additional counties will receive individual assistance from FEMA after the June 29 storms and power outages that followed. The initial declaration included only four counties: Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh and Fayette. Last week, the governor asked for an expansion to include twenty others, but FEMA said ok to sixteen. Putnam county will not get the individual assistance. But individuals and businesses in Boone,
Lincoln, Roane, Wood and others will. West Virginians needing assistance in the counties that will receive individual assistance are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting http://www.fema.gov/.
Police say they tried to stop Rahshed Scott on I-64 for speeding Saturday morning and he did, but when the officer got out of his cruiser Scott took off. There was a short chase and Scott eventually stopped again, but then took off on foot. A police K9 caught up with him near the Kanawha River, and took him into custody. The car had been stolen out of North Carolina.
A railroad has laid off workers and says a coal industry that isn't producing as much work is the reason. Norfolk Southern Corporation has announced it has laid off about 200 workers in Bluefield and Roanoke. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that decreased coal traffic led to the furloughs. Those workers were offered jobs in other locations including Chicago and Cleveland, if they wanted to move to those areas.
Police say a jogger in Putnam County was stuck and killed early Sunday in Putnam County. 60-year old John Martin Arthur of Fraziers Bottom was trying to cross West Virginia Route 817 in Fraziers Bottom around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, when he was hit by a car. The sheriff's department is investigating.
The West Virginia Tourism Commission has passed out it grants under the Matching Advertising Partnership Program. Grants total more than $1.2 million, although projects totalling more than $2.6 million were submitted to compete for the money. Among the grant recipients, $382,000 to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and $184,000 to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. Over all casinos seemed to be big winners under the program. $209,000 went to the Fayette-Mercer-Raleigh County Winter Coalition, $71,000 to the American Mountain Theater in Elkins, and $26,000 to Country Road Cabins in Fayette County.