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West Liberty University Continues Search for a President

West Liberty University's board has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the school's next president. The 21-member committee includes the Board of Governors, members of the university's Foundation Board, and representatives of students, faculty and staff. The Board of Governors approved the search committee on Wednesday. The committee's first meeting will be held April 28. Board of Governors chairman George Couch says in a news release that the goal is have a new president on campus by Jan. 1, 2016. Former President Robin Capehart resigned on March 11 following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty. John McCullough is serving as interim president.

State Treasurer is Looking for Unclaimed Property Owners

State Treasurer John Perdue's office is using newspaper inserts and direct mailings this month in an attempt to locate people with unclaimed property. Examples of unclaimed property include forgotten utility deposits, a final paycheck from an employer or safety deposit box contents. If you see your name you can call (800) 642-8687 or go to to find out how to claim.

Capitol High School Continues Search for a Principal

There are six candidates who could possibly become principal at Capitol High School. The Kanawha County school board may make a decision by the April 27 meeting, and WCHS TV reports in the meantime, a hiring committee is interviewing six people for the job. Clinton Giles resigned in February amid a student rape scandal under his leadership. He's been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Protest Wednesday Targets Raw Milk Veto

Protesters turned out at the Capitol Wednesday to oppose the veto of a bill that would've let people drink raw milk through animal herd sharing agreements. In his veto message, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wrote the bill would pose a serious risk to public health. Tomblin pointed out that raw milk could be dangerous to children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. The proposal wouldn't have allowed raw milk retail sales. It would have required a contract of ownership for milk-producing animals. People consuming raw milk would have been required first to sign a form acknowledging health risks. Doctors would have had to report any illnesses related to consuming raw milk to health officials.

Airport Monitoring Continues; Emergency Center Deactivated

The emergency operations center at Yeager Airport isn't active any longer. It was reopened after more slippage at teh site of the major landslide, but as things have subsided it's been closed. The airport released the news Wednesday that Yeager Airport Incident Commander Terry Sayre deactivated the emergency operations center, but Yeager officials continue to monitor the situation and another diversion channel has been created. There are also remote cameras to help with monitoring.

Website Set up for Spill Victims

Potential victims of last year’s Freedom Industries chemical spill can go to a website now to find out about their rights and see notices about public court proceedings. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office said Wednesday that the website,, will include links to iportant documents and will help prosecutors get information to those who think they might have been victims.

Hurricane and Putnam County Agree to Lawsuit Settlement

A landfill, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the facility's acceptance of waste from a chemical spill site. The Charleston Daily Mail says that the County Commission approved the settlement agreement on Tuesday. The county and the city sued Disposal Service Inc. and Waste Management of West Virginia in May 2014 after they learned the landfill had accepted liquid and solid waste from a Freedom Industries site in Charleston after the January 2014 spill. The agreement includes monitoring the landfill in Hurricane for the coal-cleaning chemical MCHM for five years. The landfill would shut down its aeration process and leachate discharge if MCHM is detected.

Teens Rescued from New River Gorge

Two teenage brothers are recovering after they fell off a cliff while hiking in the New River Gorge National River. The National Park Service says the 13-year-old and 19-year-old siblings were at an overlook at the end of Long Point Trail when the younger brother fell around 7:35 p.m. Sunday. The 19-year-old then fell while trying to reach his brother. The park service says the Fayette County Rope and Rescue Team used a litter to lift the 13-year-old off the cliff and carry him to the trailhead. Rescuers found the 19-year-old several hundred yards away. He was able to walk with rescuers to safety. Both brothers were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment.

Investigation Opens after Possible Explosive Device is Found

State police are asking for the public's help figuring out who put an explosive device on a playground outside a Head Start in Williamson. WCHS TV reports it was made of some aerosol cans taped together with wires soldered to it. Bomb squads were called out Monday, and state police think somebody tossed it over a fence onto the playground. Investigators are looking to see if video surveillance is available, and asking anyone with tips to call state police. It happened at Cinderalla Head Start on Vinson Street in Williamson.

Changes Made to Contra-Lane to Make it Safer

Drivers in Charleson are still getting used to the new contra, and crews are doing their best to clear up any confusion about it. There were some broken posts in spots, and WCHS TV reports last night those were replaced with concrete barriers to make the merge safer at the Interstate 64-77-79 split. The West Virginia Division of Highways said drivers hit the posts and broke them as they merged out of the contraflow lane and tried to cross several lanes of traffic. The concrete barriers will keep them in the left lane. The contralane will stay in place until a major bridge project is finished.

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