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Students at Mountain State now have a more concrete plan to finish their educations. Mountain State will lose accreditation December 31 and the Univeristy of Charleston has taken over. This week the Higher Learning Commission approved the "teach-out" plan that will help current Mountain State students, and under the plan students who finish their credits by May can graduate under MSU's requirements with either a Mountain State or a University of Charleston degree. The University of Charleston is taking over 37 undergrad and eight graduate programs at Mountain State, and the approval allows UC to teach those programs after the accreditation is lost.
Governor Early Ray Tomlin announced a $4 million investment in Putnam County's Nippon Thermostat plant Tuesday. The effort is expected to create 30 additional jobs by 2016, which would more than double the current workforce. Earlier this summer the governor took a business trip to Japan to try to drum up more business for West Virginia, and now the Tokyo-based company expands here. Nippon Thermostat manufactures automotive thermostats for Toyota, Honda, Nissan and others. With the hiring, comes an expansion of the facility in Fraziers Bottom that shoudl be done next spring.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin traveled to Japan earlier this summer with one of the goals to attract new business to West Virginia. The governor today is expected to to make an announcement with company officials at Nippon Thermostat in Putnam County, about dozens of jobs and millions of dollars in investment. The Governor will be at the plant at noon today.
As West Nile cases increase across the US, a new warning comes from the state veteranarian. Jewell Plumley urges horse owners to get the animals vaccinated now, and then have a booster shot administered at the end of August or early part of September since most of West Virginia's cases are in the early fall. Once a horse is infected with West Nile, there's no cure. There have been no human cases of West Nile so far this year in West Virginia, but some water pools with mosquitoes have tested positive.
Business After Hours events take place across the country to give professionals the chance to network and expand their businesses. The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce's next Business After Hours will happen from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Street Studio, 2801 Main St., Hurricane. Putnam County Chamber members can register with the Chamber.
A woman has been charged with murder after her boyfriend died of stab wounds. 30-year old Stacy Marie McCormick was arraigned yesterday after her boyfriend, David Snyder, died Sunday. Charleston Police say the stabbing happened Thursday afternoon at 1506 Washington Avenue, and during questioning McCormick told police she stabbed Snyder during a domestic dispute, according to the arrest complaint.
James Matheny was convicted in May of using a deadly weapon to assault FBI Special Agent Todd Berry and West Virginia secretary of state investigator James Wise in a voting fraud investigation, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The investigators were attempting to question Matheny about an absentee ballot when the crime occurred. Prosecutors now have recommended a 10-year prison sentence. Since Matheny's conviction, Lincoln County Sheriff Jerry Bowman, County Commissioner Thomas Ramey and County Clerk Donnie Bowman have all been highlighted in the alleged conspiracy.
Police have noticed an increase of drug overdoses lately. It's a potent new drug that was first thought to be a form of orange crack cocaine, which is the substance called AM 2201, a synthetic cannibinoid that's been used to coat the potpourri that was sold as synthetic marijuana. It's a powdery substance that was apparently smoked by those who have overdosed. It made them sick, and at least eight people were hospitalized because of it last week in Charleston. It's an illegal substance, because recent state and federal synthetic drug laws banned it. Detectives have a lead on who might be supplying the drug, but they welcome tips as the investigation continues.
Putnam County Sheriff's detectives continue to investigate the death of a three year old boy. The boy's mother called police after finding him unresponsive late Thursday or early Friday, and as police were talking to the mother they noticed drug paraphenalia in the apartment, according to the search warrant. The father was arrested 24-year old Cheyenne Cody Roush of Winfield for violating a protective order. Roush was engaged to marry the child's mother, Leslie Lilly, according to their Facebook pages. Autopsy results are pending for the child, and police continue to investigate.
The University of Charleston has put together a complete guide for students at Mountain State. The school loses accreditation December 31, and the University of Charleston has taken over. UC has to provide a teach out plan that shows how current Mountain State students can graduate by either staying at the school or transferring. The new guide is available on UC's website and shows options in four categories: those who can graduate in the fall semester; those planning to graduate in the spring; underclassmen pursuing a degree UC offers; and undergraduates in a program UC will not adopt. Students graduating this fall can stay at Mountain State, but if they want the University of Charleson on their diploma they'll have to transfer.