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WVU Sets Up Accreditation Website

After Mountain State University lost accreditation last year, there is heightened awareness about the process. West Virginia University says they will have a campus visit next year by an accrediting body, and they are starting the preparations now. The university said Monday that it has created a website providing information on the accreditation process that offers advice on how to be involved in the process. The Higher Learning Commission's reaffirmation of accreditation visit is set for April 7-9, 2014. The visit will include formal meetings, open forums and informal conversations with faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni.

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Yeager Airport Loses a Flight This Summer

Those traveling from Charleston to New York City this summer will lose one of their options. reports the American Airlines direct flight to New York will be discontinued on June 12, the same day the company begins its direct flight to Dallas, which reports say will be more profitable for the airline. Yeager Airport officials are trying to find a replacement flight now.

Sen. Rockefeller Will Recognize WV Business Wednesday

One company's success has been noticed by a federal lawmaker. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is returning to the area this week to celebrate what he considers one of the signature achievements of his nearly 50-year career, the Toyota manufacturing plant in Buffalo. Rockefeller will join Toyota Motor Corp. chairman Shoichiro Toyoda and others in celebrating production of the 10 millionth unit on Wednesday afternoon. In March, Toyota announced a $45 million expansion of the Buffalo plant that will create 80 jobs, to bring the plant's total to about 1200 employees.

Police Identify 4th Robbery Suspect

Charleston police have identified the fourth suspect in an April 21st robbery in downtown Charleston. Three University of Charleston basketball players are in custody and charged with robbery - Terrell Lipkins, Robert Dreher, and Quincy Washington not only face charges, they've also been evicted from UC residence halls and were removed from the basketball team. Now detectives are searching for 22-year old Timothy Schmachtenberger of Canton, Ohio. He's not a University of Charleston student, but police think he was with the three UC basketball players the night two men were attacked and robbed on a downtown Charleston street. Schmachtenberger may not be in Charleston or Canton, but when he's tracked down he'll face two counts of first-degree robbery.

No Charges After Last Week's Bomb Scare

That bomb scare last week outside the Charleston Marriot came after a homeless man abandoned his backpack, and police have said no charges will be filed. Detectives were able to track him down and question him, and apparently he left all of his belongings in the backpack and tried to hide it so he could come back for it later. There was a tupperware container in it with screws and nails inside, and that's what prompted the call to police.

Man is Arrested for Sexual Abuse

An Elkview man has been arrested for touching a 14-year-old girl inappropriately. Deputies say there were three separate incidents that happened while the girl was sleeping at his home in Elkview, and Johnie Winnell is accused of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Three Arrested for Breaking into Boarded Up Home

South Charleston police have arrested three people for breaking into a home that had been condemned for meth. The home on Forest Circle had been boarded up, and Mara Altizer, Michael Barned and Jesse Reed have all been arrested and charged with burglary for prying off a plywood windo. Altizer used to live there, according to police.

Sheriff's Office Puts C andidates to the Test

The Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission and Sheriff John Rutherford are beginning the Civil Service Testing process to pick candidates for Entry-Level Deputy Sheriff. It's a rigorous process, with the physical ability test getting things started this Saturday at West Virginia State University Lakin Field. The sheriff's office says they're expecting 180 applicants. Those who pass the physical ability test will move on to the written exam Saturday. Those that score at least 70% on that move onto the thorough background investigation phase, and then a polygraph examination. After that it's interviews and a psychological exam, and finally a medical examination.

Each candidate who meets all of the criteria will go before the Kanawha County Commission for the formal acceptance into the Sheriff’s Office.

Parents Fined for Truancy

The truancy crackdown continues. Ten parents in Kanawha County will have to pay fines and perform community service because their children didn't go to school. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom this week fined each parent $211 and placed them on 90 days of probation. The Charleston Daily Mail reports all 10 parents were charged with first-offense truancy after their children had more than five unexcused absences from school. The absences ranged from 10 to 41 days. If their children miss any more school, judge Bloom told them he wouldn't hesitate to send them to jail.

Students Honored for Character

56 high school students were honored Thursday night for good grades and good character. US Attorney Booth Goodwin hosted the ceremony at the Culture Center, and named the students Ambassadors for Justice. The ceremony honored high school juniors selected for outstanding character and citizenship, after administrative officials at their schools nominated them.

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