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The Nitro City Council has accepted the terms to settle a lawsuit between the city and building inspector Sandra Saunders. The vote to accept came Tuesday night after Saunders had filed a complaint with the WV Human Rights Commission alleging pay disparity and sexual harassment in 2011. The Gazette reports the pay disparity compaint was settled, but there has been no comment on the status of the sexual harassment complaint.
Charleston City council members have accepted a plan that will allow Charleston to expand Fort Hill Park. The city council on Monday night secured about eight acres of land adjacent to Danner Meadows Park in Fort Hill that will be the future home of walking and biking trails. The land is adjacent to Dabney Drive and along Gordon Road in Fort Hill. The Lawson Hamilton estate owns the property and a previous deal fell through. The land was eventually donated.
Tickets are still available for West Virginia's bowl game. WVU is headed to New York and Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl December 29th to face Syracuse. Pinstripe Bowl tickets priced at $90 are available at WVUgame.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME. This will be West Virginia’s 11th straight bowl appearance. Kickoff is at 3:15pm on the 29th.
More jobs will be coming to Nitro. Mardis Gras Casino and Resort has announced plans to open a buffet that will create 60 jobs. There is a career fair at the resort today that aims to fill casino and food and beverage positions. The buffet is scheduled to open in early 2013.
A new KIDS COUNT report says the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are unemployed and aren't in school is rising. According to the report, 40 percent of West Virginians ages 16 to 24 held a job in 2011. That's down from 53 percent in 2000. About 50 percent of young people nationally were employed in 2011, compared to 60 percent in 2000. Laid off workers are now competing for entry level positions, which makes it harder for young people to enter the workforce. The report recommends developing a national youth employment strategy, along with employer-sponsored earn-and-learn programs.
Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced recently she's running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. A group called Coal Miners for Capito has thrown their support behind the Congresswoman in the new campaign. Some groups worry about the decline of the coal industry in the midst of the development of other energy sources, and Coal Miners for Capito believes she's the one to help the industry in the Senate. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller is up for reelection in 2014, and has supported legislation beneficial to coal miners in the past.
Nitro police are looking for a man who stole computers from Walmart. Surveillance video shows a white male in his twenties or early thirties, wearing a baseball cap. Police say he drives two vehicles - a black Ford Focus or a Jeep. He may have stolen computers on three separate occasions. Anyone with information should call Nitro police.
A Lincoln County man is facing drug charges. 28-year old Evan Edwin Hager was arrested drug charges after South Charleston police say they found hydrocodone pills in his pocket. Ther was a report of a domestic disturbance in the Southridge Walmart parking lot Saturday evening and while police were speaking with Hager they noticed pill bottles in his pocket. Detectives say the 36 pills are consistent with delivery. Hager is charged with felony possession.
The talk about what to do with some trees in St. Albans is over. The trees at the end zone of St. Albans High School's football field have been cut down. A man had filed a temporary restraining order against the school to try to save the trees, but a judge dissolved the restraining order and cleared the way for the trees to be cut down. School officials said the trees were rotting and suffered severe damage during the June 29th storms. Some worried the trees might fall down and then the school would be liable.
Skiers are hitting the slopes this season. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is celebrating its largest turnout for an opening weekend in more than ten years. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Snowshoe saw 73 percent more skier visits than their opening last year. Superstorm Sandy was good for the resort, with nearly 28 inches of snow . Snowshoe is in Pocahontas County, and has more than 40 acres of skiable terrain open now. The ski industry is big in West Virginai and draws more than 800,000 skier visits a year. That can turn into $250 million for the state economy.