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Graffiti artists tag more Charleston buildings and vehicles

More attention is being drawn to recent graffiti in Charleston. in fact, even MSNBC has picked up on the story. Just this week the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services had some of it's vehicles tagged with the word "DICE." That word has been something of a recurring theme over the past few weeks on vehicles, buildings and sidewalks. The Salvation Army in Charleston has been among the places hit, as well as homes along Roane Street and the Health Net building along Wyoming Street. Charleston police are investigating, and don't thing the vandals are targeting any specific area of the city. There are many examples of DICE graffiti posted online.

School to be released early in Kanawha County Nov. 28

Students in Kanawha County won't get out of school early the day before Thanksgiving, but they will be released early the following Wednesday. The dismissal date is wrong on the Kanawha County Schools calendar for November 21. That will be a full day. But there will be an early dismissal on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Deal reached on Ravenswood cleanup

The US Environmental Protection Agency has come to an agreement on plans for cleaning up the Ravenswood smelter. The EPA has signed an agreement with TRC Companies Inc., TRC Environmental Corp., and Ravenswood Holdings Company to clean up the waste pile at Century Aluminum's smelting site in Jackson County. TRC has agreed to repair and maintain a rubber membrane liner on the waste pile to prevent cyanide from escaping into soil and groundwater.

Details announced for new college savings plan

Saving for college could get easier. West Virginia's SMART529 Direct Plan college savings program will see some changes that Treasurer John Perdue expects will make it easier for parents to save for their child's college education.
Investments primarily will be made in Vanguard funds which can keep costs low, and the minimum contribution requirement will be eliminated. Details were announced Wednesday at a news conference in Charleston.

Fire in Dunbar displaces residents

Fire investigators are looking into an apartment fire in Dunbar that put several residents on the street Wednesday night. The Dunbar Towers building caught fire around 8:30pm after an electrical problem set off the blaze. There were no injuries.

Kanawha County gets federal money after June 29 derecho

Kanawha County is getting over $460,000 in federal Housing Assistance Funds to help after the June 29th storms. The Kanawha County Commission announced Tuesday the money will be used to reimburse residents for home repairs and rental assistance and will go to those who applied. The rest will go to those who applied for personal property damage, like as appliance, furniture, generators, and medical supplies.

Conference to address changing workforce

Which industries will need workers in the coming years? Executives and administrators will talk about the ways the workforce is changing this week at a conference at West Virginia State University. As tecnhology and industries change, needs change. Leaders from business, industry, and education will attend the conference Friday's inaugural Regional Workforce Development Conference in Institute. They'll focus on the role of education in preparing the workforce. Representatives will be on hand from the Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Manufacturers Association, West Virginia Coal Association, Appalachian Power, Charleston Area Alliance, Kanawha County Schools and others.

Sheriff's office makes burglary arrests

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says three Campbell's Creek residents were arrested last Saturday just a few minutes after they broke into a mobile home. Witnesses saw the three break in and steal a washer, dryer and other
items, then deputies caught up with them. Sherry Ann Peyton was arrested, along with her 19-year old daughter Diva Peyton, and 21-year old Jeremy Light. All are facing burglary charges.

Demand for coal may be overshadowed by other energy sources

A new report on energy this week shows the global demand for coal will continue to rise, but as natural gas and renewable sources continue to gain popularity coal's share of the market may drop. That's according to an International Energy Agency report and also says total world energy demand will continue to rise over the next 25 years. The IEA says demand for oil, gas and coal will grow through 2035, but their combined share of energy supply will fall from 81 percent to 75 percent during that period.

Meth lab found in St. Albans garage

A St. Albans woman is facing drug charges after police say they found materials used to make meth. 33-year old Nicole A. Boling has been charged with the purchase of Sudafed to manufacture meth, attempting to operate a meth lab, plus other charges. State troopers said they responded to 200 ½ Joseph Road in St. Albans and received consent to search a garage apartment. That led to Bolin's arrest. She's being held in the South Central Regional Jail.

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