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New technology is helping with water-monitoring in at least one spot. The Putnam Public Service District has a new, state-of-the-art source water monitoring panel, and a news release from the district says it's been installed at its water treatment plant in Teays Valley. The special panel lets plant operators know about changes in source water that could affect water quality and alert them to contamination. Operators would even be able to shut down raw water pumps and still keep the water plant operational while they investigate the possible contamination.
About those riots in Morgantown after a West Virginia football game...Police say eight people have been arrested and more than two dozen cited. Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the charges and criminal citations included underage consumption, malicious burning, destruction of property and disorderly conduct. Eight police cars belonging to several law enforcement agencies were damaged by rocks, beer bottles and construction debris thrown by rioters. A fire engine and two Morgantown fire marshal vehicles also were damaged. The university has said any student found to be involved in the incidents will face sanctions, up to and including expulsion.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is making the rounds across the state to discuss energy and education. On Tuesday, Manchin spoke with students at Lincoln County High School in Hamlin about ways to improve education opportunities in West Virginia and across the nation. Today he'll travel around West Virginia with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island to discuss fossil fuel energy production. Thursday, Manchin will deliver remarks at the installation ceremony for United Mine Workers of America officers in Morgantown. Friday, Manchin will present an American flag to the Stonewood Fire Department. Manchin also will visit seniors during lunch, meet with local officials to discuss regional, state and national issues, and deliver remarks at the Governor's annual Energy Summit and participate in the One Shot hunt.
Police say two people were injured when a school bus went over an embankment in Jackson County Tuesday morning on Middle Fork Road. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs tells The Charleston Gazette that the school bus met another vehicle on a narrow portion of the road. He says the bus apparently got too close to the edge of the road and went over the embankment. The driver and a 14-year-old student were the only people on the bus at the time and were taken to a hospital as a precaution.
A Boone County man is facing charges after police say he held his family hostage and threatened to kill himself. State police arrested Cameron Booth and charged him with battery, assault and unlawful restraint. Booth 's wife was cut when she tried to take the knife away from him, but got away, and she used social media to reach out for help. It wasn't long before state police arrived at the house and took her husband into custody. There were three children inside who were not hurt.
Charleston police are investigating after a 16-year-old student was found with a gun in his jacket at George Washington High School. The student has been charged and could be expelled. Other kids told the staff that the 10th-grader had the gun, who said he found it in a yard and brought it to school. It wasn't loaded.
Sen. Joe Manchin is in North Carolina campaigning for Sen. Kay Hagan, who faces a tough re-election there, against Republican state House speaker Thom Tillis. The expensive race is crucial in deciding whether Democrats keep a slim U.S. Senate majority. Manchin has become an asset for Democrats in tight races in red states.
A fundraising event for veterans that had been planned for this week won't happen until next summer. A Hero's Salute had been scheduled for Oct. 25 with a dinner and dance and historic airplanes, but after a big financial sponsor backed out the event had to be postponed until next summer. The Charleston Gazette reports that financial backer would have paid for nine WW II aircraft to come to Charelston. And now the aircraft aren't available until June 20th of next year, so that's the earliest the event would happen.
Frontier Communications customers have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming Frontier failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised. The suit has been filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court, and in the suit customers also complain about outages, and having to turn modems on and off to reset service. Frontier had advertised “High-speed Internet Max,” with speeds up to 12 megabits per second, but decreased speeds in some areas. The suit claims it violates the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act The Charleston Gazette reports the company claims customers got the Internet service they paid for, and that speeds can vary because of many different factors.
If you have plans to drive this Thanksgiving, you'll have a new road to use. Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving. Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area. Another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year, but it could be early spring because of winter weather. Overall the Corridor H construction is ahead of schedule. When it is completed, it will connect Interstate 79 near Weston with the junction of Interstates 81 and 66 in Front Royal, Virginia.