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Some heavy equipment was removed this week from Kanawha County’s Slack Street recycling center. The Charleston Gazette reports the equipment that was removed is owned by George Hunyadi, who took over operation of the recycling center last year under a lease agreement with the Solid Waste Authority. The Solid Waste Authority voted recently to end the deal after Hunyadi was having trouble keeping the recycling center afloat. There is still a good deal of unprocessed recyclable material at the Slack Street center, and much of it is going to the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority’s recycling facility in Beckley.
West Virginia is updating its tax forms to reflect court rulings overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. A recent administrative notice filed by the state Tax Department says gender will no longer be considered when married couples' personal income tax filings are processed. Tax Department spokeswoman Lalena Price tells The Charleston Daily Mail that the agency is updating language used in all of its materials, including forms and brochures, to remove terms such as "husband" and "wife."
The soon-to-be youngest state lawmaker in West Virginia history will address a group of students and teachers this weekend. Eighteen-year-old Saira Blair is scheduled to speak at the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association's annual fall conference Saturday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. The Republican won a seat in the state House of Delegates in the Nov. 4 election. Blair is a freshman attending West Virginia University. She plans to skip spring classes so she can serve as a lawmaker. The Legislature meets for 60 days from January to March.
West Virginia arts organizations will have an opportunity to make their pitch for grant funds next week. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History Arts Section will hear public comments at a meeting Tuesday at the Culture Center in Charleston. State Arts Director Renee Margocee says the meeting gives organizations an opportunity to discuss their plans for next year as commission members and staff begin to develop the state arts plan. The Arts Section annually oversees the distribution of $1.91 million in federal and state grant funds. Speakers can schedule comment time by calling Robin Jones at 304-558-0240.
Six-speed automatic transmissions are rolling off a new production line at a Toyota plant in Buffalo. The line began production on Tuesday at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant. The additional line increases the plant's annual production capacity from 500,000 transmissions to 700,000. Toyota announced the $90 million expansion last year. It's the eighth expansion since the plant opened in 1996. The Buffalo plant employs more than 1,400 workers. It produces transmissions and engines.
A man was sentenced yesterday for a death in February in St. Albans. Shawn Legg learned Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court that he'd be sentenced to one to three years for attempted accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Eva Woods. Her body was found in a shed behind her home, and investigators said she was murdered by her daughter, Jessica Woods. Legg said he told Jessica Woods how to dispose of her mother’s body. Jessica Woods is still awaiting results of a mental evaluation before her trial, which was scheduled this week.
A man who shot and killed a burglar last week at his home is facing charges in a separate incident now. David Campbell shot and killed Robert Carter last week after a warning shot at his home in Campbells Creek. Now Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say Campbell is charged with wanton endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. He had a permit, but it expired in September of this year. The charges come after an incident earlier this week when Campbell saw a friend of Robert Carter's and pointed a gun at him, chased him, and threatened to shoot him. Deputies say Campbell was convinced the man - Eddie Chapman - had assisted in the earlier burglary at his home.
A 28-year old St. Albans woman is facing charges after several bicycles were stolen. Cammy Lynn Johnson was arrested after a neighbor saw someone steal a bike off a porch on McKinley Avenue and leave in a truck. Police found the truck a short time after that near Carson Street and Jackson Avenue. Johnson's charges include obstructing an officer, simple possession of prescription medication, driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance.
A new West Virginia University housing complex is ready for students following construction delays. The delays forced about 600 students to find temporary housing before the beginning of classes in August. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the university has told students they can begin moving into University Place on Nov. 19. The university has offered the students free moving assistance. The $70 million apartment complex in Morgantown's Sunnyside neighborhood is a partnership between WVU and a private owner.
Hendricks Coal expects to lay off 90 workers at three mines and a coal preparation plant in Mingo County. A warning notice filed with Workforce West Virginia shows that the layoffs are expected to occur Dec. 1 at the company's No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 underground mines and at the prep plant. Online records show Charleston-based Hendricks Coal filed the notice of the layoffs, known as WARN, last week.