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The West Virginia Division of Natural is seeking public input on a proposed plan to restore elk in the state. A public meeting is scheduled Thursday at Chief Logan Lodge in Logan County. The DNR says in a news release that historical records indicate West Virginia hasn't had an elk population since around 1875. However, there have been confirmed reports of elk in southern West Virginia in recent years. The agency says there is renewed interest in restoring elk in West Virginia due to successful restorations in Kentucky and Virginia.
Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013. The largest drop occurred at Bluefield State College, where enrollment declined by nearly 11 percent. West Virginia University's enrollment fell by 1 percent. The student count at Marshal increased by less than a percent, and enrollment also went up at West Virginia State University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
Kanawha County commissioners met Monday to start canvassing last week's election results. In the 36th House of Delegates District race, Nancy Guthrie leads Danny Wells by just 22 votes for the third and final spot. Democrats Larry Rowe and Brad White won the other two seats. Commissioners are reviewing 442 provisional ballots that could have an effect on the race.
Hundreds of teachers from across the state are receiving training for advanced placement courses this week in Charleston. The West Virginia Center for Professional Development's Advanced Placement Fall Institute begins Wednesday and continues through Friday. Educators are attending courses to learn instructional strategies from advanced placement experts. The sessions also are aimed at helping teachers better prepare students for the 2015 AP exams.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has tapped state Sen. Brooks McCabe of Kanawha County to serve on the West Virginia Public Service Commission. McCabe is not seeking re-election in the Senate. He will resign his legislative seat before joining the commission. He'll fill a vacancy created by Commissioner Ryan Palmer's resignation in September.
West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity following the arrests of more than a dozen members on alcohol-related charges. WVU interim student activities director Bob Campione tells The Dominion Post that the Sigma Chi fraternity can't host social events, accept new pledges or participate in any university activities during the suspension. Morgantown police arrested 19 fraternity members early Thursday morning.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is getting his own school at West Virginia University. The retiring senator joined WVU President Gordon Gee and others on Saturday in Morgantown to announce the launch of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics. Rockefeller says the school will be "intensely focused on a deep academic study of ourselves, our world and its future." He's also is donating his Senate papers to the university. Rockefeller is retiring in January after 30 years in the Senate. He also served as governor, secretary of state, in the House of Delegates and as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are investigating shots fired in Sissonville Sunday morning that may have been a suicide attempt, or it's being investigated that way. The shooting happened on Abb Lane in the 12am hour, the deputies say three adults were inside the home when one of them started playing Russian Roulette. The man was taken to CAMC General right after the shooting, and his name and condition haven't been released.
West Virginia University has a new agreement to buy the former Mountain State University campus in Beckley. WVU President Gordon Gee said in a news release Thursday that it's a unique opportunity and has the potential to increase WVU's ability to serve the state. Mountain State University folded after having its accreditation revoked in 2012, and the University of Charleston stepped in to offer classes in Beckley and Martinsburg at Mountain State’s former campuses. Lawsuits were filed by former Mountain State University students, and as part of the settlement MSU would sell its campus in Beckley, and UC would look for a new place to offer classes.
A lawsuit is following an acquittal. Kanawha County family court judge, D. Mark Snyder, was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge in August after being accused of battery on a health care provider. The Charletson Gazette reports Snyder is suing a nurse and her husband, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy, as well as several Charleston police officers, CAMC, and the city of Charleston. The nurse, Stephanie King, testified during the trial that Snyder yelled in her face and grabbed her arm trying to guide her to his friend’s hospital room. Snyder testified that he didn’t think he did that. In his lawsuit, Snyder also alleges that the defendants provided false information to the state Judicial Ethics Commission.