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Pratt Mayor Gary Fields is facing charges after his arrest Tuesday night. Chesapeake Police pulled him over after an officer saw him driving erratically near MacCorkle Avenue and 119th Street. He's been charged with DUI of controlled substances. Police say he admitted to taking prescribed medication, and was swaying back and forth during a field sobriety test and almost fell over. Fields was arrested in September 2013 for simple possession after police say they found prescription pills that weren't prescribed to him in his city issued car. Some residents organized a petition to have him removed, from office, but this past May, a three judge panel ruled in his favor and he was permitted to stay in office.
Charleston will pause today to honor Veterans today. The 73rd Kanawha Valley Veterans Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. with local high school JRROTC units, marching bands, military vehicles, horses, fire engines, and more. Line up to watch on Kanawha Boulevard, and it will move north on Capitol to Washington streets, west on Washington Street to Court Street, south on Court Street to Quarrier Street, then west on Quarrier Street to Clendenin Street, south on Clendenin Street to Kanawha Boulevard, east on Kanawha Boulevard and ending just east of Haddad Riverfront Park. There will be a short ceremony with a C-130 flyover at 11 a.m. by the 130th Airlift Wing.
The son of Mayor Danny Jones has been arrested. Zachary Jones was found passed out in a car shortly before 9pm last night, and police say pills were found in the car as he was parked in the lot of an emergency animal hospital. He's been charged with simple possession.
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.