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The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at around $586 million,and lottery officials said it could go even higher, surpassing last year's record $656 million jackpot. No one won the $425 million prize on Friday night. And officials Saturday raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing, the fourth-largest in U.S. history. Ticket sales are up by as much as 20 percent in states that reported their weekend numbers. Sales are expected to spike today. If there's no winner tonight, the jackpot will climb even higher for Friday's drawing.
The Charleston Sanitary Board has been fined for several environmental violations at a municipal sewer rehabilitation site. The Charleston Gazette reports that documents from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection show the board was fined $12,510 for violations at project in South Hills that called for replacement of about seven miles of sewer lines and installation of plastic lining in about a mile of pipe. Violations included sediment discharge and runoff into a stream. Sanitary Board general manager Larry Roller says the contractor on the project reimbursed the board for the fines, and the problems have been corrected.
The city of Charleston is getting ready to receive the first disbursement from its new sales tax. The money goes to improvements at the Charleston Civic Center. During Monday night's City Council meeting, council members created the fund for the deposits and the first funds will be deposited in mid- to late February for revenue received in October, November and December. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to http://WSAZ.COM
A Kanawha County man was arrested Friday at a home in Fayette County for failing to appear in court. Officers arrested 33-year old Raymond Legg Jr. for not appearing in court on a felony charge after Fayette County deputies received information he was there. Legg had failed to appear in Kanawha County Circuit Court on an armed robbery charge. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM
After a fight between players, a Logan County High School basketball coach is facing criminal charges. The brawl broke out Saturday night between players of Scott High School and Logan High School, and Champmanville police say Coach Mark Hatcher of Logan High School, tried to intervene. Hatcher is accused of pushing a police officer during the brawl and was arrested following the game. There were no injuries, but Hatcher is facing a battery on a police officer charge and also assault on a police officer.
The Kanawha County School System announced Friday that the school schedule will go back to the original plan that was put in place for the holiday. On Thursday, the district had changed the schedule to make up for a snow day.But they've reversed that decision because of what they call "misinformation." This Thursday, there will be a two-hour early release. There is no school for students on Friday. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM
Two people are lucky to be alive after a weekend accident that sent their car over an embankment on Interstate 77 South near the Leon Sullivan exit. The driver hit a slick spot and over corrected on wet roads, and the car ended up hanging over an embankment. Officers credit the use of seat belts for the lack of injuries. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito doesn't want cell phone use on airplanes to become a reality. A proposal is before decision makers now that would permit passengers to use mobile phones while the plane is in the air, and Capito is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to ban in-flight calls on domestic commercial flights. Crew members, air marshals, and law enforcement could still make calls. No word yet on when a final decision may come.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encourages West Virginians to buy local Christmas trees this year. The governor says in the state there are more than 30 family-owned "Choose-and-Cut" Christmas tree farms. and visiting a tree farm is an opportunity to spend quality time with family and support the local economy. The West Virginia Division of Forestry supports Choose-and-Cut Christmas tree farms across the state by providing information including the location, operating hours, products, species, sizes and services available at each farm. Find out more at www.wvcommerce.org.
A new state policy gives county school systems in West Virginia more control over their school calendars. The policy approved this week by the West Virginia Board of Education provides two options for making up canceled school days. County boards can use either available non-instructional days or an out-of-calendar day. The Department of Education says in a news release that the change will allow county school boards to avoid using a particular non-instructional day to make a canceled school day. The new policy also allows year-round school calendars at the option of local districts.