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State wildlife biologists want to move the opening day of West Virginia's deer, bear and wild boar archery seasons to the last Saturday in September. Deer and bear archery seasons currently open on the Saturday closest to Oct. 1. The boar season begins on the Saturday closest to Oct. 15. Division of Natural Resources assistant wildlife chief Paul Johansen told the Charleston Gazette that the proposed change would simplify the seasons' openings for hunters, and other hunting seasons could be better spaced out. The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission would have to approved, and could discuss the changes in early May.
More than two dozen potential candidates' names have been submitted to West Virginia University's presidential search committee. A search firm will eventually receive the names to further narrow down the list. There are currently 31 applications or nominations that have been submitted. Former president Jim Clements left for Clemson University.
The daughter of a missing woman has been arrested for her murder. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says 36-year old Jessica Lee Woods of St. Albans was arrested Monday for the murder of her mother, Eva Linda Woods, who was last seen Friday outside her home. Woods body was found in a shed on the property behind her house on West Main Street, near Saint Albans, in a shallow grave. After an autopsy by the medical examiner, the manner of death was ruled as a homicide. Jessica Woods was arrested Monday morning at the Days Inn Hotel in Kanawha City and charged with murder, and awaits a preliminary hearing March 3rd.
One word makes all the difference. A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control says the agency is now using the word “safe” to describe the tap water that was contaminated by a Jan. 9 chemical spill. WCHS TV reports the change in verbage, but there's not change in action. The agency is not making a change in what it is recommending as far as the use of the water. They've been saying the water is appropriate to consume, to drink and bathe in since earlier this month.
Alpha Natural Resources said a federal judge has given preliminary approval to a $265 million settlement with former Massey Energy investors who said they were deliberately misled about the company's safety record. A judge hasset a hearing for June to discuss the settlement. Investors led by the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment say the former Massey Energy Co. repeatedly lied about its record, artificially inflating stock prices between 2008 and 2010. They said shareholders had no knowledge of Massey's long history of violations until after the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia exploded in April 2010. Twenty-nine men died. Richmond-based Massey Energy was bought by Alpha Natural Resources in June 2011.
More now in the case of a missing St. Albans woman. 59-year old Eva Linda Woods was last seen walking outside her home on West Main in St. Albans Friday afternoon. A search warrant was executed at her home on Sunday, and the body of an adult female was found in an outbuilding on the property. Positive identification is pending.
A bill to create a private flood insurance option in West Virginia has passed unanimously in the Senate. Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons said his bill provides residents with more flood insurance options and would help lower premiums in the state. He said changes under the Bigger-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 caused increases in premiums and have affected local housing markets. Under the bill, homeowners could purchase flood insurance to replace their home or simply insure the outstanding amount on their loan. The bill has been sent to the House for action.
Many from the tourism industry are part of an event that continues today at the Charleston Civic Center. The Travel-South Showcase has attracted convention and visitors bureaus from around the state, along with journalists from travel magazines and other travel-related companies from surrounding states. The economic impact of the convention could be as much as a million dollars for the area. It runs through Tuesday at the Civic Center.
The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill to conserve and invest a portion of oil and gas revenues to use for future infrastructure and economic development. The Future Fund Bill sets aside 25 percent of the severance tax revenues collected from private oil and gas companies above a $175 million benchmark. The fund would collect interest for six years before being used for economic development projects, building infrastructure and increasing teacher salaries. The bill is headed to the House for a vote.
A Sissonville stabbing is under investigation. The injuries to 2 men appear to be non-life threatening, and the Kanawha County Sheriff's office says the men stabbed each other with the same knife. Tracy Stalnaker and Trevor Goins got into a fight about 11 p.m. last night at the Pocatalico Apartments on Teresa Lane in Sissonville, and charges could be filed as the investigation continues.