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New Nursing Degree Offered

The University of Charleston will begin offering an associate degree in nursing at its Beckley campus this fall. The program was recently approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. The university says the program is geared toward working adults, offered on alternate weekends, and can be completed in 18 months. It will offer a combination of face-to-face instruction, laboratory work and clinical work in area hospitals. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted this fall, and another 15 in January.

Several Agencies Awarded Housing Grants

Seven housing programs in West Virginia have been awarded federal grants totaling more than $842,000. The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to assist homeless individuals and families, along with communities experiencing homelessness. Programs receiving grants include the Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority, Kanawha Valley Collective/KVC Planning Project, and Raleigh County Community Action Association. U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the grants Monday in a news release.

One Boater Still in ICU After Weekend Accident

The four people injured Sunday in a boating accident in Kanawha County have been identified. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the four were hurt near Chesapeake on Sunday, and the person driving was 22-year old Steven Garrison of Winifrede. Passengers were as Nichole Garrison of Winifrede, Mary Snodgrass of Gallagher and Blake Snodgrass of Gallagher. Blake Snodgrass was in critical condition Monday at CAMC General Hospital, and the others have been treated and released. The boat hit a parked barge as it was headed downstream.

Logan Comes Together to Support Family of Teen Killed in ATV Accident

West Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into an ATV crash in Logan County that killed a 14-year old Sunday night. Troopers say it happened on Pine Creek off Route 44 near Omar in Logan County. The victim was Tyler Frye, and the teen was alone when the ATV crashed. No cause has been given for the accident just yet. There was a prayer service for the Frye Family Monday night at the Logan Middle School Gym.

Protestors Arrested At Alpha Mining Site

Police have arrested eight mountaintop removal mining protesters for trespassing at Alpha Natural Resources headquarters in Bristol, Virginia. For two hours Friday morning, protesters from Mountain Justice and Radical Action for Mountains and People's Survival say they blocked the entrance to Alpha. They oppose the opening of two new mines on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia. Both activist groups are based in West Virginia. The protest didn't prevent anyone from getting to work, but several locked themselves together and another dangled from a flagpole and hung a flag saying, "Save Coal River Mountain."

Former Mingo County Judge Appeals Sentence

A former Mingo County judge who pleaded guilty to a corruption charge is appealing his 50-month prison sentence. The Williamson Daily News reports that Michael Thornsbury's attorney has filed a notice of appeal with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive campaign sign maker George White of his constitutional rights. Prosecutors said Thornsbury participated in a scheme to protect the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from accusations that the sheriff bought prescription painkillers from White. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston earlier this month agreed with prosecutors who argued that Thornsbury deserved more prison time than the 30 to 37 months suggested by federal sentencing guidelines.

Watch Out For Fake $10 Bills

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a flood of counterfeit $10 bills. Morrisey says a Charleston bank recently alerted his office to a large number of bogus bills being passed at stores in the area. He says the bills all have the serial number IL 31448733B. The U.S. Secret Service says anyone who receives a counterfeit bill should try to note the description of the person passing it as well as any relevant license plate number. The recipient should then write his or her initials and the date in the white border area of the bill, place it in an envelope and turn it over to police or the Secret Service.

FestivALL Continues In Charleston Today

FestivALL got going in Charleston over the weekend, and despite the rainy start, the crowds turned out for concerts, 5K, and parade. Sunday the local chefs were showcased as part of Taste-of-ALL. Today you can catch the Dawn-til-Dusk East End Garden Showcase on the historic East End, and those participating gardens will be open all week. There's also a Meet-N-Greet for the Disney Jungle Book characters Baloo and Mowgli, and film screenings of Oscar-nominated animated shorts. Todand and tomorrow are also the days for West Virginia Squares, similar to the game show Hollywood Squares, but all of the questions will be West Virginia-based. Peter Marshall hosts, and PBS will be filiming it. Find out more at www.festivallcharleston.com

State Police Investigate Hit and Run

West Virginia state police are investigating after they say a trooper was injured in a hit-and-run accident along the West Virginia Turnpike. State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says in a news release that Trooper D.R. White of the Parkways Authority detachment had stopped his cruiser to remove debris on Interstate 77. White was struck while walking back to his cruiser shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday north of Princeton. Baylous says the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid. State Police are seeking information on the driver. State Police say White crawled back to his cruiser, where he called for medical assistance. He was treated and released from a hospital.

Whistleblower Suit Dismissed Against DHHR

A lawsuit filed by two former Department of Health and Human Resources employees for raising concerns about an advertising contract has been dismissed. Kanawha Circuit Judge Jim Stucky granted the DHHR's motion for summary judgment last week. Former DHHR deputy secretary Susan Perry and former general counsel Jennifer Taylor filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the DHHR in 2012. Taylor, Perry and former DHHR spokesman John Law were reassigned in July 2012 after they objected to the handling of a six-figure advertising contract. They were eventually fired. The Charleston Gazette reports Stucky's dismissal order says Taylor and Perry "were engaged in wrongful conduct" when they intervened in the contract.

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