The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 25, 2013

W.Va. news briefs

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — WVU narrows list for interim president

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University board members hope to select the school’s interim president early next month.

Media outlets report the university’s Board of Governors spent more than four hours in closed executive session Thursday. Later, board chairman James Dailey said the list of potential candidates was narrowed but he didn’t say how many remain.

The board meets again Dec. 3. Dailey said he hopes the board can take the narrowed list and wrap up the selection process.

The board is looking for a temporary replacement for Jim Clements, who accepted the presidency of Clemson University earlier this month.


WVSU, WVU ink engineering agreement

 INSTITUTE (AP) — Students interested in pursuing an engineering degree will be able to start the process at West Virginia State University and finish up in the West Virginia University System.

The opportunity was made possible by an articulation agreement between the two institutions Thursday.

WVSU will begin offering engineering courses in the fall of 2014. According to the agreement, students can complete two years of general engineering studies at the university in Institute before transferring to the WVU System for the final two years. Their degree would come from the WVU System.


AG urges caution over charitable donations

CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging West Virginians to be cautious when giving charitable donations during the holiday season.

Morrisey says that solicitation for charitable giving will start to increase both for the holidays as well as potential major weather events as the winter begins.

While giving to charities is encouraged, Morrisey says his office wants to make sure that consumers have all the information they need before giving to prevent fraud.

Before making a donation, the Federal Trade Commission suggests asking for detailed information about the charity and researching their reputation.

Those solicited for a donation to a charity believed to be fraudulent or who have been scammed by a fraudulent charity, please contact Morrisey’s office at (800) 368-8808.


Holiday event set for Dec. 3 at the Capitol

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s annual Joyful Night celebration is set for Dec. 3.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the holiday event at the State Capitol Complex is free and open to the public.

Activities begin at the North Plaza with music by two high school bands. Tomblin and First lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will then light a tree donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fisher of Charleston, followed by a performance by a children’s chorus.

Then it’s on to the South Plaza for music by another high school band, a tribute to first responders and military members, and another tree lighting.  

Other performances and events are set in the first floor Rotunda of the Capitol, the Governor’s Reception Room, the Governor’s Mansion and the Culture Center.