The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 20, 2013

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State to see Internet upgrade

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia will award about $4 million in leftover federal stimulus money to a company that plans to upgrade the state’s Internet capacity.

The excess funds will come from a $126.3 million federal grant the state has used to expand high-speed Internet state wide, the Charleston Gazette reports

Bridgeport-based Citynet will establish nine facilities that funnel data and connect to the national Internet network in Pittsburgh and Columbus. The $13.5 million project is designed to increase Internet speeds in West Virginia and lower the cost of subscribing to broadband service.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a federal agency overseeing West Virginia’s broadband expansion grant, recently approved Citynet’s project.

The company plans to start installing equipment within three weeks and finish the project by the end of the year.


WVU journalism school receives $250,000 gift


SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia wildlife calendars are now available to help you plan the new year.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section says the 2014 features outdoor images and other information about enjoying the state’s wildlife.

The cover of the wall calendar features a fall painting of a mountain stream that is flowing by a kingfisher with an angler fly-fishing in the background.

Other paintings include a black bear and her cub, a peregrine falcon, a bluegill, a bullfrog, and a barred owl. Paintings of a gray fox, a ring-necked pheasant, a blue jay, a muskrat and a gray squirrel round out the year.

The calendar is available at natural resources district offices, department stores and newsstands. The price is $10.


WVU journalism school receives $250,000 gift

 MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s journalism school has received a $250,000 gift to support a planned media innovation lab.

The university announced the gift from Alexis Costanzo Pugh and her husband, James H. Pugh Jr., on Thursday.

The lab is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2014. It will be located in Martin Hall.

WVU says the lab will serve as a launch pad for a new media innovation center on the Evansdale campus. The Evansdale facility is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.

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