The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 10, 2013

W.Va. news briefs

The Associated Press

Report: 43 workers killed on the job in W.Va. in 2011

CHARLESTON (AP) — A new labor union report says 43 workers were killed on the job in 2011 in West Virginia, down from 95 the previous year that included a mine blast that killed 29.

According to the report by the AFL-CIO, there were 4,693 workplace deaths nationwide in 2011, down by only three from the year earlier.

The report also notes that more than 3.8 million workers across all industries experienced work-related illnesses and injuries.

The union says that after years of steady declines, rates have been essentially unchanged. They say that means greater efforts are needed to reduce job injuries and deaths.

Census figures rank W.Va. last for 2012 voting

CHARLESTON (AP) — New U.S. Census Bureau figures suggest West Virginia saw the lowest voter turnout among states in November.

Survey results released Wednesday rank the state last for the number of 2012 General Election voters measured against citizens eligible to vote.

The Census Bureau surveyed households across the country. It also found that blacks nationally voted in 2012 at higher rates than whites, in a historic first. Despite increasing population, the number of white voters declined for the first time since 1996.

West Virginia has among the smallest nonwhite populations among the states. As a result, Census Bureau officials could not calculate a reliable turnout rate for those voters.

U.S. nonwhite voters aided President Barack Obama’s re-election. The Democrat received less than 36 percent of the West Virginia vote.

Wheeling Jesuit seeks to build more housing

WHEELING (AP) — A housing shortage for students and younger faculty members has Wheeling Jesuit University officials wanting to build a new residential complex.

Wheeling assistant economic development director Tom Connelly says the university informed the City Council on Tuesday that it’s seeking a zoning change for three houses and two vacant lots in Wheeling.

The property is zoned for single-family residential use. The university wants it reclassified to allow for multiple-unit dwellings.

Wheeling Jesuit has about 400 students pursuing graduate degrees but no dedicated residential facility for them.

Connelly told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the matter has been turned over to the city Planning Commission for further review.

It will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning change June 10.

Marshall board approves hike for tuition, fees

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Marshall University’s board has approved a plan to increase the tuition and fees at the Huntington school.

The increases were expected as the university deals with a more than $5.1 million decrease in state appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Herald-Dispatch reports  that in-state undergraduate students will pay an additional $140, or 4.82 percent, per semester under the plan.

That would bring the total cost of tuition to $2,355. Under the plan in-state graduate residents would pay $268 more per semester.

Non-resident students would receive increases of 3.7 percent for undergraduate students and 3.52 percent for graduate students.

The university can increase tuition up to 5 percent for resident students without seeking approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.