The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 15, 2013

State news briefs


WVU dean of students elected to national board

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University dean of students Corey Farris has been elected to a three-year term on the National Student Exchange board of directors.

The nonprofit NSE enables students to take a semester or academic year to attend other member colleges while making progress toward their degree. It allows them to explore new cultures and take courses not offered at WVU.

Farris was elected to represented universities in the southeast region of the country. It will mark his second stint on the NSE board. He served from 1997 to 2000, including three years as chairman.

W.Va. AG joins other states in 2 challenges

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s attorney general is joining other states that are challenging a section of federal bankruptcy law.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has also filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging New York’s tough new gun law, according to media reports.

The bankruptcy challenge involves the Dodd-Frank Act. A section of the law allows the federal government to decide which of a bankrupt company’s creditors to bail out.

Morrisey said West Virginia holds investments in many institutions that could be covered by the so-called bail-out provision.

Morrisey also announced Thursday the state is joining 19 other states to challenge a section of the New York gun law that requires residents to show a particular need before they can obtain a concealed weapons permit.

Specialty crop grant applications being taken

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Funding for 2013 is expected to be about $180,000. Applicants must submit a two-page proposal by March 15 for review. Selected projects will then be required to submit a formal grant proposal.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available to groups and organizations involved in the production, processing and/or marketing of fruits and vegetables.

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