The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 1, 2012

W.Va. news briefs

The Associated Press

Young girl dies after bing left in hot ca

PARKERSBURG (AP) — Young girl dies after being left in hot car

A Wood County girl is dead after she was left in a hot car.

Sheriff Jeff Sandy told media outlets that the girl was found in the car around 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Aqua Isles Trailer Court.

The temperature Thursday reached 89 degrees.

Sandy said the girl was 2 or 3 years old. He didn’t identify her.

Police haven’t determined how long the girl was in the car.

The investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed.


WVU sets new traffic pattern after games

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Fans heading to the West Virginia-Marshall game today will see a new traffic pattern as they leave the stadium.

WVU says the postgame traffic pattern will be used after every home football game this season.

WVU says Don Nehlen Drive will be a one-way street leading away from Milan Puskar Stadium to W.Va. 705. Two of the three lanes will turn right onto northbound W.Va. 705 leading to the Mileground and Interstates 68 and 79. The left lane on Don Nehlen Drive will turn onto southbound W.Va. 705.

Medical Center Drive in front of WVU’s Ruby Memorial Hospital also will become a one-way street after games. Fans will exit in a particular direction depending on where they are parked.


Flags to be raised, lowered for astronaut

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered flags at state facilities displayed at half-staff in honor of former astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died last Saturday. He was 82.

Because U.S. and state flags are already at half-staff in honor of slain state trooper Marshall Lee Bailey, the governor ordered that they be raised to full staff at sunrise Friday and then immediately lowered to half-staff. The flags will remain at half-staff until further notice by the governor.

A private memorial service for Armstrong was scheduled for Friday in Cincinnati.


July revenue from casinos declines

CHARLESTON (AP) — Revenues from the state’s racetrack casinos fell by more than 10 percent in July compared to a year ago.

The Charleston Gazette says revenue from racetrack video lottery totaled $60.84 million, down $7.19 million from July 2011. Table games revenue fell by $610,000 to $6.53 million.

Competition from new casinos in Ohio contributed to the decline. More casinos are scheduled to open in Columbus and Cincinnati later this year.

West Virginia Lottery assistant director John Myers says lottery officials don’t know whether the additional competition will further erode revenues.

Revenue from traditional online and scratch-off games fell from $15.07 million in July 2011 to $14.8 million.

But revenue from limited video lottery rose by 5 percent to $32.9 million.


Bureau of Debt to add hundreds of jobs

PARKERSBURG (AP) — West Virginia officials say the U.S. Treasury Department is adding 450 jobs at the Bureau of Public Debt in Parkersburg.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said the announcement Wednesday also includes assurances the current 1,850 jobs will be retained at the bureau. The additional jobs to be added over the next several years include accounting, financial and information technology positions.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin welcomed the new jobs, with Tomblin calling it “great news” for Parkersburg and West Virginia.

Rockefeller said he had urged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to keep the jobs in Parkersburg amid talk of a consolidation. He says the Bureau of Public Debt brings an annual infusion of nearly $186 million to the local economy.

The bureau handles customer service, accounting and trust funds.


Marshall grant to benefit several

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Researchers and students will reap the benefits of a $338,845 National Science Foundation grant to a Marshall University scientist.

The grant has been awarded to chemistry assistant professor Derrick Kolling and colleagues at Marshall and the University of Charleston. Kolling will use the funds to purchase an electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer. The equipment is used in a number of chemical processes and in understanding metal compounds.

But Kolling won’t be hogging the equipment. He says at least five Marshall faculty members in three departments will use it, as well as students. A University of Charleston faculty member will also travel to Huntington to use the equipment.


Seized guns no longer part of W.Va. agency’s tasks

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state treasurer’s office says it’s no longer handling the destruction of seized firearms.

Treasurer John Perdue says police previously had the option of turning guns over to his office because they fell under state unclaimed property statutes.

But Perdue says a new law now gives local agencies the ability to destroy the firearms through a court order or take other measures in dealing with them. That includes using them or trading them with licensed dealers or manufacturers for new firearms.

The state’s unclaimed property program has returned more than $100 million in residents’ lost assets since 1997. Perdue says the new law removes his office from having to deal with firearms.

A seminar on the new law is planned for Northern Panhandle law enforcement officers Wednesday in Wheeling.