Archives for January 2017

WV Economy

West Virginia’s economy is showing signs of growth. West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts said yesterday the state had a net gain of seven-thousand new jobs between 2015 and 2016, reversing a five year trend of job reductions. Roberts said it is possible the aggressive nature of the state Legislature played a role in the economic turnaround by lowering the corporate and eliminating the business franchise tax.

Books

The sale of four American Electric Power plants is now in the books. Lightstone Generation LLC purchased the power generating plants for more than two-billion dollars. Of the four plants, two are right across the river from West Virginia, the General James Gavin Plant near Point Pleasant, and the Waterford Energy Center near Parkersburg.

Student Death

The death of a 19-year-old WVU student is officially being classified as a “unattended death.” Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston is not leaning in one direction or another as to the exact cause, but he did say foul play is not suspected. Arthur Bagenda’s body was found along the rail trail in Morgantown on Saturday. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today.

Budget Cuts

Governor Jim Justice might as well hand out scissors to lawmakers when they return to work next week. The governor is expected to seek budget cuts that could range from 390-million to 606-million dollars. The February 8th State of the State Address is when the new governor is expected to make his case for the extreme budget cuts.

Flood Recovery

West Virginia is receiving $12.8 million for flood recovery efforts in Nicholas and Kanawha counties. The funds are to be used in securing facilities or demolishing schools that were destroyed or damaged during flooding last June.

WVU Student

Police in Morgantown are investigating the death of a WVU student. Arthur Bagneda’s body was found by the Walnut Street Bridge on a hiking trail over the weekend and officers are trying to figure out what led to the death. WVU’s sent out a statement saying it is saddened by the 19-year-old’s death and is offering thoughts and prayers to his family.

Scam

A word of warning is going out about a new scam in West Virginia. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says to hang up the phone if a call is received that says “Can you hear me now?” The scam depends upon a “yes” from the consumer, which is then recorded and misused as an agreement to pay for a product or service. The scam is circulating throughout the country, including the northern West Virginia area.

Mountain Driving

Mountain driving for most of the day could be an adventure. The winter weather advisory that the National Weather Service issued yesterday is calling for as much as seven inches in the mountains of Pocahontas and Randolph County.

CSX Trail

A six mile section of CSX rail could be converted into a walking trail in Greenbrier and Fayette Counties. The section of track has not had any rail traffic for more than two years because of the decline in coal production. CSX has filed a request with the federal Surface Transportation Board seeking approval to abandon the six mile stretch.

Marshall University

Marshall University’s president is speaking out about President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The order temporarily bans citizens from seven largely Muslim countries and refugees from entering the U.S. Jerome A. Gilbert issued a statement over the weekend saying they are reviewing information to determine the impact it will have on the Marshall University community. The order was blocked by a federal judge, and two other district courts have issued restraining orders.