Police investigate slaying of Berkeley Co. woman
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police are investigating the slaying of a Berkeley County woman who was found in her home with her hands bound and a bag over her head.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets that 72-year-old Martha Tyler died as a result of ligature strangulation and smothering.
A relative found Tyler on Saturday and called dispatchers.
Chief deputy Gary Harrison says Tyler reported a break-in at her home about two weeks ago.
W.Va. bill to regulate gas drilling waste on hold
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A bill to regulate the disposal of waste produced by gas-well drilling will likely be introduced by the governor in a special session.
Lawmakers who negotiated a version both sides could agree on were unable to get the measure passed before midnight Saturday, the deadline for the regular session.
The bill would only allow seven landfills in the state that have already applied to do so to create a separate area on their properties where they could store the waste. Those landfills are located in the Northern Panhandle and Northwest portion of the state.
Senator Herb Snyder said the bill was good news for the environment.
The measure calls for the waste to be separated from other waste and monitored for radioactivity. It also requires drilling companies to pay an extra $1 per ton of waste for road repairs.
W.Va. unclaimed property website expanded
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is expanding the website of unclaimed property to include listings of $25 or more.
State Treasurer John Perdue's office says recent policy changes have lowered the minimum value threshold from $50 to $25. That means misplaced or lost money of $25 or more is now listed.
The latest numbers show an increase of more than 1,200 claims filed for unclaimed property this fiscal year compare with the same timeframe last year. But the dollar amount of claims has decreased by nearly $844,000.
Perdue's office also plans to release an about 13,000-name list of rightful property owners in newspapers across the state and through direct mailings later this month. However, properties listed in the bulletin are of at least $50 in value.
W.Va. court reschedules cases canceled by storm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Supreme Court has rescheduled oral arguments and a moot court competition that were canceled because of a winter storm.
The court had planned to hear four cases at the West Virginia University School of Law in Morgantown and judge the school's annual George C. Baker Cup competition on March 4. The events were canceled after a winter storm made road travel hazardous.
The court says it will hear two of the cases on March 25 and two on March 26 in Charleston instead of Morgantown.
The moot court competition also will be held in Charleston. It's set for March 26.
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
West Virginians warned about Social Security scam
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about a scam involving social security benefits.
Morrisey says callers are impersonating a Social Security Administration employee and telling citizens their benefits have been underpaid and need to be adjusted.
The scammers are targeting senior citizens and telling them their benefits will be fixed if they provide their banking information.
Morrisey says citizens should always be wary of aggressive callers or deals that seem to be too good to be true. And he says not to give out personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank routing numbers or credit card numbers.
Consumers are urged to report the call to the attorney general's consumer protection division at 1-800-368-8808 or online at www.wvago.gov.
W.Va. jobless rate rises in all 55 counties
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The unemployment rate increased in all of West Virginia's 55 counties in January.
WorkForce West Virginia says the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate in January declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.9 percent.
Monongalia County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4 percent, followed by Jefferson at 4.8 percent.
Clay County's rate of 13.2 percent was the state's highest. Mingo and Wetzel counties had rates of 12.4 percent.
Marshall to partner in clean water initiative
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University is partnering in the creation of a center of innovation for water cleanliness and sustainability.
Officials say the university will partner with the Charleston Area Alliance and others for the center at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.
The mission of the new West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute will be to develop and commercialize innovative technologies to maintain, improve and protect water supplies throughout West Virginia.
While the center is in its early stages, the institute will support research including work to reduce hazards to freshwater sources and identify water contamination.
Other partners include the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Chemical Alliance Zone, the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, West Virginia State University and the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center.
TRAVELING SPORTS EXHIBIT
Traveling sports exhibit on W.Va. tour
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture is making its way across West Virginia.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams."
Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host the exhibit and provide public programs about their local sports culture.
It began at the Parkersburg Art Center in February and will stay there until Saturday before moving to the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert on March 22.
The other remaining sites are: the Preston County Sports Museum, the Randolph County Community Arts Center, the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center and the Morgantown History Museum.
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