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First shot of winter weather on the way

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Accuweather meteorologist Joe Lundberg says we’ll get an early blast of winter weather Monday into Tuesday.

Lundberg was a guest on Talk of the Town Monday and said it’s possible some areas could get up to three inches of snow.

“Some places might get as much as three inches when all is said and done,” Lundberg said,”It’s not going to be a big snowfall, but the fact that it’s coming a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, mid-November, it’s just going to be a rude shock to the system after being 60 degrees.”

Lundberg says rain will start after 9 p.m. and switch to snow as the temperature drops.

“The problem will be temperatures will be at or below freezing and they’re not going anywhere,” Lundberg said,”Everything that will be wet at that point in time will begin to freeze over and with temperatures not rising much at all tomorrow that will lead to icy travel conditions.”

The Morgantown Public Works Department 10 plow trucks and approximately 3,000 tons of salt on hand to treat, and clear city streets.

Experts recommend motorists take the following precautions:
• Keep your windows clear
Before driving your vehicle, clean snow, ice or dirt from the windows, the forward
sensors, headlights, tail lights, backup camera and other sensors around the vehicle.
• Slow down
Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered
surface.

On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time
to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
• Watch the stops
When stopping, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel. Avoid locking of brakes
as it will cause a loss of steering and control.

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WestRidge Business and Retail Park taking shape

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WestRidge Business and Retail Park will soon be the newest economic center in north central West Virginia.

Director of Business Development & External Relations Holly Childs says Fortune 500 tech company Leidos will move into their new 33,000-square foot Agile Center of Excellence later this year and another 90-square feet of class A corporate office space will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

“The Leidos project for example was just granted their certificate of occupancy for their building, so they’ll be moving in before Christmas,”Childs said,”And we have two other office buildings that will be complete in the first quarter of 2020.”

One of the nation’s largest home improvement companies, Menards will open a 175,000-square foot store on 15 acres and Childs says there’s more to come.

“Three-hundred and eighty thousand square feet of new-to-market retail that will start in the spring of 2020 and will be complete in the spring of 2021,” Childs said.

Bass Pro Shops is expected to break ground on a state-of-the-art destination retail location in the spring of 2020.

Childs says many companies have shown interest in the office space.

“Class A corporate office right on the interstate, we don’t have another product like that in this region,” Childs said,”We feel like this is well positioned between South Point and White Oaks as a class A corporate business park.”

Childs acknowledged the support and help from the Monongalia County commission and confirmed they arranged a recent meeting with officials from OpenGov.

OpenGov was considering an expansion in New York city, but is reportedly reevaluating the idea after reviewing the cost difference. The company was also encouraged by the WVU connection to a skilled workforce.

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MAP plans move to downtown Morgantown

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Area Partnership has announced plans to move from their current location at 1029 University Avenue to an office at 238 High Street. President and CEO Russ Rogerson says he and his staff will work in the same building with the Monongalia County Development Authority.

Rogerson says they will purchase the building from Monongalia County Development Authority.

“The county owns it and we’re purchasing it through the MCDA, Rogerson said,”We have a staff of five full-time and about five part-time, the chamber is right down University Avenue and we’re space confined there.”

Rogerson says his organization wants to be a part of downtown Morgantown.

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Fairmont man charged in overdose death

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Fairmont man is in the North Central Regional Jail charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing death.

According to a press release from the Fairmont Police Department Robert Haislip provided methamphetamine to a 38-year-old female in his Skyline Drive home on October 19. Haislip told detectives the female became unresponsive and he gave her a dose of NARCAN that was ineffective, then made no further life saving attempts.

The female victim died later at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Haislip is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.

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WVU reports a strong financial 2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University fiscal year 2019 audit has been completed and for the eighth straight year there were no deficiencies.

Vice president of Finance/CFO Paula Congelio says the net position for the university increased by $6.4 million and the financial health of the balance sheet remains strong.

“We had an increase in cash of about $34 million,”Said Congelio,”Our assets have increased, our cash has improved and our days cash on-hand continue to improve, from a balance sheet perspective we’re continuing to be strong.”

Congelio says by keeping supply and service costs low expenses for the university have only increased by about two percent since 2016.

“Since 2016 our expenses have only grown 2.7 percent or $30 million,” Congelio said,”We felt that was  extraordinarily good since we did have investments in salaries.”

Fiscal Year 2019 revenues were $1.1 billion, down $8.7 million from 2018. the two largest sources of income were tuition, fees, gifts and grants.

Assets of the West Virginia University Research Corporation increased by $2.8 million to $137.3 million in Fiscal Year 2019. WVU secured more than $181 million in sponsored program funding and was recertified by the Carnegie Foundation as a R1 Doctoral University-Highest Research Activity making it one of the 130 strongest research institutions in the country.

Associate vice president for finance, Anjali Halabe says the strong audit performance keeps them very competitive.

“Internal controls over our policies, procedures and processes are very robust,” Halabe said,”We are constantly looking for weaknesses internally so we can work on them and the use those internal controls to ensure things are working well.”

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Preston County man faces wanton endangerment charges

TERRA ALTA, W.Va. – Preston County deputies are accusing Travis Teets, 34, of Terra Alta, of firing a pistol out a window and running a woman off the road in July of 2019.

Police say Teets was chasing the woman and ramming her vehicle and when she ran off the road Teets got out and pointed a handgun into her window.

When the woman told Teets she was on the phone with Preston County 911 he fled the scene.

Police recovered freshly spent shell casings from the pavement nearby.

Teets has been charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm and is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

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Morgantown announces runway extension project

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Federal Aviation Administration has given final approval for the extension of the Morgantown Airport Runway.

Under the plan, the runway will stretch another 1,000 feet from the current 5,199 feet.  Currently, the Morgantown Airport runway is one of the shortest in the state.

The project will cost $50 million and take up to 10 years to complete.  The federal government could  absorb up to 95 percent of the cost, while Morgantown and the State of West Virginia will fund the rest.

The project also includes the construction of an adjacent commerce park.

Airport Director Jonathan Vrabel said the project design is complete, and the construction will happen in phases as the federal money is released.

Construction is expected to begin in fall 2020.

 

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Ryan Diviney’s father has a new mission in life; getting justice for his son
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Manchin announces service academy appointments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has released the names of 40 West Virginia students from 16 counties that have been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.

“West Virginia has built a reputation of service and sacrifice, and I truly believe we are the most patriotic state in the nation,” Manchin said. “I am honored to recommend these bright young men and women who feel a calling to serve our country. Our service academies will develop these young men and women to become our next generation of military leaders. Today, I join all West Virginians in congratulating these hardworking and committed students for their nominations. This year, I had a record number of applicants competing for 40 nominations. This shows that our youth want to serve their country, and we should all be proud that the next generation is stepping forward to serve.”

Senator Joe Manchin has nominated the following students:

Military Academy at West Point

· Nazar Abbas (Point Pleasant High School)

· Connor Chapman (Cabell Midland High School)

· Kellie Fisher (Fairmont Senior High School)

· Donovan Itobi (Washington High School)

· Charley Longerbeam (Musselman High School)

· Zachary Lowes (Logan High School)

· John Rush (Notre Dame High School)

· Harmon Wamsley (Webster High School)

· Dillon Ziolkowski (Wheeling)

· Grace Zuniga (Ripley High School)

Naval Academy

· Morganne Andrews (Martinsburg High School)

· Robert Foglesong (Jefferson High School)

· Elizabeth Kay (Charleston Catholic High School)

· Chris Martineau (Home School, Martinsburg)

· Kelly Martineau (Home School, Martinsburg)

· Thomas Minor (Wheeling Central Catholic School)

· Jacob Van Nostrand (Cabell Midland High School)

· Daisy Reasbeck (Wheeling Park High School)

· Abbigail White (Jefferson High School)

· Carson Winkie (Bridgeport High School)

Air Force Academy

· John Martin Best (Parkersburg High School)

· Nicholas Brumage (George Washington High School)

· Isabella Disaia (Wheeling Park High School)

· Colton Dudley (Davisville)

· Olivia Esposito (Fairmont Senior High School)

· Alecxander Gywnn (Ravenswood High School)

· Kaitlin Nester (Charleston Catholic High School)

· Nathan Neville (Hurricane High School)

· Nathan Starkey (Jefferson High School)

· Thomas Swalm (Hedgesville High School)

Merchant Marine Academy

· Blayne Butler (Point Pleasant High School)

· Victoria Carson (Home School, Summersville)

· Cory Daly (Jefferson High School)

· Nathan Goldcamp (Morgantown High School)

· Trey Jones (Ripley High School)

· Bryce Morris (Martinsburg High School)

· Jordon Nibert (Fayetteville High School)

· Ethan Proctor (Huntington High School)

· Brent Robinson (Notre Dame High School)

· Jarrett Schleicher (Fairmont Senior High School)

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DOH supervisor attends Mon County Commission meeting

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – DOH District 4 supervisor Darby Clayton attended the most recent Mon County Commission meeting.

Clayton says patching is ongoing on Stewartstown Road and the Halick Bridge project will soon be bid as a design-build project. Clayton also told commissioners Mon County has benefited from a pilot program launched by the Justice administration.

“Some of the work we’ve doing we’ve actually had the ability to put out the work through purchase orders,” Clayton said,”Some the ditching that’s been done in Mon County has been done by contractors, to help our state forces out, and some of the patching, so, we’re trying that as a pilot program and Mon County was the first one in the state to do that.”

Commission president expressed concerns to Clayton about the interactive map creates confusion and would like to be able to overlay the map onto the GIS system to keep track of maintenance progress.

“We’re a maintenance organization, we’re never going to be complete,” Darby said,”We ditch a road, it might need maintenance after the next rain event. We might ditch and call it complete and you guys look at it two weeks later and we’ve had a rain, it might need to be ditched again.”

Darby added that despite a very wet June the weather has been very good for his crews and he hopes good weather for work will hold through most of December.

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