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SOPHIA FIRE

Man faces murder charge in fatal Raleigh Co. fire

SOPHIA, W.Va. (AP) - A Raleigh County man faces first-degree murder and arson charges in connection with a fire that killed another man.

Thirty-six-year-old Carl Cox is being held at the Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.

West Virginia State Police tell media outlets that Cox is accused of setting a fire that occurred late Sunday night at a mobile home in Soak Creek near Sophia. The mobile home's resident, 56-year-old David Davis, was killed.

Fire officials say two firefighters suffered minor injuries and another emergency responder was treated for smoke inhalation.

Troopers arrested Cox on Monday.

TRAIN FATAL

1 dead in vehicle-train accident in W.Va.

BUFFALO, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a Buffalo man has died after his pickup truck collided with a train at a crossing.

The Putnam County Sherriff's Department tells media outlets that 73-year-old Charles Harrison was driving the pickup across an unguarded crossing when a Norfolk Southern train hit the vehicle.

The accident occurred Tuesday on state Route 62, just south of Buffalo. Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told deputies that the train's horn was blowing when the collision occurred.

The road was shut down temporarily while the accident was being investigated.

NATURAL GAS POWER PLANT

Marshall commission OKs power plant agreement

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - The Marshall County Commission has approved an agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant.

Under the agreement, the commission would own the 549-megawatt plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate. Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county over 30 years in lieu of property taxes.

Media outlets report that the commission approved the deal on Tuesday.

The $615 million plant would be located in Moundsville.

Moundville Power chief financial officer Matthew Dorn told the commission that the company plans to begin construction next year.

ALLEGIANT AIR-FLIGHTS

Allegiant Air adds Huntington-Punta Gorda service

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Allegiant Air is adding nonstop service between Huntington Tri-State Airport in West Virginia and Punta Gorda Airport in Florida.

The new service will begin Nov. 20. Flights will be offered twice a week on Sunday and Thursday.

Huntington Tri-State and Allegiant Air announced the service on Tuesday in a news release.

WVU--STUDENTS RETURN

Police issue 182 citations as WVU students return

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police issued more than 180 citations and arrested more than a dozen people during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.

Preliminary figures released Tuesday by Morgantown police show 82 citations were issued for underage drinking between last Friday and Monday.

Police also issued 62 citations for open container violations.

Other citations included disorderly conduct, littering, public intoxication, nuisance party, obstructing and fake identification.

Fifteen people were arrested on a total 41 charges. Police didn't provide details of the charges.

TOYOTA-BRIDGEVALLEY

Toyota commits $1m to W.Va. technical college

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - BridgeValley Community and Technical College has received a $1 million commitment from Toyota West Virginia to further enhance the college's technology and training equipment.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday the commitment at BridgeValley's South Charleston campus will take place over five years.

The college's new Advanced Technology Center prepares technicians for jobs in a variety of economic sectors, including the automotive industry.

Toyota and BridgeValley are partners in a two-year advanced manufacturing technician degree program.

BridgeValley was founded on March 20 after the consolidation of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges. It also has a campus in Montgomery.

JOGGING CLINIC

Doctor plans jogging clinic in Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Joggers of all types will have the chance to learn more about conditioning and training at a clinic in the Eastern Panhandle.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is offering a clinic on strength training Sept. 5 at the Berkeley Medical Center's Wellness Center in Martinsburg.

Cucuzzella is a veteran distance runner who has organized events in the Eastern Panhandle. He conducts monthly running clinics to promote proper form, injury prevention and improved performance.

The clinic is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, call (304) 264-1287, ext. 31814.

TEACHER-ABUSE CHARGE

W.Va. private school has state status revoked

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A faith-based, private boarding school in Harrison County where a teacher is accused of choking a young resident has had its state-recognized education status revoked.

West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says the department sent a letter to the Miracle Meadows School on Tuesday. Cordeiro says future attempts by the school to seek reinstatement will be denied, meaning the school is effectively shut down.

The school was given the education exemption by reporting annual standardized test scores with the state.

Tim Aaron Arrington of Salem was arraigned last week on one felony count of child abuse by a guardian. Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says Arrington is accused of choking a young resident who then became unconscious.

Nineteen children have been removed from the school.

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