Sunday, February 06, 2011
EKB Capsule News...West Virginia...2-7-'11
- The president of the West Virginia Education Association says state Board of Education member Gayle Manchin should recuse herself from voting to hire the next state superintendent of schools because her husband, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, is the cousin of Mark Anthony Manchin. Board members will meet February 9th and 10th and are expected to choose state School Building Authority executive director Mark Manchin, WVU Board of Governors Chairwoman Carolyn Long or deputy state superintendent Jorea Marple as superintendent. State Department of Education spokesoman Liza Cordeiro says Manchin plans to participate.
- Police have arrested two Gilmer County women, Mary Ann Starcher and Yarica Jackson, on child abuse charges related to allegations they used electrical shocks to punish four children.Starcher told police she used a homemade device to shock four kids ranging from 4 to 12 years old, and Jackson admitted she allowed the punishment.
- As part of his “Coffee and Common Sense” tour, Senator Joe Manchin made a stop in Beckley Saturday morning, spending roughly two hours fielding questions and discussing the biggest issues on people’s minds, including the national debt, health care and overseas war. Manchin said the government isn’t spending like it should, while he compared it to a family spending on extravagant items when they can’t afford the mortgage. From Beckley, Manchin continued his tour to Fayetteville for a similar meeting at the Cathedral Café.
- Charleston Police arrested Larry Quickle Jr. Sunday afternoon after he allegedly stole two purses from customers at the Gabriel Brothers at the Kanawha Mall and K-Mart, both located on MacCorkle Avenue, and then led police on a high speed chase that ended when he crashed his van into a guard rail near the Patrick Street Bridge.
- Saturday afternoon, Egyptian West Virginians gathered on the Kanawha Boulevard steps to rally in support of the people of Egypt, while voicing their overwhelming call for the current Egyptian administration to step down. Hosni Mubarak has been president of Egypt for thirty years after being appointed vice president in 1975 and becoming president following the assassination of Anwar El Sadat in 1981. Protesters in Egypt are calling for him to step down so they can elect a new government. Egypt ruling party leaders stepped down Saturday.
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