ROUTE 2 TRAFFIC
New Cumberland seeks Route 2 traffic solution
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) - New Cumberland officials are seeking a solution to traffic issues on W.Va. Route 2.
Trucks traveling Route 2 through the city must negotiate two tight 90-degree turns in quick succession and a narrow section on a hill.
The Weirton Daily Times reports that the West Virginia Division of Highways recently conducted a study of the road and proposed alternatives to its configuration. The proposals range from shifting the road between the turns to building a four-lane bypass of New Cumberland.
The study says large trucks have difficulty navigating the turns without running onto the sidewalk.
Mayor Linda McNeil says she plans to meet soon with state Sen. Jack Yost, former state Sen. Ed Bowman and DOH District 6 Acting Manager Tom Badgett to continue discussions about finding a solution.
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. 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.
JMU prof, student research ginseng restoration
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - A James Madison associate professor and a student are conducting a research project aimed at restoring American ginseng in the wild.
Ginseng long has been coveted in many Asian cultures because its multipronged root is believed to have medicinal properties. And the wild roots are believed to be more potent than cultivated roots.
James Madison junior biology major Emily Thyroff tells The Daily News-Record that ginseng has been overharvested in the Shenandoah Valley and other parts of Appalachia. She and associate biology professor Heather Griscom hope to learn about ginseng's ecology so they can create a restoration plan.
They are conducting experiments in the greenhouse at James Madison and in the field in West Virginia to identify optimal places to replant ginseng.
Fayette Co. police investigate 2 children's deaths
HILLTOP, W.Va. (AP) - Fayette County authorities are investigating the deaths of two children who were found unconscious in a home.
Sheriff Steve Kessler tells media outlets that deputies went to the home at Mountainair Mobile Home Park in Hilltop on Tuesday morning in response to a report that two children were unconscious and not breathing. The deputies performed CPT on a 3-month-old boy and a 1-year-old girl until an emergency crew arrived.
Kessler says the children were pronounced dead at Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill.
The children's names haven't been released.
Kessler says the cause of death hasn't been determined. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner's office.
Huntington credit rating upgraded
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Huntington's ability to borrow money has gotten a boost.
Media outlets report that Standard & Poor's has upgraded the city's credit rating from BBB-plus to A.
Mayor Steve Williams told City Council on Monday night that the rating upgrade shows the city is moving in the right direction.
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