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WVU law student wins $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU College of Law student Tyler Gordon won the $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the Big 10 championship game in Indianapolis.

Gordon was a guest with Hoppy Kercheval on Talkline and says he had to complete a video submmission explaining the importance of winning to company officials.

“I want to serve West Virginia and fight the opioid epidemic that we currently face,”Gordon said,”I want to do that by working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and hopefully becoming a U.S. Attorney someday.”

Gordon says the rules, ball and can size were given to all participants when the contestant selections were made. His father took the deminsions and built a replica for Gordon to practice on leading up to the competition.

“He built me a replica can out of plywood and two-by-fours and I set it up, got some balls from my local high school,”Gordon said,”I started throwing and threw for about an hour a day for two weeks, if not longer than an hour.”

The practice paid off and Gordon was able to fight back the nerves and make 20 balls in 30 seconds to get the win and $100,000.

“I’m in my third year of law school at WVU, I have a lot of debt and can’t wait to send a check out to my loan provider.”

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Community collge enrollment up in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A report from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College System says fall 2019 enrollment for public two- and four-year post-secondary education institutions.

First-time freshmen in the state’s nine community and technical colleges increased 9.9 percent from fall 2018 to fall 2019, more than 3,000 freshmen entered those campuses this fall. First-time freshmen at baccalaureate dropped 1.9 percent from 2018 making it the fourth straight year for a decrease.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker is the Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and says incentives have done accomplished their mission.

“Within the community colleges it looks like West Virginia Invests has had the desired effect of getting people into college that would not otherwise go,” Armstrong-Tucker said,”The credit headcount enrollment increased by about 10 percent and that’s terrific.”

The report shows a decrease in baccalaureate enrollment by about two percent but the rate of high school students in dual credit programs has increased significantly.

“There is a very strong value to higher education,”Armstrong-Tucker said,”That hasn’t been the narrative lately and we need to turn that narrative back to where it was before so folks understand higher edication is important.”

Armstrong-Tucker says more jobs in the future will require a certificate or higher-level degrees and that makes completing the FASFA form very important(Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The deadline to complete the form is April 15, 2020, but she says it’s important to fill it out as soon as possible.

“It’s best to fill it out now, because the earlier you fill it out the sooner you know what you’ll qualify for,”Armstrong-Tucker said,”Perhaps you don’t think you’ll qualify for anything, but you find through a series of grants you can get $10,000-that could change your decision on where to go to college.”

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Fifteen take advantage of Canadian insulin trip

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – About 15 people made the approximately 600 mile round trip from Morgantown to Niagara Falls, Canada to purchase low-cost insulin Sunday.

The trip was organized by Monongalia County Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Adrian Olmstead from the local chapter of West Virginia Insulin For All.

Between 2012 and 2016 the cost of insulin nearly doubled, during the same period the cost of Humira has gone from $1,940 to $4,338 and the story continues as the cost of 36 other popular prescription drugs have increased more than 50-percent.

Olmstead says she was able to save a significant amount of money.

“At least a three month upply of short acting and long acting insulin and probably saved around$400,”Olmstead said.

Increased costs have led to rationing or not taking insulin that has resulted in hospitalization or death.

Fleischauer says she is working with Jordan Hill, Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, to pass legislation that would limit the co-pay for insulin. It’s modeled after the Colorado law that limits the co-pay to $50. Fleischauer also says she has co-sponsored legislation to allow pharmacies to fill emergency prescriptions for life-saving medicine (sometimes called Kevin’s law) after Kevin Houdeshell, who died after a pharmacy would not fill his expired insulin prescription on New Year’s Eve.

But, she says passing the bill during a 60-day session will be a challenge.

“We have drafts of bills we’ve been working on,”Fleischauer said,”I hope we can get it in, it’s very short because it has to go through the committee process, it has to be voted on three separate times in the house and the senate.”

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‘Homes for the Holidays’ gets approval from commission president

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A plan to put 15 families into 15 homes for the holidays is taking shape in Morgantown.

Monongalia County commission president Tom Bloom says they are interviewing potential families and moving forward.

“We put or first two households into apartments, we have two more signing leases today and we have six more households that are in the process,”Bloom said.

Bloom credited the work of Rachel Coen and the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and added the entire community has come together to make this happen.

“It’s been a really great event,”Bloom said,”I want the community to know it can work, it’s a big change for these individuals, a big change for the community and if you work together to come up with legitimate solutions and not academic reasoning I really believe this can work and it is succeeding.”

Bloom says they have learned valuable lessons from landlords, service providers and less fortunate people that will be important in the future.

The families selected as part of the program will have 12 months of counseling and life-coaching to help them become independent.

Bloom says the program will continue as long as results are satisfactory.

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Organizers move Morgantown Christmas Parade due to weather

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Due to anticipated poor weather conditions the Morgantown Christmas Parade scheduled for Monday, December 9 has been moved to Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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WVU professor named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Dr. Greg Thompson, WVU associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The honor is the highest professional distinction for academic inventors.

Thompson is the recipient of the CNET Automotive Disruptors of the Year Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Forest R. MacFarland Service Award, SAE Ralph Teetor Educational Award, along with six awards from WVU. He also holds nine U.S. patents that have been licensed to three companies.

“It was within this research conducted through CAFEE that created the environment where lessons would be learned and later applied to the application of the technology used to measure in-use emissions from mobile sources,” Thompson said. “Our initial research provided a building block for commercial systems to measure emissions from mobile systems and ultimately led to the systems utilized to discover the high emitting Volkswagen diesel vehicles.”

Thompson has also developed systems to allow sensors to be deployed through a rear door, eliminating the need to constantly recertify airframes of the C-130 cargo aircraft. Thompson also developed and has a patent for a rotary engine.

“The mechanism that you attach to the rear door and whatever sensors you want to attach you could,”Thompson said,”That could be anything from infared or video, whatever the sensor need might be for the mission.”

Fellows of the Natioanl Academy of Inventors hold more than 41,500 patents that generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies that have created more than 6 million jobs.

Thompson will be formally inducted during an April ceremony in Arizona.

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Morgantown police arrest one, confiscate drugs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A Morgantown man is facing multiple charges following a raid by the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crime Task Force on an apartment on Montrose Street.

Detectives say Clay Westbrook, 38, had a substantial amount of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, packaging materials, scales, a pistol and ammunition.

A background determined Westbrook had been convicted in 2014 for kidnapping, sexual battery and false imprisonment. Police say Westbrook admitted to trading $75 in methamphetamine to the woman in Duval, Florida for the pistol he was caught with in Morgantown.

Westbrook also admitted to selling drugs in Morgantown and is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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Residents support Hunters Helping the Hungry

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mountain State hunters are encouraged to donate to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program with either cash or venison. Over the last 28 years more than 1 million pounds of venison has been donated to local food banks.

Administrator Judy Channell says hunters can drop off legally harveted deer at one of 17 processors throughout the state.

“The Mountaineer Food Bank picks the meat up and pays $2-per-pound for processing,”Channell said,”They take it back to their distribution center and it’s distributed to over 550 feeding programs in all 55 counties of the state of West Virginia.”

Channell says last year 685 deer were donated that totaled more than 31,000 meals for residents.

“Venison is low-fat, nutritious and it’s healthy,”Channell said,”So, it’s a great opportunity to help the needy folks of your state.”

Channell says many people who love to hunt, but not the meat take advantage of the program every year.

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Morgantown police arrest Michigan man in connection with armed robbery

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Police in Morgantown have arrested a Detroit man in connection with a May robbery at the Boost Mobile store on High Street in downtown.

On May 21 police respnded to the robbery shortly after 10 p.m. and began processing the scene. The suspect was identified as a black male, of average height and average build, wearing a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants with white lettering on the left leg and black tennis shoes. The suspect had a black in color backpack and was armed with a black and silver semi-automatic handgun.

Around noon on Thursday police and members of the Mon Metro Drug Task Force located and arrested Ivan Robert Nelson, 35, of Detroit, Michigan, for the May robbery and an outstanding drug-related warrant.

Nelson is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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