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Death Penalty, Budget in General Assembly Spotlight

About 60 opponents of the death penalty gathered in Annapolis Monday night for a rally. The featured speaker was Kim Davis, sister of Georgia Death Row inmate Troy Davis, who was executed in September. Davis maintained his innocence in the shooting of an off-duty Savannah police officer. Kim Davis said mistakes were made in the case, and that states cannot continue to kill innocent people in a “flawed system.” Prosecutors and the officers’ family, however, say they were certain Davis was guilty.


Labor Rally Features Governor’s Budget

Governor Martin O’Malley’s budget will include substantial increases in transportation projects. During a Monday night labor rally in Annapolis, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown says the budget will include proposals for roads, rail, the airport, the port and bridges-all with the goal of putting people back to work. Governor O’Malley has mentioned a gas tax increase and a hike in the state’s “flush tax” for sewage upgrades as being under consideration.


Canal Place Meets To Discuss Status

As the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority met yesterday to discuss the resignation of its executive director, Renee Bone, it also faced another question on its status. A state legislator, Delegate John Bohanan of St. Mary’s County, has asked the group whether it wants to remain a state agency or reorganize under a different umbrella. Ms. Bone will spend her remaining weeks as executive director gathering input and weighing the positives and negatives of various options. Her resignation is effective February 7th.


Education Officials Reconsider Plan

The Garrett County Board of Education has decided against a plan to move fifth-grade students into middle schools. A meeting was held at Southern Middle School, and officials are now considering an alternative that will be based on next school year’s kindergarten enrollment. The reconfiguration was part of a five-year plan that would call for the closing of Dennett Road, Kitzmiller and Friendsville Elementary Schools.


Somerset Woman Faces Assault, Child Endangerment Charges

Somerset County resident Jessica Stigers is in the Somerset County jail, following an incident on Monday, where she was accused of assaulting a bar manager and leaving her toddlers at home, so she could go out drinking. She also allegedly resisted arrest; as officers were taking her to the police station, she told police she had to get home to her children, who were all alone. The children, however, were taken in by a neighbor when they returned home from school. They are now in the custody of the Somerset County Children and Youth Agency.


Toughman Competition This Weekend

Final preparations are being made for the 13th annual Potomac Valley Original Toughman contest this Friday and Saturday night at Frankfort High School. This year, 133 area men and women have entered for the event. The list can be found at This is a sanctioned event and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.


WVSBDC Offering Small Business Workshops in Petersburg

Two small business workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th in Petersburg, West Virginia. They are “Business Fundamentals” and “Sustainable Growth,” and are part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. Both workshops are being held in the Region 8 Planning and Development Council Headquarters. For more information, call (304)-530-4964.  Registration is required by this Friday.

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