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A West Virginia University official says test results at the WVU Coliseum confirm the presence of asbestos in materials that were exposed during recent construction activities.

WVU Environmental Health and Safety John Principe says the material discovered Friday was in an area above ceilings in restroom entrances that surround the concourse. He says the asbestos did not pose a health hazard and was only exposed by renovation work. He says the Coliseum was closed immediately after the asbestos was found.

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A West Virginia University official says the Coliseum has been closed after workers found possible asbestos.

University Environmental Health and Safety Director John Principe says the material is being assessed, and he hopes to have the results by the end of the day Saturday. The Coliseum was closed early Friday afternoon.

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A new exhibit has opened at West Virginia University chronicling the legacy of former Senator Jay Rockefeller.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center opened the Rockefeller exhibit Tuesday. Titled, ‘Jay Rockefeller: A Legacy of Leadership,’ it’s located in Wise Library’s Rockefeller Gallery on the Morgantown campus of West Virginia University. Much of the content is also available online.

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  West Virginia University has launched a housing program for students to room together on campus regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

WVU's True Colors community also supports students who are transgender or gender non-conforming in choosing a roommate of any gender. The gender-neutral community isn't intended for romantic couples.

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The chapters of three fraternities at West~Virginia University were suspended this week. 

Sigma Chi's local chapter was indefinitely suspended by its national office and the WVU Office of Student Conduct. According to a WVU news release, the suspension was due to an April second social activity that violated fraternity and university regulations.

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Recently, both students and faculty from West Virginia University teamed up to perform and record the music of Mary McAuliffe for a CD from the Delos label. The reason? WVU piano professor, Lucy Mauro says, "We really liked her music, so we wanted to record it." Fair enough.

McAuliffe had written a set of songs for Mauro and tenor, Donald George, and the pair fell in love with McAuliffe's compositions.



A Parkersburg resident is giving $10 million to West Virginia University to establish two endowed scholarship funds for future students from Wood County.

The university says in a news release that the gift from Mary "Mickey" Welch is the single largest scholarship donation to the WVU Foundation's "State of Minds" campaign. The money will come from six charitable trusts established by Welch that will terminate in 15 years.

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  As the NCAA basketball tournament tipped off this afternoon  the West Virginia University Mountaineers are preparing for their first-round game on Friday night in Brooklyn.

The third-seeded Mountaineers will take on 14th seed Stephen F. Austin on the second day of the NCAA Tournament. It’s the Mountaineers’ 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1955. The Mountaineers capped Big 12 play with second place finishes both in the regular season and the conference tournament. The Mountaineers are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 12 years, with a final four appearance in 2005. It’s the first time WVU will take on Stephen F. Austin. Senior Guard Jaysean Paige is excited about the opportunity to play in his home state of New York. 

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West Virginia University will expand offering beer sales to the general public at home basketball games next season.

Athletic director Shane Lyons announced the move Thursday during a news conference where he detailed a $15 million construction project at the WVU Coliseum.

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Law students will tackle interstate pipeline issues at the sixth annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition in Morgantown.

The three-day competition starts Thursday at West Virginia University's Erickson Alumni Center. The competition is being hosted by the WVU College of Law.


West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the - now four - finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She's a coal miner's daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen.

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The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform released results Tuesday from a study analyzing potential changes to tobacco tax policy in West Virginia.

The study was put together by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The report analyzes various changes to the tax rate on cigarettes, as well as potential purchasing declines as a result of an increased tax.

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  A West Virginia University professor who has been researching the experience of black soldiers in World War I will speak to Congress about the time period's similarities to the nation's current racial climate.

Associate Professor Joel Beeson of the Reed College of Media has spent the past decade researching the topic. He is one of three professors invited to the special briefing on Thursday in honor of Black History Month.

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West Virginia University Cancer Institute has become the first hospital in the state to offer a specialized breast cancer treatment that can shave weeks off treatment time for some patients.

The treatment is called Intraoperative Radiation Therapy. This is how it works: Directly after surgery to remove the cancerous lump, a radiation applicator is inserted directly into the cavity previously occupied by the tumor. Specialists then apply concentrated radiation to the area. Surgery and radiation are completed in one visit.

Community members met in Ohio County this week to talk about developing a program that would allow non-professionals to administer life-saving drugs to someone overdosing on pain pills or heroin. A similar program began in the Eastern Panhandle in September, and organizers report it’s already saving lives.

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The West Virginia University baseball team will play an exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks next month.

WVU says the teams will meet at the Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark Feb. 29 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Larry V. Starcher has established a fund to support adjunct faculty salaries at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Starcher has been a lecturer at the law school since 2009, teaching trial advocacy and pre-trial litigation. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the college's trial advocacy program since 1991.

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Several West Virginia state senators want to name an Interstate 79 exit in honor of late West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart.

The resolution introduced Tuesday would request that the state Division of Highways name Exit 153 in Monongalia County the "Coach Bill Stewart Exit."

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A West Virginia University police officer has gained national attention after his unexpected performance of a rendition of the national anthem at a basketball game has gone viral.

Officer Carlton Smith sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the West Virginia-Kansas game in Morgantown on Jan. 12.

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West Virginia University has launched a new community service initiative that challenges college students to give back to their communities one day each month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the initiative was launched in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and is part of a larger plan for WVU students to complete 1 million hours of community service by 2018. The university has also extended the challenge to people across the state.