Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STATE Briefs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STATE Briefs

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Man in gorilla mask robs Dunbar business

Dunbar police say a man in a gorilla mask brandished a gun and stole money from Maria's II in Dunbar on Tuesday. The man showed up at about 10:30 p.m. at Maria's II, at 1007 Dunbar Ave., and demanded money, according to an email from Lt. Matt Arthur. He was wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and striped socks.

Arthur says the man fled east after robbing the business. No employees were hurt. No arrests had been made late Tuesday.

Tomblin announces Minecraft contest winners

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday announced the winners of a contest to build a Minecraft version of the state Capitol.

The competition started in May as an initiative to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning into an enjoyable activity for the state's youth.

Tomblin also declared Wednesday as STEM Day in the state.

Those recognized are:

Benjamin Reed, Village of Barboursville Elementary School; Zane Spencer, Cherry River Elementary School; Camdyn Hill, Terra Alta/ East Preston Middle School; Madison McCloud, Madison Middle School; Elizabeth Shaf, Charleston Catholic High School; Jensen Tucker, Grafton High School; Austin Ballenger, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School; Gabe Coleman, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School; Ian Morrison, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School; Savion Myers, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School; Jackson Stewart, Washington High School; Jacob Thrasher, Washington High School; Matteo Cerasoli, Washington High School; Asad Ranavaya, Washington High School; Justin Hardwick, East Fairmont High School.

Nearly 8,000 sign up on health marketplace

In the first month of open enrollment, nearly 8,000 West Virginia residents have signed up for health insurance on the state's health insurance marketplace, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. …

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