Those familial ties included Hale's daughter, Leah Hale, an AFT-WV administrative assistant, and niece, Jennifer Clark, a staff representative.
Follow-up on the plan to install emergency warning sirens around the Capitol Complex:
Last month, the Capitol Building Commission approved sites on the Capitol Complex parking building and at the corner of Washington Street East and Michigan Avenue, but requested additional study for two more obtrusive sites to place banks of loudspeakers atop 40-foot poles, including one that would have been smack in the middle of the Capitol grounds, east of Building 3, or the DMV building.
Last week, the commission approved an alternative location, attached to Building 7 -- part of the two high-rise towers. Commissioners also approved a tower location near the Holly Grove mansion, with the stipulation that the speakers be painted forest green to blend in with the grove of pine trees there.
Cost of the towers will be paid through a federal Homeland Security grant to upgrade emergency warning systems in the Kanawha Valley.
Frankly, putting loudspeakers on towers seems like an approach Civil Defense would have taken in the 1950s, but the new system will apparently have high-tech features, including the ability to broadcast verbal alerts and messages.
Just in case you missed it, former House majority leader and current Wyoming County prosecuting attorney Rick Staton will be returning to state government next week as deputy secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
Finally, kudos to Morgantown for being selected as one of the 10 best college towns in America by the American Institute of Economic Research.
Things certainly have changed from my days as a student at the flagship institution, when we affectionately referred to the town as "Morganhole."
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.