(I) WVU Move to Big 12 on Hold
WVU’s reportedly confirmed move to the Big 12 has been put on hold. WVU was so sure about the switch, it scheduled a press conference to announce it Wednesday afternoon, only to cancel when it appeared the Big 12 was not ready to accept WVU. Reports have now surfaced that Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell (R) is lobbying for the Big 12 to add Louisville in place of West Virginia.
(II) Diviney Attacker Denied New Trial
Tuesday, the West Virginia State Supreme Court denied convicted Ryan Diviney attacker, Austin Vantrease, a new trial. Vantrease, serving two-to-10 years for malicious assault and battery, appealed his conviction on the grounds that he and his co-defendant, Jonathan May, who was released after serving seven months in jail for battery, were not tried separately. Vantrease and May brutally attacked Diviney Nov. 7, 2009, placing him in a coma-like state after an argument about the World Series.
(III) Ex-Upper Big Branch Security Director Found Guilty
Hughie Stover, the former Massey Energy Security Director at the Upper Big Branch Mine, was convicted of lying to federal agents and destroying evidence related to the April 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 miners. He now faces 25 years in prison.
(IV) Obama Plan Would Reduce Interest on Student Loans
President Barack Obama introduced a plan Wednesday that could give college students everywhere student loan repayment relief. Obama’s plan would reduce maximum required payment on student loans from 15 percent to 10 percent, as well as shorten the amount of time it takes for a loan to be forgiven from 25 years to 20 years.
(V) Bresch to Become CEO of Mylan
Heather Bresch, the daughter of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, will become chief executive officer of locally-based generic drug giant Mylan Inc. in January. In 2007, Bresch was awarded an M. B. A. from the WVU College of Business and Economics, which was later rescinded after a report revealed Bresch only completed 22 of the necessary 47 credits. The scandal caused the university’s provost and president to resign.