Good Monday morning! Welcome to the last work week of August. Here are just a few things on tap for this week:
- Judge Thomas Evans is holding his first hearing in the West Virginia Radio Corp. v. WVU, et al lawsuit this morning. WVU would like the case dismissed because the company didn’t give them the required 30 day notice required by law when someone sues a state agency. W.Va. Radio would like Evans to issue a temporary injunction barring WVU and IMG from consummating their deal. The Associated Press has a reporter there and we will be picking up their coverage. (Some background on the issues can be found here and here.)
- Also, I’ve been told IMG College could finally have an announcement regarding their WVU broadcast team sometime today. (If not today, then tomorrow at the latest.) We know longtime play-caller (and West Virginia Radio employee) Tony Caridi will be in there. Mike Casazza had another potential name the other day on his blog.
- Be sure to get a newspaper tomorrow. Actually, buy a newspaper every day, but particularly watch tomorrow’s issue as it will contain the state Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property insert. Here’s the full news release from Treasurer John Perdue’s office:
Unclaimed property inserts begin Tuesday
CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s office will begin distributing statewide newspaper insertions Tuesday, Aug. 27, to let unclaimed property owners know they have assets due to them.
“Newspaper inserts are a vital part of our unclaimed property outreach mission,” Treasurer Perdue said. “Many see their own names, while others see the names of friends and family and let the person know. We always have a positive response.”
State code stipulates that such inserts be published. It lets owners of unclaimed property know that the State Treasury has a person’s assets in custody. About 13,000 names are included in the most recent tabloid-size publication, which will be distributed in each county until Sept. 12. None of the names have previously been published.
Unclaimed property is any asset from which an individual has become separated, excluding real estate. Examples include mature insurance policies; left-behind paychecks; forgotten utility deposits; and stock dividends not cashed.
When the holder of unclaimed property, such as a utility company, cannot find the individual in a certain time period, law requires the business to forfeit custody to the State Treasury’s unclaimed property program.
- Finally, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting will take place Wednesday through Friday at The Greenbrier. I’ll be there all three days and hopefully (Wi-Fi willing) will be live blogging the event right here each day. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will give the opening address Wednesday. The full agenda for the event is available here. Here’s the Chamber’s preview press release:
West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting Opens This Week
Targets State’s Most Critical Issues
Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Chamber will devote most of its Annual Meeting this year to discussing solutions to West Virginia’s most pressing issues. The meeting will be held August 28-30 at The Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs, WV.
“We can all agree on the most significant challenges facing West Virginia — education reform, the devastating loss of manufacturing jobs, the high cost of health care, and the future of energy — but the Chamber is committed to finding solutions that work. Our Annual Meeting, which has attracted record attendance, will tackle these major issues and continue our all-out effort to not just talk about problems, but seek workable solutions,” said Steve Roberts, president, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Critical issue highlights on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting Agenda include:
- Global leader in education reform Dr. Elliot Washor will discuss “Education Transformation: What’s Working in Other States?”
- “Manufacturing’s Future in West Virginia”
- Dr. William Winkenwerder, president & CEO, Highmark will discuss “What’s Driving the High Cost of Healthcare?”
- “Education Transformation: What’s Next for West Virginia?”
- “Technology’s Role in Education, Economic Development and Job Creation.”
- “The Future of Energy in West Virginia”
The West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting – West Virginia’s largest gathering of business, education and policy leaders: Where West Virginia’s future is made.