Morgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents FRIDAY March 27, 2015 ® WEATHER Colder with showers of snow and rain. High Low 45 22 Your complete forecast Page 12-A Senate to vote on Republican budget Lay down markers for a likely veto struggle with Obama. Page 4-A OBITUARIES BERRY-GRAY, Alberta ‘Bert’ DIXON, Helen H. LAURIE, Donna Jean SHAFFER, Frank L. Jr. TRADER, Evelyn June VANSCYOC, Geraldine A. ‘Gerry’ Page 11-A East Village building collapses in New York City Officials say blast is gas-related, injuring at least a dozen people. Page 7-A MARKETS Page 6-A COMING TOMORROW Weekend’s worth A look at entertainment options in the area. INSIDE BRIDGE ..................................... 2A BUSINESS ................................. 6A CLASSIFIEDS ....................... 6-10B COMICS ................................. 11B CROSSWORD ........................ 11B LOCAL ................... 2-3A, 9A, 11A NATION ................ 2A, 4A, 7A, 6B OPINION ................................. 10A SPORTS ................................ 1-5B STATE ........................................ 3A WORLD ............................ 11A, 6B For home delivery: 3 0 4 2 9 2 6 3 01 For news: 3 0 4 2 91 9 4 2 5 Local Art Museum gets donations Paintings depict moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Page 9-A Sports State Monongalia growth Census says county 2nd-fastest growing in West Virginia Page 3-A Squires competes in 50 freestyle WVU swimmer finishes 40th in NCAA prelim. Page 1-B Label Sixth season of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be its last Associated Press NEW YORK — A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after “Downton Abbey” concludes next year. Producers of the popular British period drama confirmed Thursday it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. “Our feeling is that it’s good to quit while you’re ahead,” executive producer Gareth Neame said. He said the decision to wrap was made by him and Julian Fellowes (who created the series and has written every episode) in conjunction with the cast. Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules Associated Press WASHINGTON — Re publican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have problems with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Republicans say the new regulations, announced this past week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards. The lawmakers’ complaints were aired Thursday during a House subcommittee hearing called to review the Bureau of Land Management’s budget for the coming fiscal year. Bureau Director Neil Kornze said fracking is taking place in 32 states, and the new federal regulations were aimed primarily at those states with limited or no regulation of the practice. He projected that the new regulations would increase costs by about $11,000 per well. “We think the confidence that this brings to the American public, and the protection it brings to groundwater and other resources, we believe it’s worth it,” Kornze said. The new rule will take effect in June. It also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, as the drilling method is more commonly known. The rule has been under consideration for more than three years, drawing criticism from the oil and gas industry and environmental groups alike. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., said he wished the rule would only have been applied to states that aren’t regulating fracking. He said states such as his are already doing a good job of ensuring the environment is not harmed. Lamborn pointed out that the oil and gas industry has projected the regulations would cost far more to comply with than what the government has projected. Those additional costs will discourage the industry from drilling on federal lands, which would eliminate jobs and drive away federal revenue. The new rule has drawn heavy criticism from some states where fracking is common. Wyoming filed a legal challenge Thursday and petitioned the federal district court in Wyoming to review the regulation and determine whether it should be set aside. The state claimed in its challenge that the rule exceeds the Bureau of Land Management’s jurisdiction and unlawfully interferes with the state’s hydraulic fracturing regulations. Sweet 16 turns sour The Dominion Post WVU fans are feeling a bit blue this morning. The men’s basketball team was unable to pull off the upset, and the season ended with a 78-39 loss to Kentucky. The Mountaineers played the Wildcats in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament Thursday. WVU, a No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional, reached the Sweet 16 by beating Buffalo, 68-62, in a second-round game, and topping Maryland in the third round, 69-59. WVU thrashed by unbeaten Wildcats in Midwest Regional Fo u n d a t i o n denies Greer allegations BY ALEX LANG The Dominion Post The WVU Foundation denies many of the allegations made by Greer Industries in a lawsuit about the organization’s investment in a media company and the purchase of new scoreboards for the football and basketball facilities. The foundation also asks that part of the suit be dismissed, saying the claims are barred by time and that Greer doesn’t have the standing to be a party to such a lawsuit. On Thursday, the Foundation answered the lawsuit filed by Greer Industries Inc. in early February. In 2013, West Virginia Radio Corp. — which is owned by John and Dave Raese, who also own Greer Industries, filed a lawsuit against WVU — the WVU Foundation and several individual defendants. The lawsuit made several allegations, including violations of procurement rules for the awarding of the university Tier 3 media rights and the purchase of scoreboards for Milan Puskar Stadium and the Coliseum. An investigation by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey found WVU had not followed its own procedures when it initially awarded the rights, but committed no intentional wrongdoing. The contract was rebid and again awarded to media company IMG. The initial complaint in the Radio Corp.-WVU lawsuit stated, WVU group wants part of lawsuit dismissed Chips for Children Brewery event antes up for charity BY ANDREW HESNER The Dominion Post Patrons of Morgantown Brewing Co. were able to chip in their two “c e n t s, ” and more, to the cause of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) on Thursday night. The fundraising event is known as Chips for Children. It was one where the House always wins — meaning more money rolling into its operating budget for room upgrades, groceries, linens, utility bills and a SEE LAWSUIT, 2A FOR MORE, see Page 1-B. Ron Rittenhouse/The Dominion Post Eleanor Reigel, executive director with the Ronald McDonald House; Mark Giaquinto, chairman and president of the board; Thomasina Leasure, dealer; Gary Shafer, board member; and Mary Ellen Wildasin, recycling department at WVU Hospitals, play a game of roulette during Chips for Children on Thursday, at Morgantown Brewing Co. Reigel and Lindsay Dawson, outreach coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House, look at gifts for the fundraiser. Ron Rittenhouse/ The Dominion Post SEE CASINO, 2A WVU women dominate Duquesne The Dominion Post The WVU women’s basketball team is heading to the WNIT’s round of eight. Senior forward Averee Fields scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Mountaineers beat Duquesne, 60-39, on Thursday night, at the Coliseum. WVU (21-14) hosts Villanova (22-13) at 2 p.m. Sunday. Vi l lanova advanced with a 63-55 home victory, against St. John’s on Thursday night.
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