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WVU sees record-setting royalties from logo

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- From T-shirts to roses, to furniture and duct tape, West Virginia University's logo is big business.

The university saw a record-setting $3.5 million in royalties from the use of its trademarks during the 2011-2012 financial year.

WVU's director of trademark licensing, Marsha Malone, tells The Charleston Daily Mail the royalties help fund university marketing initiatives and athletic scholarships.

Malone says there are about 480 companies licensed to use the WVU trademarks.

Snowshoe Mountain celebrates large opening weekend turnout

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. -- Snowshoe Mountain is celebrating its largest turnout for an opening weekend in more than a decade.

Officials at the Pocahontas County resort say that over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend it saw more than 73 percent more skier visits than their opening last year.

Snowshoe decided to open early after Superstorm Sandy dropped nearly 28 inches of snow at the resort. It was able to open more than 40 acres of skiable terrain. It now has seven lifts and 21 trails open.

West Virginia resorts draw more than 800,000 skier visits a year.

Escapes, Fusions recalled for risk of engine fire

DETROIT -- Ford is recalling more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion sedans because the engines can overheat and catch fire.

The company says the 2013 vehicles have 1.6-liter engines and were sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Ford says it's working on a fix and is asking owners to call their dealers, who will loan them another car at no charge until the problem is solved.

The company says it has reports of 12 fires in Escapes and one in a Fusion. No injuries have been reported.

Fusion and Escape models with different engines are not affected by the recall.