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Remediation certification exam offered

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

SOUTH CHARLESTON -- An examination for licensed remediation specialist certification is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on March 27, at the Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston. The exam will be given in Room 205 of the Robert C. Byrd Academic Center Building.

Certification is required for anyone submitting voluntary remediation and brownfields cleanup designs to the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to a news release.

Requirements to qualify for the exam include a bachelor's degree in an approved scientific field and at least six years of relevant professional experience, or a high school diploma and 10 years of relevant professional experience. At least one year of supervisory or project management experience is also required.

To take the exam, register online at www.dep.wv.gov, under the "Office of Environmental Remediation." For more information, call Jamie Wolfe at 304-696-6042, or email: jawolfe@marshall.edu.

Blenko Glass planning spring open house event

MILTON -- Blenko Glass will have a two-week Spring Open House Event at the Blenko Visitor Center and the annual Blenko Warehouse Sale.

These events will be from Saturday, March 16, through Saturday, March 30. Warehouse hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Warehouse sale includes factory over-runs and one-of-a-kind pieces discounted 30 to 70 percent off regular prices, as well as other specials on Dalle de Verre art glass slabs and Blenko Sheet Glass.

The Blenko Visitor Center will maintain normal hours. Blenko Visitor Center Open House includes specials, refreshments, a Walter Blenko signing event, various glass working classes and the Limited Edition "Spring Iris Vases" available on a first come first serve basis while supplies last on March 16.

Homer Laughlin picks lapsis as dinnerware hue

NEWELL, W.Va. -- The Homer Laughlin China Company has chosen lapsis as the new Fiesta Dinnerware color for 2013.

The deep blue color is named for the lapsis gemstone.

Newell-based Homer Laughlin says in news release that lapsis dinnerware items will be available in late June.

Homer Laughlin is the last major dinnerware producer that still makes its products in the U.S.

AAA says average cost of gas drops in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio drivers are seeing cheaper prices at the pump compared with a week ago.

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was listed at an average of $3.58 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 15 cents cheaper than last Monday's average of $3.73.

Lower oil prices have helped decrease how much drivers are paying for fuel. Oil prices have been near their lows for the year amid lingering concerns about global economic growth and ample crude supplies in the U.S.

The national average for regular gas is $3.70 per gallon, down a nickel compared with a week ago.

Yum's sales in China show signs of recovery

NEW YORK -- Yum Brands Inc.'s sales in China slid 20 percent in January and February, but still weren't as bad as expected. The parent company of KFC is working to rebuild its reputation in China following a food scare.

The Louisville, Ky.,-based company had forecast a 25-percent decline for the two months for sales at Chinese restaurants open at least a year.

And in February, the figure ticked up 2 percent.

Yum was slammed after a TV report late last year that said its suppliers were giving chickens unapproved levels of antibiotics. To keep investors updated on its efforts, Yum is reporting monthly sales figures for China until the business recovers.