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W.Va. seeking 'agripreneur' students

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Applications are being accepted for the inaugural class of the Charleston Area Alliance's new Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneur initiative.

The class that starts in January will feature 12 agriculture courses in urban micro-farming and six courses in entrepreneurship. Applications are due Jan. 9.

A new urban micro-farm will help teach people agricultural skills to allow them to participate in the local food market.

Officials say the program will teach members of the public how to cultivate a variety of agricultural products and help them sell the crops at outlets like restaurants and food suppliers.

The farm's design was drafted by students at the Center for Sustainability Studies at Davis & Elkins College. Other partners in the project include the University of Charleston and West Virginia University Extension Service.

Entrepreneur program, Ky. job applications open

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The new Governor's School for Entrepreneurs is taking applications for this summer's session for both attendees and staff.

Students who are chosen to participate will invent a product and create a business for it. The program will be held June 9 to June 29 at Georgetown College and is free for students.

Students who want to apply for the three-week summer session have until Feb. 15. Applicants must create a video, fill out an online application and get recommendations.

The program's website says it is also hiring graduate and undergraduate students to work as team leaders and is looking for faculty and resident advisers.

More information can be found at www.gse.kstc.com .

Gasoline prices jump at West Virginia's pumps

CHARLESTON -- Motorists in West Virginia are seeing higher prices following the Christmas holiday, increasing more than three cents since last week.

The Triple A's weekly Fuel Gauge says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is now $3.35 in West Virginia. That's about four cents more than a year ago.

The auto club says gas prices have been declining in recent months because of the switch to winter-blend fuel, increasing inventories, lower demand and cheaper crude oil prices. But whether prices continue to rise or fall will be impacted by the looming "fiscal cliff."

Nationally, gas prices average about $3.25 this week.

In West Virginia, prices at the pump range from a high of nearly $3.49 in Martinsburg to a low of $3.31 in Weirton.

Toyota estimates 2012 sales at 9.7M vehicles

TOKYO -- Toyota expects to sell a record 9.7 million vehicles this year, bouncing back by 22 percent from a disaster-struck 2011. It has set an even higher target of 9.91 million vehicles for 2013.

The numbers released this week underline Toyota Motor Corp.'s solid turnaround from supply disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011 that had hurt global production and sales.

The latest target shows Toyota is well on track toward reaching its goal. Toyota is also likely to regain its crown as the world's No. 1 automaker this calendar year, dethroning General Motors Co. of the U.S.