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Lottery directors attend summit

West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave and Assistant Director John Myers attended the World Lottery Summit this week in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Nikki Orcutt, the West Virginia Lottery's deputy director of marketing, said that as a past president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, Musgrave attends that organization's annual meeting every year and typically takes one or two of his staff.

"The World Lottery Summit only takes place every five years and brings together lotteries from around the world," Orcutt said.

Aside from attending the summit, this year's event provided an opportunity for most directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries to get together to vote on such things as new games and changes to existing Multi-State Lottery Association games, she said.

Because of Musgrave's leadership in the organizations, his $1,200 registration fee and that of one other person of his choice is waived, Orcutt said.

The event began Sunday and concluded Wednesday. More than 1,400 people were expected to attend.

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A video showcasing the benefits of Marcellus Shale natural gas production in West Virginia was unveiled last month at the Business Summit by America's Natural Gas Alliance.

Ben Hardesty, former president of Dominion Exploration and Production Inc., is one of the experts featured in the video. Hardesty is now chief executive officer of Alta Energy, a Clarksburg-based company he established in 2010.

Incidentally, Ben's brother is former West Virginia University President David Hardesty.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin introduced an abbreviated version of the video at the summit. The full video is online at www.anga.us/wv.

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On Monday Tomblin announced the members of his West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways. David Satterfield of Morgantown is the citizen-member representing the First Congressional District.

Readers may remember that Satterfield was executive director of the West Virginia Development Office from October 2001 to January 2005. He is currently director of asset development at West Virginia University.

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Today marks the second anniversary of e-WV, the online version of The West Virginia Encyclopedia.

The West Virginia Humanities Council project is a wonderful free online resource for information about West Virginia's people, places, history, arts, science and culture.

I am a big fan. I have written for the encyclopedia and, as a reporter, I use it often.

Check it out at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

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Congratulations to my friend James Casto on the publication of his latest book, "Highway to History: A Midland Trail Scrapbook."


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