2-15-13 Emergency sirens to be placed at W.Va. Capitol

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two emergency siren towers will be installed on the state Capitol Complex in Charleston, while a group is studying locations for two others.

The Capitol Building Commission approved locations for the first two towers Wednesday.  They are part of a federal Homeland Security grant to upgrade emergency warning sirens in the Kanawha Valley.

One 40-foot-tall steel pole with loudspeakers will be attached to the Capitol Complex parking building. Another will be in a parking lot east of the Capitol grounds.

The locations of the other two towers will be studied further. Commissioners want to see if they could be made less noticeable. Plans call for those to be installed behind an outdoor stage area and at the southwest corner of the complex.

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