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Millions of Americans Travel for Thanksgiving

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This may be the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005. According to Triple A, nearly 51 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. That's more than 3% increase over last year. Erica Mercer, is traveling from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Lewisburg, for her Thanksgiving celebration. She said this more people she's ever seen on the road for the holidays.  "We usually stop at the Tamarack, but we decided to hop in here, but wow a lot of people are on the road, u...

Brain's Safehouse Members Cope with Recovery During Holidays

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While the holidays are a time for many to come together as a family and celebrate, that's not the case for everyone. 

Local Businesses Give Back to the Community

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With it being the season of giving, one local business works to spread that among other organizations. 

Winterplace Gears up for Ski Season

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With temperatures starting to drop, one local ski resort is starting to gear up for the upcoming season.

9 fire departments respond to Mercer County house fire

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Freeman, WV (WVNS) -- Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in Mercer County on Wednesday, November 22. Crews at the scene said the call came in around 2 p.m. for a structure fire on Route 52 in Freeman, which is right outside of Bramwell. 

2 Fayette County men arrested for attempted murder

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Two brothers in Fayette County are in jail after being arrested in connection with attempted murder in the Victor area of Fayette County. 

Records of Former U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall Going to WVU Libraries' History Center

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Records and photographs from the papers of former U.S. Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II have been opened for research at West Virginia University Libraries' West Virginia & Regional History Center.  

Hunter Killed on Opening Day of Firearm Season for Deer in Wetzel County

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West Virginia authorities say a 20-year-old hunter was killed on Monday, the opening day of the state's deer season with firearms.       ...

Lyme Disease Spreads to 52 of 55 Counties in West Virginia

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West Virginia health officials say tick-borne Lyme disease has spread across the state over the past six years with cases in 52 of the state's 55 counties. 

Ohio woman gets jail for taping her son to a chair

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman has been sentenced to nine months in prison for taping her 12-year-old son to a chair while she took one of her children swimming. A Mahoning County judge on Tuesday disregarded recommendations by prosecutors and 33-year-old Susan Malysa's attorney that she receive 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to child endangering in September. Judge R. Scott Krichbaum said he wanted to make an example of Malysa, and that her conduct "will not be t...

Firefighters battle early morning house fire in Sprague

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SPRAGUE, WV (WVNS)-- Firefighters battled an early morning house fire in Raleigh County Wednesday morning. According to Raleigh County dispatchers, the call came in around 3:00 a.m. for a structure fire on Angel's Rest. No injuries were reported and dispatchers said nobody was in the home at the time of the fire.  Beaver, Bradley, and Mabscott fire departments responded to the scene. The fire was put out around 4:00 a.m.

MISSING: Deputies searching for missing teenager believed to be in Mercer County

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing teenager from South Charleston. Deputies say that Brooke Naomi Mallory, 15, was last seen on November 10th, 2017. She is described as 5’8” tall, approximately 150 pounds with tattoos that include “Bernice” and a rose on her left arm, and “Fear no Evil” on her right arm.   Her family has not had any contact with Mallory since she went missing. Police...

Girl Scouts: Parents Don't To Force Your Daughters To Give Hugs

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Girl Scouts of America asked parents to not make their daughters give hugs or kisses to relatives if they don’t want to. The headline of the controversial blog – “Reminder: She doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays.” It discourages parents from pressuring their daughters to hug adults when they’re not comfortable. “I think it’s totally appropriate and normal,” said V...

Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at the Oregon State Penitentiary and she passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth. Two of the balloons ruptured in Powell’s stomach a short time later and he died of methamp...

David Cassidy, '70s Teen Heartthrob, Dies At Age 67

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(CNN)David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's "The Partridge Family," is in critical condition with organ failure. 

8 found in U.S. Navy plane crash in the Pacific Ocean are in good condition, 3 still missing

8 found in U.S. Navy plane crash in the Pacific Ocean are in good condition, 3 still missing

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TOKYO -- The U.S. Navy 7th Fleet confirmed in a tweet that the 8 recovered from the C2-A crashed are in good condition and have been transferred to USS Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation. The tweet also stated that 3 personnel are still missing. Search and rescue operations are currently taking place from the carrier, according to a Navy statement. 8 personnel recovered following C2-A crash have been transferred to #USSRonaldReagan for medical evaluation and are in ...

Woman dies after deer ricochets off car, strikes her windshield

Woman dies after deer ricochets off car, strikes her windshield

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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CBS/AP) -- Authorities say a western Michigan woman died after a car hit a deer, it flew into the air and struck the windshield of her vehicle. Kent County sheriff's officials say 49-year-old Susan Fries of Ada Township died Monday evening in Cascade Township after the deer broke through her vehicle's windshield. The animal was first struck by a car going the other direction, sending it airborne. The driver of the first vehicle to hit the deer, a 23-yea...

Disney Animation, Pixar Chief John Lasseter Taking Leave Amid “Missteps” With Employees

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just days before Pixar’s “Coco” is set to hit theaters, Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence citing “missteps” with employees. 

Woman says she found needle tucked in blanket at Putnam County Family Dollar

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ELEANOR, WV (WOWK) - One woman found something she didn't expect during her trip to a local store — a syringe. Carrie Lambert says she stopped by Family Dollar in Eleanor Tuesday morning to pick up a blanket. She said when she unfolded the blanket, she saw a syringe in the folds. Lambert said she quickly returned the blanket to the store.  Lambert wants to warn people to be careful this shopping season. "With Black Friday coming up, just beware when ...

Monroe County BOE reflecting on school bond

Monroe County BOE reflects on school bond Monroe County BOE reflects on school bond
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Now that the fate of two Peterstown schools have been decided, the Monroe County Board of Education has put plans for a new facility on the back burner. The majority of Monroe County residents voted against the school bond levy on Saturday, November 18th. The levy would have provided the last part of the funds needed to secure a grant from the School Building Authority. Some board of education members believed the county got a fair opportunity to build the much-needed facility....

How an act of kindness reunited a family after almost a decade apart

How a sleeping bag reunited a family How a sleeping bag reunited a family
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Ramey Ford Salesman and Founder of 'Warm a Heart, Give a Bed,' Fred Kinder, took a sleeping bag to a homeless man one weekend, which lead to reuniting a family.   For the past five years, Kinder has been collecting sleeping bags for the homeless at Ramey Ford in Princeton. On Saturday, November 18th, he received a call from a man living under a porch off of Mercer Street. His name was Dale Cardwell. Kinder said he felt compelled to do something more than just bring Cardwell...

Mercer County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate shootout between neighbors

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The call came in November 16th on Mary Branch Road in Matoaka. Three shots were fired from one individual and four from another. One person was hit and flown to Raleigh General. Joshua Allen Ernest was arrested on scene and charged with malicious wounding as well as three counts of wanton endangerment.  Ernest has already been arraigned and released on bond. 

The worst day for mall diamonds in 25 years

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Kay, Jared and Zales' diamonds are losing their sparkle. Sales fell at the three mall-based affordable jewelers. Parent company Signet warned that profit heading into next year will be light. Hurricanes and weak sales on engagement and wedding rings led to a "challenging" quarter, CEO Virginia Drosos said on Tuesday. Revenue fell $30 million during the quarter ending in late October, pushed lower by a 7 percent decline at Kay. A customer service mis...

Firefighters battle camper fire with possible entrapment

FIRE MARSHAL: Elderly man dead in Dixie camper fire Video included

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DIXIE, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Firefighters are battling a camper fire with a possible entrapment in the Dixie area of Fayette County.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call came in around 6:40 Tuesday morning at a camper on Rock Camp Road.  

Deputies: Man drank beer, laid down in bed with woman after string of burglaries

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According to the arrest reports, he went into two sheds and rummaged through them. He is also accused of going inside one of those homes and trying to take the couch.

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

A small government study of blood samples from Vietnam War veterans has found that some may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

How searchers are trying to find Argentina's missing submarine

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(CNN) - The ongoing search for a missing Argentine navy submarine sheds light on the difficulty of finding a vessel that's designed not to be found -- especially one that might have lost its ability to communicate. The ARA San Juan, an Argentine submarine with 44 crew members aboard, was traveling from a base in far southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home base in Mar del Plata, a city hundreds of miles to the northeast, when the navy lost contact with it on Nove...

UPDATE: Two house fires on same road in Fayette County

UPDATE: Two house fires on same road in Fayette County Video included

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FAYETTE COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Fire crews are battling two house fires on the same road in the Boomer area of Fayette County.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call came in around 6:10 Tuesday morning. They said a home on Livesay Lane caught on fire and the fire spread to another home next door.  Crews are still battling the fire at this time. No injuries have been reported.  Boomer, Montgomery and Smithers Fire Departments are on scene. Stick with 59 News on this dev...

Helping Hands Needed for Thanksgiving Meal Preparations

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OAK HILL, W.Va (WVNS) -- Coordinators of the Oak Hill Community Thanksgiving Meal are looking for more volunteers to help prepare, serve, and deliver meals on Thursday.  The meal will be held at the Lewis Christian Community Center in Oak Hill. Right now, the center has about eight volunteers currently working to prepare the food.  Even though many more will donate their time and efforts on the holiday, the work leading up to it needs the same amount of attention. "We...

National Park Services Asks for Feedback on Proposed Fee Increase

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The National Park Service is giving people more time to weigh in on a proposed fee increase at 17 of its most popular parks.

Holiday Concert and Sing-Along Announced by Concord University Department of Music

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The Concord University Department of Music announces its 2nd annual Holiday Concert and Sing-along, Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Main Auditorium. 

Tamarack to Host Santa Claus

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Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia will host Santa and Mrs. Claus this holiday season for photos and breakfast events. 

PBS Joins CBS In Firing Charlie Rose After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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PBS has ended its partnership with Charlie Rose, host of its long-running interview show, after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.   

Deputy Stuck with Needle During Meth Bust

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VINTON COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - A deputy was stuck with a needle during a morning drug bust in Vinton County, Ohio. Sheriff Shawn Justice said 28-year-old Joshua Moss, 46-year-old Sherri Haywood, and 21-year-old Caylin Haywood are now facing drug possession charges.  Deputies got a call Monday morning after a man barricaded himself in a bathroom with a gun - claiming several men had got under the home, came up through the floor, and assaulted him. Deputies checked the hom...

Man arrested after children found in home full of trash, animal feces, bugs

Man arrested after children found in home full of trash, animal feces, bugs Video included

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WRISTON, W. Va. (WVNS) -- A Fayette County man is facing two counts of child neglect after investigators said they found two children living in "horrible disarray and filth."  Wayne Lee Kelly, 45 of Fayetteville, was arrested on Monday, November 20.  According to court documents, Deputies responded to Kelly's home along Deepwater Mountain Road in Wriston and found the property to be surrounded by piles of trash, some piles higher than 10 feet.  Documents sh...

UPDATE: Man pleads guilty in 2016 Bluefield shooting Video included

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UPDATE 11/21/2017: BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS)-- The man accused of shooting two women on Highland Avenue in Bluefield on November 28, 2016 was back in court.

White Meat or Dark Meat? Serving Up Big Data to Decipher Thanksgiving Dinner

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For Virginia Tech biochemistry majors Cat Hayes, Duke Nguyen, and Will Stone, turkey has taken on a whole new meaning.

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $300,000 to Help Rural Communities Combat Opioid Epidemic

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), announce the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will provide $321,638 to support health education initiatives spearheaded by the Virginia Cooperative Extension aimed at preventing opioid abuse among vulnerable communities in rural Southwest Virginia.

Gas leak reported at natural gas company in Raleigh County

Gas leak reported at natural gas company in Raleigh County

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EDWIGHT, W. Va. (WVNS) -- A gas leak was reported at a gas company in the Edwight area of Raleigh County Tuesday morning.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call about a gas leak at EQT Corporation came in around 8:30 a.m. According to their website, EQT is a natural gas company.  The Whitesville Fire Department responded to the scene. Dispatchers said the fire department could hear the leak but could not smell gas or get to the leak site because the gas well is located deep in...

UPDATE: 4 missing in Pennsylvania senior home inferno, officials not hopeful

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PHILADELPHIA -- Four people are missing and presumed dead following last week's fire at a Pennsylvania senior living community.

The massive blaze tore through Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester late Thursday, injuring more than two dozen people and displacing 133 residents. The cause is still unknown.

UPDATE: Sheriff asking for public's help in Monroe County murder investigation Video included

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Union, WV (WVNS)-- The Monroe County Sheriff is asking for help in reconstructing details in a murder investigation. 

Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help

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Police say a man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape.

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  • Brain's Safehouse Members Cope with Recovery During Holidays

    Brain's Safehouse Members Cope with Recovery During Holidays

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:55 PM EST2017-11-22 22:55:13 GMT

    While the holidays are a time for many to come together as a family and celebrate, that's not the case for everyone. 

    While the holidays are a time for many to come together as a family and celebrate, that's not the case for everyone. 

  • Local Businesses Give Back to the Community

    Local Businesses Give Back to the Community

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:47 PM EST2017-11-22 22:47:29 GMT

    With it being the season of giving, one local business works to spread that among other organizations. 

    With it being the season of giving, one local business works to spread that among other organizations. 

  • Winterplace Gears up for Ski Season

    Winterplace Gears up for Ski Season

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:46 PM EST2017-11-22 22:46:57 GMT

    With temperatures starting to drop, one local ski resort is starting to gear up for the upcoming season.

    With temperatures starting to drop, one local ski resort is starting to gear up for the upcoming season.

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  • Mercer County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate shootout between neighbors

    Mercer County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate shootout between neighbors

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:00 PM EST2017-11-22 04:00:45 GMT

    The call came in November 16th on Mary Branch Road in Matoaka. Three shots were fired from one individual and four from another. One person was hit and flown to Raleigh General. Joshua Allen Ernest was arrested on scene and charged with malicious wounding as well as three counts of wanton endangerment.  Ernest has already been arraigned and released on bond. 

    The call came in November 16th on Mary Branch Road in Matoaka. Three shots were fired from one individual and four from another. One person was hit and flown to Raleigh General. Joshua Allen Ernest was arrested on scene and charged with malicious wounding as well as three counts of wanton endangerment.  Ernest has already been arraigned and released on bond. 

  • UPDATE: Bluefield Police pull over Rent-A-Center truck and make drug arrest

    UPDATE: Bluefield Police pull over Rent-A-Center truck and make drug arrest

    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:47 PM EST2017-11-19 00:47:09 GMT

    A call to emergency services in Mercer County leads to the arrest of two men on drug charges.  It started at the Tractor Supply Center parking lot in Bluefield, WV on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.  

    A call to emergency services in Mercer County leads to the arrest of two men on drug charges.  It started at the Tractor Supply Center parking lot in Bluefield, WV on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.  

  • Princeton Decks Out Downtown for Christmas

    Princeton Decks Out Downtown for Christmas

    Friday, November 17 2017 6:01 PM EST2017-11-17 23:01:43 GMT

    One local city is gearing up for the holiday season by getting into the Christmas spirit. 

    One local city is gearing up for the holiday season by getting into the Christmas spirit. 

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  • 2 Fayette County men arrested for attempted murder

    2 Fayette County men arrested for attempted murder

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:48 PM EST2017-11-22 21:48:13 GMT

    Two brothers in Fayette County are in jail after being arrested in connection with attempted murder in the Victor area of Fayette County. 

    Two brothers in Fayette County are in jail after being arrested in connection with attempted murder in the Victor area of Fayette County. 

  • Firefighters battle camper fire with possible entrapment

    FIRE MARSHAL: Elderly man dead in Dixie camper fire

    FIRE MARSHAL: Elderly man dead in Dixie camper fire

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:14 PM EST2017-11-22 03:14:55 GMT

    DIXIE, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Firefighters are battling a camper fire with a possible entrapment in the Dixie area of Clay County near the border of Fayette County. 

    DIXIE, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Firefighters are battling a camper fire with a possible entrapment in the Dixie area of Fayette County.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call came in around 6:40 Tuesday morning at a camper on Rock Camp Road.  

  • UPDATE: Two house fires on same road in Fayette County

    UPDATE: Two house fires on same road in Fayette County

    UPDATE: Two house fires on same road in Fayette County

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-11-21 23:55:23 GMT

    FAYETTE COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Fire crews are battling two house fires on the same road in the Boomer area of Fayette County.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call came in around 6:10 Tuesday morning. They said a home on Livesay Lane caught on fire and the fire spread to another home next door.  Crews are still battling the fire at this time. No injuries have been reported.  Boomer, Montgomery and Smithers Fire Departments are on scene. Stick with 59 News on this dev...

    FAYETTE COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Fire crews are battling two house fires on the same road in the Boomer area of Fayette County.  Dispatchers tell 59 News the call came in around 6:10 Tuesday morning. They said a home on Livesay Lane caught on fire and the fire spread to another home next door.  Crews are still battling the fire at this time. No injuries have been reported.  Boomer, Montgomery and Smithers Fire Departments are on scene. Stick with 59 News on this dev...

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  • Wear Blue for Bullying Awareness Day

    Wear Blue for Bullying Awareness Day

    Monday, October 3 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-10-03 20:14:20 GMT
    Oct. 3 is Bullying Awareness Day and people are asked to wear blue to bring attention to the problems which affects communities across the country and around the world.
    Oct. 3 is Bullying Awareness Day and people are asked to wear blue to bring attention to the problems which affects communities across the country and around the world.
  • SLIDESHOW: 2016 State Fair of West Virginia: Traditions You Treasure

    SLIDESHOW: 2016 State Fair of West Virginia: Traditions You Treasure

    Monday, August 15 2016 6:26 PM EDT2016-08-15 22:26:16 GMT
    Check out the pictures of the 2016 State Fair of West Virginia.  These were submitted to us by our viewers.
    Check out the pictures of the 2016 State Fair of West Virginia.  These were submitted to us by our viewers.
  • SLIDESHOW: Thunderstorm in Southern WV on July 8

    SLIDESHOW: Thunderstorm in Southern WV on July 8

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:27 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:27:14 GMT
    Here are pictures sent to us by our viewers of the rain and thunderstorms which left trees downs and thousands without power across southern West Virginia.
    Here are pictures sent to us by our viewers of the rain and thunderstorms which left trees downs and thousands without power across southern West Virginia.

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  • David Cassidy, '70s Teen Heartthrob, Dies At Age 67

    David Cassidy, '70s Teen Heartthrob, Dies At Age 67

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 6:22 AM EST2017-11-22 11:22:41 GMT

    (CNN)David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's "The Partridge Family," is in critical condition with organ failure. 

    (CNN)David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's "The Partridge Family," is in critical condition with organ failure. 

  • Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

    Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

    Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 6:41 AM EST2017-11-22 11:41:16 GMT
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at the Oregon State Penitentiary and she passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth. Two of the balloons ruptured in Powell’s stomach a short time later and he died of methamp...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year at the Oregon State Penitentiary and she passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into his mouth. Two of the balloons ruptured in Powell’s stomach a short time later and he died of methamp...
  • Deputies: Man drank beer, laid down in bed with woman after string of burglaries

    Deputies: Man drank beer, laid down in bed with woman after string of burglaries

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:00 PM EST2017-11-22 03:00:35 GMT

    According to the arrest reports, he went into two sheds and rummaged through them. He is also accused of going inside one of those homes and trying to take the couch.

    According to the arrest reports, he went into two sheds and rummaged through them. He is also accused of going inside one of those homes and trying to take the couch.

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