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Officials Make Bizarre Discovery in Potato Chip Can

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A California man was arrested after trying to smuggle deadly snakes into the country inside potato chip containers. The Rodrigo Franco, of Monterrey Park man was accused of trying to smuggle King Cobras into the U.S. from Hon Kong. Franco said he had managed to smuggle at least 20 King Cobras into the country. Authorities say he has also smuggled turtles in and out of the U.S. If Franco is convicted of smuggling in the snakes and other animals, he could face 20 years in prison.

Widow of slain NYPD detective gives birth to their daughter

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NEW YORK (AP) - The widow of a slain New York City detective has given birth to their child more than two years after his death.  

Girl Scouts Add New STEM Badges

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The Girl Scouts of America announced they are adding new badges to encourage more girls to enter STEM fields. The organization announced the addition of 23 new badges for science, technology, engineering, math, and the outdoor achievements. Girl Scouts earn the badges through activities like designing model race cars, writing code, programming robots, and going on environmentally conscious camping trips. The new experiences are meant to address "the lack of exposure many girls ...

Man accused of impregnating 11-year-old claims he was raped by her

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Prosecutors say a 38-year-old man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept.

W.Va. AG Seeks Supreme Court Review of Anti-Gun Rights Ruling

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led a five-state coalition in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision that unnecessarily burdens an individual’s constitutional right to bear arms lawfully. The friend-of-the-court brief, filed Monday, pertains to a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers West Virginia. The Attorney General believes the court erred in deciding that the potent...

Saint Albans Police Warn About Electric Company Scam

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The Saint Albans Police says they have taken many reports of a new phone scam hitting the area.

2nd person tested positive for norovirus tied to Chipotle

A Virginia health official says a second person has tested positive for norovirus after eating at a Chipotle before it was temporarily closed last week following reports of illnesses.

Kids can soon cross the galaxy like Luke Skywalker with replica Landspeeder

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SAN DIEGO (WCMH) — Kids all across the galaxy can now travel like “Star Wars” hero Luke Skywalker with a new replica Landspeeder made by Radio Flyer.  Its top speed is 5mph, and goes 2mph when backing up, according to Radio Flyer. The craft fits two people with a weight capacity of 130 pounds, and is recommended for ages 4 and up. Landspeeder pilots also have an interactive dashboard with lights and sounds from the movies. The speeder is available ...

Glenville State Health Sciences Camp Encourages Students To Attend College

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It may have looked like a crime scene at Glenville State College, but the investigators there were a little young for the job.

Boy Scout Jamboree increases National Parks tourism

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The Boy Scout Jamboree has brought a positive economic impact to the area. It's also given visitors an opportunity to see what makes West Virginia the Mountain State.  "Beautiful mountains, we like the roads. It's fun driving through the mountains," said Jamboree visitor, Jen Summerfield. Summerfield and her family are some of the thousands of people in town for the Jamboree. But they're not spending their whole trip inside the Summit Bechtel Reserve. They'v...

Fungal disease found on milksnake in WV

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The juvenile milksnake had crusty scales and abrasions on its head.

One Dead in Motorcycle Accident

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Mercer County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on July 25, 2017 in the Lashmeet area. Deputies said a Honda Shadow was traveling south on Wright Mountain Road at around noon when the driver lost control while going around a curve. The driver then tipped the motorcycle, sending the driver tumbling onto the road where a Chevrolet SUV hit the driver. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said they are not releasing the name of the motorcycle d...

UPDATE: Police Locate Missing Suicidal Woman

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Misty Reynolds was located by Pennsylvania State Police. 

FBI issues warning about ‘smart toys’

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about ‘smart toys’ directed at children. 

Local Child Gets Diagnosed with Virus From Mosquito

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Mosquitoes are an unfortunate reality over the warm months, and while most of them are just a nuisance, some can cause people illness. For one mother in Raleigh County, that was a terrifying reality. "He threw up all evening, headaches, and crying all night because of the pain," said, Stephanie Goodwin.  Stephanie Goodwin's son Matthew was diagnosed with Lacrosse Encephalitis, a disease ONLY spread by the bite of the Treehole Mosquito. Most often disease only affects ...

WWHS Baseball Field To Be Named After Longtime Coach

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      The baseball field at Woodrow Wilson High School will soon be named after former coach and local legend, Thomas Parham.      This comes after a vote, from the Raleigh County Board of Education.       

GEHS Marching Band In Need of Uniforms

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One High School is seeking donations for new marching band uniforms.  Greenbrier East High School has had the same marching band uniforms for 10 years.  

By a hair, Senate votes to debate GOP health care bill

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With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care law. 

Trump says he's 'very disappointed' in AG Sessions

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President Donald Trump says that he is "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he has not made up his mind as to whether to fire his longtime ally. 

Boy Scouts Serve the Community in Raleigh County

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Troops from New York tells us community service is just part of being a Boy Scout. Trevor Satchell-Sabalja said, "In Boy Scouts were told to be helpful to help people at all times and that just kind of flows with it community service is helping other people so why wouldn't that make sense for us to do?"  Troop 1232 from Suffolk County Council spent all day digging trenches, pulling weeds and beautifying the outside of tamarack  Each troop has a community ser...

SAVE THE DATE: Mercer County Fair is almost here

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The best of Mercer County is coming together for the annual Mercer County Fair which kicks off on August 4th. This year there will be a new Mercer County Heritage Exhibit, as well as fun games for the kids, live music, and the legendary rodeo. Mercer County Fair volunteer, Keith Circle, explained this fair is a way for people in the community to showcase their talents and have some fun. "That's what the Mercer County Fair is about. It's to sho...

Meet City of Bluefield Fire Department's newest addition

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The City of Bluefield Fire Department unveiled its newest fire engine on Tuesday, July 25th. Firefighters, city officials, and Bluefield residents attended the ceremony to commemorate the new truck and retire one of their twenty year-old engines. This new engine has state-of-the-art features to keep both the firefighters and the public safe. According to Bluefield Fire Chief, Rick Cary, the new truck will also save the department money on maintenance. "It was cos...

Greenbrier County Prepares for Houston Texans

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The field is quiet now but in a matter of hours fans will be watching the Houston Texans run onto the field. 

Boy Scout Welcome Center Officially Opens

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The J.W. And Hazel Ruby Boy Scouts Welcome Center is officially open and we are now getting an inside look at the multi-million dollar Property. It was designed to serve as a educational tool to learn more about boys scouts of america, the summit  and the mountain state.boyscoutt information food and...

Beckley Man Sentenced for Arson at Willbrian Apartments

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One Beckley man who ignited a fire at the Willbrian Apartments in Beckley faced the judge in Raleigh County on Tuesday (7/25). 

Detectives in Bluefield search for attempted murder suspect

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A shooting from April 2017 is still under investigation in Bluefield, WV.  Now detectives with the Bluefield Police Department are asking for help from the community to close the case. 

Fralin Fellow Aims to Create the Most Bee-Friendly Flower Garden in Virginia

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Local farmers and gardeners who want to attract native pollinators to their plants may be interested in the summer research project of Laura Strange, a rising senior majoring in horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture at VT Dies

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Fernando Ruiz, associate professor emeritus of architecture in the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies, died on July 10, 2017 in Greenville, SC, at the age of 86. 

Fundraiser Planned to Support Local Youth

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Friends of the New River Gorge National River will host a BBQ and Bluegrass fundraiser on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   The event will be held at the Freight Depot located on 509 Commercial Street, Hinton, WV. BBQ and Bluegrass will raise funds for local students to attend an overnight camp at New River Gorge National River's Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center. The National Park Service re-opened the Camp Brookside Environmental Education Cent...

Help for back to school shopping Video included

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Many parents are already out doing back to school shopping, and as many of you know school supplies are not cheap. In 2014 American parents spent on average $100 per student on school supplies. School supplies can be anything from number 2 pencils to clothing for kids. 

8 Indiana siblings rack up 448 years of combined marriage

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VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Eight siblings who grew up in southwestern Indiana have amassed nearly 450 years of combined marriage.   

Virginia woman admits stealing hospital patient information

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman accused of taking hospital patients' information has pleaded guilty to identity theft.  

Historian speaking during Fort Henry commemoration

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A historian and author will speak during the events commemorating the 240th anniversary of the first siege of Fort Henry and the 235th anniversary of the second siege.    

Pope Francis shuts off Vatican fountains due to Italy drought

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The Vatican began turning off its fountains due to an ongoing drought in Italy, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Texans arrive for training camp today

Texans arrive for training camp today

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A Pro NFL team will be making its way to Greenbrier County on Tuesday. The Houston Texans will head to e Greenbrier Resort to start their training camp. The players will start training Wednesday and will continue through August 17th. The Texans will also hold two joint practices with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on August 15th and 16th. This is the first time that the Texans have held their training camp outside Houston. They will be in White Sulphur Springs at around ...

'Juice' will be loose: OJ Simpson granted parole in robbery Video included

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O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once more as he pleads for his freedom before parole board.

Memorial planned to honor Beckley philanthropist Video included

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One of Beckley's most influential leaders, Susan Landis passed away this Friday.  "She was my mentor. She taught me the spirit of volunteerism. She was always there when I had a problem about what to do and how to do it," said friend of Landis, Glenda Wait. Wait first met Susan Landis 13 years ago. Since then, Wait has been an active member in Beckley's Rotary club. She says Landis' dedication to public service inspired much of her work in the Rotary Club. "...

Congress Prepares to Send Millions in Highway Dollars to West Virginia

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If you think there's a lot of road work going on in West Virginia now, just you wait and see. In the Nation's Capitol Congress is poised to approve 44 billion dollars, in federal highways funds. 

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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  • Beckley Man Sentenced for Arson at Willbrian Apartments

    Beckley Man Sentenced for Arson at Willbrian Apartments

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-25 20:12:41 GMT

    One Beckley man who ignited a fire at the Willbrian Apartments in Beckley faced the judge in Raleigh County on Tuesday (7/25). 

    One Beckley man who ignited a fire at the Willbrian Apartments in Beckley faced the judge in Raleigh County on Tuesday (7/25). 

  • Accident on Route 19 in Beaver

    Accident on Route 19 in Beaver

    Monday, July 24 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-07-24 16:06:02 GMT

    Crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 19 in the area of Beaver and Daniels on Monday, July 24, 2017.

    Crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 19 in the area of Beaver and Daniels on Monday, July 24, 2017.

  • CRASH: Vehicle Rolls Over on I-77 Southbound

    CRASH: Vehicle Rolls Over on I-77 Southbound

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-07-23 20:47:55 GMT

    Raleigh County 911 dispatchers told 59 News there was an accident on I-77 Southbound near the Tamarack exit. It all happened just after 4 p.m. on Sunday evening (7/23). 

    Raleigh County 911 dispatchers told 59 News there was an accident on I-77 Southbound near the Tamarack exit. It all happened just after 4 p.m. on Sunday evening (7/23). 

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  • Detectives in Bluefield search for attempted murder suspect

    Detectives in Bluefield search for attempted murder suspect

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-07-25 19:58:02 GMT

    A shooting from April 2017 is still under investigation in Bluefield, WV.  Now detectives with the Bluefield Police Department are asking for help from the community to close the case. 

    A shooting from April 2017 is still under investigation in Bluefield, WV.  Now detectives with the Bluefield Police Department are asking for help from the community to close the case. 

  • Beer, Bacon and Bourbon Event Coming

    Beer, Bacon and Bourbon Event Coming

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-07-24 21:30:13 GMT

    If you're a fan of beer, bacon, or bourbon - an event coming up might be right up your alley.  A festival called Beer, Bacon and Bourbon occurs this Wednesday at Pipestem Spa. Local vendors will be teaming up to provide food and desserts made with bacon, beer and bourbon. There will be many bands leading up to the main performance - which will be a guns n' roses tribute band. 

    If you're a fan of beer, bacon, or bourbon - an event coming up might be right up your alley.  A festival called Beer, Bacon and Bourbon occurs this Wednesday at Pipestem Spa. Local vendors will be teaming up to provide food and desserts made with bacon, beer and bourbon. There will be many bands leading up to the main performance - which will be a guns n' roses tribute band. 

  • Structure Fire Ignites in Princeton

    Structure Fire Ignites in Princeton

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:46:26 GMT
    Mercer County 911 Dispatchers told 59 News there is a structure fire on New Kirk Street in Princeton. Princeton Fire Department along with East River Volunteer Fire Department and Athens Volunteer Fire Department rushed on scene to control the blaze. Officials are unclear on what started the fire and at this time Mercer County 911 dispatchers do not know if anyone is in the structure. Stay with 59 News for the latest updates.
    Mercer County 911 Dispatchers told 59 News there is a structure fire on New Kirk Street in Princeton. Princeton Fire Department along with East River Volunteer Fire Department and Athens Volunteer Fire Department rushed on scene to control the blaze. Officials are unclear on what started the fire and at this time Mercer County 911 dispatchers do not know if anyone is in the structure. Stay with 59 News for the latest updates.
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  • Thieves strike at out of town residents

    Thieves strike at out of town residents

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-07-24 22:16:47 GMT

    Police in Lewisburg are investigating a string of break-ins that have happened throughout the month of July.

    Police in Lewisburg are investigating a string of break-ins that have happened throughout the month of July.

  • Lewisburg Police search for burglary suspect

    Lewisburg Police search for burglary suspect

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:16 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:16:23 GMT
    Suspect: Bruce PlumleySuspect: Bruce Plumley

    A break-in at a store in Lewisburg on July 2, 2017 leads to the arrest on one man and the search for another.  The burglary was at the "Very Thing."  According to investigators, a door to the business was forced open and nearly $4,000 in rare coins was stolen.

    A break-in at a store in Lewisburg on July 2, 2017 leads to the arrest on one man and the search for another.  The burglary was at the "Very Thing."  According to investigators, a door to the business was forced open and nearly $4,000 in rare coins was stolen.

  • West Virginia State Fairgrounds Hosting First Poster Contest

    West Virginia State Fairgrounds Hosting First Poster Contest

    Monday, July 17 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-07-17 21:29:18 GMT
    Calling all Artists! The State Fair of West Virginia wants to see your artwork!  For the first time ever, the State Fair is hosting a poster contest. Each year the State Fair has a new poster to represent the event, but this year they are taking design suggestions from the public.  You don't have to be from West Virginia to enter, you just have to portray a positive message for fair-goers. "It can be high resolution photography, it can be water color, it can be any me...
    Calling all Artists! The State Fair of West Virginia wants to see your artwork!  For the first time ever, the State Fair is hosting a poster contest. Each year the State Fair has a new poster to represent the event, but this year they are taking design suggestions from the public.  You don't have to be from West Virginia to enter, you just have to portray a positive message for fair-goers. "It can be high resolution photography, it can be water color, it can be any me...
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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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  • Local Child Gets Diagnosed with Virus From Mosquito

    Local Child Gets Diagnosed with Virus From Mosquito

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-07-26 01:00:11 GMT
    Matthew Goodwin in the hospitalMatthew Goodwin in the hospital
    Mosquitoes are an unfortunate reality over the warm months, and while most of them are just a nuisance, some can cause people illness. For one mother in Raleigh County, that was a terrifying reality. "He threw up all evening, headaches, and crying all night because of the pain," said, Stephanie Goodwin.  Stephanie Goodwin's son Matthew was diagnosed with Lacrosse Encephalitis, a disease ONLY spread by the bite of the Treehole Mosquito. Most often disease only affects ...
    Mosquitoes are an unfortunate reality over the warm months, and while most of them are just a nuisance, some can cause people illness. For one mother in Raleigh County, that was a terrifying reality. "He threw up all evening, headaches, and crying all night because of the pain," said, Stephanie Goodwin.  Stephanie Goodwin's son Matthew was diagnosed with Lacrosse Encephalitis, a disease ONLY spread by the bite of the Treehole Mosquito. Most often disease only affects ...
  • Man accused of impregnating 11-year-old claims he was raped by her

    Man accused of impregnating 11-year-old claims he was raped by her

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 1:45 AM EDT2017-07-26 05:45:08 GMT

    Prosecutors say a 38-year-old man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept.

    Prosecutors say a 38-year-old man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept.

  • One Dead in Motorcycle Accident

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 9:54 PM EDT2017-07-26 01:54:50 GMT
    Mercer County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on July 25, 2017 in the Lashmeet area. Deputies said a Honda Shadow was traveling south on Wright Mountain Road at around noon when the driver lost control while going around a curve. The driver then tipped the motorcycle, sending the driver tumbling onto the road where a Chevrolet SUV hit the driver. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said they are not releasing the name of the motorcycle d...
    Mercer County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on July 25, 2017 in the Lashmeet area. Deputies said a Honda Shadow was traveling south on Wright Mountain Road at around noon when the driver lost control while going around a curve. The driver then tipped the motorcycle, sending the driver tumbling onto the road where a Chevrolet SUV hit the driver. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said they are not releasing the name of the motorcycle d...
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