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Mullens Native Mike D'Antoni Wins NBA Coach of the Year

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The NBA handed out its end of the year awards Monday evening and a West Virginia native took home a big prize. Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Houston Rockets, won the 2017 NBA Coach of the Year Award. 

FCC chief to attend Ohio-West Virginia broadband summit

The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission is slated to attend a broadband summit next month in Ohio.

WVU's Campus Safety Ranked High on National List

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West Virginia University has been ranked one of the safest campuses in the country.  The National Council for Home Safety and Security recently assessed 2,000 colleges and WVU was number 34 on their list. 

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

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By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with a limited version of its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case that has stirred heated emotions across the nation. In the meantime, the court said Monday that Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Li...

Airline vet to lead Amtrak in a summer of repairs, reckoning

America's railroad is turning to an airline industry veteran to lead it through a summer of reckoning for congested tracks and crumbling infrastructure.

UPDATE: Wyoming County Missing Teen Found

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Deputies with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department are asking for help from the community to track down a teen who has been missing for several days.  Desiree Dishmon, 16, was last seen on Friday, June 23, 2017.  Investigators said she was leaving a relative's home in the Glen Fork area.   She is 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 150-pounds.  She has green eyes and naturally brown hair that was dyed red when she disappeared.  She also has a nose piercing. A...

Firework Safety This Fourth Of July

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We're just a little more than a week away from the 4th of July, and many people are already breaking out the fireworks, but you might want consider a few things before lighting those fuses. There were 11 non-occupational fireworks-related deaths during 20-15 according to the U-S Consumer Product Safety Commission. On average, about 230 people across the nation have to go to the emergency room every day because of injuries from fireworks.... and knowing what to do in case of injury is...

6 Arrested After Sit-in at Sen. Capito’s Charleston Office

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Six protesters were cuffed and walked out of Senator Shelly Moore Capito's  Charleston, WV office.

Fourth of July Event in Princeton

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Princeton is gearing up for their big 4th of July event. The Princeton Fourth of July Celebration is coming up and coordinators are working to make it special. The event will take place at the Hunnicutt Field. They will have a lot of fun activities, including live entertainment by a variety of artists.  Event coordinator, Brandon Hicks said, "This brings our community together. It's a free event so it's something we can all celebrate together. Celebrate what the men an...

National Weather Service confirms West Virginia tornado

Officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in northern West Virginia as the remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy passed through the state.

Looking Back to Boy Scout History

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It's an organization with a rich history, that dates back over a century. The Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1908 when it was founded in England by British General Robert Baden-Powell when he discovered his men did not know the the basics of first aid. Soon, scouting became a part of British culture. At about that same time, a Boy Scout legend says American businessman and publisher W. D. Boyce. founded Boy Scouts America two years after an encounter with a young Englishman wh...

Patch trading favorite pass-time among Boy Scouts

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Boy Scouts across the country come to the Jamboree to trade patches. Summit Betchel Reserve Seasonal Operations Director, Emily Estenzel, is a passionate patch trader.  "Whenever I meet someone new, I might trade a patch with them and then I know that patch represents that person and their cool story behind it." said Estenzel. The Summit Betchel Reserve encouraged patch trading through their "Pin-A-Patch" board. Boy Scouts who have stayed at the Reserve pin ...

Flags Ordered to Half-Staff to Honor Monroe County Delegate

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Governor Justice has issued a proclamation ordering that all State flags on all State-owned facilities at the Capitol Complex and throughout Monroe County be displayed at half-staff Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from Dawn until Dusk, the day of services for former Delegate Mary Pearl Compton. 

Meadow Bridge Man Faces Multiple Charges

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A Meadow Bridge man has been arrested on multiple charges. Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley tells 59News deputies went to the home of Christopher White, 25, of Meadow Bridge on Monday, June 26. 

Girl Scouts in Town for 2017 Jamboree

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Girls from across the nation join together this week for an adventurous experience.  

Troopers Investigate Armed Robbery in Maybeury

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State police in Welch are investigating an armed robbery in the Maybeury area. Troopers tell 59News the Maybeury Food Mart was robbed at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25 by a white man who was armed with a knife. He apparently held a knife to the cashier, before running away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The owners of the store are offering a cash reward for any information leading to an arrest of the suspect. If you have any information on this case, call the Welch Det...

Summer Camp Gets Kids Interested in Science

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A camp at Bluefield College is giving students a first-hand science experience. Children between the ages of 8-12 years old, are taking part in a number of experiments, projects, and games to show them that science can be fun.Counselors cover topics such as environmental science, molecular models and more.  We wanted to find out the best part of this camp from these young scientists, so we asked.  Samuel Gianpocaro told me, "Because you have all the possible outcomes,...

Cold Case of Mysterious Murder Reopened

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Beckley Police Department reopened the murder cold case of Travis Summers. Summers disappeared in May of 2014 and his remains were found nine months later in the community of Eccles. He was last seen at the Freedom Skate Park in Beckley. Police received new information regarding the case which lead to its the reopening. Detective of the Beckley Police Department, Sergeant Morgan Bragg, believed there is more information to be uncovered.  "We feel like there ...

UPDATE: Shooting in Alderson Leaves Two Dead Video included

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Details are still coming in about a possible shooting in the Alderson area.  It happened during the early afternoon hours on Thursday, June 22, 2017. 

UPDATE: Teenager Drowns in Alderson

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Greenbrier County 911 Dispatchers confirm to 59 News there has been a drowning in Alderson. Dispatchers said it happened at Mini Park in Alderson just after 2 Saturday afternoon (6/24). Dispatchers couldn't confirm who drowned or their current condition. Alderson and Tri County Fire Departments arrived on scene. The Alderson Police Department is investigating the incident. Stay with 59 News for the very latest updates on this story.

Local psychiatrist's medical license will be suspended

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The West Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a Beckley, WV psychiatrist.  According to an order issued by the board on June 21, 2017, 

Bluefield, VA teen missing

Missing Girl: Brianna Spease is a 14-year-old who has been missing from the Bluefield, VA area since Sunday, June 25, 2017 Missing Girl: Brianna Spease is a 14-year-old who has been missing from the Bluefield, VA area since Sunday, June 25, 2017
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A community action group is asking for help from the public to find a teenager who disappeared on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  Brianna Spease, 14, was reported missing by her parents on Sunday morning. 

Road closure announced for White Sulphur Springs area

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The West Virginia Division of Highways closed the Gum Street Bridge on County Route 50/3 in White Sulphur Springs on Monday, June 26, 2017. 

Recalled chicken products for toddlers could contain bone

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About 54,630 pounds of chicken bite products for toddlers are being recalled because they could contain bone.

Open house held at National Fish Hatchery

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The flooding on June 23, 2015 came at a huge cost for businesses.  Among those effected was the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's fish hatchery in White Sulphur Springs.  On the anniversary of the flooding, the doors at the hatchery were opened to the public.

Ohio government websites hacked with pro-Islamic State rant

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 A number of government websites in Ohio have been hacked with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group.

West Virginia expert offers tips to avoid tick attacks

A West Virginia University Extension Service expert wants to help residents of the state avoid attacks by ticks this summer.

Tanker Accident in Pakistan Leaves Over 100 Dead

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An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan killing 148 people. 

Landslide Leaves Over a Dozen People Dead in China

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Hopes were fading Sunday morning (6/25) after a landslide buried a village in China leaving over 100 people still missing. 

Bernie Sanders Rallies in WV

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After senators introduce a new health care bill, many politicians are coming out for and against it. 

Bluefield Church Offers Free Summer School Camp Video included

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     School is out for the summer but one local church is looking to keep students focused on academics during their break      

Wildwood Museum Hosts Live Portrayal Presentation

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Residents in Beckley set out to travel back in  time and re live the life of famed journalist Nellie Bly. 

Aspen Dental Clinic Provides Free Care To Veterans

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Hundreds of local Veterans got a chance to receive free services thanks to Aspen Dental Clinic. 

Stabbing Incident Leaves One Injured and Another Arrested

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On Saturday (6/24), at around 6 p.m. troopers with the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment arrived on scene to a stabbing complaint on English Road in the English area of McDowell County. 

Rainelle Holds Candlelight Service for Flood Anniversary Video included

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With the one year anniversary of the June floods this month one community in Greenbrier County took the time to remember the lives impacted by the destructive waters. 

Richwood Medical Center Relocates

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   The town of Richwood is celebrating the new location of its Camden Family Health Center.     

Rebirth Celebrations Continue In White Sulphur Springs Video included

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Hundreds residents impacted by the floods joined in solidarity to celebrate a new beginning.  

White Sulphur Springs Celebrates Life Video included

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The town of White Sulphur Springs began the weekend of Celebration of Life and Rebirth with the dedication of the 2016 Flood Memorial on June 23rd. The memorial was part of an Eagle Scout project for Cameron Zorbist.  "I'm hoping that the town is able to have a place to come and remember those who lost their lives," said Zorbist.  Zorbist worked with White Sulphur Springs Park Commissioner and Councilwoman, Audrey Vanbreun, on this project. Vanbreun lost a sister...

Motorcycle and Car Show in Beckley

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The annual motorcycle and car show will be held Saturday, June 24th. It is located along the main streets of Beckley. Vehicle registration is from 5-6pm. The streets will be closed for the show, line up begins at 5. There will be entertainment from 6:15 to 7:15, food, vendors and much more.  Jill Moorefield, director of Beckley events said, "The weather's supposed to clear up it looks like it's supposed to rain in the morning and clear up in the evening so we're certainly h...

Gov. Justice will veto bill to sell Jackie Withrow hospital Video included

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House Bill 113 that plans to sell Jackie Withrow Long-Term Care Facility passed the through Senate on June 19th, and is now awaiting to be signed by the Governor. The bill outlines plans to sell the hospital and creates the "Jackie Withrow Long Term Care Facility Development Fund." Although hospital residents and employees were concerned for their futures, House Delegate for the 30th District, Mick Bates, reassured the public that this was the best version of the bill ...

Body of Korean War MIA soldier identified

Missing Korean War veteran, Sgt. James Sharp's body was identified and is being returned to West Virginia. Missing Korean War veteran, Sgt. James Sharp's body was identified and is being returned to West Virginia.
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The Department of Defense announced on Thursday, June 22, 2017 that the body of a West Virginia soldier who has been missing in action since the Korean War is coming home.

West Virginia's U.S. Senators comment on flood anniversary

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June 23, 2017 is the anniversary of the massive flooding which struck West Virginia leaving 23 people dead and many communities devastated.  

Troopers arrest 3 men in mine theft investigation

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State Troopers are asking for help from the community in an investigation into thefts at coal mines in Raleigh and Boone Counties

Beckley man sentenced for 2013 shooting

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A man convicted of 2nd degree murder is sentenced to 30 years in prison. Gaston Smith was sentenced on June 23, 2017. Smith is eligible for parole, and he will get credit for time served in Southern Regional Jail. 

West Virginia governor approves expanded road repairs, taxes

Gov. Jim Justice has signed a new law to ramp up road repairs and reconstruction across the state supported by a higher gasoline tax, raised sales tax on car sales and higher motor vehicle fees.

Virginia man charged with giving secret documents to China

A Virginia man has been charged with transmitting top-secret documents to a Chinese agent.

Capito says she'll weigh Medicaid effect of health care plan

West Virginia Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she's reviewing the Senate Republican draft legislation to overhaul health care and has posted it on her website for constituents to read.

WVU Encourages Students to Get involved in Beckley Community

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West Virginia University Tech is now accepting nominations for summer community service projects.  The new student orientation committee will be reviewing them. All projects are due by Friday, July 14th  Once the are accepted organizations will be notified with their proposal no later than July 21st.  All other projects will be considered in the future.  WVU Tech believes community service is beneficial to their students.  Candice Stadler said, "For the ...

Police find body in shallow grave, 2 charged

Police say detectives searching for a missing person found a body in a shallow grave at a Kentucky residence and took two people into custody.

Medical Staff from Raleigh General Hospital travels to Africa Video included

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A group of Medical staff from Raleigh General Hospital returns to West Virginia after a trip to Africa to change their healthcare system for the better.  

Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

Coal company Murray Energy is suing HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious broadcast" last Sunday evening.

Summer Camp Builds Children's Futures

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A summer camp called "Tomorrow is Mine" was held on the WVU Tech campus Thursday, June 22 in Beckley. 

Budget Cuts to Education Harsh Reality for Schools Video included

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The state budget passed without the Governor's signature, but contained $16 million of cuts to higher education. These cuts impacted local state colleges and universities, such as New River Community and Technical College and Concord University. Cuts to higher education have been occurring for years according to Charles Becker. Becker is the Vice President of Business and Finance at Concord University. 0"There is almost 2 million dollars a year in state appropriations, ever...

Justice Tours Flood Ravaged Communities Video included

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  Governor Jim Justice has set out on a relief tour, commemorating the anniversary of the deadly June floods.   

Tractor Trailer accident on I-64 near Sandstone

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A tractor-trailer accident happened in the eastbound lanes of I-64 on Thursday, June 22, 2017. 

Missing 4-year-old found safe

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Law enforcement officers in Virginia track down a man wanted in an Amber Alert, just hours after a young girl is taken.  According to a release from the Virginia State Police, Kimberly Long was taken from Smyth County at around 9:20 p.m. on June 21, 2017

UPDATE: Father Shoots Daughter's Ex-Boyfriend in Elkview

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One person has been shot in Kanawha County Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred on the 100 block of Blue Creek Road just south of Elk Estates near Blue Haven Drive just after 9 p.m. Dispatchers say that a man was shot in both the back and the arm. 

Service Dog Support Group Calls for New Legislation

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Service dogs. They're cute like other dogs but you should fight the urge to pet them, talk to them or make eye contact with them because they've got a job to do.

Silver Alert Issued for a 58-Year-Old Buckhannon Man

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A disabled man has been reported missing from the Buckhannon area.  Jerry Koon, 58, was last seen on Saturday, June 17, 2017 according to the Buckhannon Police Department.

West Nile virus detected in West Virginia's Cabell County

West Virginia health officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito in Cabell County.

Hearings start in West Virginia drug wholesale lawsuit

The first hearing has been held in a lawsuit involving drug wholesale distributors accused of fueling West Virginia's heroin epidemic.

McDonald Volunteer Fire Chief Killed In West Virginia Explosion

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The chief of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department was killed in an explosion in West Virginia. Scott Albertini was a 35-year member of the fire department and worked his way up to become the chief. 

Bombardier Starts Apprenticeship Program to Encourage Aviation Careers

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Planes need mechanics too and a career in aviation is taking off. In Bridgeport one company is looking for locals to expand their work place. 

Woodrow Wilson High School student set to release single on iTunes

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With Wednesday officially being the first day of summer, most high school students may be taking a break from their commitments and enjoying summer vacation. But one Woodrow Wilson High School Student is already beginning to work on his future career.  Joshua Keaton has always had a passion for singing and songwriting. But it's his family's background in music and his faith that inspired him to take his passion further, performing in school productions and in churches ...

Classmates honor student who died after N. Korea detention

Otto Warmbier knew everyone on campus as a student at the University of Virginia, and he had an "insane" tie collection.

Theatre West Virginia Hit Hard by Budget

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Theatre West Virginia was among one of the arts programs expected to be cut from the state budget. 

Raleigh County Humane Society Hosts Critter Camp

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Kids in Raleigh County are getting a chance to enjoy some furry friends.  

Raleigh County Becomes 'StormReady' Certified

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Beckley and Raleigh County have earned a new certification. They are now StormReady certified by the National Weather Service. The StormReady program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. Our town is ready," Beckley City Councilwoman Ann Worley, said. "Our emergency respon...

Governor Justice Refuses to Sign Budget; Becomes Law with No Signature

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"I think that we have a travesty." said Governor Justice. And with that, Governor Justice announced he would not sign this years state budget, because it cuts too deeply into many state programs. Gov. Jim Justice, (D) West Virginia "I can't possibly sign this now, because of the pain that it's going to cause." The governor again had white boards filled with all the things that will not get done or be fully-funded. But Republicams say the main thing is there will...

Beckley Pool Sinking Without Lifeguards

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The New River Park Swimming Pool in Beckley is only open on 3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   

State Budget Sparks Concern Among Tourism Industry

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The state budget has caused concern for the tourism industry. The budget will go into affect on Thursday, June 22nd, and does not allot any more money to tourism. 

Charleston Mayor Asks Demonstrators to Postpone Topless Rally

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A rally is being planned for this weekend in Charleston to "take a stand, and normalize breasts" in West Virginia.

Program Feeds Children Over The Summer

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McDowell County is the poorest county in the state. Many families struggle to feed their children, and keep them interested in school.  That's why energy express is such an important program to the area.  Jamie Mathis told us, "People don't have a lot of money around here, and it's hard to feed their kids during the summer time because of these things, and knowing their kids can come here and get a nutritional meal for breakfast and lunch is a burden off of some o...

Wendy's and 59News Team Up to Help Flood Victims

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Wendy's and 59 News are teaming up once again to help raise money for flood victims. Participating Wendy's locations across the state will be donating five percent of their sales from June 23-29 to the Neighbors Loving Neighbors campaign. The money raised will go to benefit flood victims across the state who lost everything in the 2016 flood.  Ray Blackburn is the owner of Wendy's locations in West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio. He said helping his customers is gra...

WVU Tech hosts summer camp with healthy goal

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The first ever "Tomorrow is Mine" summer camp is going on in Beckley over the week of June 18 to 24, 2017.  The camp is hosted by WVU Tech and consists of a program for students from 10 to 12-years-old that promotes a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.

Several products being recalled containing chopped dates

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This recall was issued as a precaution.

Hummus sold at Giant Eagle and Walmart recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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Hummus products sold at Walmart and Giant Eagle are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. 

FBI to detail findings on Congressional baseball shooting

The FBI and other law enforcement officials are planning to detail what happened when a gunman shot a top House Republican and four other people on a northern Virginia baseball field.

$3M federal funding for West Virginia broadband

West Virginia's U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says $3 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help to provide broadband access in Barbour, Randolph and Upshur counties.

West Virginia governor won't sign budget amid tax impasse

Democratic Gov. Jim Justice is refusing to sign a budget passed by the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature, saying the cuts to state programs and services are still too deep, but he will allow it to take effect.

Boy Scouts Proud of Bechtel Family Contribution Video included

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The Summit Bechtel Reserve site was chosen among 80 other bids as one of four venues owned by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

GOP Medicaid cuts would hit states fighting opioid epidemic

The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up.

Battle Brewing Over West Virginia's Coal Severance Tax

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As West Virginia lawmakers passed a budget in the 11th hour of their 20-day special session something was missing. Leaders of the Coal Industry - and the Governor - has requested a tiered-coal severance tax system.

Major Renovations Underway at WVU Tech

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WVU Tech announced its decision to move its campus from Montgomery to Beckley back in fall of 2015, and students finished their last classes at the Montgomery campus in May of this year. With all Tech students scheduled to start classes in Beckley in August, the university is wasting no time making the most of its new location. Some of the new renovations at WVU Tech include an updated health science building, Golden Bear athletic center and physical sciences building. In addition, ...

Construction crews work to complete Coalfields Expressway Video included

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Wyoming County is a region known for being off the beaten path, but soon that could all change. The Coalfields Expressway Authority announced Tuesday a plan is in the works to advance construction for the Coalfields Expressway. The four lane interstate would connect Slab Fork Road in Raleigh County all the way to Mullens in Wyoming County. Expressway Authority Executive Director Richard Browning says it's an improvement in infrastructure that could bring new businesses...

Tropical Storm Cindy threatens Gulf Coast; Bret in Caribbean

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 Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, hovering south of Louisiana as it churned tides and spun bands of heavy, potentially flooding rain onto the central and eastern Gulf Coast.

Nicholas County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Sex Crime Involving Minor

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A Nicholas County man plead guilty today to a federal sex crime involving a minor.

Federal inmate pleads guilty to possessing weapon in McDowell County prison

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to possessing a weapon in prison. 

Christian Motorcyclists Association Prepares for Rally Video included

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Christian Motorcyclists Association Prepares for Rally with a series of events and a Saturday parade. 

Tamarack Celebrates Joint Birthday with WV Day

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West Virginia Day is a celebration of history, culture and independence. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted to the Union and became an official part of the United States. Like our great state, Tamarack celebrates its birthday on June 20. Tamarack opened its doors to the public on June 20, 1996 and has since served as an avenue for local artisans to share their work with the public. Today, Tamarack is celebrating its joint birthday by showing visitors all that West Virginia...

WV Governor Justice Will Make Budget Announcement Wednesday

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will make a major budget announcement at the State Capitol tomorrow morning.

Princeton man pleads guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Princeton man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Cato. Frederick Torrential DE Mesa, 38, entered his guilty plea to obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge. 

WVU Opens West Virginia Day Exhibit

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West Virginia Day was celebrated at WVU by looking back at the long history of the state and the college. 

ES1 Rollout Celebration at Raleigh General Hospital Video included

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Raleigh General Hospital hosted their ES1 Roll Out Celebration today. They hosted a free concert performed by the Krista Hughes Band, there was also free food and more.  ES1 stands for every single one, meaning every single person connected to their patients.  Matthew Roberts said, "We want to improve healthcare. We want to improve their experience and make it a better place for them to come for healthcare and so we can really bring the whole team together, ...

West Virginia Delegate Donates Special Session Salary

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In all the 20 day session cost taxpayers approximately 700,000 dollars, but one West Virginia Delegate says he is donating the money he was paid in the special session.

Red Cross Helps Protect White Sulphur Springs Community Video included

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After the disastrous June 2016 flood, the American Red Cross helping protect the people and homes of White Sulphur Springs. Along with volunteers, the red cross set up appointments to install fire alarms in homes across town to make them safer.  

STEM Camp Arrives at WVU Tech Video included

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Camp STEM is offered to local high school students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. During their week at WVU Tech, they will have the opportunity to take classes from university professors, participate in a multiple special projects and even take a few educational field trips. Program Director Kimberlyn Gray said that she hopes these students have a better understanding of STEM as a whole--as well as learning more about the...

12 Year Old Donates to Humane Society of Raleigh County Video included

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Meet Sam Rechlin. While most 12 year olds go to summer camp, her idea of summer vacation was a little different. She told us, "I was just sitting in bed one night texting my aunt Jill and I said, wouldn't it be a good idea to stop on animal shelters on the way on our trip?" All the way from Michigan, her and her family mapped their driving route to North Carolina, stopping at shelters on the way.  One of them being the Humane Society of Raleigh County. Shawna Shockn...

Via Air Repeatedly Cancels Flights Video included

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With summer being a popular time to travel, some local passengers have had a hard time doing that with an overload of flight cancellations. 

Railroad company lays off 70 at West Virginia facility

CSX has cut approximately 70 positions at a locomotive shop in West Virginia.

Church Members Help Clean Rainelle Video included

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As the one year anniversary of the floods approach, one group has worked to make sure the town of Rainelle is looking it's best. 

Volunteers Build Homes for Flood Victims Video included

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As we approach the one year anniversary of the floods last June, recovery efforts haven't slowed down. 

Body of missing Ohio soldier killed, missing in action during WWII returns home

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The body of Army Private, Eugene J. “Gene” Appleby, who was reported killed and missing in action during World War II, will be buried in Coshocton County.

UPDATE: 1 Dead After Another Explosion at Midland Resource Recovery

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One person is dead after an explosion at Midland Resource Recovery Tuesday morning.

WV shows increase in maple syrup crop

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Despite the warm winter and a short season, West Virginia gathered more maple syrup this year than in 2016. 

McDowell County buys new crime scene truck

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A federal grant allowed the Sheriff's Department in McDowell County to buy a new crime scene vehicle.  

Spencer Woman Sentenced for Defrauding the United Way

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A Spencer woman was sentenced today to six months in federal prison for defrauding the United Way.

Ford To Start Building Focus In China, Export It To U.S.

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Ford Motor Co. will export vehicles from China to the U.S. for the first time starting in 2019.

AAA: Virginia motorists paying $2.08 a gallon for gas

The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is down four cents from a week ago.

The Latest: South Korea president criticizes North on death

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The Latest on the death of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier after months of detention in North Korea (all times local):

West Virginians advised to avoid river otters

Wildlife officials are warning West Virginias against getting too close to river otters after two people were recently bitten.

Virginia handing out $83M in criminal justice system grants

More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system.

Wyoming County set to receive several new cell towers Video included

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Residents in Wyoming County may soon be getting an upgrade in their cell phone service. The County's 911 Center is trying to bring more coverage to the area, giving residents more reliable coverage and a different choice in providers.  According to a statement posted on the Wyoming County 9-1-1 Center Facebook page, five new tower sites will be in the county with the possibility of more in the future.  "If we could get towers all throughout the county that would ...

Tourism to celebrate WV's birthday with hourly #AlmostHeaven vacation package giveaways

West Virginia's Division of Tourism is giving away one of their #AlmostHeaven vacation packages each hour on June 20th, 2017 in celebration of the West Virginia’s 154th birthday.

WVDNR Warns Residents About Aggressive River Otters

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The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) would like to warn residents to be cautious of river otters.

US student freed by North Korea in a coma has died at 22

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An American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma has died in Ohio. Otto Warmbier was 22.

Many Items Did Not Make the Final West Virginia Budget

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Tourism leaders and Governor Justice were hoping for nearly 6 million more dollars to promote state tourism and business in the coming year.

Celebrate West Virginia Day with Tamarack

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Tamarack is throwing a party in honor of West Virginia Day on June 20th. The cultural center will have cupcakes at noon and live music for visitors.  Marketing Manager, Norma Acord, said Tamarack wanted to show the culture and history of West Virginia, and showcase all that makes it wonderful. This celebration is free for all visitors who want to shop for the best West Virginia-made products.

Lewisburg Conducts Board of Canvass Video included

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This year votes sky-rocketed in the election in Lewisburg. Today the city council held its board of canvass, where the city council acts as the board of canvass and certify the ballots that were counted by the counting board.  "People seemed to be really motivated and passionate about their local government this time around, we had a new party that formed called the majority voice party and we just had a lot of more folks interested," said Shannon Beatty, Cit...

White Sulphur Celebration of Life Video included

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 In honor of the flood anniversary, the town of White Sulphur Springs is preparing to have their Celebration of Life events this weekend.  The celebration of life  will be commemorating the flood of June 2016.  

Summer Day Camp to Take Place at Southern WV Multicultural Museum and Community Center Video included

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The Southern West Virginia Multicultural Museum and Community Center kicked off its annual Summer Day Camp program on Monday, June 19. The camp will run through Friday, June 23 and will offer a number of educational activities for children participating in the program, including arts and crafts, music, Bible study, mentorship and basic computer skills. Center President Frank Williams has been working with children for over 35 years, and he said that the most rewarding part of the pro...

Rebuilding Rainelle holds Blitz Build

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A project that aims to put two houses under roof ahead of the anniversary of the thousand year flood began on June 19, 2017.  

Summer reading and nutrition programs under way in West Virginia

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Energy Express is a program that combines learning activities and meals for students from low-income families in West Virginia over the summer months. 

Deputies search for suspect in Green Valley home invasion Video included

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The search is on for the man who broke into a home in the Green Valley area on Sunday, June 18, 2017. 

History app built by Marshall educator adds features

A history website and mobile application built by a Marshall University associate history professor has some new features.

Getaway prizes given to fans of West Virginia

West Virginia's tourism agency has given out 21 getaways so far to West Virginia fans who used social media for tweets, posts and uploading photographs showing the state to others.

Jackie Withrow Hospital employees speak out over looming closure Video included

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Jackie Withrow Hospital has been in Beckley since the 1920's, but that could all change with the stroke of a pen. West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that calls for the sale of the hospital. Now, House Bill 2366 waits on the Governor's desk, either to be signed or vetoed.  Nola Lilly has worked at the Jackie Withrow Hospital for 14 years. She's one of the more than 100 employees faced with the possibility of losing their job. "We are urging the public, friends,...

Ansted's annual Hometown Festival comes to a close Video included

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Sunday was also the last day of the weekend-long Hometown Festival over in Ansted. All the fun kicked off Thursday night and ended today with events like fireworks and live music. Parents had the chance to shop from vendors, while kids went to new heights on bounce houses. For those who were feeling lucky people could enter to win a flat screen TV, along with about 60 other prizes. Local residents also participated in a 5K which raised money for one local man battling ...

Active Southern West Virginia offers Fly Fishing lessons for Father's Day

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Families in Raleigh County stepped outdoors this Father's Day as dad's and their families got the chance to learn how to fly fish. Active Southern West Virginia hosted the event and offered free lessons at Grandview's Visitor's Center in Daniels.  During this family event people could learn more about fly fishing and other outdoor sports.  "It's really nice to provide a fly fishing demo on Father's Day, we're hoping to see some dad's and their children come ...

HIGH WATERS Over in Pocahontas County

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911 Dispatchers said around 9 p.m. on Saturday (6/17) there are high waters after a storm rolled through the Marlinton area.

State Lawmakers Agree on Budget Deal

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After a 20 day special legislative session, West Virginia lawmakers agreed to a budget deal late Friday night (6/17). 

The Judge for Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Declared a Mistrial

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The judge declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after jury said it's hopelessly deadlocked.

Williamsburg residents celebrate West Virginia Day Video included

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West Virginia Day is quickly approaching, but one town in Greenbrier County is already celebrating the holiday. West Virginia Day is a state holiday celebrated on June 20th to mark the anniversary of the Mountain State joining the United States in 1863. It's also a chance for lifelong residents like Cassandria Perkins to celebrate their state's culture. "I was born and raised in West Virginia and I'm proud of our heritage. Our miners and our lumbermen made it what it is," P...

Boy Scouts of America Celebrates Local Veterans Video included

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 The 2017 Summit Bechtel  Boy Scout Jamboree is weeks away but Boyscout have already arrived to complete some community service work for locals who have served our county. 

Thrills In The Hills Returns To Burning Rock Video included

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    Thrillseekers are gearing up for an exciting tradition at Burning Rock Adventure Park    

Locals Spruce Up Historic Cemetery Video included

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This Week People in Beckley are coming together for a holiday celebration known as Juneteenth, its considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U-S.   

Raleigh County Humane Society hosts annual fundraiser Video included

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Saturday morning kicked off the 5th annual Fast and Furriest 5-k run for the Raleigh County Humane Society. Participants could bring their own dogs or they could walk one of the Humane Society's dogs. Event coordinators say this was their most successful fundraiser with so many participants and sponsors getting involved this year. "It's great for the shelter to have some exposure, it's great for the dogs to be able to get out and have some enrichment. It just gets bigger and bi...

59 News teams up with local agencies for a good cause Video included

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Today 59 News teamed up with first responders and the United Way to raise money for local charities in the community. "We just have some really generous givers in this area," said United Way of Greenbrier Valley Executive Director Erin Hurst.  First responders, volunteers with the United Way and some friendly faces from 59 News were out in the community collecting donations all day long. The fundraising efforts are all a part of our stations annual Founder's...

Coal Mining Jobs Open And Looking For Employees Video included

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50 new jobs are coming to Raleigh County. Alpha Natural Resources has announced the opening of Panther Eagle Mine near Pettus. Friday, they held a job fair at Country Inn's and Suites in Beckley. They are currently looking for experienced coal miners.  Chief Engineer, Barrett Justice told me, "Right now the market conditions have improved, prices are up so we ave this reserve it's right on our property so we're looking to take advantage of that and open a coal mine. W...

Miners Baseball Team Goes Bowling Video included

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The West Virginia Miners Baseball Team hit Leisure Lanes bowling alley today. This was a way for team members to do something outside of practice. Fans attended, giving the team a way to give back to their community. Jim Holland told us, "this is a nice way for the guys to get out, and part of their development as baseball players is to improve their interpersonal skills outside the foul lines, and we do want to give back to the community that does so much fo...

Bluefield State College Awarded $1.5 Million Video included

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Bluefield State College was awarded $1.5 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The money will go towards the creation of the Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Engineering.  Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Jeff McFadden, said most of the money will go towards new equipment and building state-of-the-art manufacturing labs. The goal of this new program is to prepare new students and those already in the workforce for new manufacturing pr...

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Raise Money At Event This Weekend Video included

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Brian Brown, a local realtor in Beckley, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of  South Central West Virginia are partnering up for an evening of awareness.  The goal is to raise money for an organization dedicated to giving children a helping hand through life. The event will be taken place Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Ambrosia Inn. It will will feature music, refreshments, auctions, raffles and giveaways. All the money raised will go directly to the Big Brothers Big ...

Organization Holds Fundraiser for Slain Bluefield Officer's Children Video included

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Mountain State Kayak Anglers is sponsoring a raffle fundraiser to set up a trust fund for Bluefield Police Officer, Aaron Cook's children. Cook was killed in the line of duty and left behind two young children. Aaron Cook was a member of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers and the organization wanted to do something to help his family. All of the proceeds raised by the raffle will go towards this trust fund. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on their website, https://www.mskawv...

Fatal Accident investigated in Mt. Hope

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Deputies with the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of an accident on Maple Fork Road on Friday, June 16, 2017. 

West Virginia gov tells agency to remove tourney sponsorship

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has ordered a state agency to remove its sponsorship of this year's Greenbrier Classic.

U.S. Forest Service signs agreement with Monroe County Sheriff

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A memo of understanding signed by the Monroe County Sheriff and the law enforcement division of the U.S. Forest Service aims to make the county a safer place. 

Road closure planned for Clintonville

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The West Virginia Division of Highways announced that Midland Trail (US 60) in the Clintonville area will be closed starting on Friday, June 23, 2017. 

Accident on I-64 near Green Sulphur Springs

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The West Virginia Department of Transportation's, wv511.org web site is showing an accident on I-64 in Summers County.  

City of Mullens Foundation Makes Improvements

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The City of Mullens Foundation is set to make improvements around the area. Mullens High Alumni and other Mullens residents created the foundation to help the city make changes where the city government cannot. The foundation is currently looking for volunteers and donations to help give back to Mullens. Foundation President, Barry Smith, said he understands the economy is bad, but people can still volunteer their time to help the community. The Foundation's primary goal is to keep ...

Wyoming County Schools Provide Free Summer Meals

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Wyoming County schools is providing free meals for students throughout the summer. Kids can receive a free hot meal or snack at one of the fifteen locations across the county, including the Mullens City Pool and Oceana Pool.  According to the West Virginia Department of Education, 76% of Wyoming County students receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year. The Director of Child Nutrition and General Wellness , Jenny Ann Lusk, wanted to make sure students...

Former Mountaineers Visit WVU Medicine Children's

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Patients at WVU Medicine Children’s were visited by some former Mountaineers on Thursday. Former West Virginia University offensive lineman Brian Jozwiak, former quarterback, Jeff Hostetler as well as former men’s basketball assistant coach Billy Hahn spent time with patients before Friday’s 27th Annual Jozwiak Celebrity Golf Classic.  “What we do here at WVU and this children’s hospital is second to none,” said Jozwiak. “It’s spe...

Report: Jerry West intrigued at joining Clippers front office

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West Virginia native and Hall of Famer Jerry West is leaving his job as an executive board member with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and is expected to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

West Virginia American Water seeks infrastructure rate hike

West Virginia American Water Co. has asked state regulators to endorse infrastructure improvements that would boost the average residential customer's bill by $1.04 per month.

Furniture Store in Beckley Is Closing It's Doors

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After 36 years, a leading retailer of furniture, bedding and appliances store is closing it's doors. National Furniture Electronics Appliances was founded in 1981 by Terry Musick. It started out as an appliance store, as Beckley grew so did it's inventory.  Over the years Musick has been an extraordinary leader joined by loyal employees. Some of his employees have worked for him over 30 years.  He is ready to retire, and the store's 250,000 square ft building is being lease...

PSC issues Final Order into WV American Water Company reacting to 2014 chemical spill

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia today issued a Final Order in the General Investigation into the actions of West Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC) in reacting to the January 9, 2014 chemical spill, accepting the Joint Stipulation and closing the case.

ARH Medical Mall Provides Free Health Screenings

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ARH Medical Mall in the Cranberry Creek Shopping Center had free health screenings Thursday, June 15.

West Virginia Lawmakers Storm Out of Budget Meeting with Governor

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Dozens of angry West Virginia lawmakers stormed out of a budget meeting with Governor Justice. This after comments by Republican Senator Robert Karnes. In the meeting he blamed decades of Democratic leadership for causing the states current budget crisis. 

Authorities say escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee

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Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a prison bus in Georgia were captured Thursday in Tennessee, authorities said. 

Concord University Welcomes College Prep Academy to Campus

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On Wednesday, June 14, GEAR UP U kicked off its college prep academy at Concord University. 

Sam O'Dell wins 3rd West Virginia Amateur title

Sam O'Dell has won his third West Virginia Amateur golf title with a two-stroke victory over Chris Williams.

Lewisburg Monster Truck Show

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A giant show is gearing up to take place this weekend at the state fair grounds. The Lewisburg Spring Nationals Monster Trucks Showdown will be on Saturday. 

Charleston Mayor's Son Arrested on Multiple Charges

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Zachary Jones, son of Charleston mayor, Danny Jones, is facing multiple charges after several charges were filed across multiple counties in West Virginia. 

59News Teams Up with United Way for Founder's Day

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59News is teaming up with first responders and the United Way to raise money for local charities.

Raising Awareness for Elderly Abuse

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It's a day to stand up against abuse and suffering on behalf of elderly people across the world. As the population grows and people get older, the rate of elder abuse is expected to increase. Here in Greenbrier County, the Committee on Aging and the Elder Abuse Awareness committee are dedicating their time to bring attention to the issue. "We try to bring awareness to the subject of elder abuse and we do so with our public meetings, we publicize what elder abuse is,  and w...

Fatal accident in Greenbrier County

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Deputies were called to the scene of an accident on Route 92 in Greenbrier County at around 10:18 a.m. on June 15, 2017. 

Commercial building fire ruled arson in Institute

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An official with the WV State Fire Marshal's Office said that the commercial fire that broke out in Institute late Tuesday night is being investigated as arson.  The fire broke out at Henson Brothers Incorporated near the 1400 block of 1st Avenue South.

Restaurant Road Trip: Lightburn's Family Diner

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Lightburn’s Family Diner, in Jane Lew, is taking casual dining and kicking things up a notch in Lewis County. 

WVBOE Votes to Deny Nicholas County Consolidation

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has voted to deny consolidation in the Nicholas County case.

Dodge minivans recalled; air bag can inflate unexpectedly

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Fiat Chrysler is recalling 297,000 minivans in the U.S. and Canada because the driver's front air bag can inflate unexpectedly.

Additional funding released for Appalachian coal communities

The Appalachian Regional Commission says additional funding of nearly $16 million will help diversify economies in coal-mining communities in seven states.

West Virginia to get $11.6M for fish, wildlife restoration

West Virginia's U.S. senators say the state will get $11.6 million in federal funding for its wildlife programs.

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