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Look up to see the Orionids meteor shower tonight

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA/WTNH) — Keep your eyes to the sky this weekend! Are you ready for it? The Orionid meteor shower will peak tonight across the sky. The moon is barely past its “New” phase.  

Road Closures and Detours for Bridge Day

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Bridge Day is an extremely busy day. There will be road closures and detours that you should know about. The New River Gorge northbound and southbound lanes will be closed. The road will be shut down at Fayetteville stop lights at chord street. Route 60 will be used as a detour route to bypass the bridge. There will be signs that will advise you where to go. Roads will close at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning and open back up at 5 p.m.  

West Virginia postal worker admits stealing meth package

A former West Virginia postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing a mailed package containing methamphetamine.

Base Jumpers Prepare for Bridge Day Video included

35th annual Bridge Day in Fayette County is soon to come 35th annual Bridge Day in Fayette County is soon to come
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Base jumpers are getting ready for their big day tomorrow. Today consisted of checking in, signing waivers and getting all of their equipment ready for their big jump. Some of the base jumpers spent the day hanging out with one another and checking their chutes for safety. Rose Moeser came all the way from Pheonix Arizona for this. She said this is her first time base jumping at bridge day and she couldn't be anymore excited. She will be jumping off the bridge wit...

What To Bring And What Not To Bring To Bridge Day Video included

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On Bridge Day we like to have fun, but safety is the event's top priority.  There are things you can and cannot bring to ensure everyone has a good time; just know you will be searched. Bridge Day Coordinator, Mandy Wriston, said think of it like you're going to an airport.  Avoid big bags and weapons, drugs and alcohol are prohibited. She said if you're questioning if you should bring something you probably should not have it. "Something that...

Man Found Guilty of Killing of Former WV Coal Exec Video included

Suspect: Anthony Arriaga Suspect: Anthony Arriaga
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Mingo County Sheriff James Smith says a second arrest has been made in the Mingo County Murder Investigation.

UPDATE: Arrests pending in Heritage Equipment theft Video included

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Raleigh County Deputies need your help tracking down three men accused of stealing from a local business.  It happened just after midnight on Sunday, October 1th, at the Heritage Equipment on Dry Hill Road in Beckley. Surveillance video caught 3 men breaking in and piling up several items. Some of the items include welding leads, semi truck tires and truck radiators. The group then left the service center and returned hours later. That's when deputies said they pa...

Students charged for alleged threats at Woodrow Wilson

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Beckley Police are investigating two incidents at Woodrow Wilson High School that involved threats to students and staff. Police told 59News between October 10 - 11, 2017 there were students who made the alleged threats. 

Cadets Chosen to Highlight the Colors at the North Carolina Game

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Cadets Blaine Mainz, of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Jon Ricciardi, of Point Pleasant Beach, North Carolina, and Jack LeRette, of Red Oak, Iowa, will receive the flags at the homecoming football game against North Carolina.

2 killed in accident on Route 460

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Virginia State Troopers are investigating a deadly accident that happened in Giles County on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.  It occurred at around 12:40 p.m. in the westbound lanes of U.S. Route 460 near the intersection with Clendennin Road. 

Send a Hokie to Capitol Hill to Ensure Sound Science Informs Public Policy

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The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Human health disparities in Appalachia.   The Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina.   The water crisis in Flint, Michigan.  Air pollution in urban industrialized areas of the world.   The list goes on.

Advising for Spring 2018 Semester Underway at Concord University

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Advising for course selection is underway at Concord University for the Spring 2018 semester and will continue through Friday, November 3, 2017. Advisees need to check with their academic advisers regarding a mutually agreed upon time for advising.  

WVU Tech to Host Crime Scene Investigation Community Workshop

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The WVU Tech Forensic investigation program will host a Crime Scene Investigation Community Workshop on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. on the WVU Tech campus in Beckley. 

Beckley Police investigate vehicle tampering incident

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Detectives with the Beckley Police Department are asking for help from the community to track down a suspect in a vehicle tampering case.  It happened on Oct. 4, 2017 at the CVS on North Eisenhower Drive.  

3 arrested for stealing from mine in Wyoming County Video included

Suspect: Troy Porter Suspect: Troy Porter
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Deputies were called to the Brooks Run coal mine in Marianna, WV on Oct. 4, 2017 after receiving reports that there were two people in masks headed toward the mine site.  When investigators arrived, they discovered around $13,000 worth of mining equipment had been stolen. 

Mercer County schools focus on attendance

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The first full month of school for the students in Mercer County included efforts to promote attendance.  It was part of their Attendance Matters campaign. 

Car lands in river in Alderson

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ALDERSON, WV (WVNS)--  A car rolled into the Greenbrier River Friday morning in Alderson. 

FALL FOLIAGE: Blue Ridge Parkway expects this weekend to be busiest

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia.    

Woodrow Wilson Honors Former Coach After Sudden Death

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The Cross Country Championships happened Thursday October 19th 2017, but for the Woodrow Wilson Flying eagles, the athletes were running for a purpose. Losing a friend and mentor is always hard. But losing a father and former coach makes it difficult to keep going. The Woodrow Wilson high school cross country team lost their coach Willie Barbera this past summer. His son George took over as head couch for the Flying Eagles and said he knew he needed to honor his father.

New Website Feature Gives Grocery Store A 21st Century Upgrade Video included

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A grocery store in Beckley is now changing the way you shop for groceries.  No more waiting in lines, or spending time walking around the aisles. The Kroger at Beckley Crossing is the first in southern west Virginia to bring you online shopping, it's called ClickList. All you have to do is pay and order online and then pick your groceries up curbside. More than 40,000 items are available; it excludes alcohol, tobacco and pharmacy prescriptions. There is a $4.95 service char...

Report: West Virginia childhood adversity tops US average

A foundation studying health issues says 52 percent of West Virginia children have had at least one adverse experience that could impair their long-term welfare.

Results of medical cannabis survey to be presented at advisory board meeting in December

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The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health is looking for input from the public as they begin drafting rules for access to medical marijuana.   The thirteen question survey was posted Wednesday. It takes an average of four minutes to complete. 

Fayetteville Man Representing Southern WV in Bridge Day Base Jumping Video included

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Fayetteville Airport may have a noisy takeoff from time to time, but it doesn't bother local resident Bill Chouinard, who has a fondness for flying that all started with his family while growing up in Canada. "My dad was a pilot. My mom was a pilot. I flew with them growing up," Chouinard said. "Soon I was old enough and living down here in the States, I started learning to fly." Chouinard has been involved in general aviation for the last 20 years. But come...

Greenbrier County Day Report Center the Best in West Virginia Video included

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A facility in Greenbrier County has helped dozens of people make their way down the road to recovery. The Greenbrier Day Report Center helps those trying to put their lives back together, and their work hasn't gone unnoticed. The path to recovery is a hard one, but in Greenbrier County, there are people that want to help. With walls covered in motivational quotes, the center tries to help people live a better life.  Providing them with counseling and guidance to help bring the ...

Beckley College Walks For Woman Battling Breast Cancer Video included

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A college in Beckley had their annual breast cancer awareness walk and balloon release. About 100 students from Valley College's Beckley Campus walked to word park October 19th, all holding pink balloons. While they normally do it every year, this year was especially personal for the Valley College community. Director of Education, Cindy Johnson's mother, Nova Short was diagnosed with cancer in April. Short joined in on the walk and has had a positive attitude throughout he...

NRCTC Begins their Series of Educational Domestic Violence Events

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New River Community and Technical College is holding a series of events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Today, October 19th,  they held one of their four events of the month at the Greenbrier Valley Campus.   They host these events in hopes of educating people on how to recognize domestic violence and how to support survivors.  Pete Hoeman, Instructional Specialist/Education Counselor at NRCTC said there are many reasons why people should attend these even...

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Encourages Creativity From The Community

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Tamarack is putting your pumpkin decorating skills to the test.  The annual Spooktacular Festival is an ongoing event Tamarack holds in the month of October. This is their way of having their customers and community members to show their creative talents. They will be giving over  $1,500 in prizes. Everyone is encouraged to enter. They have two categories; one for adults and the other for kids. Entries are being taken all the way up till the 24th of Octo...

Chili Contest to Accompany Bridge Day

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The Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off will also be running alongside Bridge Day the weekend of October 20th, 2017, with at least twelve vendors will offer samples of single or multiple styles.  With all the craziness of Bridge Day, the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors' Bureau hopes that attendees will remember the taste of southern West Virginia when they leave. "It's going to be the best of regional and Fayetteville chili and cornbread," said Tabitha Stober, executiv...

Concord University Faculty Member Dr. Kipp Cortez to Perform Organ Recital at Washington National Cathedral

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Dr. Kipp Cortez, a faculty member at Concord University, will perform an organ recital on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5:15 p.m. on the Great Organ at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 

McDowell County grand jury returns indictments

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The October session of the McDowell County grand jury wrapped the latest round of indictments.  Among those who were indicted was Michael Kennedy.  

Virginia State Police Participate in East Coast Drive 2 Save Lives Traffic Safety Initiative

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Virginia will be among 15 states to participate in a two-day "Drive to Save Lives" traffic safety initiative that coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week.  

Concord University Office of Admissions Hosting Fall Open House

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Concord University's Office of Admissions will be hosting their annual Fall Open House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  

Capito, Manchin Announce Nearly $25 Million for West Virginia Communities

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U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a total of $24,922,939 for West Virginia from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   

Rep. Jenkins speaks about healthcare, pipelines Video included

Representative Evans Jenkins talked healthcare at a visit to Raleigh General Representative Evans Jenkins talked healthcare at a visit to Raleigh General
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Representative Evan Jenkins visited Raleigh General Hospital to meet with the new Chief Executive Officer and talk about how well the hospital is doing. The Congressman was proud of all the work the hospital has done to provide quality care to patients, but he recognized the challenges that come with providing healthcare. According to Representative Jenkins, more must be done to help people in the region receive the better care. He believes fixing the Affordable Care Act is the ...

Princeton PD Donates To Explore Science Program

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The Princeton police Department is working to not only serve and protect but to also help kids succeed in the community. Thursday officers stopped by the Mercer School and presented a $500 check to the Explore Kids Program.

Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems Breaks Ground Video included

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Southwest Virginia will soon be home to a new health care facility in Tazewell Virginia. 

Attorney General Morrisey's Deputy Solicitor Appointed As Top Lawyer for FCC

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey congratulated Deputy Solicitor General Thomas M. Johnson, Jr. on his appointment as general counsel for the Federal Communications Commission.

Attorney General Morrisey Reaches $120M Settlement with General Motors

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Attorney General Morrisey announced at $120 million settlement with General Motors Co. over allegations of concealed safety issues related to vehicle ignition defects. 

Final suspect in Ansted narcotics case arrested

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Deputies in Fayette County have tracked down another person wanted for dealing drugs in the Ansted area.  

Traffic stop in Quinwood leads to drug arrest

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Police in Quinwood along with Greenbrier County Sheriff's Deputies made a traffic stop during the early morning hours on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 and ended up making a drug arrest. 

A new business will bring millions of dollars to Greenbrier County Video included

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An announcement was made by Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) at the state capitol on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 that means big money for the Mountain State.  The Great Barrel Company will be coming to White Sulphur Springs and it will bring more than 100 new jobs. 

5th Annual Mercer Monster Mash Hits Downtown Princeton Halloween Night

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Volunteers and businesses are busy preparing for the 5th Annual Mercer Monster Mash, a Halloween extravaganza in downtown Princeton which has helped bring Mercer Street "back from the grave."

National Park Service to Host Community Meeting on Climbing

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The National Park Service invites members of the public who have an interest rock climbing at New River Gorge National River and Gauley River National Recreation Area to a public meeting on November 4, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. 

A traffic stop leads to illegal hunting and drug charges

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A traffic stop in in Greenbrier County leads to illegal hunting and drug charges. Sgt. Stevens with the Rainelle Police Department and Deputy Kelly with the Greenbrier Sheriff's Department stopped a car on Russellville Road for a malfunctioning headlight. During the stop the officers noticed something deer legs sticking out of the trunk of the car. The officer and deputy found drugs, guns and a crossbow in the car.  Three people were charged, and more are coming.

Researchers Use Insects to Help Reduce Hunger in Africa

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Virginia Tech researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness and economic feasibility of using insects to increase food security in one of the world's poorest countries - Niger. 

Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize Wereth 11 & West Virginia Soldier From Piedmont

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This week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution authored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) recognizing the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who were massacred in Wereth, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.  

Virginia 4-H Crowdfunds to Support Members and Volunteers Attending State Conference

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Every summer, hundreds of teens from across Virginia gather for a week of fellowship, fun, and hands-on learning at Virginia Tech.   

84 children found, 120 traffickers captured in sex trafficking takedown

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FORT WAYNE, IN (WANE) - A nationwide crackdown on underage human trafficking by federal agents recovered 84 children and captured 120 alleged traffickers, according to a release from the FBI. Operation Cross Country XI, a joint effort by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was held Oct. 12-15. In Indiana, agents identified or arrested “several” alleged traffickers in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and South Bend. “Although we did not reco...

Virginia Tech Beyond Boundaries Scholars Program Helps More than 130 Students Who Enrolled this Fall

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George Wenn III was certain he wanted to attend Virginia Tech.   He did not know if he and his family could afford it.   Then he got the email.

Police officer rescues kitten, raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

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A police officer discovered two unlikely companions in a dumpster – a kitten and a baby raccoon. 

Deputies investigating fatal crash in Greenbrier County

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A Virginia man dies in a fatal crash in Greenbrier County. On October 18, 2017 around 11:55 p.m. deputies responded to the scene of a single vehicle crash on I-64 near the Virginia boarder.

Manchin and Capito Urge Opioid Commission Include Legacy Act in Final Report

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie and The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis urging them to include The Legacy Act in their final report.  

Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $121,000 for Rural Development Projects

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $121,575 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Community Facilities Grants.  

Appalachia Service Project Hosts Event to Honor Those Supporting the Flood Recovery Efforts in Greenbrier County

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On October 20, 2017, at 6 p.m., Appalachia Service Project (ASP) will host an event at the Greenbrier to celebrate their partners in the flood recovery effort, and all of their success over the past year. ASP began rebuilding homes in Greenbrier County in September 2016. 

Prosecutor considering death penalty after slayings in Lawrence County

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PEDRO, OHIO (WOWK)--Charles Taylor, of Ironton, says he lost his sister, brother-in-law, niece and great nephew Wednesday night. He says his family's pain, shock and loss is made even more intense by the fact that the suspect - Aaron Lawson - is a member of the family.  "It's unreal, I mean, we had no clue - even the utmost - what even sparked him to do this. Because he's family too. He's my nephew - it's like family killing family", remarked Taylor. Taylor desc...

UPDATE: Truck driver involved in I-77 crash that killed family of 4 now facing charges

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Interstate 77 northbound in the area near the Camp Creek exit is experiencing delays after a tractor trailer crossed the median and hit a car in the oncoming lane.  Mercer County 911 dispatchers said it happened at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at mile marker 22.

Police: Gun found on 3rd-grader at Ohio elementary school

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 Police say a gun has been found on a third-grader who told authorities he'd been bullied at an Ohio elementary school.

WV AG Alerts Consumers of Spike in IRS Scam Calls

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted consumers to a recent spike in Internal Revenue Service scam calls, perhaps related to the recent, Oct. 16, filing deadline for those who sought an extension in April.   The scam typically starts with a phone call indicating the IRS will arrest the consumer if he or she refuses to follow instructions. Similar calls claim to represent the U.S. Treasury Department, legal affairs and other gro...

Fast Food Worker Charged with Sexually Assaulting 14 Year Old in West Virginia

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Police say a West Virginia Taco Bell worker sexually assaulted a 14-year-old.

3,000 pumpkins need carvers for West Virginia display

3,000 pumpkins need carvers for West Virginia display

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KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) - With more than 3,000 pumpkins to carve for his West Virginia home's annual Halloween display, Ric Griffith is looking for some volunteers to tackle the task.      The Herald-Dispatch reports Griffith has the pumpkins set up in rows ready to be turned into jack-o'-lanterns and other hand-drawn designs.      Griffith says volunteers will start arriving at his home in Kenova on Sunday to handle the many tasks that include cutting and cle...

Inside the FBI operation to rescue kids from sex trafficking

Inside the FBI operation to rescue kids from sex trafficking

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The FBI is cracking down on what it calls a national epidemic of kids caught up in sex trafficking. FBI agents and local police have been carrying out a nationwide sweep since last week to rescue children involving FBI field offices from all 50 states. It's called Operation Cross Country – part of a national initiative called Innocence Lost. So far, 84 kids have been recovered and 120 alleged traffickers have been arrested this year. Among the areas being targeted is Baltimore,...

Rep. who spoke about Trump call to soldier's widow is getting threats, office says

Rep. who spoke about Trump call to soldier's widow is getting threats, office says

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WASHINGTON --  Rep. Frederica Wilson's office claims multiple threatening phone calls directed at congresswoman came into her D.C. office on Wednesday, CBS Miami reports. Her staff told CBS Miami the calls were directly related to the phone call from President Trump to the wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson. The congresswoman's staff said they alerted the Capital Police, Miami Garden Police and the threat division of the U.S. House of Representatives. Wilson's staff ...

Deputies searching for suspects in stabbing, victim "left for dead"

Deputies searching for suspects in stabbing, victim "left for dead"

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AMIGO, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Raleigh County Deputies are searching for the suspects involved in a stabbing that happened in the Amigo area.  Deputies said the stabbing happened early Tuesday morning.  The victim was severely beaten and stabbed several times. Deputies said the victim was left to die but was able to make his way to a nearby home to call for help.  The suspects also stole a 1998 Jeep that belongs to the victim. Deputies said the victim and suspects were belie...

Fire crews battle early morning fire in Midway

Fire crews battle early morning fire in Midway

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Fire crews spent the early morning hours battling a fire in Raleigh County Thursday. Dispatchers said the fire happened shortly before midnight at a home on Midway Road in Midway. Three fire departments along with an ambulance service were called to the scene. Crews were able to contain the fire and clear the scene around 2:45 this morning. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation. Stick with 59 News on this developing st...

Mercer County School Employee Arrested on Sexual Allegations Video included

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 A Mercer County School employee is behind bars for allegedly trying to have sex with a minor.  Curtis Ray Sutphin was arrested Friday morning, October 13th, in Giles County Virginia. He's facing one count of Solicitation or Prostitution from a Minor less than the age of 16. He was also arrested for attempting to engage in sexual contact with a minor 15 or over. 

Tesla Charging Stations Coming To Beckley

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There is good news for Tesla fans in the Beckley area. According to the electric car company, the Sheetz at the Crossroads mall will soon be getting a Tesla charging station.They said this will be the first charging station of it's kind in Southern West Virginia. It is expected to be constructed by the end of the year. 10/18/17

Taste of Bridge Day to Satisfy Hungry Attendees

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If you're planning on attending Bridge Day, make sure you bring your appetite and an empty stomach as well. Starting at 6 pm Friday, the *Taste of* Bridge Day will feature 13 vendors from local diners and restaurants.  Organized by the Oak Hill and Fayetteville Rotary Clubs, the menu will feature crawfish etoufee, wood brick oven pizza, white bean chicken chili, New york Style Cheesecake, and so much more. Oak Hill's Café One-Ten sees this as a perfect opportunity to exp...

DEP helps clean up large dumps in Mercer County Video included

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection was in Mercer County to help clean-up eight large open dumps around the county. The largest open dump was located just outside of Matoaka. More than a foot of trash covered the site. Project Coordinator for the DEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), Sam Stalnaker, said he has not seen an illegal dump this large in a long time. "It's been a while since we've seen this much trash localized in one spot,"...

Bridge Day to Celebrate Construction's Anniversary

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Bridge Day, one of West Virginia's most treasured traditions, will be this Saturday at  the New River Gorge Bridge, expected to bring in over 80,000 spectators.  It's one of the largest extreme sports event in the world, with hundreds of BASE jumpers getting that adrenaline rush from 876 feet off the ground.  Governor Jim Justice is expected to speak at the event, with 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the bridge's construction. Saturday's festivities beg...

Attorney General Morrisey Alerts Consumers to Spike in IRS Scam Calls

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alerted consumers to a recent spike in Internal Revenue Service scam calls, perhaps related to the recent October 16, 2017 filing deadline for those who sought an extension in April. 

Beckley Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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On Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Beckley Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by riddling their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  

Member from Flint Water Crisis Team Brings Relief to Well Owners Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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It all started with a few phone calls to check in on friends at Texas A&M and the University of Florida. After hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered the southern coastline, 

Pamplin Students Crowdfund to Promote Leadership Knowledge and Skills Development

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To help Virginia Tech students build leadership knowledge and skills, a student group is launching a crowdfunding campaign to support a conference that offers experiential learning guided by industry professionals. 

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Online Survey Available for Potential Parents

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health (BPH) announced, Wednesday, a medical cannabis public online survey to gather information from patients who may be interested in obtaining medical cannabis. 

Crews battle early morning house fire for 5 hours

Crews battle early morning house fire for 5 hours

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RHODELL, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Fire crews responded to an early morning house fire in Raleigh County Wednesday morning.  Dispatchers said the fire broke out around 2 a.m. at a home on the 7000 block of Coal City Road.  Rhodell, Sophia, and Coal City fire departments responded to the scene. Dispatchers said it took crews 5 hours to contain the fire.  Dispatchers confirm no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Stick with 59 News...

McDowell County man arrested for being married to two women at the same time

McDowell County man arrested for being married to two women at the same time

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MCDOWELL COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- A McDowell County man is charged with bigamy after deputies said he recently got married to a woman while still married to another woman.  McDowell County Deputies arrested 24-year-old Charles Aaron Nelson on Friday.  Deputies said earlier this month, Nelson's first wife filed a complaint.  The wife told deputies she married Nelson in May 2012 in North Carolina.  While they were still married, Nelson also got married to another w...

Deputies on the hunt for man accused of stealing from local auto shop

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Deputies in Raleigh County are looking for a man who allegedly stole from Two Guys Towing and Auto Repair.  On Sunday, October 15th, a man pulled up to the business in a gray pickup truck. He allegedly stole the tailgate off of an employees vehicle, that is valued around $700. Deputies confirm that they have surveillance footage of the incident. Raleigh County Sheriff's Department has a warrant out for the thief's arrest. While there was two men in the truck they ...

Raleigh county man arrested for attempted murder following a bar fight

Raleigh County man arrested for attempted murder following a bar fight

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RALEIGH COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS) -- A man accused of trying to kill two people following a bar fight was arrested by Raleigh County Deputies on Tuesday. Jody Allen Robertson, 27-years-old from Cool Ridge, is charged with malicious wounding and attempted murder. The incident happened on September 24 around 3:45 a.m. at Skyline Resort in Ghent. According to deputies, Robertson drove through a fence at the resort, purposely hitting two men with his truck. Deputies said Robertson was retal...

UPDATE: Princeton Mayor resigns 5 days after DUI arrest Video included

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According to the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Princeton Mayor Dewey Russell was arrested and charged with Driving Under The Influence. 

Man admits fatally shooting daughter over lack of 'respect'

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A suburban Cleveland man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his daughter while she slept, saying he believed she disrespected his rules by coming home late and not cleaning her room. Jamal Mansour, of Rocky River, pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault and has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. The 64-year-old dad earlier pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder in 27-year-old Tahani Mansour's death last year...

Bodies in California desert found locked in embrace

Bodies in California desert found locked in embrace

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two adult bodies were locked in an embrace when they were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a missing Southern California couple vanished while hiking three months ago. Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday that officials have yet to identify the remains found over the weekend in the desert park. Miller says the bodies were embracing when...

Kentucky man arrested after 17-hour standoff in Tennessee

Kentucky man arrested after 17-hour standoff in Tennessee

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Kentucky man has been arrested after a 17-hour standoff with police in Tennessee.      The Leaf-Chronicle reports that Clarksville police arrested  50-year-old Darren Vance of Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his abdomen.      Police say Vance had barricaded himself inside the home with an AK-47-style rifle. Negotiators spoke with Vance by telephone through Monday afternoon an...

West Virginia AG says election pamphlet law unconstitutional

West Virginia AG says election pamphlet law unconstitutional

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says a state law prohibiting anonymous election pamphlets is unconstitutional.      Morrisey issued the opinion Tuesday in response to a request by Secretary of State Mac Warner. Both are Republicans.      Morrisey says the state law "violates the First Amendment because it is overbroad and not narrowly tailored to a compelling state interest." Morrisey says a federal court...

Several crews respond to structure fire in Shady Spring

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Multiple fire crews are on scene of a structure fire in Raleigh County.  Dispatchers tell 59News the call came in around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday about a structure fire near Country Road Estates off Pluto Road in Shady Spring.  Beaver, Ghent and Coal City Volunteer Fire Departments have been dispatched, as well as Ghent EMS. There's no reports of injuries or anyone inside the house right now. We have a crew at the scene and will continue to follow this developing stor...

5 inmates plead guilty to having shanks in McDowell County federal prison

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Five federal inmates pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 17 to possessing weapons at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell. According to U.S. Attorney Carol Casto, Scott Finnell, 29, Misael Santana-Rivera, 32, Antonio R. Azpeitia, 40, Ernest Shields, 42, and Diego Ninos, 30, entered separate guilty pleas to possession of a weapon by an inmate of the institution. Each inmate admitted to possessing a handcrafted weapon, commonly referred to as a “shank.” This year...

4 crews battle house fire in White Sulphur Springs

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Four fire departments are battling a house fire in Greenbrier County. Dispatchers tell 59 News crews are working a structure fire on Waids Draft Road in White Sulphur Springs. The initial call came in around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dispatchers said they do not believe anyone was inside the home when it caught fire. Crews from Anthony Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Lewisburg Fire, Frankford Volunteer Fire Department, White Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Anthony Cre...

Wellspring of Greenbrier Gives Away Clothes

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With temperatures quickly dropping, one organization in Greenbrier County is working to keep people warm.  Wellspring of Greenbrier Inc., a non-profit is making sure people have coats for the cold weather ahead.  Scarlett Kellerman, Founder and Director of Wellspring of Greenbrier, Inc., says it's important to her to keep people warm.  "I wouldn't want to be out there cold and I don't think anybody else would want to be either, " said Kellerman.  ...

Mega Business Event Seeks Vendors

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The greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its biggest event of the year. The Mega Business event will be November 9th at State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. They are currently looking for vendors for the event. 

In Virginia governor's race, Northam leads Gillespie in cash

Democrat Ralph Northam has a hefty cash advantage over Republican Ed Gillespie in the final weeks of the closely watched Virginia governor's race.

2 admit roles in $24M benefits scheme that targeted veterans

A former official at a New Jersey university and another woman have admitted their roles in a scheme that stole more than $24 million from a federal education benefits program designed to help veterans.

West Virginia House passes bills during special session

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes.

Doctors and cops among 277 arrested in human trafficking, online prostitution sting in Florida

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - A week-long undercover sting targeting human trafficking and online prostitution in Polk County ended with 277 arrests that included doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officers. 

Elbert Resident Concerned About Possible Falling Timber

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Elbert resident and former Air Force Sgt. William Swain is seeing red beneath the colors of the fall foliage. "I'm afraid that my house is going to get crushed by these trees," Swain said. His fear was validated after he witnessed firsthand two people almost having a near-encounter with falling timber near his house. "There was a couple walking the same routine," Swain said, "About 5-10 minutes after they passed a tree, (it) fell right where they ...

New grant supports WVU recovery of rare earth elements

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a $644,000 research grant to West Virginia University to continue its research on recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts.

Beckley ARH Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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A local hospital is recognizing breast cancer awareness month by celebrating the lives of the many survivors. Beckley ARH celebrated breast cancer survivors and the many medical professionals that spend day in and day out studying the disease.  Tuesday, October 17th, they held an event called 'Pretty In Pink' at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center. Those who came out were given lunch and had guest speakers give speeches. A medical oncologist for Beckley ARH sa...

Monroe County Residents Promise Legal Fight Against Pipeline Video included

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In a 2-1 vote on Friday, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project.

Bluefield College honors law enforcement

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Bluefield College celebrated Law Enforcement Appreciation week to honor local police and criminal justice agencies. The week was full of guest speakers from local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Students were able to interact with the speakers and learn more about careers in the field. Kimberly Farmer, Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Bluefield College, said this was also a way to thank the agencies for everything they do for the students at Bluefield Colleg...

Millennials make difference in Bluefield

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Millennials are known for their social media savviness and the City of Bluefield is using their knowledge of the internet to better market the city. The Millennial Ambassador Program enlists young adults from around Bluefield to engage other millennials in the community. Through social media, the ambassadors are able to tell the story of Bluefield. Rebecca Kasey, one of the founding Millennial Ambassadors, said this program was a great opportunity for her to make a difference in her ...

Kaine, Bennet Introduce Medicare-X to Provide Low-Cost, High-Quality Care in Every Zip Code

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U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tuesday, introduced legislation to create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, law-cost health insurance choices and create more competition in the marketplace.  

Governor Justice Announces National Sexual Assault Kit

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Governor Jim Justice announced, Tuesday, that he has awarded 4377,335 in West Virginia National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant funds to one statewide project. 

NFL players, owners hold 'constructive' talks on issues

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By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) - NFL players and owners met Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross called "constructive" and Colts defensive back Darius Butler termed "positive." A group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met at the league's headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players' platforms for speaking out on social issues. "We heard what they had to say and th...

New River CTC Offers Sign Language Class

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A six-week basic Sign Language Class is planned at New River Community and Technical College's campus in Summersville starting November 1, 2017 through December 13, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Groundbreaking of Tazewell County Health Announced

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Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems will be breaking ground on a $3.2 million new facility for Tazewell Community Health on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. 

Governor Justice Announces Civil Legal Services Grant Award

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Governor Jim Justice announced, Tuesday, that he has awarded $850,000 in Civil Legal Services (CLS) Grant funds for one project.

WVDA Receives Grant to Help Boost Maple Industry

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West Virginia has one of the fastest growing maple industries in the United States. 

Nicholas BOE meeting sheds light on school future

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\The year and a half battle over Nicholas County schools seems to be finally winding down.  "As far as the next steps, we're just going to have to wait and I'll get some direction from the Department of Education and mediation and go forward," \

Altria's Giving to the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative Reaches $1 Million

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Altria Group Inc. has donated an additional $500,000 to Virginia Tech's Presidential Scholarship Initiative, bringing the total company contribution to $1 million.

Governor Justice Announces Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Grant Awards

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Governor Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he has awarded $8,964,243 in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program funds to 80 projects. 

Governor Announces Justice Assistance Grant Awards

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Governor Jim Justice announced, Tuesday, that he has awarded $1,125,875 in Justice Assistance Grant program funds to 36 projects statewide. 

Virginia Tech Crowdfunding Campaign Encourages Female Students to Choose Engineering

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In the 1980s, only 6 percent of engineers in the U.S. were women. The number of female engineers in the industry has more than doubled since then, but there is still more that needs to be done to attract and retain women in the engineering field.

Two Arrests Made in Drug Investigation in Fayette County

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The Fayette County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, in Ansted.

Manchin Applauds Pulling Marino Nomination, Thanks President for Recognizing Need for Leadership at National Drug Control Policy Office

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the news that Rep. Tom Marino pulled his nomination from consideration to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  

Capito to Welcome Air Force Secretary to West Virginia

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson accepted her invitation to visit West Virginia. 

Ghost Hunting 101 Comes to Summersville

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Sherri Brake, a nationally-recognized paranormal investigator and author, will share her expertise in Ghost Hunting 101 on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the New River Community and Technical College campus in Summersville.

Former Delegate Stephen Baldwin Sworn in As WV State Senator

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West Virginia has a new state senator.  Former delegate Stephen Baldwin of Greenbrier County is now Senator Stephen Baldwin. 

Man arrested for murder after troopers respond to domestic call

UPDATE: Monroe murder suspect waives hearing

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MONROE COUNTY, W. Va. (WVNS)-- The Monroe County man accused of murder waived the time limit for his preliminary hearing in magistrate court Tuesday morning.

Rape allegation makes Muslim teen's death a capital case

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well.   

Woman caught stealing cement pavers threatens to sue for back injury

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PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) – A 54-year-old Florida woman was arrested Sunday after she was caught stealing cement pavers from a home in Port Richey. 

Land preservation board approves easements for pipeline

A public land preservation organization in Virginia has approved easements that will allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state.

Manchin to White House: Withdraw nominee for drug czar

A Democratic senator is demanding that the White House withdraw the nomination of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar.

West Virginia Special Session Begins; Conflicts Arise

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The West Virginia Legislature is back in special session and  already there is conflict. One bill on the road bonds is aimed at giving West Virginia's first crack at many jobs, but unions say, out-of-state contractors are known to bend the rules. "The companies come from out of state, and they require certain certifications from instate workers, and we find that when we don't have those workers, they bring people from out of state that don't necessarily have those qualifica...

UPDATE: Quadruple murder suspect has no bond set after hearing

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IRONTON, OH - The man accused of murdering four people in Lawrence County, Ohio made a court appearance on Monday, October 16. 

Wet Leaves Could Cause Slippery Roads

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Fall leaves are beautiful, but its important to be mindful of them on the roads. Wet leaves on roadways create slick surfaces, and that can mean a slippery drive in autumn. Trooper Marvell Bynum of West Virginia State Police in Lewisburg, urges drivers to be cautious when driving on wet roads during the fall season.  "When they're damp if you pick them up out here in the yard they're very slippery so of course on the road when you're going 55 mph, 75 mph or 40 mph her...

Virginia has appealed few of FEMA's denials over storm aid

Since 1998, the federal government has given Virginia and its cities and counties more than $600 million to help recover from hurricanes, crippling blizzards and summer storms.

Carnegie Hall Calls TOOT A Success

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The 33rd Annual Taste of Our Towns Saturday, October 14th and thousands of people showed up to taste some of southern West Virginia's finest food.  Officials in Carnegie Hall are currently counting the number of tokens sold. Once the tokens are counted they will know how many people came out and if they reached their fund raising goal.  Ali Johnston, Carnegie Hall Marketing Director, said she believes thousands of people came out.  "Rough estimates right no...

City Officials Strongly Discourage Blowing Leaves Into Streets

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It's that time of the year when leaves are starting to pile up. While they are collecting in your yard it's important to know how to correctly dispose of them.  

Administrators remind students of school bus safety

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Schools in Tazewell County celebrated school bus safety week to keep parents and their kids informed about school bus rules.  Administrators encouraged all students to get to the bus stop early, and to make sure they stay quiet and in their seats on the bus at all times. Richard Mullins, Tazewell County Schools Transportation Manager, said this reminder of school bus rules is needed to keep everyone aware and safe. "As in any activity, if you see it every day you...

Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post

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By JONATHAN DREW Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and endangering his comrades - charges that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. "I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, who admitted guilt without striking a deal with prosecutors, meaning his punishment will be up...

Bluefield receives grant to help promote economic growth initiative

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The City of Bluefield received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help the Commercialization Station boost the economy and create more jobs. The Commercialization Station is a multi-million dollar, 60,000 square foot building that is being renovated to house local start-up businesses. According to Jim Spencer, Director of Community and Economic Development for Bluefield, these businesses will go through an "incubation process" where the ci...

Manchin Announces Legislative Repeal for 2016 Law Preventing Aggressive DEA Enforcement of Opioid Distributors and Manufacturers

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced legislation repealing the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 after the Washington Post report indicated that the legislation has dramatically restricted the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to crack down on opioid distributors and manufacturers suspected of wrongdoing.

Deputy promotions are made in Fayette County

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Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley was at the courthouse in Fayetteville, WV on the morning of Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Louisville fires Rick Pitino amid federal investigation

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By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's Athletic Association has officially fired coach Rick Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. The association, which oversees Louisville's sports programs and is composed of trustees, faculty, students and administrators, voted unanimously to oust the longtime Cardinals coach following a board meeting Mon...

Fayette County Prepares for Bridge Day

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Bridge day is one of the most highly anticipated events in Southern West Virginia. 

Borrowed car leads to theft investigation, suspect found hiding behind shelf

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Two men meet for breakfast in Alta,but a trip to the diner turns becomes an investigation into stolen items. 

More Schools Receive Free Technology Through SecondLaunch Initiative

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) received an update on the SecondLaunch Initiative at its October board meeting.

Capito, Manchin Announce Funding to Improve Safety, Health of West Virginians

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U.S Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a total of $125,700 for West Virginia communities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

New River CTC Partners with Local Agencies to Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and New River Community and Technical College is bringing attention to the issue through presentations and partnerships at the college's four campuses. 

Center for Autism Research Reaches Out to New River Valley with Community, Campus Events

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The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, in conjunction with Blacksburg businesses and campus organizations, is embodying the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by working to make events friendlier for youth with sensory challenges.

West Virginia Receives More than $230,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the rewarding of the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) to West Virginia.  

Virginia Tech Community Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Prep High Schoolers for STEM Careers

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Kid's Tech University is working to put high school students on track for careers in science fields.

Man builds 2-story 'Star Wars' vehicle replica for Halloween

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A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.

LATEST: Gov. Justice chooses replacement for Greenbrier County Senator Video included

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 The hunt is on for a replacement Senator in District 10 after State Senator Ron Miller stepped down from his position. Candidates had to submit their names for the position by noon this past Monday.   

Study Highlights Conservation Needs of Fish Species Recently Discovered in Southwest Virginia

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In 1999, a routine study for a pipeline in Tazewell County, Virginia, led to a surprising discovery. 

Retired Chief of Police passes away due to short illness

Retired Chief of Police passes away due to short illness

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HINTON, W. Va. (WVNS) -- Community members in the city of Hinton are mourning the loss of a retired chief of police.  Timothy Adkins Senior passed away on Friday at his home following a short illness. Adkins was the owner of Little A's Garage, a retired Chief of Police for the city of Hinton and a former volunteer firefighter for the Hinton Fire Department. Many people in the community have come together to show their support for someone they call a community hero. Loved ones...

Tractor Trailer Accident on I-77 Southbound

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West Virginia Turnpike Police responded to a tractor trailer accident on Interstate 77 Southbound. 

Trial to begin for Ohio man charged in killing of coal exec

Trial to begin for Ohio man charged in killing of coal exec

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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) - A trial is set to begin for one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in West Virginia.      The Williamson Daily News reports that jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga in Mingo County Circuit Court.      Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, and 20-year-old Brandon Fitzpatrick, of Louisa, Kentucky, are charged with murder in the May 2016 death of Bennett ...

Veteran Volunteer with WV Roots Asks for Help in Puerto Rico

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Former Staff Sgt. Jason Maddy of South Carolina was born and raised in West Virginia, before serving 14 years on active duty and with the National Guard.  Now, he is on the front lines of a different battle, helping Puerto Rico back on its feet with little resources at their disposal.  "The aid is just not really getting here," Maddy said. "We don't know what the holdup is (and) where the chain is broken." Even though the logistics of incoming aid ...

Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress

Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress

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In the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed -- that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of the most important whistleblowers ever interviewed by 60 Minutes. Rannazzisi ran the DEA's Office of Diversion Control, the division that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Now in a joint investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rannazzis...

South Korea, U.S. begin joint naval drills amid North Korean threat

South Korea, U.S. begin joint naval drills amid North Korean threat

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean and U.S. troops have begun five days of joint naval drills amid North Korea's renewal of its threat to fire missiles near the American territory of Guam. The latest joint exercises come at a time of heightened tensions surrounding Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, with fears of a possible military clash following recent exchanges of insults and fierce rhetoric between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  ...

2-year-old denied kidney transplant because father violated probation

2-year-old denied kidney transplant because father violated probation

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ATLANTA -- A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won't perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation. Burgess, who only weighs 25 pounds at age 2, spent 10 months in a neonatal intensive care unit. Dickerson was tested and proved to be the perfect match to give his son a k...

NFL players continue national anthem protests

NFL players continue National Anthem protests

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Some NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Sunday, after President Trump repeatedly criticized the league for its handling of the demonstrations. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Ukeme Eligwe sat during the anthem while cornerback Marcus Peters kneeled, CBS affiliate KCTV journalist Tom Martin reports. Seven San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the anthem Sunday. Those players were safeties Eric Reid and Adrian Colbert, linebackers Dekoda Watson and Eli Haro...

Oil rig explodes in Louisiana lake injuring multiple people, police say

Oil rig explodes in Louisiana lake injuring multiple people, police say

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KENNER, La. -- An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats are being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting, The Times-Picayune reported. There were "a lot of injuries," many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and more expecte...

Beaver Vol. Fire, Vendors Helps Local Teen Raise Funds

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 On Saturday The Beaver Volunteer Fire Department played hosted a special Fundraiser to help a family in need.  13-year-old Alyssa Bolen was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. 

Alderson Brings the Community Together With Autumn Fest

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Autumn fest - it's an event aimed at bringing the community together for Alderson's last Farmers Market of the year. While it was a lot of fun for the entire family - it was also geared to make people more aware of the local fresh fruits and vegetables they have in the roots of their community.  "I believe farmers market build community and of course build a positive health system," Timothy Peregoy, a vendor, said.  During the activity packed ...

Lewisburg Bartender holds event to raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico

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The Irish Pub in Lewisburg held a Musical Benefit to help donate money to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. This was a two day event with about ten musical guests who volunteered their time and talent for a good cause.  

One Wildfire in WV is About 50 percent Contained

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Forestry officials say a two-week-old wildfire in West Virginia is about 50 percent contained.

Domestic Call Leads Deputies to a Long List of Crimes

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Saturday (10/14) deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic situation in the Bluewell area. 

The 37th Annual Arts and Crafts Show Held at State Fair Event Center

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This was the 37th year for the Arts and Craft Show held at the state fairgrounds. About 100 vendors were set up today selling their art.  This fun-filled event also raises money for a good cause. A portion of the money benefits local charities and scholarship funds. Many vendors have been coming out for years to show their support.       "Its kind of a lost art, there's not a lot of people who are creating anymore I think, so its just a fun way to pass t...

No Charges in Colorado Cheerleading Forced-Splits Videos

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A Denver prosecutor says no charges will be filed following an investigation into videos showing a high school coach pushing cheerleaders down in splits.  

Woman Arrested For Stabbing Husband in Hospital

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Baltimore police have arrested a woman they say fatally stabbed her husband inside of a hospital.    

WV Beats Texas Tech 46-35

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Will Grier threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half and West Virginia overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat No. 24 Texas Tech 46-35 on Saturday.  

West Virginia Child Killed in Driveway Accident

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A West Virginia sheriff says a 3-year-old boy was killed when a visitor to the boy's home ran over him while backing out of the driveway.  

Throttle Throb Hosts Car Show to Raise Money for Scholarships

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Many different types of vintage and classic cars fill the fairgrounds working to raise awareness about a good cause at Throttle Throbs Car Show.  All money raised at the car show goes straight to sending children to college. 

Man Leads Multiple Agencies on a Chase

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One man leads multiple agencies on a chase Friday night.

Sobriety checkpoint planned in Raleigh County

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The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office will hold a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Deputies said the checkpoint will be held on WV Route 3 in Raleigh County.  The checkpoint is funded by the Southern Regional Highway Safety Program.

Signs in Virginia ask drivers not to give panhandlers money

A Virginia county has placed signs at busy intersections asking drivers not to give money to people in the medians.

WVU to offer major in sports and adventure media

West Virginia University's Reed College of Media has developed a new undergraduate major focusing on sports and adventure media.

Lake Stephens Haunted Trail Is Really Spooky

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In the spirit of Halloween you may want to check out this adrenaline pumping haunted trail.  From 8-11 every Friday and Saturday through the month of October  you can get spooked at the haunted trail at Lake Stephens in Raleigh County. The theme on the trail is different each weekend; so you never know what to expect. "We usually have a pretty good wait in line because want to make sure the groups get through and they don't run into each other and so every body i...

US regulators OK Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipelines

A divided federal regulatory commission has granted conditional approvals for two major natural gas pipelines on the East Coast.

Social Security benefits to rise by 2 percent in 2018

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012 but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced the cost–of-living increase Friday. The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about...

Two accidents stop traffic on Route 460 in Bluefield

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Two accidents stopped traffic on Route 460 in Bluefield on Friday, October 13. It happened just before 8:30 p.m. near the K-Mart in Bluefield. Traffic was backed up heading south as crews responded to a two vehicle accident.  

Homeschool Students Get Hands On Experience With Emergency Responders

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Homeschooled children and families in Mercer County went to the Princeton Rescue Squad for their own version of career day. Being homeschooled is much different than going to public school. Sometimes these students don't get the same access to organized events. Dr. Randy Maxwell organized an event for the home school group HEARTH. HEARTH stands for Home Education Achieved Responsibly Through Him. HEARTH is a Christian home support group and is the largest home school group in Me...

Bluefield College Is Celebrating An Increase In Enrollment

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Bluefield College is celebrating a record breaking semester.  The fall enrollment numbers are out and the college welcomed 251 new students. That's the largest incoming class of freshmen in the schools history. The administration said they are working hard to grow their enrollment by adding new programs and sports teams. In the next few years they are projected to see at least 5% growth in enrollment each year.  "We've seen some very significant growth in th...

One Sewage Issue Smells up a Local College

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It's a stench smelling up the Mercer County campus of Concord University. 

Take to The Rails To View the Fall Colors

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Tourists from around the country flock to train depots throughout the the mountain state for a trip to higher elevations to see the stunning fall colors. Rachel Saunders, Virginia tourist,  "My daughter had done this and she told me about the beautiful colors, and i wanted to see the mountains and leaves." Rachel Saunders- who's from Virginia- says this is her first time to West Virginia.  

The Latest: President Trump lays out Iran strategy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 1:22 p.m.      President Donald Trump says he will not re-certify the Iran nuclear deal because the country is not living up to the spirit of the deal and has committed "multiple violations."      Trump says during a White House speech Friday that he "cannot and will not make this certification."      Trump says he is directing his administrat...

American Institutes for Research Selected for Statewide Assessment

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Students in grades 3 through 8 will begin taking a new West Virginia General Assessment (WVGSA) in spring 2018, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced. 

UPDATE: Suspects in Kohl's theft identified

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Beckley Police are asking for help from the community to track down two men who stole items from the Kohl's location in Beckley.  

Early Childhood Learning Program Adds Three New Schools in WV

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In an effort to combat the educational achievement gap in West Virginia, an innovative early childhood education program is continuing to expand throughout the state.  

Concord University Hosting Music Discover Day

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Concord University will host Music Discover Day on Monday, October 16, 2017, for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in pursuing a possible career in music education and the performing arts.

'Handle with Care' Model Being Presented Through Concord University Class in Beckley

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Concord University's Violence in Society in class, offered within the Criminology Emphasis Sociology degree, has invited the Director of the Center for Children's Justice in Charleston, W.Va., Andrea Darr, to present the "Handle with Care" model on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Room E-10. 

Concord University Department of Business to Hold 24th Annual Concord Business Challenge

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The Concord University Department of Business will host the 24th Annual Concord Business Challenge (CBC) on Thursday, October 26, 2017 on the Athens campus. 

Concord University to Hold Annual Wellness Fair

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Concord University will hold its annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom located on the 3rd floor of the Jean and Jerry Beasley Student Center on the Athens campus. 

McAuliffe Announces Commonwealth Leader Cultivation Program Developed with Virginia Tech

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of applications this week for the first Virginia Management Fellows (VMF) class, a commonwealth initiative developed with Virginia Tech to meet the state's growing needs for future leaders.

Two men face drug charges in Greenbrier County

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Two men have been arrested by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force on drug charges. Richard Church Jr. and Austin Whitt are charged with the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and methamphetmine. 

14-year-old charged with murder after dead woman’s car found at a Virginia airport

14-year-old charged with murder after dead woman’s car found at a Virginia airport

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A 14-year-old boy was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 76-year-old Ruth Ann Knave. Knave, of Tall Timbers, Maryland, was found dead in a Highland County, Virginia home on September 17. The Highland County Sheriff’s Office was called to the home, in the McDowell community, to conduct a welfare check. Once inside the home, investigators discovered Knave and realized her vehicle was missing. “Further investigation led V...

California wildfires now deadliest in state's history as fatalities increase to 31

California wildfires now deadliest in state's history as fatalities increase to 31

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The wildfires in Northern California are now the deadliest in the state's modern history with at least 31 confirmed fatalities. Search teams and cadaver dogs began the recovery of victims from "hot zones." Many of the flames still burned out of control in fires that spanned more than 300 square miles, according to The Associated Press (AP). Authorities say containment seemed nowhere in sight. In Sonoma county, about 400 people are unaccounted for while thousands ...

WV Special Session Issued for Next Week by Governor Justice

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Paving West Virginia's future is one of the main goals of next week's special session. Now that the road bonds were approved by voters, legislation will aim at trying to hire as many local workers across the state as possible. "The benefit will be more West Virginians working, more taxes collected, and a better work product," said Del. Ron Walters, (R) Kanawha. But the special session will also include unrelated items, including a renewed attempt to exempt retired military...

Equifax may have been breached again

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Equifax, Inc. is looking into another possible breach, just one month after the company disclosed a hack that compromised the sensitive information of 145.5 million people.

Pocahontas County barn promotes tobacco prevention

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A relic of the past is got a new coat of paint to help future generations. Community Connections, the CDC, and Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America are dedicating red Tobacco Prevention Barns to people who made the decision to quit smoking. 

3-Year-Old Killed After Being Struck By Truck In Jackson County, West Virginia

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Emergency crews tell 13 News that a 3-year-old boy has died after being struck by a truck in Jackson County, WV.

Singing coal miner opens up about his patriotic performance Video included

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Coal miners have the daunting task to keep themselves safe and sound every day at work. One coal miner in Southern West Virginia decided to sound out the everyday fears. 

Minden Residents Fired Up Over Toxic Chemicals

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People living in the Fayette County community of Minden are fired up over toxic chemicals and a sewer project that the city of Oak Hill has started.  

Two dead, one injured in I-77 accident involving DOH worker, Road Reopens

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JACKSON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - All lanes of I-77 northbound have reopened following a double fatal crash in Jackson County.

Diono car seats recalled because they may not protect kids in crash

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More than 500,000 child car seats made by a company called Diono are being recalled because they may not adequately protect children in a crash.

West Virginia legislators to consider 2 tax bills

Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back to the statehouse for a special session, and pushing them to re-write the state's tax code to exempt military retirees from paying personal income tax.

Organization Joins Socktober To Help Those In Need

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The most needed article of clothing in homeless shelters is also the least donated. That piece of clothing is socks. Quota International in Beckley is taking part in the nationwide movement called Socktober. They are asking people to donate new socks to any of their drop off locations which include City Slickers, the Dish, Shady Spring Middle School, and New River Health Pharmacy in Fayetteville. "It's very rewarding. The club does a lot of projects throughout the year. All we ...

Fall Foliage At Its Peak This Upcoming Weekend

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Bright reds, oranges, and yellows; that is what you will see if you make your way to the great outdoors this weekend.  

Little Caesars in Crab Orchard holds Ribbon Cutting

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Little Caesars had their official ribbon cutting Tuesday, October 10th.  This will be the 20th location to open in West Virginia. 

Cranberry Prosperity Elementary Now An Apple Distinguished School

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Innovation and thinking outside of the box, that's what one Raleigh County School is being recognized for.  Cranberry Prosperity Elementary School found out Tuesday, October 10th, that they are one of the first two Apple distinguished schools in the state. This means they're one of 400 in the world. Being an Apple distinguished school means teachers and students are using Apple technology as a tool to reach their educational goals. Technology integration specialis...

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