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WVU Coach's Caravan Takes Over Beckley

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 The WVU Coach's Caravan made it's annual stop in Beckley, WV on Thursday, May 25th. The coaches stopped in at Calacino's for a few hours to meet and greet some of their biggest fans.  Head football coach, Dana Holgorsen, basketball coach, Bob Huggins, Athletic Director Shane Lyons along with a number of others signed autographs and talked about their upcoming seasons.

State Auditor to Continue Administering Volunteer Firefighter's Fund

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According to a release, State Auditor John McCuskey announced Thursday that he will continue to administer The Volunteer Fire Department Workers’ Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund, recently reauthorized by the special session of the Legislature through the passage of Senate Bill 1010.

Stadium to be Dedicated This Weekend

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A special dedication is set to happen this weekend in Mt. Hope. Saturday, May 27, 2017 a dedication ceremony is set to honor the Spadaro family. 

Local Recruit Becomes U.S. Marine Video included

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Summer Bennett, 19, of Shady Spring is up for the challenge of becoming a United States Marine.  

Massive need for welders and other skilled trades

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There is a desperate need for workers in the skilled trades in the United States. 

High Water Closes Campground for Holiday Weekend

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All the rain our region is seen this week is leading to more than just rising river and creeks. Bluestone Lake in Summers County is also on the rise. That means camping along the lake for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is not going to happen. 

Heavy rain causes dangerous conditions in Greenbrier County

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The sights and sounds of rising water. It's something people in Greenbrier County are all too familiar with. Heavy rain flooded streets and even stranded boaters on the Greenbrier River on Thursday, May 25. 

White House confident travel ban will be upheld

The Latest on an appeals court ruling against the Trump administration's travel ban (all times local):

Flood Victim Getting New Home in Alderson

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One man will be getting a new home after his old one was left devastated by last year's floods. Richard Brockman lives in Alderson. On the day of the floods last year, he was burying his wife who had passed away. That day, he returned home to find his home filled with water. Nearly a year later, he is being gifted a new home. "I feel very good about it," Brockman said. "I appreciate it, because I've had it really rough here for a while. If I get something I have...

Run For The Wall Roars Into Rainelle

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  A Memorial Day weekend tradition is roared  back into Greenbrier County Thursday.     

Bluefield WV Rescue Squad Holds EMS Appreciation Cookout

Bluefield WV Rescue Squad Holds EMS Appreciation Cookout

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The Bluefield West Virginia Rescue Squad hosted an EMS cookout on May 25, 2017.  It's all for National EMS Week.  Local law enforcement and emergency responders attended the event.  They've been putting it on for more than 5 years.  Chief of Operations at the Bluefield West Virginia Rescue Squad Sean Cantrell said, "Just to celebrate and have a good time.  Our friends and family are here just trying to give back to all these employees who work so hard th...

ATV Tours Given On Pocahontas Trail System On 5th Anniversary

ATV Tours Given On Pocahontas Trail System On 5th Anniversary

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It is a roaring good time that continues to grow in popularity.  May 25, 2017 was the 5th anniversary for the Hatfield McCoy Trail in Mercer County.  The Mayor of Bramwell put together tours of the trail for people to celebrate the anniversary.  Executive Director of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority Jeffrey Lusk said it's the fastest growing trial system.  Lusk said, "Mercer County is leading all of our counties in permit sales growth.  W...

Deputies investigate shooting in Coal City

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Raleigh County Deputies are investigating a shooting that happened earlier Thursday morning (5/25/17) in Coal City. Glenn Michael Israel was shot in the face after suspects forced their way into his house on Abney Road. Israel shot at the victims before he was shot. He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. Deputies are still looking for the suspects.  If you have any information contact the sheriff's department or crime stoppers. 

Alderson Elementary releases some students home early due to flooding

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Alderson Elementary School is sending students who live in the Fort Springs area in Greenbrier County home early today (5/25/17). Officials say the students are being sent home due to flooding in Fort Springs. 

Drug court program helping people get off drugs and get back on their feet

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While many people in the mountain state are struggling with opioid addiction, officials all across West Virginia are looking to help them beat it and become a productive member in society.  They've implemented something called a drug court. The program lets people addicted to drugs - seek treatment instead of going to jail. 

Escapees from Virginia federal prison caught in Mexico

Two escapees from a Virginia federal prison were found in Mexico after nearly three weeks on the run.

Kentucky to host Virginia Tech in 1st meeting since 1996

Kentucky will host Virginia Tech next season in the first meeting between the schools since the Wildcats beat the Hokies in the 1996 NCAA second round on their way to the national championship.

West Virginia Senate passes amended tax bill

West Virginia's Senate has passed a tax-overhaul bill that would raise the state sales tax from 6 to 7.25 percent then cut all income tax rates next year with a goal of eventually ending them.

WV AG Announces $33M Settlement with Johnson & Johnson

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in coordination with 42 other attorneys general, reached a $33 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. regarding representation of product quality.   

More than 1M Virginians expected to travel over Memorial Day

Officials expect more than one million Virginians to get away over Memorial Day weekend.

Marquel Ali Trial Continues After Mistrial

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The second try at a clean trial for a former Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy on drug charges continued on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  

West Virginia reorganizing state's cyber security effort

Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information...

Escapees from Virginia federal prison caught in Mexico

Two escapees from a Virginia federal prison were found in Mexico after nearly three weeks on the run.

Beckley Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge

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A Beckley man is facing a list of serious charges. Raymond Duncan is charged with 2 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of malicious wounding, and kidnapping.

West Virginia to receive $200K from data breach settlement

West Virginia will receive more than $200,000 from a multimillion-dollar settlement reached between retailer Target and 47 states and the District of Columbia.

New River Gorge offering free water safety instruction

Water safety instruction will be given this weekend at New River Gorge National River.

UPDATE: Purse Snatching Suspects Waive Preliminary Hearing

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The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office released the names of two suspects believed to be involved in the recent series of "purse snatchings" in the Beckley and MacArthur areas. 

2 Dead After Explosion at Gas Company in Barbour County

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Two people died in an explosion at Midland Resource Recovery in Barbour County Wednesday morning, according to preliminary reports from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Advocates: Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

Pope Francis, President Trump exchange gifts

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Trump and Francis met privately for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning at the Vatican.

Former Marshall Coach Sonny Randle Passes away at 81

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The Marshall university community is mourning the loss of Former Coach Sonny Randle today. He was 81.

Earthquake reported in southeast Ohio Wednesday

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The United States Geological Survey reports a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck in Vinton County around 12:25pm Wednesday.

Governor Justice Offers Revised West Virginia Budget

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The State Senate is the first to tackle the latest budget offering from Governor Justice, and already there are critics. The budget would be funded. in part,  with a 7.25 percent increase in the sales tax; a 20 percent reduction in the state income tax for all; and a phase out of social security and pension taxes on retirees. State Sen. Mitch Carmichael, (R)  Senate President "What we are putting forth is a 20 percent income tax cut; 20 percent income tax cut for worki...

Man Arrested in Connection to Breaking and Entering at Car Dealership

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The South Charleston Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man in connection to the breaking and entering and larceny of a vehicle from a dealership.

Thousands of school buses in Virginia need safety device

The Virginia Department of Education says thousands of the state's school buses may need retrofitting to install a safety device that prevents the parking brake from accidentally disengaging.

Local Organizers Prepare For National Boy Scott Jamboree

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  The 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree was the focus of Tuesday Rotary Club meeting in Beckley.

Trial Continues for Former Raleigh County Deputy

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The trial continued for a former Raleigh County sheriff's deputy on drug charges on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.  

Gov. Justice Helps Celebrate School's 60th Birthday

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   A special celebration is underway for one the first Episcopal Schools In West Virginia.   

UPDATE: WVU Student Reported Missing Out of Morgantown Found

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A West Virginia University student that was reported missing has been found. 

State Police searching for missing Raleigh County man

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West Virginia State police are looking for a missing person in Raleigh County. Ardie Curry, who also goes by Jim, was last seen in the Glen White area off of Lester highway. Police said on Tuesday the last time he was seen was April 14th.   Troopers said Curry has been known to get rides from a man named David Pierce. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are encouraged to call the Beckley detachment of West Virginia State police at (304) 256-6...

10 people seated on jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

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The jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case was filling up quickly Tuesday as lawyers and prosecutors worked to select panelists who they believe would be favorable to their side. 

West Virginia lawmakers back to weigh taxes, budget

West Virginia lawmakers are scheduled back in session Tuesday trying to reconcile differences with Gov. Jim Justice and enact tax and budget bills for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Ariana Grande fans tremble as they recall Manchester attack

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Rihanna Hardy had been excited about seeing Ariana Grande ever since she got her concert ticket as a gift at Christmas. So when the day came, the 11-year-old left school a couple of hours early to make sure to get to Manchester Arena on time. 

Several West Virginia Miners Players Still in Need of Host Families

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The West Virginia Miners baseball season is almost here, and right now the team is still looking for families to host several of its players for the summer. 

New Bojangles Opens in Beckley

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A fast food restaurant known for its chicken and biscuits is now open in Beckley. 

Raleigh County 21-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

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A shaken and sobbing Camille Brown pleaded guilty to second degree murder and two counts of burglary on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 

West Virginia groups see disease threat from surface mines

West Virginia environmentalists are urging a National Academies of Sciences committee examining the health risks from surface mining to look at rates of cancer, asthma and birth defects among people living near large-scale...

Commercialization Station Will Soon Undergo Renovations In Bluefield

Commercialization Station Will Soon Undergo Renovations In Bluefield

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A facility that will help start-up businesses will soon undergo renovations in Bluefield.  This is all thanks to a more than 2 million dollar grant from the Economic Development Administration along with more than $500,000 thousand from the Shott Foundation.  This commercialization station is an incubator that focuses on things like manufacturing and welding for start-up businesses.  The renovations will be electrical and work will also be done on the doors of the build...

Tazewell High School Academic Team Ranked 12th In The Nation

Tazewell High School Academic Team Ranked 12th In The Nation

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The Tazewell High School Academic Team is now ranked 12th in the nation.  This comes after the team competed in the Small School National Championship in Illinois in April of 2017.  96 of the top teams from 20 different states competed.  Coach Tom McAvoy said they were grateful to represent the Tazewell community on a national level.  McAvoy said, "We had so much support from the community, businesses, government, the schools, Tazewell High School especially ...

UPDATE: Interstate 77 Reopens after Tractor Trailer Accident

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An 18 wheeler has turned over just north of the Pax tollbooth on the West Virginia Turnpike. I-77 northbound is shut down and will be for many hours.  

Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputies Warn Teens To Beware Of What They Post On Social Media

Tazewell County Sheriff's Deputies Warn Teens To Beware Of What They Post On Social Media

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Social media and technology keeps growing each day.  Deputies at the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office are warning teens to beware of what they post on social media.  Joan Sargent is a mother of 2.  She's also a sheriff's deputy at the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.  She said her teenage daughter has social media but she keeps a close eye on it because of the internet crimes she sees on the job. Sargent said, "If I could keep my children completely off soc...

Two Arrested After Knocking Woman to Ground, Taking Money

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A man and woman have been arrested on felony robbery and conspiracy charges after knocking a woman to the ground and taking money from her bra in Huntington. 42-year-old Herbert Tilghman, of Huntington, and Tammy Tiemann were in the area of Charleston Avenue at 16th Street in Huntington around 5:30 p.m. on May 13th when they attacked a woman using their fists and feet. The victim was knocked to the ground, yet both Tilghman and Tiemann continued assaulting the victim after she ...

Man arrested after killing mother's dog in Mason County

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MASON COUNTY, WV - A man is facing animal cruelty charges after he killed his mother's dog following an altercation with his mother. According to a criminal complaint, Michael S. Watson, 45, of Henderson, WV, was arguing with his mother after asking for a phone number yesterday, May 23rd, 2017. Watson had reportedly been drinking, and when his mother told him to, "look for [the number] himself," he became physically violent. Watson allegedly struck a nearby wall with his ...

Manchin warns about Trump administration budget cuts

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Trump administration's proposed federal budget would hurt poorer residents of West Virginia.

Opioid epidemic draining West Virginia's burial assistance fund

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The topic of funeral expenses after the death of a loved one can be an uncomfortable conversation, but a necessary one. West Virginia funeral director Fred Kitchen said there's an alarming trend that makes the topic even more complicated to address. 

West Virginia Man Arrested After Allegedly Trying to Catch Wife on Fire

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Police arrested a West Virginia man Monday evening after receiving a call of a domestic dispute that turned into an alleged attempted murder.

Community Gets Update on Beckley Z-Way Project

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The community received more information on the Beckley Z-Way Project at Daniels Elementary School on Monday evening. People in Raleigh County had the chance to talk with Division of Highways project managers and engineers about the road project.  

Blast at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 19 people Video included

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Police says there are "a number of fatalities" after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

Sharp Differences in West Virginia Revenue Bills; Sales Tax at 7.5 Percent?

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One of the biggest budget battles yet, will be setting the West Virginia consumer sales tax, which is currently 6 percent. The House of Delegates voted to keep it there, but the Senate voted to increase to nearly 7 percent, and could go as high as 7-point-5 percent.

Hope Village celebrates new homes with dedication and ribbon cutting

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Monday night, community members in White Sulphur Springs celebrated the dedication of several new homes in Hope Village, the neighborhood constructed to house displaced flood victims. Christy Dowdy is one of three residents celebrating their new homes during the neighborhood's dedication ceremony. Dowdy is one of the first residents living in Hope Village, after she and her family moved in Easter weekend.  "It's hard. You still think about how you got here, but e...

Beckley man charged in scheme to sell paintings from $500M art heist

A West Virginia man has been charged in Massachusetts with trying to sell paintings he did not have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history.

Seven WV Cities Added to Suits Against Drug Distributors

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Charles “Rusty” Webb will represent eight more West Virginia cities in a lawsuit against distributors of opioid drugs, similar to the cases settled by the State of West Virginia for 47 million dollars.

Va. urging residents to register to vote ahead of primary

The Virginia Department of Elections is urging Virginians to register to vote ahead of the June 13 primary elections.

Multiple fire departments respond to fire at Hinton High-Rise

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Multiple fire departments in Summers County responded to a fire on Monday at the Hinton House Apartments on Stokes Drive. Emergency dispatchers said the fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. Crews were still evacuating residents to a local senior citizens center at 8 p.m. ...

Clean Up Continues on Rock Slide in Mercer County

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People in Mercer County are still looking for alternative routes after a rock slide shutdown a main roadway. A rock slide on County Route 460 on Kellysville Road is continuing to prove difficult to clear for West Virginia Department of Transportation. Due to the size of some of the boulders on the road, crews had to bring in heavy equipment from out of state. "What we want to do is get all the material out and we'll have to have a look at the embankment," WVDOT Distr...

Fallen Tree Closes Route 10 near Herndon

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Wyoming County 911 dispatchers report State Route 10 in Herndon near the Old Tipple is closed. It happened Monday afternoon. Dispatchers said the closure was prompted by a fallen tree that brought down electrical and utility lines.  Mullens Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene. It is unclear how long the road will be closed or how long it will take to restore power to that area. Stay with 59 News, WeAreWVproud.com and the 59News Mobile App for the latest on this developi...

Event honoring 'Rosie the Riveters' set in West Virginia

A celebration of U.S. working women during World War II is set for this week in West Virginia.

Senators say they'll pursue Flynn testimony

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The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee say they will "vigorously pursue" the testimony of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, even though Michael Flynn has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia say they are disappointed that Flynn has decided to ignore the committee's subpoena. Earlier this month, the committee asked Flynn and other Trump associat...

19 year old woman charged after brutal pastor murder

UPDATE: Plea Deal Offered in Beckley Murder Case

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Camille Brown is accused of killing Ron Browning in February 2015. A judge ruled Thursday that her statement to police, where she admitted to killing someone, was voluntary and therefore admissible in court.

Year Long Drug Investigation in McDowell County Leads to Arrests

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On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the McDowell County Sheriff's Office and the Southern Regional Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted a drug warrant round up.  Deputies arrested six of the ten suspects involved in the investigation. One was already in jail on unrelated offenses. All seven of the individuals were charged with delivery of a controlled substance among other charges.  According to McDowell County Sheriff, Martin B. West, they are not done looking for the ...

New Ladder Truck Arrives At Princeton Fire Department

New Ladder Truck Arrives At Princeton Fire Department

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The Princeton Fire Department now has a new ladder fire truck.  It has a 100 foot platform that can now reach the highest building in the city.  The new truck arrived on May 21, 2017.  Firefighters will begin training on the new truck on May 23, 2017.  It will go in use once the firefighters are finished with training in a few weeks.  Princeton Fire Chief Chad Bailey said, "It's got a longer reach but it's the newest equipment out there.  It's state...

Man Sentenced For Trying To Solicit A Minor Over A Computer In Mercer County

Man Sentenced For Trying To Solicit A Minor Over A Computer In Mercer County

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A man accused of trying to solicit a minor over a computer found out his fate in Mercer County on May 22, 2017.  Charles Bailey was sentenced 2 to 10 years each, for 2 Counts of Soliciting a Minor By A Computer.  Those sentences are set to run at the same time.  However, a judge suspended those sentences.  Instead, Bailey will serve 5 years.  He will serve the first 6 months of his sentence on home confinement.  Bailey was arrested back in 2015.  Det...

Vacant Structures Demolished in Lewisburg

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The city of Lewisburg is working to beautify their area by getting rid of vacant structures. 

Educators Concerned Over President's Proposed 2018 Budget

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Officials with the American Federation of Teachers are concerned about the president's 2018 budget draft. 

City Workers in Princeton Offer Tips To Prevent Your Area From Flooding

City Workers in Princeton Offer Tips To Prevent Your Area From Flooding

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While we are expecting more rain in our forecast this week, we spoke to an assistant public works director in Mercer County about tips on preventing flooding in your area.  Jackie Phillips is the Assistant Public Works Director for the city of Princeton.  On May 22, 2017, he said when they find out that rain is on the way, they try to make sure debris is cleared away from the culverts to prevent flooding. Phillips said, "Just keep, not throwing grass in your ditches a...

New VA Clinic Opens in Greenbrier County

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Veterans had the chance to attend the official opening ceremony for the Greenbrier County VA Clinic that will serve over 2,000 patients.  

Wyoming County Deputies Make Three Arrests in Kidnapping Case

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The Wyoming County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call around 5:30 a.m morning from a female victim, who told them she had been held against her will.  Three men were arrested in Herndon on kidnapping charges. Eric Matthew McLane, 33, of Coal City charged with domestic battery and kidnapping. Randall Eugene Bennett, 55, of Herdon charged with felony possession of a firearm and kidnapping. Randall James Bennett, 29, of Herdon charged with wanton endangerment, brandishin...

UPDATE: Bluefield WV Officer Arrested for DUI

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Saturday morning (5/20) a Mercer County Deputy arrested an officer with the Bluefield West Virginia Police Department.

WVDOH Crew Turn in Bag of Money Found in Road

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Employees from District 2 of the West Virginia Division of Highways got a surprise this morning.  

West Virginia University receives $402K to help rural areas

The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

Stray bullet travels through window killing boy eating snack

Police in Kentucky say a stray bullet fired during an outdoor fight traveled through the window of a nearby home, killing a 7-year-old who was eating a bedtime snack at his kitchen table.

25-Percent Sales Tax Increase Proposed in West Virginia

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In an effort to create enough revenue to balance the West Virginia state budget there are a variety of options, including an increase in the consumer sales tax.

2 children believed to have been shot by mother die

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Two children who police say were shot by their mother in Ohio last week have died.

Law Enforcement Patrols I-64 for Criminal Activity

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Multiple agencies participated in our area conducted the largest criminal patrol for Southern West Virginia. 

VP Pence Stirs Up Protesters at Notre Dame Graduation

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Sunday (5/21) Vice President Mike Pence celebrated with students and loved ones at University of Notre Dame's graduation. 

Stages Music School Holds Spring Concert

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Kids in Mercer County showed off their musical talent.  

Too Many Energy Drinks Could Lead to Deadly Consequences

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How much is too much caffeine? It's blamed for the recent death of a teenager. 

Frack: the locally written and produced play

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The topic of fracking usually isn't associated with comedy or entertainment. But one locally written and produced play is aiming to change that. As the Director for the play Frack, Robby Moore is leading the one of a kind performance.  "We're excited about it. It's a great production. It's a chance for lots of artists in the area to come together and combine all their talents for a great show," Moore said.  Local actors and musicians are rehearsing in ...

AG Morrisey Fights Human Trafficking with Certified Police Training

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will provide law enforcement with certified training to help reduce human trafficking in the Mountain State.

Art Week Wraps Up In Princeton

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   This week people in Mercer County were out celebrating local arts. In honor of  "Altogether Arts Week" dozens of artists and musicians hit the streets  in downtown Princeton  Saturday featured  a one of a kind art parade.

BRMDC Raise Funds For Cancer Research

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A local hospital in Mercer County is on mission to help those who suffer from cancer.    Employees at Bluefield Medical Center hosted a Relay For Life Poker Run.   

Thousands Attend Trump Protest in Yemen

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The president's visit to Saudi Arabia was protested by a large group of people in Yemen Saturday (5/20).

President Trump Makes his First International Trip

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The president makes his first international trip Saturday (5/20) since taking office in January. 

Princeton First Responders Host Annual Kid Safety Day

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It's a big problem that safety officials say can easily be avoided. 
A new study reports nearly 50 children visit emergency departments every hour due to injuries on bikes, scooters, skates and skate boards.

For Princeton fire firefighter Charlie Croy that statistic is too high. Saturday his department along with the local police and rescue squad joined forces for the eight annual kid safety day. 
 

Veterans Rallied at the Nation's Capital for Health Benefits

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Veterans rallied at the nation's capital for health benefits. 

WV Economic Development Authority Approves $10 Million Loan

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The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has approved a $10 million loan to help develop a methanol production facility west of Charleston. 

Judge Judy Attends South Charleston High School Graduation

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Judge Judy spoke at South Charleston High School's graduation at the Charleston Civic Center on May 20th, 2017. 

HIGH WATERS: Deputies Ensure Safety in Dangerous Wx Conditions

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Mercer County was no stranger to the wet weather Saturday evening (5/20). 

TREES DOWN in McDowell County due to Weather

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After a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for McDowell County, trees had fallen down outside Welch in Vivian and Carswell Hollow due to the weather conditions. 

March for Babies held in Crab Orchard Video included

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People got up bright and early this morning to celebrate the March for Babies in Crab Orchard. The event serves both as support and fundraising for families who have experienced infant loss or birth defects.  At the fundraiser families could honor the memory of their deceased infant by planting a butterfly in the Memory Garden, or participate in family-friendly activities.  "whether you're affected or not, this is a day to celebrate. We're here to celebrate those...

Liberty High School hosts commencement ceremony

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On Saturday, Liberty High School held their commencement ceremony at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. About a hundred students walked across the stage to accept their diploma.  We caught up with parents and former teachers at the school to see what they had to say about the student's accomplishment.  "Graduates always make me happy because I know they've made it. This is the most exciting time of the year for these guys and it's because they're ...

Local organizations team up to clean up Oak Hill Video included

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On Saturday dozens of Oak Hill community members, along with other organizations teamed up to clean up their community.  "We do anything where we can help our community," said Woodland Oaks Garden Club member, Carol Manning.  Manning, along with dozens of other Oak Hill residents spent their Saturday morning cleaning up their community. Along with Oak Hill's Beautification Committee and Destination Downtown, volunteers planted flowers and trees, picked up li...

West Virginia Women in Agriculture nominations sought

The state Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for the 2017 West Virginia Women in Agriculture awards.

Man's Best Friend Leading Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

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Police training can be some of the most excruciating physical activity in an officers career. For a dog to make it in the line of duty, they need to possess the drive to find a target odor and block out any and all distractions. One of the country's top kennels for training K-9s is located in Greenbrier County, WV.

Virginia sheriff's office to remove Bible verse from cars

A Virginia sheriff's department is removing Bible verse decals that have adorned the backs of its patrol cars since March.

Bluefield couple found guilty on elder abuse charges

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A couple from Bluefield, VA were found guilty Friday for abusing an elderly person.  Monty Bone, 58, and his wife Sonja Bone, 51, were charged with felony abuse of an incapacitated adult, felony neglect of incapacitated adult malicious assault and conspiracy.

Prosecutors: Times Square driver wanted to 'kill them all'

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A man who was behind the wheel of a car that barreled through crowds of pedestrians in Times Square told police after his arrest that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP, according to a criminal complaint. 

Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case, could go to prison

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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and sparked a probe that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to a sex charge, tearfully apologizing for communications with a 15-year-old girl that he said destroyed his "life's dream in public service."

Washington lawmakers struggle with miners' pensions

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As they keep moving the coal in West Virginia, efforts are underway in Washington, D.C. to save the pensions of tens of thousands of retired miners and their spouses. Last month in a separate bill, Congress preserved the miner's health care benefits, now pensions are the goal. 

Comey to Testify Before Senate Intel Committee

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Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. 

Police looking for WV woman who could be in danger

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Police across West Virginia are asking for your help finding a missing woman. Kara Jeffrey, 21, from Fairmont, was last seen in Huntington on May 1, 2017. Police said she may be in extreme danger. She is of Asian descent with an athletic build. She stands about 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds. State Police said Jeffrey does not own a vehicle and may be with an unidentified man (pictured above).  Police were led to Jeffrey after the unidentified man wrecked he...

Installation Of New Field Turf At Mitchell Stadium Finished

Installation Of New Field Turf At Mitchell Stadium Finished

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The new field turf at Mitchell Stadium is now finished being installed.  The installation process took about 3 weeks.  The new turf cost more than $400,000.  To protect the new turf, food, sunflower seeds, gum, and tobacco products aren't allowed on the turf.  Parks and Recreation Director Charles Ridlehuber said, "It's nice to be finished and put in.  What's nice for us is these media lines go through the team area.  We used to have paint that. &nb...

Tazewell County School Officials Working To Finalize Budget For Next School Year

Tazewell County School Officials Working To Finalize Budget For Next School Year

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Tazewell County School Officials are working to finalize a budget for next school year.  They are working with a deficit of more than a million dollars. Tazewell County Public Schools Superintendent George Brown said they submitted a proposed budget for the 2017 and 2018 school year to the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors on May 19, 2017 that includes cuts to every category.  They have about a 2 and a half million dollar deficit.  The proposed budget includes a more...

Feds: Virginia man shot, ran over bald eagle

A Virginia man is accused of shooting a bald eagle before running over it with an all-terrain vehicle, killing it.

Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Cuts

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The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health cites declining funding sources, lessening patient load and automation of patient records as the main reasons behind their decision to cut five administrative assistants. The Board of Health request the State Personnel Board to approve the reduction in force for the Health Department’s clinic division. The request will probably be presented at the personnel board’s June meeting. In a release to 13 News, a Health Department...

Coroner: Body identified as missing Ohio teenager

Authorities have confirmed the body found in an Ohio field is a missing 13-year-old girl last seen with a convicted rapist.

West Virginia House backs alternative tax overhaul

West Virginia's Republican-controlled House has adopted alternative legislation to cut state income taxes on military pensions and Social Security benefits and increase the personal exemption for incomes below $100,000.

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Mercer County

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The West Virginia State Police will issue a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, May 27th from 7:00 p.m until 1:00 a.m in Mercer County. The checkpoint will be located in on Oakvale Road. The goal is to protect the community from those who have been driving under the influence of ether drugs and/or alcohol. 

Elderly man killed in Clay County ATV rollover

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CLAY COUNTY, WV - Officers with the Clay County Sheriff's Department tell 13 News that one man has died following an ATV accident today. According to deputies, an elderly man died today after his ATV rolled over in the Hansford Fork Road area of Wallback. The accident happened at roughly noon. No one else was injured in the accident. The identity of the man has not been released while members of his family are contacted.

Fatal Mining Accident in Wyoming County

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The West Virginia Office of Miners' Heath, Safety and Training confirmed a fatal incident at the Pinnacle Mining Co. LLC #50 Mine in Wyoming County.  Luches Rosser, 44, of Man, WV was operating a DC Trolley Powerd Track Locomotive at the time of the accident. Rosser was a shuttle car operator at the mine.  The mine is idle during the investigation. 

Clown arrested after scaring drivers in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV - Police arrested a man yesterday evening, Thursday, May 18th, 2017, after receiving reports of a clown mask-wearing "crack head" terrorizing drivers in the Witcher Creek area. According to the criminal complaint, Kevin Wayne Hancock was found running along a roadway while wearing the clown mask. West Virginia State Police Troopers observed that Hancock was "extremely fidgety," and had trouble paying attention to the trooper's commands. When a...

West Virginia House votes to fund 'essential' services

West Virginia's House has passed legislation that would fund state government services and personnel considered "essential" and protect the benefits of other state workers who would be furloughed if the new fiscal year...

Beckley Physician Re-Launches Needle Exchange Program

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It's a medical epidemic sweeping the state. The Centers for Disease Control reports Hepatitis C infections tripled from 2010 to 2015, and in West Virginia, the rate of infection is double the national average.

9 years after recession began, some states still unrecovered

Call them the unrecovered - a handful of states where job markets, nine years later, are still struggling back to where they were before the recession.

Senators want to remove Medicaid addiction treatment barrier

Maine's two U.S. senators are joining with a bipartisan group to introduce legislation designed to expand access to substance abuse treatment for people who use Medicaid.

Huge Differences in WV House and Senate Revenue Bills

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On day 6 of the Special legislative Session, there is some progress. The House finance committee approved a revenue bill, but a tough road lies ahead. The House keeps the sales tax at the current 6 percent, but the Senate voted for nearly seven percent. Both chambers want to reduce income taxes on social security and military pensioners. The big difference: the Senate voted to cut everyone's income tax 20 percent, but the House isn't going along. "Well the income tax reduction, ...

WVU researchers patent method to strengthen buildings

West Virginia University researchers have patented technology for reinforcing the T-shaped joints of concrete beams in buildings to make them better able to endure shocks without breaking.

Chaffetz to resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation he promised to lead about President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his presidential campaign's ties with Russia.

More than $2 million in funding announced for Princeton Health Services

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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $2,319,878 to the Bluestone Health Association in Princeton. 

5th Graders Enjoy Annual DARE Jamboree in Tazewell County

5th Graders Enjoy Annual DARE Jamboree in Tazewell County

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The Dare Jamboree was held on May 18, 2017 for all 5th grade students in Tazewell County.  DARE stands for drug abuse resistance education.  It was held at the fairgrounds in Tazewell.  Students played games like the egg toss, water relay, and parachute games.  

Avid Bicyclist Gives Safety Tips For Riders And Drivers

Avid Bicyclist Gives Safety Tips For Riders And Drivers

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Riding on the roadways can be dangerous for people who ride bicycles.  Now that the warm weather is here, there will be many bicyclists out on the roads.  We spoke to an avid bicyclist and got some safety tips.   43 year old Mike Laney has been riding his bicycle for 5 years now.  He said he puts in about 13 miles a day and 2,400 miles a year.  Laney said he always tries to wear his safety gear when he hits the road.   Laney said, "A lot of folks a...

Student Charged, External Investigation into Officer Expected

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.The Logan Police Department says that a Logan High School student has been charged and an external law enforcement agency will likely lead an independent investigation after an incident during school

Woman Killed In Residential Fire In Richlands

Woman Killed In Residential Fire In Richlands

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A Tazewell County woman was killed in a residential fire.  Richlands Police said 64 year old Melissa Shelton died in the fire on Tulip Court in Richlands.  It happened on May 17, 2017.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.  Currently, investigators believe the fire was accidental.  The cause of death has not been determined.  An autopsy has been performed. 

IDENTIFIED: Bicyclist Killed in Tazewell County Hit and Run

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Police say a bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Tazewell County on Thursday morning. The accident occurred around 7:00 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of U.S Route 460 near Claypool Hill. The Virginia State Police are investigating. Stay with 59News for the latest updates. 

Missing 6-year-old found dead after AMBER Alert

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The car was stolen around 1 a.m.

Bluefield Police Need Help Identifying Suspect

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The Bluefield, WV Police need your help in identifying this man. He is wanted for questioning in regards to obtaining money under false pretense and crimes against the elderly. The man is driving the white truck parked at the gas pump. If anyone has any information on this suspect please call, 304-327-6101.

Fayette County Man Plead Guilty to Meth Crime

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A man from Fayette County plead guilty Thursday to a federal drug charge, according to United States Attorney, Carol Casto.  Michael Terrell, 31, admitted he had over 160 gram of meth at his home in Smithers. Terrell intended on selling the drugs. He plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute the methamphetamine.  Terrell faces up to 20 years in federal prison, following his sentencing on August 10, 2017. 

West Virginia's senators urge Appalachian natural gas hub

West Virginia's U.S. senators are urging federal officials to consider building a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region.

Middle School Students Paint Art to Promote Fitness

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Thursday morning (5/18), students at Independence Middle School painted an active fitness mural beside the Beckley YMCA on Prince Street.  This mural is part of several public art projects planned by the Downtown Beckley Business Association Public Art Committee. The purpose of these murals and other projects is to promote healthy living while also beautifying the community.  With the help of Public Works, Boy Scouts and Independence Middle School, volunteers wil...

Roger Ailes dead at 77, Fox News says

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Former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes has died, his wife said in a statement Thursday morning. 

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks

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Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban - and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban - the same details that U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats at the White House last week. 

WVU Tech Working Towards Advancements in Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence is not just something from our favorite movies. At the West Virginia University Institute of Technology researchers and students are working to advance it. AI can be broken down into four categories, thinking and acting rationally and thinking and acting humanly.  For Dr. Stephany Coffman-Wolph, it’s all about the thinking using what’s called fuzzy logic. “You have normal binary tube logic where you have yes or no or on and off, w...

Herbert Hoover Seniors Set to Graduate After Unconventional Year

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Thursday the senior class from Herbert Hoover High School will walk across the stage at the municipal auditorium in Charleston, WV to accept their diploma's.  

Virginia to offer new federally compliant IDs

Virginia residents will need a new driver's license by October 2020 if they want to use their license to board a plane.

Princeton City Manager Proposes Zoning Amendment To Bring Pubs

18 businesses face penalties in Raleigh County underage alcohol sting. 18 businesses face penalties in Raleigh County underage alcohol sting.
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It's a memory many older Princeton natives have, A booming city in the 1960's, with no shortage of things to see and do.

West Virginia lawmakers call it a day after Justice appeal

West Virginia lawmakers have adjourned for the third straight day without resolving an impasse with Gov. Jim Justice on overhauling state taxes and closing a projected $500 million state budget gap.

Raft Rescuers Reflect on June 23 Flood

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A rafter at ACE Adventure Resort is looking back on the rescues his team made during the June 23 flood. 

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

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The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. 

Hospital in Oak Hill Expected to Undergo Multi Million Dollar Expansion

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A hospital in Fayette county will undergo a major expansion.  

Warm Weather Means Orange Cone Season And Drivers Should Be On Alert

Warm Weather Means Orange Cone Season And Drivers Should Be On Alert

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Now that the warm weather is here, that means it's orange cone season.  Drivers on Wednesday May 17, 2017 were being extra mindful when merging on interstate 77 in the northbound lanes in Mercer County.  The right lane at the end of the ramp near exit 9 was closed due to construction crews putting in new asphalt.  Crews said the speed limit was slowed down to 55 in that work zone.  Driver Lance Franklin of Christiansburg, Virginia said he and his wife are headed to...

Greenbrier County Mayors Speak Out on Recovery Efforts

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As we approach the one year anniversary of the floods last June, recovery is still underway in Greenbrier County.  

Fayette County BOE Passes School Consolidation Plan

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School Board members from Fayette County have voted to close or consolidate several schools in the county. Over the past month, the Board of Education held several public hearings around the county about the issue. Tuesday, May 16, Fayette County Schools Superintendent's recommendation for the consolidation plan passed 4-1. The State Board of Education still has to approve the plan. For more on Fayette County Schools Consolidation Plan click the following link from a pre...

Flood Waters Cause Long Term Health Issues

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Contaminated flood water got into houses leaving people to gut out everything inside. 

Police searching for Athens County parents convicted of severely injuring baby girl

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Police are searching for a man and woman convicted of several injuring their infant child.

UPDATE: Bluefield Police found missing teen

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Bluefield police are asking for your help tonight to find a missing teenager. Jordan Hagy, 17, was last heard from by his mother on May 4th. Hagy is 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has long brown hair, blue eyes and has braces.  We're told there is no indication of foul play and the teen is simply missing.  Anyone with information regarding Hagy is asked to call the Bluefield Police Department.

Parents: Toddler suffered 2nd degree burns on feet playing on splash pad

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A toddler is recovering from second-degree burns, and his parents say those burns happened at a city splash pad playground.

Police searching for Bluefield man wanted for sex crimes

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Troopers with the Princeton detachment of West Virginia State Police are searching for a wanted man charged with sex crimes involving a minor. Investigators said Wednesday that Eric Kell is wanted for not showing up to a court hearing. 

Jailer: Inmate gives birth in cell, baby doing well

A Kentucky jailer says a pregnant inmate has given birth in her cell and the baby is doing well.

Jail ordered in 2 West Virginia gun cases

A federal judge in West Virginia has ordered two men locked up for illegal gun possession while a third admitted having shotguns and a pistol prohibited by his prior drug and domestic violence convictions.

Police: Former KY High School Coach Arrested for Taking Photos of a Girl Changing

A former high school swim coach has been arrested after authorities say he took photos of a girl while she was changing clothes in a restroom.

Group says rural West Virginians could lose Medicaid

A research group that examines how government policies affect low-income Americans says the latest proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act will particularly hurt rural communities including those in West Virginia.

McDonald's expands delivery partnership with UberEats

Is the convenience of having a Quarter Pounder and fries delivered to your home or office worth a $5 fee? McDonald's is hoping it will be.

The last days of the Ringling Bros. circus

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It’s not just a place. In one sense, it’s the private area backstage where clowns get ready to perform. 

WV spring hunters take more than 11,000 turkeys

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The Division of Natural Resources says that's the largest harvest since 2006.

Report: Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Investigation

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. The New York Times says Trump made the request to Comey during a February meeting. The newspaper cites a memo Comey wrote following the meeting. Trump fired Comey last week. The White House says the report is "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between ...

Slight Progress in West Virginia Budget Debate

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The West Virginia Senate is trying to work with the Governor's revenues bill.

Blankenship asks Trump to resist punishing coal execs

Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship has asked President Donald Trump to resist attempts in Congress to enhance criminal penalties for coal executives who violate mine safety and health standards.

Traps set to detect non-native pests in West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has begun trapping and surveys across the state to detect any new, non-native pests and monitor the impact of native agricultural pests.

School Physical Therapist Remains Under Contract Despite Sexual Exploitation Charges

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After being charged with Child Exploitation, Charles Dodson will still be able to provide physical therapy to students according to officials with the Mercer County School Board.

Park Service seeks volunteers for Grandview visitor center

The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to staff the small visitor center this summer in the Grandview area of the New River Gorge National River.

West Virginia jobless rate dips to 4.8 percent in April

West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.8 percent in April.

Bojangles' set to open next week in Beckley

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Make sure to set your alarms bright and early for this event- Bojangles is set to open as soon as next Tuesday morning. Tuesday, about 95 new employees went through training with the Raleigh County Health Department to learn how to safely serve food. Construction workers were also putting the final touches on the parking lot for the restaurant.  "Right now we're just focusing on customer experience and training our cashiers and our crew members to make sure when our custom...

McAuliffe aims to regulate power plant emissions

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living plans series of fundraisers

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The Mountain State Centers for Independent Living is expected to receive less funding from the state and federal government. This year the organization received just over $170,000 in funding. But for the upcoming year they're expected to receive less than $42,000 in funding. That's why they're working to organize a series of events to raise funds for the organization.  "The need for people with disabilites to have equipment for them to be able to be independent, that'...

Raleigh County Vietnam Veteran Receives Purple Heart After Near 50-Year Wait

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With a single handshake, a dream of nearly 50 years is realized.

Alderson Repairs Serious Potholes

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The floods last June devastated homes in Alderson and it tore apart the roads.

Create Opportunity Event Held To Teach Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Bluefield

Create Opportunity Event Held To Teach Marketing and Social Media Strategies in Bluefield

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A Create Opportunity event was held in Bluefield on May 16, 2017 at the Clover Club.  It was a free luncheon event that focused on marketing and social media.  Business owners learned how to accelerate business growth with inbound marketing. Public Information Specialist Mike Friel with the Robert C. Byrd Institute said, "We're hoping that people can figure out how to market their goods and services in the most effective way and ultimately to expand their businesses, e...

Crews Working to Refurbish Vacant Buildings To Enhance Downtown Bluefield

Crews Working to Refurbish Vacant Buildings To Enhance Downtown Bluefield

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In Mercer County, crews with the city of Bluefield are working to refurbish their older vacant buildings downtown.  On May 16, 2017, crews with the city of Bluefield were working to remove old paint from vacant buildings owned by the city on the block between Scott and Raleigh Streets.  Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Bluefield Jim Spencer said through the downtown development plan, they want to enhance the look of downtown.  They will be goi...

Mercer County Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

Mercer County Man Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

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A former Mercer County youth minister accused of molesting a child for years found out his fate on May 16, 2017.  James Lilly of Bluefield was sentenced 2 to 10 years in prison for 3 Counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse.  The abuse reportedly started in 2009.  Police were alerted by the victim's family members in late 2015.  Prosecutors said the offense was not connected to Lilly's church activities. 

Section of CR 85/2 in Fayette County Closed until August

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West Virginia Division of Highways announces the closing of CR 85/2, Keeney’s Creek Road, according to Greg Hylton, District Nine Construction Engineer. The section of Keeney’s Creek Road CR 85/2, from Winona to the Nuttleburg is closed until August 31, 2017. The closing is necessary to repair the flood damage. Please be advised that inclement weather or unforeseen conditions may change the work schedule.

Sheriff: 4-year-old fatally shoots himself at day care

Officials say a 4-year-old boy has died after shooting himself at a Virginia child care provider.

RompHim, a romper for men, wants to be your summer go-to outfit

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CHICAGO, IL (WCMH) — If you ever thought there aren’t enough summer fashion options for men out there, there’s a Kickstarter campaign aiming to fix that.ACED Design is unleashing the RompHim, 

WVDOH Announces Upcoming Park & Ride Closure

Paving project on CR41 in Summersville set to begin on June 9 and last through Oct. 17, 2014 Paving project on CR41 in Summersville set to begin on June 9 and last through Oct. 17, 2014
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The West Virginia Division of Highways announces that the Smoot Road Park and Ride near Interstate 64, Exit 156 at Sam Black Church, will be closed to commuters, according to Steven B. Cole, District Nine Engineer. The closure will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 and will remain until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Trailer seized in search for killer of 8 Ohio family members

Authorities investigating the slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio have taken a trailer linked to the family of one victim's ex-boyfriend.

One dead in fatal farm equipment accident in Meigs County

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MEIGS COUNTY, OH - According to a release from the Meigs County Sheriff's Office, a man was found dead after becoming trapped under farming equipment. The accident happened near Cullums Road yesterday, May 15th. 2017 at roughly 6:42 p.m. Gregory Davis was found beneath a brush hog that he had been working on. Investigators discovered that blocks supporting the brush hog failed, causing the equipment to fall onto Davis, trapping him. Meigs County EMS and Pomeroy Fire Departmen...

2 victims' names released in fatal crash in West Virginia

The names of a husband and wife who died in a fatal accident in Wayne County have been released.

Mom dies saving 16-year-old daughter from out-of-control car on Mother's Day

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A mother and her teenage daughter were leaving a bakery with Mother's Day treats in hand on their way home from church Sunday morning, when an out-of-control car jumped the sidewalk and crashed into the pair. 

Kroger Looking to Fill Around 100 Jobs in West Virginia on Saturday

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Kroger announced that it will be holding job fairs in stores in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky to fill around 100 jobs.

NEW DETAILS: Woman hospitalized, and two arrested in purse snatching case

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Two men are arrested for a series of purse thefts in Raleigh County. 

The Sheriff's Department and City Police had been getting reports of purse snatching' for the past few weeks. However after two more robberies happened just Monday afternoon they were finally able to arrest the two men responsible for the crime.

West Virginia Special Session Resumes; Progress is Slow

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The special session of the West Virginia Legislature resumed, with some new revenue ideas from the Governor.

West Virginia gets additional $3.2M for flood recovery

West Virginia will receive an additional $3.2 million from the federal government for disaster recovery efforts.

Mount Hope man arrested for alleged drug trafficking

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A Mount Hope man was arrested on drug charges Monday evening. The Fayette County Sheriff's Department, along with Mount Hope Police have been investigating alleged drug trafficking at a home on Broad Street in Mount Hope. 

Charleston Man Arrested for Holding Woman Against Will with Son

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - A man has been arrested after holding a woman against her will with her son. According to  criminal complaint, an undersigned officer arrived at the Walmart on Route 60 in Huntington to find Alisha Toler hiding near the customer service area. According to Toler, 29-year-old Timothy Baker, of Charleston, held her against her will with her son in a Nissan truck until she was able to escape at Walmart. She advised that she agreed to go on a date with ...

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