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Police: Man crashes car to highlight dangerous intersection

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CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem. The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to the Sunday afternoon accident that he was frustrated law enforcement wouldn't crack down on people running through a stop sign at the intersection. The driver of the SUV that was hit sa...

W.Va. AG Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Shopping

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urges consumers to exercise caution as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the holiday shopping season.   “This is the time when holiday shopping kicks into full gear,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “It’s important to know how to spot scams and unscrupulous situations as you find the perfect gift for that special somebody.”   The Attorney General recommends that cons...

Tips for Avoiding Giving Sickness During the Season of Giving

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - This time of the year is considered to many as the season of giving. It's also the season of giving germs! With the holidays fast approaching, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department offers the following tips on staying healthy: Get a flu shot. Everybody older than six months of age should get a flu shot. Flu shots are available at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department at 108 Lee St., in Charleston and the Putnam County Health Department at 11878 ...

I-64 Eastbound Reopens Following Vehicle Fire in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - All eastbound lanes of I-64 are shut down after a vehicle fire. The vehicle fire was reported just before 1 p.m. on the 47 mile marker of I-64 approximately 2 miles east of Nitro. There is no word on whether there are any injuries at this time. We will provide more information on this developing story as soon as we receive it.

Ski for Free on West Virginia Ski Free Day

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POCAHONTAS COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - While Black Friday is traditionally known as the kickoff day for the holiday shopping season, for one resort in the Mountain State, it's the opening day for ski season. Winter sports bring in well over a quarter of a million tourists each season to West Virginia. It's an impact that people like Public Relations Specialist for Snowshoe Mountain Shawn Cassell see first hand, so they are wasting no time getting their slopes in peak condition. "Shoul...

Man Caught with Loaded Gun at Yeager Airport on Thanksgiving

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A West Virginia man had a bad start to his Thanksgiving morning when a Transportation Security Administration officer at Yeager Airport (CRW) spotted a loaded gun in the man’s carry-on bag at the airport checkpoint. According to a release from the Transportation Security Administration, the Huntington, WV man was caught at the checkpoint with a .380 caliber handgun loaded with three bullets. The TSA officer who was staffing the chec...

2017 retail store hours and deals for Thanksgiving & Black Friday

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Ready, set, go! Retail stores are getting ready for their annual holiday shopping sales push.

Logan Hunters Frustrated with DNR ATV Enforcement Video included

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A coalition of Logan County hunters are taking their concerns to the capitol after the Department of Natural Resources chained up gates at hunting trail heads. ATVs are banned on Wildlife Management Areas, but the land has been owned by the DNR for about two years, and it's just this month that the rule has started to be enforced.  Eddie Lawson grew up riding ATVs on hunting trails, that is until the last three weeks. "I'm 64, 40+ years in the mines and I...

Report: West Virginia Ranks 10th for Most Violent States on Black Friday

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - All across the United States, Black Friday gives people a chance to score great deals on Christmas and holiday gifts and capture their dream electronics. But sometimes those rock-bottom savings turn into a dangerous siren song, and people go too far in their quest for a cheap TV or Hatchimals for their kid. The Mountain State has received a high violence ranking when it comes to Black Friday. According to Reviews, West Virginia ranks tenth in the U.S.&nb...

Woman raises money for homeless man who gave her his last $20 when she ran out of gas

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PHILADELPHIA (WCMH/AP) — A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia is raising money to help him. Kate McClure was heading to Philadelphia to visit a friend last month when she ran out of gas on Interstate 95. The Florence Township woman pulled over and began to worry until a homeless man approached her. The man, whose name was “Johnny,” told her it wasn’t safe and he bought McClure gas with his last $20. McCl...

Ohio troopers seize $382k worth of marijuana during traffic stop

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized more than 76 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.

2 Fayette County men arrested for attempted murder

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Two brothers in Fayette County are in jail after being arrested for attempted murder.

Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

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Police have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

Driver with cat in her lap collides with school bus

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Police say a driver with a cat on her lap got distracted and collided with a school bus carrying 58 students, injuring some of them and the bus driver.

K-9 joins police push-up routine

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The Facebook video shows officers warming up with push-ups in their 9 p.m. routine. K-9 Nitro joined in too!

West Virginia reports increasing Lyme disease cases

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

West Virginia hunter killed on 1st day of deer season

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

Police: Man clubbed mother with gun over stolen deer meat

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A man is accused of clubbing his mother with a rifle because she took his deer meat.

Mother charged after putting recording device in daughter’s backpack

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A mother is facing charges after hiding a recording device in her daughter’s backpack after hearing she was being bullied.

Operation: Grace aims to help youngest victims of the opioid epidemic Video included

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  The mission of Operation: Grace is to help provide the children of addicts with the basics that their parents often do not provide. 

Kentucky officials declare hepatitis outbreak

Kentucky health officials say they are seeing a dramatic rise in hepatitis A cases compared to recent years.

Understand Sexual Violence, Getting Help for Victims Video included

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The allegations of sexual misconduct by Charlie Rose shocked the nation. Rose was fired Tuesday afternoon. The flood of reports of sexual harassment and assault have many asking questions.

Ohio woman gets jail for taping her son to a chair

An Ohio woman has been sentenced to nine months in prison for taping her 12-year-old son to a chair while she took one of her children swimming.

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

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

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

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

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

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ELEANOR, WV (WOWK) -  13 News spoke to management at the Eleanor Family Dollar, who informed us that an incident report was filed with Family Dollars Corporate Headquarters. They declined to comment further.  13 News has also reached out to the corporate office for a copy of the incident report.

Fayette County Man Arrested for Child Neglect After 50 Bags of Trash Found at Home

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A Fayette County man has been arrested in connection with allegations of Gross Child Neglect Creating the Risk of Serious Bodily Injury or Death.

4 Arrested After Drug Bust in Ashland

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Deputies with the Boyd County Sheriff's Office have arrested four suspects during an undercover investigation regarding a drug trafficking operation.

President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore

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President Donald Trump is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

Law enforcement seeking sexual assault suspect after car found in WV

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Law enforcement are looking for a man who is charged with raping two girls under the age of 13 after his vehicle was found in West Virginia.

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

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

Deputy Stuck with Needle During Meth Bust in Vinton County

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Deputies got a call Monday morning stating a man barricaded himself in a bathroom with a gun - claiming several men had got under the home, came up through the floor, and assaulted him.  

Ikea again announces dresser recall after death of 8th child

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Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of an eighth child.

MISSING: Deputies search for missing South Charleston teenager

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

CBS fires Charlie Rose after misconduct claims Video included

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CBS News has fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct.

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

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A Fayette County man is facing two counts of child neglect after investigators said they found two children living in "horrible disarray and filth."

Police investigate body found on Huntington west end

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) - Dispatchers tell 13 News that Huntington police are on the scene of a body found. The body was discovered this morning. They say the body was found near U.S. Equipment on the city's west end. Dispatchers confirm that the body is being investigated as an unattended death.  The cause of death is unknown at this time.  We have a crew headed to the scene. Huntington Police Department are investigating. Stay with 13 News as we continue to update thi...

Fire Marshal: One Dead in Dixie Camper Fire

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The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office says one person died in an early morning fire near the Fayette/Kanawha County line. 

Gas leak reported at natural gas company in Raleigh County

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A gas leak was reported at a natural gas company in Raleigh County Tuesday morning.

Bojangles bringing its restaurants to Ohio

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A popular Southern-inspired fast food restaurant is looking to bring its fried chicken to the Buckeye state.

Louisa Man Dies in Crash Monday Morning

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Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office are looking into a fatal crash that happened Monday morning.  According to a news release, Sheriff Garrett Roberts said 82-year-old Louisa native, James Marcum, died after his car crashed into a tree-trimming truck.  The crash happened on Route 3 and left traffic at a standstill. A flagger was working in that area but Marcum did not stop and crashed into the truck. 

Flooded Homeowner Gets New Bridge

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Almost a year and a half after deadly floods hit West Virginia, some folks have fallen through the cracks. Homes, roads and bridge still need renovations, and there just aren't enough volunteers to go around. But, Monday Senator Joe Manchin toured a Clay County home where the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, has stepped in to help. 

Arrest Made In Lawrence County Double Murder Video included

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One person is behind bars after two different shootings in eastern Kentucky today. Kentucky State Police tells 13 News that 2 people were shot in different locations along Yellow Creek Road in Lawrence County. Mary Evans-Smith and Randy Belvins were shot and killed in two different homes on Monday. Elden Shannon Muncy, age 21 has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.  

A Father And Son Bond Through Hunting As They Carry On A Family Tradition

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Many families are hitting the woods this week as gun-buck season kicks off. 

MISSING: Police Search For Missing Kanawha County Man

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Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff's need your help locating a missing man from Kanawha County. Steven Ray Mitchell (35 of Kelly Hill Road) was last seen in the Clendenin area walking into the woods on November 14, 2017. His family has not heard from him or seen him since. He was reported missing to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office last Thursday. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip on our website at www.kanawhasheriff.us. &nb...

Multiple Crews Respond To House Fire In Jackson County

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Multiple crews are responding to a house fire in Jackson County, West Virginia. Dispatchers with Jackson County 911 tells 13 News that the call came shortly before 8:00 p.m. Cottageville, Ripley, and Southern Jackson Fire Departments are responding. No injuries have been reported, but Rt. 21 is closed down in the that area. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

102-year-old Holocaust survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew

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KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades. Only days earlier, the Holocaust survivor who fled Poland at the beginning of World War II and thought his entire family had peris...

Three wanted in connection to credit card theft in South Charleston

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The South Charleston Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying three women. According to police, the women are wanted in relation to an ongoing credit card theft investigation. If you have any information regarding the identity of any of the three woman, you're asked to contact South Charleston Police Department Detective Bureau at 304-744-5951, or submit a tip anonymously by calling 304-744-6521. Stay with 13 News as we co...

Official: No flood insurance on part of school causes loss

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A schools superintendent in West Virginia says his school system is missing out on about $570,000 as a result of not having flood insurance on a portion of a high school when it was damaged in 2016.

Pringles unveils Thanksgiving chips that taste like turkey, green bean casserole

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No fork, no problem. Now you can enjoy all the flavors of Thanksgiving in chip form.

Convicted killer: Civil rights violated when dreadlocks cut

A convicted killer in an Ohio prison claims in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights have been violated by the repeated cutting of his dreadlocks.

4 people dead after apparent carbon monoxide poisoning

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A young child, a teenager, and two adults died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside a home in West Virginia.

Hunter accidentally shoots 11-year-old son in face

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Authorities say a man accidentally shot his 11-year-old son in the face while they were hunting.

Boy With Cancer Dies After Wish For Early Christmas

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A 9-year-old terminally-ill boy who asked for Christmas cards for his last holiday has passed away.

Trump says US will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

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President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

West Virginia man arrested for sexually abusing 10-year-old, leads troopers on a chase

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A West Virginia man is facing several charges after he allegedly sexually abused a 10-year-old girl and then led troopers on a chase when they tried to arrest him.  

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip

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 Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward.

Florida eagles Harriet, M15 incubating new egg

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Florida’s beloved eagles Harriet and M15 are incubating their first egg of the 2017 season.

10-year-old dies in tragic accident on park swing set

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A 10-year-old boy is dead after a tragic accident on a swing set authorities said.

Police: Ohio Businessman Shoots at Would-Be Robbers

An Ohio businessman says he engaged in a wild shootout following an attempted robbery at his cellphone store.

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

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“The Manson case, to this day, remains one of the most chilling in crime history...”

Woman Involved In Hit And Run Has Died

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A woman was hit by a vehicle Saturday evening in Huntington. 

Russell Simmons Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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LOS ANGELES -- Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she was 17 years old. 

UPDATE: Suspect In Armed Robbery Identified

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Huntington Police are searching for an Armed Robbery suspect. The robbery took place at the Dollar General on Norway Avenue Saturday evening. The suspect was armed with a handgun and some sort of face covering. The suspect fled on foot and Huntington PD is using a K-9 Unit to search for the suspect. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

Balloon Release in Memory of Murdered Charleston Woman Video included

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The family of a woman found dead last month is taking time to remember their loved one taken too soon. It would have been Crystal Young's 21st birthday Saturday, but the young woman was found shot to death on the corner of Pacific Street and Garrison Avenue on October 25th. Police are investigating her death as a homicide, but no arrests have been made. Young's family says they just want justice in Crystal's death.

A Man Rams A Charleston Police Cruiser, Flees, And Ends Up Arrested

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A Charleston man rams a CPD cruiser at the intersection of Beech and Garvin Avenues Sunday Morning. 

West Virginia K9 Search & Rescue Video included

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K-9 search and rescue teams put on a live demonstrations at the Kanawha County Public Library Saturday. Kids and parents got to see first hand how man's best friend trains for rescue operations in the state. They also got to meet Soot- the 2012 American Humane Association's Hero Dog Award winner. Families learned basic survival skills in case of an emergency. 

Police Ask Man How Much Marijuana Is In His House: ‘Quite A Bit,’ He Replies

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Charges have been filed after 45 pounds of marijuana and a marijuana derivative were found inside glass jars and multiple freezers at an Austin home, said the Cedar Park Police Department.

Trump Tweets He Should Have Left UCLA Players In Chinese Jail

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President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail. 

Fire Destroys Trailer In Jefferson

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Multiple departments responded to a structure fire call in the vicinity of Central Avenue and Green Valley Drive. 

Longtime Country Singer, Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. 

Downed Power Line Has Traffic And Street Lights Off On Corridor G

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A downed power pole on Corridor G near Fledderjohn Road has traffic and street lights out. A live power line is currently draped across Corridor G and has traffic shut down in both north and south bound lanes. AEP and law enforcement are currently on scene and in route to handle the situation. We have a crew in route and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available. 

Downed Power Line In Dunbar Ignites Brush Fire

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Dispatchers with Metro 911 tell 13 News that a downed power line has ignited a brush fire in Dunbar, WV. High winds are to blame for bringing the line down. The fire is affecting the Shafer Road area. According to Metro, the fire is somewhere between 2 and 3 acres in size. Dunbar and South Charleston Fire Departments responded to the blaze. We will update with the latest information as it becomes available.

David Cassidy, "Partridge Family" Star, Hospitalized In Florida, Representative Says

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NEW YORK -- "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida.  His publicist, JoAnn Geffen, told CBS News that Cassidy is "currently conscious and surrounded by family." TMZ first reported that Cassidy had been hospitalized due to organ failure. His brother, Shaun Cassidy, posted on Facebook that the messages of support "mean the world to all of us." The 67-year-old said earlier this year that he wa...

UPDATE: Salem Man Turns Himself In After Road Rage Incident

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William Sothen, 63, of Salem, turned himself in to Harrison County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for battery in Monongalia County.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Here are some of your photos from the 2017 Solar Eclipse,

UPDATE: Missing Morgantown Teen Found Safe

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The Bangor Police Department said they located a missing Morgantown teen Thursday in Bangor Maine. 

Back to School vaccination requirements Video included

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Back to school is right around the corner, and that means it's time to start getting ready. West Virginia is strict when it comes to vaccinating your children. They're even specific when it come to age groups.

Crews Battle Fire at Carrollton Covered Bridge

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The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Philippi VFD are investigating the cause of a fire at a historic covered bridge in Barbour County.

Mountain Mission Pack the Pantry 5K Run/Walk Happening on July 4th

John Roberts, Executive Director of the Mountain Mission, talks about the Pack The Pantry 5K Walk/Run.

The race is July 4th, 2017 at 8 AM, at the Kanawha State Forest.

Registration is free, but they're asking for a financial or canned food donation.

Folks can register on race day or online.

Urinating dog statue briefly placed near 'Fearless Girl' art

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A New York City artist briefly placed a small statue of a urinating dog next to Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" sculpture as a form of counter protest.

UPDATE: Woman Missing Out of Fairmont Possibly in Hagerstown or Hedgesville areas Video included

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UPDATE (5/22/17 2:35 PM) (WHAG): The search continues for a girl missing from Fairmont who's believed to possibly be in the Hagerstown or Hedgesville areas. State Police said 21-year-old Kara Jeffrey is believed to be in extreme danger.  Jeffrey was last seen in Huntington on May 1 and is originally from the Huntington area.   Her parents are pleading for her to come home, and troopers said it's possible that she's with a man that goes by the alias "Jeff Cooper...

UPDATE: Judge Grants Continuance for Lena Lunsford's Trial Video included

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Lena Lunsford's attorney, Tom Dyer, filed a motion to continue the trial, and a judge granted the motion. The trial was originally set to begin in June but will now begin with jury selection on October 12.

13 Reasons Why Not - What are Schools Doing? - Part 1

What are administers, educator, and counselors across West Virginia doing in response to the show?

UPDATE: Missing Man Found Safe in Webster County

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Joe Ranson Jr. has been found safe and healthy at a friend’s camp in the Bergoo area of Webster County.

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  • Logan Hunters Frustrated with DNR ATV Enforcement

    Logan Hunters Frustrated with DNR ATV Enforcement

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:01 PM EST2017-11-23 02:01:16 GMT

    A coalition of Logan County hunters are taking their concerns to the capitol after the Department of Natural Resources chained up gates at hunting trail heads. ATVs are banned on Wildlife Management Areas, but the land has been owned by the DNR for about two years, and it's just this month that the rule has started to be enforced.  Eddie Lawson grew up riding ATVs on hunting trails, that is until the last three weeks. "I'm 64, 40+ years in the mines and I...

    A coalition of Logan County hunters are taking their concerns to the capitol after the Department of Natural Resources chained up gates at hunting trail heads. ATVs are banned on Wildlife Management Areas, but the land has been owned by the DNR for about two years, and it's just this month that the rule has started to be enforced.  Eddie Lawson grew up riding ATVs on hunting trails, that is until the last three weeks. "I'm 64, 40+ years in the mines and I...

  • Mother charged after putting recording device in daughter’s backpack

    Mother charged after putting recording device in daughter’s backpack

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:07 AM EST2017-11-22 16:07:26 GMT

    A mother is facing charges after hiding a recording device in her daughter’s backpack after hearing she was being bullied.

    A mother is facing charges after hiding a recording device in her daughter’s backpack after hearing she was being bullied.

  • Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

    Police: Prostitution ring run out of senior living facility

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:24 PM EST2017-11-22 21:24:12 GMT

    Police have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

    Police have arrested two men they say ran a prostitution ring out of an apartment at a senior living facility.

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