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Whitewater Rafting on the New River - Destination America Video included

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - How do you feel about an adventure involving obstacles with names like Pinball, Butcher’s Block, Thread the Needle and Meat Grinder? Sounds pretty intimidating, Right? Well, in tonight’s destination adventure, we’re heading down to the New River to take you through them all and you don't even have to get your feet wet. On this weeks episode of destination adventure, we’re in one of the most beautiful and iconic places in West Virgin...

Semi Hauling Hawk Seed Overturns, Spills Load in Cabell County

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BARBOURSVILLE, WV (WOWK) - Route 10 is shut down after a semi overturned Friday night. The crash was reported at around 9:45 p.m. on Route 10 at the Doss Hill Road intersection. The semi overturned, spilling its load of seed onto the roadway.  There is no word on whether the driver of the semi was injured in the crash. Route 10 will be shut down while crews work to clear the scene. We will provide more information on this story as soon as we receive it.

Three Injured After Barge and Recreational Boat Collide on the Kanawha River Video included

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Three people have been injured after a barge and a recreational boat collided in Kanawha County Friday night.

Big Tyler Road Shut Down Due to Crash

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CROSS LANES, WV (WOWK) - Big Tyler Road is shut down in Cross Lanes due to a two vehicle crash. The crash was reported just before 9 p.m. Friday night on the 5000 block of Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes. Four people total were in the two vehicles, but all four reportedly were alert and able to walk from the crash. It is not known how long the road will be shut down at this time.

Court docs: Teen was driving 107 mph when she crashed, killing two children

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CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — A 17-year-old girl faces 10 felony charges in connection with a July crash that killed two children in a Clinton County home. Alia Sierra is accused of having opiates in her blood when she drove a car at over 100 miles per hour into the house.  She was formally charged Friday morning. On July 12, deputies with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office arrived in the 49000 block of W. County Road 300 N. to find two girls trapped under a car tha...

Man who lost some eyesight from past eclipse has a warning

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(INSIDE EDITION) — A 20-second look at the sun cost Lou Tomososki much of the sight in his right eye. So he has some words of advice for kids and teens tempted to look at the upcoming solar eclipse: You’ll be sorry! “Why take a chance with your eyes?” the 71-year-old Oregon man told InsideEdition.com Monday. He was a teenager when his science teacher told the class about a solar eclipse happening that afternoon. So he and his buddy, Roger Duval, stood in fr...

Judge Reverses State Ruling, Favors Nicholas County School Consolidation

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - On Friday afternoon, Judge Bloom ruled in favor of the Nicholas County School Board's consolidation plan, saying that the West Virginia State Board of Education overstepped its authority. Bloom entered his ruling in a paper filing Friday.   Richwood Mayor Bob Baber says that the ruling is "predictable, cold, and calculated. The judge has ruled in favor of legal looting against the folks of Richwood." "The WV BOE's next regularly...

Eclipse Glasses Given Away at Shoney's with Meal Purchase

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As America prepares for Monday's total solar eclipse and its citizens seek the path of totality, all roads will lead to Shoney's as the iconic, All-American brand will treat its guests to free eclipse glasses and a free MoonPie with meal purchase while supplies last on August 21, 2017. With its headquarters in the path of totality in Nashville and at its restaurants in 16 states, Shoney's will prepare its guests with a free Eclipse Survival Kit - a pair of solar eclipse glasses and a...

Woman Missing Out of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, KY (WOWK) - A woman is reported missing out of Lexington, Kentucky. According to a release by the Martin County Sheriff's Department, Mary Parsons, 24, was last seen in the Lexington area of Kentucky. She is described as being 5'4" in height, weighs around 125 pounds, and has green eyes and long brown hair. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of this person, please contact the Martin County Sheriff's Department at 606-298-2828.

First Stand-Alone WV Store Offering Industrial Hemp-Derived Products Opens this Weekend

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CROSS LANES, WV (WOWK) - A new business opens its doors this weekend in Kanawha County. On Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Appalachian Cannabis Company is holding a grand opening of West Virginia's first stand-alone store offering a full line of industrial hemp-derived CBD products. According to a release, all products contain NO THC and are 100% sourced from hemp. Appalachian Cannabis Company is located at 130 Goff Mountain Road, Cross lanes (across from Bojangle...

Lucky lottery player wins big in Kentucky

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A Kentucky Lottery player has won the top prize from Thursday's Lucky for Life drawing, winning $1000 a day for life, according to Kentucky Lottery officials. The winning numbers on the ticket are: 37 – 36 – 31 – 17 – 12 with a Lucky Ball of 9. No one has claimed the winnings yet.  The name of the retailer where the ticket was purchased has not been announced yet, however, lottery officials say the ticket was sold in Garrison, a small northeastern Kent...

Golden Retriever digs up $85k of heroin in backyard

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A Golden Retriever retrieved quite a haul after digging in his family’s backyard earlier this month.

West Virginia office that supervises sex offenders will end

A West Virginia office that has supervised sex offenders for nearly a decade will end.

Cops: Mom burned son, put him on leash, locked him in cage

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A mother is accused of burning her 3-year-old with chemicals, putting him on a leash and keeping him in a dog cage. 

Over 1k student-issued iPads are unaccounted for

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The Kanawha County Board of Education has not recovered more than 1,000 iPads over the past 3 school years.

White House strategist Steve Bannon is out

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President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post.

Route 60 shut down due to accident in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY (WOWK) - Westbound lanes of Route 60 near Malden have been shut down due to a vehicle accident. Dispatchers say two vehicles were involved. One person was transported with unknown injuries. Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, Malden Fire Department, and Kanawha County EMS are responding.

Two arrested for armed robbery in Putnam County

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office have arrested two people in connection to an armed robbery in Poca, WV. According to a criminal complaint, police arrested Nicholas Woodin, 26, of Nitro, and Markayla Stowers, 23, of St. Albans after receiving a report that they had robbed a man and stole his truck at gunpoint. Police say that were dispatched to the Manila Creek Road area after a man flagged down a vehicle and said he had been robbed. The v...

Ohio University to allow beer sales at football games

Ohio University will allow beer sales during football games starting this season.

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. 

View the solar eclipse without buying the glasses

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Many stores are running out of glasses for viewing the solar eclipse, but you can still view the eclipse safely. Regular sunglasses, and even welders helmets won’t cut it if you’re looking to view the eclipse.

Tractor trailer accident shuts down I-77SB in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - All southbound lanes of I-77 near mile marker 80 in Cabin Creek have been shut down due to a tractor trailer accident. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. Dispatchers say that injuries are unknown at this time and it is unclear how many vehicles were involved. Kanawha County EMS and West Virginia State Police are on the scene. Stay with 13 News as we continue to update you with the latest information.

Mom charged after baby overdoses on heroin

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A woman is facing charges after her 16-month-old son overdosed on heroin and had to be revived with naloxone.

Big catch! Drunken woman allegedly bites fisherman's line

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It wasn't exactly the catch he was hoping for while fishing. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and swimming away with the rigging.

Spanish police kill 5 suspects linked to Barcelona attack

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Cars, trucks and vans have been the weapon of choice in multiple extremist attacks in Europe in the last year.

Kentucky city's Confederate statue yields warring petitions

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The petition had amassed over 1,500 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.

Road project at West Virginia airport is completed early

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Airport Road is a state highway and the main access road to Yeager Airport.

Company constructing new coal mine in western Kentucky

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There is a base of experienced workers in the area to draw from.

WVU awarded federal funding for acid mine drainage project

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The project uses acid mine drainage solids to recover rare earth elements and other useful materials.

New service offers one free movie a day in theaters for $9.95 a month

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – When people first hear about this, they think it’s a scam. However, it’s not. MoviePass was created by Netflix co-founder, Mitch Lowe, and he wants to bring people back to the theaters. When signing up for the service, you’re actually prompted to sign up for a debit card. However,it’s a debit card that is not linked to your bank account. It’s simply a way to pick up your tickets. Watch above to learn more about the service...

Oncoming Vehicle Causes School Bus Crash in Putnam County

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - The wreck occurred along Heizer Creek Road outside of Poca near Heizer Creek Community Church Thursday. It is not known what caused the crash at this time, but dispatchers say that no injuries were reported. It is also not known if there were any students on board at the time of the crash. Today was the first day of public school in Putnam County. We will provide more information on th...

The Latest: Spanish police confirm at least 4 suspects dead

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have confirmed that at least four terror suspects were shot and killed in a separate alleged terror attack south of Barcelona. Police tweeted that they “have shot down the perpetrators” in response to a terrorist attack. Spain’s public broadcaster, RTVE, reported that the suspects may have been carrying suicide explosive belts. The broadcaster said the suspects tried to carry out a similar attack to the one in Barc...

Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues from Capitol

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By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moved to the halls of Congress. Pelosi asked Speaker Paul Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove the Confederate statues. The legislation can't pass without support from Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress. Pelosi said...

3 arrested after drone drops phone, drugs in prison

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IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — Three people were arrested Thursday for attempting to use a drone to sneak a cell phone and drugs into a prison. According to a Michigan Department of Corrections release, two corrections officers heard the done over the prison yard and began to investigate. While they did, the drone dropped two packages near a housing unit, officials said. Prison staff then contacted local police that responded and detained three people in a vehicle near the Richard A. H...

Safety Concerns Arise with Locally Distributed Eclipses Glasses

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - Some free solar eclipse viewing glasses distributed to the public, and believed to be safe for eclipse viewing, are being cautioned due to safety standards concerns. According to a release, Appalachian Wireless recently distributed a limited number of free solar eclipse viewing glasses in stores throughout the region in an effort to help people enjoy the event. Appalachian Wireless recommends in that release to not use the glasses and to discard them. Th...

Crews help pigs after tractor-trailer breaks down in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Fire departments responded after a tractor-trailer hauling pigs broke down on I-64 near Malden this afternoon. The incident occurred at 3 p.m. According to crews on the scene, the truck was transporting pigs from Mike Reaves Livestock, a North Carolina business, when it broke down. Fire departments assisted by spraying the pigs down with fire hoses in an effort to keep them cool. Nearly 45,000 lbs of human donor pigs were inside. Human donor ...

Man Arrested After Multiple Day Drug Pursuit in Nicholas County

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NICHOLAS COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A man has been arrested after a multiple day drug pursuit in Nicholas County. According to the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department, a traffic stop took place on a vehicle in the Mt. Lookout Rd. area of Nicholas County during the evening hours of Wednesday. While attempting to stop the subject, he rammed the officer and fled the scene, driving though several citizens property causing damage before crashing into a tree. The subject then fled on...

Tennessee congressman to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump

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A release was sent from the office of Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN).

Van plows into Barcelona crowd in attack; Media say 13 dead

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Other videos showed five people down and recorded people screaming as they fled th...

UPDATE: Missing juvenile from Boone County found safely

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BOONE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - The Boone County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen. Police say that 12-year-old Jada Breann Sloan ran away from home and was last seen  wearing dark jeans and pink tie dye shirt in the Newport area of Boone County. She's described as being 5'3" tall and 105 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. If you have any information, please contact the Boone County Sheriff's Office at 3...

Office worker gets 3.5 years for poisoning coffee with soap

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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers' coffee with Windex and dish soap.      Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez of Sterling.      She pleaded guilty in February to adulteration of food with intent to injure. 

Ohio man charged in young son's fatal overdose

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man has been charged criminally for what authorities say was the fatal overdose of his 1-year-old son.      Thirty-three-year-old Dorrico Brown, of Trenton in southwest Ohio, was arrested and jailed Wednesday after being indicted on involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges in the death of Dorrico Brown Jr.      Authorities say Brown called 911 in May after finding his son on a bed not breathing. The toddler was ...

Officials "warn" people about Lizardmen activity during eclipse

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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweeted a tongue-in-cheek warning August 9.

Lucky carrot: Woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

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“We were giggling and laughing,” she said. “It fit. After that many years it fits.”

Pres. Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars says hundreds of thousands stand to benefit.

3-year-old boy died of methadone overdose

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Methadone is used to help wean people off heroin.

Do companies have the right to fire Charlottesville protester

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Social media users are coming together to expose Charlottesville white nationalist.

Ric Flair in critical condition with ‘multiple organ problems’

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News of Flair’s illness first began circulating on Monday.

Structure fire reported in Putnam County

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Officer unites with man who he saved from jumping off a bridge

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"He was sitting on the concrete with his legs hanging off..."

Hidden camera discovered in council chambers riles members

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Council members were unaware of the camera.

West Virginia University freshmen enrollment hits record

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The incoming class also has higher test scores and an increase in international students.

West Virginia Teacher of the Year finalists announced

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The recipient will represent West Virginia at the national level.

Car crashes into Mardi Gras Casino

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Shooting Reported in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - One person has been injured after a shooting in Kanawha County Wednesday night. The shooting was reported on the 700 block of Upper Midway Drive in Dunbar at just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. At this time, dispatchers say that one person was injured in a home at that location. It is not known what the extent of injuries are to the individual at this time. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and Dunbar Police, along with Kanawha County Fire and EMS ...

Ex-principal in Kentucky pleads guilty in child porn case

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A former Kentucky high school principal has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Man Arrested After Standoff with Deputies in Ohio

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VINTON COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - One man has been arrested for Domestic Violence and Felonious Assault against a law enforcement officer after standoff in Vinton County, Ohio. At just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, a call was received from an individual in Hamden, OH, stating that Charles Waters, age 59 of Hamden, had been with the caller and was “going crazy and tearing things up”, but had left the residence.  After several minutes of searching, Waters was located back at the...

Woman caught snorting cocaine off iPhone in parent pick-up line at middle school

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida woman is facing drug charges after police caught her snorting cocaine off her iPhone in a Lee County middle school parent pick-up line. A school resource officer says he was on the second floor of Lexington Middle School in Fort Meyers when he spotted 39-year-old Christina Hester in her car in the parent pick-up line, chopping a white powdery substance on her iPhone screen with a credit card. He says he then saw Hester take a cut straw a...

Woman wins $1.6 million in Las Vegas – inside the airport

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LAS VEGAS, NV (WCMH) — A California woman is going home $1.6 million richer after hitting the jackpot on an airport slot machine. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reports Sandra A. Dublin won the prize playing a Wheel of Fortune slot machine Tuesday in the airport’s C concourse. She says she travels to Las Vegas twice a year for pleasure and always gambles. McCarran International Airport

Deputies Seek Public's Help in Finding Missing WV Man

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - Have you seen this man? He is reported missing from southern West Virginia. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Harley E. Mullins was last seen on Monday at his grandmother's house in Lindside, WV. Harley is described as 6'4" tall, about 180 lbs, and has brown hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a white 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer bearing WV License plate 7ZD187. If anyone knows his whereabouts contact the Monroe Sheriff Depa...

Mayor: Baltimore statues came down 'quietly, quickly'

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Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there.

Did you receive “free cruise” robocalls? You could get up to $900

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(WCMH) – If you received robocalls offering a free cruise, you could be eligible for up to $900 as part of a lawsuit settlement. The class action lawsuit claims Resort Marketing Group made illegal robocalls on behalf of Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The lawsuit claims those calls violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The companies have settled the lawsuit and will pay up to $300 per call you received, to a maximum of $900. RMG has provided a list of phone...

26 Felony Drug Warrants Issued in Drug Investigation in Fayette County

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The Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force have obtained warrants for 26 individuals throughout Fayette County in connection with ongoing drug investigations. 

Lease Agreement Approved to Allow Shawnee Park to Develop into Sports Complex

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - According to a release, the Kanawha County Parks Commission met Wednesday and voted to approve a lease agreement with the City of Dunbar for Shawnee Park which will allow the Park to be developed into a Multi-Sports Complex.  The City of Dunbar voted earlier this week unanimously to approve the lease agreement.  RELATED STORY: Public Hearing Held On Proposed Shawnee Park Sports Complex According to the release, this decision comes aft...

Movie starring Sylvester Stallone to soon begin filming in Ohio; extras wanted

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Producers of a new movie starring Sylvester Stallone are looking for extras to play a role in the film. “Escape Plan 3” is expected to begin filming in Ohio on September 18. 

Juvenile Missing Out of Southeast Ohio

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PIKE COUNTY, OH (WOWK) - Deputies are investigating a report of a missing child in Ohio. 16-year-old Carylon Whitt, of Meadow Run Road in Pike County, Ohio reportedly went missing from her home after 9 p.m. on Monday. She was last seen wearing a white tank top with feathers on it, and blue basketball shorts. She is described as having light brown hair, blue eyes, approximately 5'4" in height, and weighs about 110 pounds. If anyone has information about Carylon or her whereabo...

Man drives to hospital after nail shot into heart

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A man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room.

Cedar Point announces new roller coaster ‘Steel Vengeance’

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Cedar Point has announced its newest roller coaster, “Steel Vengeance.” According to the theme park, the coaster will be 205 feet high and feature a 90-degree initial drop 200 feet down to the earth, almost 30 seconds of airtime (the most on any roller coaster on Earth), four head-over-boots inversions, ricocheting movements left-to-right, up-to-down and side to side.

Woman finds needle in fast-food hamburger

Officials in Kentucky are investigating a McDonald's after a woman reported finding a needle tip in her hamburger.

Infant left outside in plastic bag released from hospital

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Authorities say an 8-month-old girl who survived being abandoned in a plastic bag left has been released from a hospital.

Cops: Teacher let son sell drugs, teens use LSD at her home

An Ohio elementary school teacher faces criminal charges over allegations she let her 15-year-old son sell drugs and let teenagers use the psychedelic drug LSD in her home.

Cabell county Schools to Allow Students Out Early for Eclipse

Students in at least one West Virginia county will be allowed to get out of school early to watch next week's solar eclipse.

Police: Man dies after being electrocuted while stealing copper from Ohio business

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A death investigation is underway in Ohio, after police say a man died from electrocution while trying to steal copper from a business.

Teenage boy electrocuted while climbing transmission tower

Investigators say an Ohio teenager was electrocuted and fell about 30 feet to the ground after climbing a transmission tower supporting high-voltage power lines.

Tree-trimmer fighting for his life after falling into woodchipper

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Seven years ago hundreds of Century Aluminum retirees and their families received letters telling them they'd lost their health care and retirement benefits.  This week a judge approved a $23 million settlement for the employees who retired from the plant in Ravenswood, WV. Tuesday those who fought for their benefits met for a picnic in Ravenswood to celebrate.  It was bittersweet for those involved because some of those who started the battle didn't live to see the victor...

Hearings in September on West Virginia power station plan

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An evidentiary hearing on the deal will be held in Charleston.

A charge to visit Elvis' grave during vigil upsets fans

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"...The current price-gouging situation has created so much friction, it's even dividing fans."

Man Wanted After Armed Robbery at Kanawha County Residence

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A man is wanted after an armed robbery at a residence in Kanawha County. The armed robbery was reported on the 100 block of Marshall Avenue in Institute at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to dispatchers, the home was robbed by a suspect described as a black male wearing a white shirt. The suspect did brandish a weapon during the burglary. It is not known what was taken during the robbery. No injuries were reported. The male suspect reportedly fled ...

One Person Transported to Hospital After Running into Bus with Bike

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - One person has been transported to the hospital after running their bike into a KRT bus. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 1100 block of Washington Street West. A person was riding their bike when the bike struck a KRT bus from the rear. That person was transported to the hospital with a head injury. Charleston Fire and EMS responded to the scene. We will provide more information to this story as soon as we receive it.

I-77 North Reopens Following Semi Crash, Debris Vehicles

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - All northbound lanes of I-77 are closed after a semi crash. At around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, dispatchers responded to a crash near mile marker 117 between the Haines Branch and Goldtown exits of I-77 in northern Kanawha County.  According to dispatchers, the semi flipped on its side, with the trailer portion of the truck going over a guardrail. Dispatchers say that debris that flung as a result of the semi flipping struck several vehicles, inc...

WVU Football Player Arrested for DUI, to Miss Season Opener Against VT Video included

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - A West Virginia University football was arrested and will be suspended against the season-opener against Virginia Tech. Wide Receiver Marcus Simms, of Sandy Spring, Maryland was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Simms, a Sophomore, made 6 catches for 95 yard and a touchdown last season in 9 games played. On Monday night, he was suspended for the season-opener against Virginia Tech by WVU Head Co...

Photo of boy and cow taking nap together at Iowa State Fair goes viral

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WILLIAMSBURG, IA (WFLA) — One sleepy boy and his cow are taking a much-deserved nap after a long day at the fair. They may not have won any Iowa State Fair blue ribbons, but Mitchell Miner and his cow Audri totally won the internet. The duo was caught on camera during a nap after a long day of showing, and the photo went viral. It has nearly 22,000 interactions and more than 2,000 shares as of Tuesday afternoon. Jeremy Miner Mitchell, 15, told news sources his bond w...

Crews respond to gas well fire in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Crews are responding to an active gas well fire in Kanawha County this evening. Dispatchers say it happened near Kelley's Creek Road in Mammoth.  No injuries have been reported at this time. Cedar Grove and Glasgow Fire Departments are on the scene.

Combative Trump Insists Anew: Blame Both Sides for Violence

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His remarks were welcomed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who tweeted: "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth."

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When it comes to back to school shopping, many parents struggle not to break the bank. With websites like Thred Up and eBay becoming more and more popular, second-hand clothing and thrift shopping is on the rise. We wanted to see what one popular local thrift store had to offer, and, we were not disappointed.

Sheriff pursuing felonies after Confederate statue torn down

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Protesters will face felony charges for toppling a nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday.

Legislators seek to tie up loose ends resulting from recovered state funds

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For years State Senator Joe Schiavoni has been trying to get legislation passed that holds online charter schools accountable. He isn’t the only one; House District 37 Representative Kristina Roegner has been doing the same.

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A number of people do not have water after a water main break in Ashland, Kentucky.

Vice President Mike Pence to Visit West Virginia

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WEST VIRGINIA (WOWK) - Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make a visit to the Mountain State at the end of the month. According to a spokesperson for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Vice President Pence will be addressing the Annual Meeting and Business Summit for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on August 30th at the Greenbrier  The West Virginia Chamber Annual Meeting and Business Summit is the largest gathering of business, industry, financial, and pol...

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If you are like many parents, you may still be scrambling to finish that last minute shopping before your child returns to the classroom. Let us help ease your back to school blues with the inside scoop on how one local mom's shopping strategies will save you time and money.

Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwich

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A lawsuit claims a woman got an extra topping on her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.

Family’s pit bulls save young children from venomous copperhead snake

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Being a hero is often about timing – being in the right place at the right time. It is about knowing when to act, what to do and how to save the day without hesitation.

1st Meeting of West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board is Tomorrow

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health will hold the first meeting of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board tomorrow.

Officer accused of mocking death during Virginia rally

A Kentucky police officer faces disciplinary action in connection to a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman struck and killed after a car rammed into a counter-protest at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA.

Former officer pleads guilty to bribing woman with sex

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A former police officer in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to bribery in an official manner for having sex with a woman in exchange for not giving her a ticket.

Kentucky governor against removing Confederate symbols

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he "absolutely" disagrees with removing Confederate symbols and monuments from government property, calling it the "sanitization of history."

Several members of MS-13 gang arrested in Ohio

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Multiple members of the MS-13 gang have been arrested in Ohio, according to federal authorities.

More Fleas Test Positive For The Plague

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Plague is an infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans in the Middle Ages.

Holocaust memorial vandalized for second time this summer

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It is the second time the memorial has been damaged in the past few months.

Marshall University students moving in, welcome week kicks off Video included

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Classes start on Monday, Aug. 21.

WV funding announced for 3 drug treatment sites

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The state said the funding supports recommendations from the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse.

Bowing to pressure, Trump denounces hate groups by name Video included

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Trump remained out of sight and silent as pressure mounted from both political parties for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists and hate groups.

Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

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Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.

Ranch being recalled over undeclared ingredient

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In total, 742 cases of 11 oz. glass bottles were distributed to retailers and locations nationwide.

The Latest: Student leaders say campuses should be safe

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A Virginia judge has denied bond for an Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally until he has an attorney.

Neighbors Shocked After North Charleston Drive-By Shooting Video included

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Neighbors were shocked to find out a former murderer moved into their neighborhood, and even more surprised and concerned when his house was shot at over the weekend. The home is just feet from the Grandview Elementary School playground.  Shannon Edens and her daughter Ariel were playing outside when Edens told 13 News, the weekend drive-by shooting was out of character for the neighborhood.  

Local Domestic Abuse Survivors Share their Stories Video included

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"It's difficult for women to talk about,” exclaimed Martha, “Mostly, it's difficult to open doors that have been closed for many many years. In my case, once those doors have been opened, you want to make sure that certainly, someone benefits from it.” Martha, and her daughter Tara, are doing just that by sharing their story of domestic abuse survival.

Busy Charleston Street Shut Down Due to Crash

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A busy street in Charleston is shut down following a serious accident. The 800 block of Washington Street West near the Go-Mart is shut down after a vehicle struck a pole. The roadway is shut down and is expected to be shut down for some time. There is no word on injuries at this time. Charleston Police, Charleston Fire, and Kanawha County EMS responded to the scene. We have a crew headed to the scene, and will provide more information on this story a...

Almanac: Plenty of cold, snow for this winter for Northeast

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – Folks rooting for a snowy winter are going to like the forecast from the Farmers’ Almanac, in the Northeast, at least. The Maine-based almanac that goes on sale this week is predicting a snowy winter from Maryland to Maine with five coastal storms to bring misery to the region. The publication, now in its 200th year, predicts cold weather for central regions, wet weather for the southeastern states, and dry weather for the nation’s western th...

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

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By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: - Nearly one in five workers - a share the study calls "disturbingly high" - say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. W...

US 35 Reopens Following Semi Crash

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FRAZIERS BOTTOM, WV (WOWK) - All lanes of US 35 in Putnam County are closed after a vehicle accident. The accident was reported at 2:05 p.m. on US 35 near the Buffalo Bridge.  One tractor-trailer overturned, resulting in one injury. The extent of injuries to that individual are unknown at this time. Putnam County EMS, Putnam County Sheriff's Office, and Winfield Fire responded to the crash. It is unknown how long the road will be closed. We will provide more informatio...

Family working to get AED's in schools throughout Cabell County, WV Video included

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They are a device that can help save a life during cardiac emergencies, automated external defibrillators or AED's. They are frequently located in shopping centers, airports and other public places.  But after suffering a loss of a child a Putnam County family started working to get the devices in area schools as well.  Mary Kuhl and her husband started the Maura Rae Kuhl AED Foundation to raise money to pay for the devices. Right now they are working with Cabell County Sc...

Will the solar eclipse damage your smart phone camera?

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The solar eclipse is just one week away but social media users are debating the best way to safely capture it on camera.

Six Arrested After Drug Raid in Huntington

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WOWK) - Eight people were detained, resulting in six totals arrests after a drug raid Monday morning in Huntington. The raid took place at a residence on the 600 block of 7th Street in Huntington. According to Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli, syringes were found all over the area both inside and outside of the residence. A "Do Not Occupy" order was placed on the house by the Cabell Huntington Health Department due to the syringes and feces being ...

State Democratic Party shares debate plans, mocks state GOP for lack thereof

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Political debate is part of how some people determine who they will support in upcoming elections. Monday, the Ohio Democratic Party announced they had finalized plans for the first of six debates between party primary candidates running in the gubernatorial race.

3-year-old Ohio kid found under pile of trash in running car, dad arrested

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An Ohio man was arrested Sunday after police say a three-year-old was found in the back seat of a running vehicle, under a pile of debris that was pulled from a dumpster.

Man Charged for Terroristic Threats After Threatening Officers and Family

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CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A man has been arrested after making threats to law enforcement and his family with gasoline.  Troopers responded to the 9400 block of Scarberry Lane near Ona for a domestic in progress at around 10 p.m. Saturday. Officers were advised that Brandon Chapman was being violent with his family and threatened to turn his dogs loose on the police.  According to a release, officers were advised that Chapman additionally made threats to "pour gas o...

Governor Justice Announces Nick Casey is No Longer Chief of Staff Video included

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that Nick Casey will no longer be serving as his Chief of Staff. 

Southbound Lane of I-77 Closed Due to Semi Load Spill, Oil Spill

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A semi carrying transformers spilled its load on I-77 in Kanawha County, resulting in the southbound lane being closed. The incident was reported at around 3:30 p.m. Monday in the southbound lanes of I-77 near the Tuppers Creek exit at mile marker 111. According to dispatchers at the scene, there were no injuries reported in the load spill. However, the transformers that spilled also had oil in them, which spilled onto the highway. Reports indicate that...

Man Arrested for Starving Dog to Death, Nearly a Dozen Others Suffering Malnutrition

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - A Fayetteville man has been arrested in connection with allegations of animal cruelty. According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, at around 11:30 am on Monday, Fayette County Animal Control Officers and Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence located on Shady Lane just outside of Fayetteville to investigate a report of possible animal cruelty. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers found a dog that had apparently died ...

Suspected arrested for ATV robbery in Putnam County

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PUTNAM COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Deputies have arrested a man in connection to a violent assault where he stole multiple firearms and an ATV. Police arrested Rodney May Sr., of Frazier's Bottom, after they received a report that a man had been robbed while riding an ATV near Evergreen Road. May allegedly jumped from behind a wood pile and struck the victim's head with an axe handle, according to a criminal complaint. The victim then attempted to escape, but was attacked by May and an uni...

SUV carrying grill blows up when woman lights cigarette

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A woman lit a cigarette, sparking an explosion of a propane barbeque grill being transported in her SUV.

Non-profit organization identifies 62 active 'Hate Groups' in Tri-State

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, of the 917 active "Hate Groups" in the United States, 62 of those are currently located in the tri-state area.

Family returns home to find blood splatter after pet dog attacks intruder

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A family recently opened their door to find a scene from a horror film. There was blood covering the walls and floors of their home. The family said there have been several break-ins recently in their neighborhood where they live.

Police: ‘Alice Wonderland’ says hookah-smoking caterpillar told him to vandalize construction site

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The rampage caused more than $100,000 in damage to the liquor store under construction at a Walmart and to construction equipment.

Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'

A police department is investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote "Hahahaha love this" in response to a story about a car crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally.

Ric Flair hospitalized with ‘tough medical issues’

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Ric Flair’s management team is asking for prayers after the professional wrestler was admitted to the hospital over the weekend.

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.

Chiropractor warns parents of ‘Nintendo neck’

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During the summer break, many kids enjoy using their cell phones and playing video games – maybe a little too much.

Amazon recalls solar eclipse glasses a week before event

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Amazon recently sent out an email to hundreds of customers to let them know their purchased solar eclipse glasses were not confirmed safe for viewing the eclipse.

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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