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Annual Elephant Picnic Moved to Thursday

The annual picnic featuring elephants from the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is happening tomorrow, after a rainy forecast changed the plan for it to happen today. The Pachyderm Picnic lets the elephants dine a picnic of fresh fruits and vegetables, and bread from Panera Bread company. Anyone can show up and watch, and the Charleston Town Center hosts at 1:30 p.m. Thursay at the Clendenin Street mall entrance. Before the elephants get their picnic, celebrity chefs will compete in an Iron Chef style competition. The circus perofrms a the Charleston Civic Center Thursday through Sunday.

Sen. Manchin Announces Support for Clinton Campaign

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is backing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party's nominee in the 2016 presidential race. Manchin waited until the 2008 Democratic primary was a foregone conclusion before extending his support to President Barack Obama. Clinton had already thrown her support behind Obama at that point. In 2012, Manchin said he wasn't sure he would vote for Obama, and chose not to attend the Democratic National Convention. Clinton announced her candidacy earlier this month.

Benefit Tonight Helps Mountaineer Food Bank

There's a benefit concert coming up tonight at 8 at the Empty Glass on Elizabeth Street in Charleston. There's a $10 cover, and proceeds will help the Mountaineer Food Bank to help with its cash crunch. The money problems have been so bad that the food bank could even close. The food bank serves 48 of West Virginia's 55 counties, and hundreds of food pantries depend on Mountaineer Food Bank to survive.

Five Plead Guilty for Foodland Robbery

After a robbery at Foodland in Kanawha City in August 2014, five people have pleaded guilty. The robbery and shooting left clerk Shawna Sampson wounded with a gunshot to the chest. WCHS TV reports John Paul Proctor, who fired the shots, and Levi Lanham and Telisa McCauley pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery with the use of a firearm in Kanawha Cirtcuit Court on Monday. Ricky Jerome Patterson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Alisyn Proctor pleaded guilty to assault in the commission of a felony. Sentencing is set for July 25.

Civic Center to Get a Facelift

The Charleston Civic Center is getting a whole new look. Where there is concrete now you'll see glass in it's place, and the renovations should be done in 2018, according to WCHS TV. It's all part of an effort to attract more national conferences and events, and with the renovations the Civic Center will not only have a more modern look, but will also be able to hold several conferences at once. Some phases of the renovations will be finished as soon as next summer.

Nicholas County Elementary Principal Faces Charges

Timothy Bennett is an elementary school principal in Nicholas County who's facing more than one sexual abuse charge/ WCHS TV reports he's accused of having inappropriate behavior with three teachers, and he's been charged with three counts of first degree sexual abuse. He was arrested by West Virginia State Police Saturday night. Bennett is the principal of Cherry River Elementary School in Richwood.

Nomination Period Opens for Service Awards

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is seeking nominations for awards that honor West Virginians for their community service work. The Governor's Service Awards are coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia. They recognize individuals, families and organizations for service and commitment to their communities. Nomination forms are available at www.volunteerwv.org or by calling (304) 345-0111. The deadline is June 9. This year's winners will be recognized during a conference in October.

Sen. Manchin Decides to Run For Senate Again

Sen. Joe Manchin says he'll run for re-election in 2018 rather than make a return bid for governor next year. Manchin was a two-term governor when he won a special election in November 2010 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd. Manchin is West Virginia's only Democrat in Congress. The political hostility and lack of bipartisanship in Washington had led the centrist to consider leaving. But he tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he thinks "we've made some inroads" in the Senate "to where we're willing to put the country first."

Vandalism Investigation Continues at Chelyan Post Office

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a vandalism case at the Chelyan post office. Kanwaha County Sheriff's deputies saw broken window panes on the front of the building when they arrived around 4am on Friday, and a closer look revealed writing on exterior walls. The messages read, “Kill Cops,” “WV Wake Up Your (sic) Being Used,” and “F*%# Capitalism.” There were also anarchy symbols drawn on the building, a letter A inside a circle. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to call 304-357-0169.

Gov. Tomblin says Bond Sale Could Help Roads

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the sale of $134 million in state Road Fund bonds will save West Virginia $26 million, most of which will go into road projects. In a news release Friday, the governor said selling the bonds will save about $26 million in interest payments. More than $25 million of it will be invested in state Department of Transportation capital road projects in the 2016 budget year. Tomblin said the move will be critical to making long-term investments to improve state infrastructure.

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