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Man Behind a Hollywood Movie to Speak in Charleston

A Washington Post reporter whose story about a White House butler led to a Hollywood movie, will kick off a speaker series today at the University of Charleston. Wil Haygood will host a book signing from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. at Riggleman Hall in Charleston tonight. Haygood wrote a 2008 article for the Washington Post about the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who served eight presidents. Allen is the subject of "Lee Daniels' The Butler.'' North American ticket sales for the Weinstein Co. film surpassed $100 million this month. Haygood's worked for The Charleston Gazette in the 1980's.

Six Juvenile Offenders Moved to Kanawha County

State corrections officials plan to begin moving juvenile offenders out of a facility in Harrison County this week. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina told The Exponent Telegram that 16 juvenile sex offenders will be moved to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Bluefield. Six others who have behavioral or mental issues are being transferred to the James. H. "Tiger" Morton Juvenile Center in Kanawha County. This comes after a court order over the summer set a deadline for Sept. 30 to have the juvenile offenders moved.

Urban Deer Hunting Begins

Urban deer hunting is underway in Charleston, and will run through December 31st. You've got to have a permit to hunt the deer with bows, but you can get one through the city of Charleston's website.

Rand Stabbing Under Investigation

A Rand man reported being stabbed Saturday night. Roger Fore told Kanawha Deputies, he was walking on Elaine Drive toward his home when a suspect rode up on a bicycle and asked for a cigarette. When he refused, the suspect began beating him with a metal pipe before Fore was able to flee for help. Fore was transported to CAMC General Division to undergo treatment for stab wounds and blunt force trauma. Deputies have interviewed witnesses and are continuing to investigate the claims. The suspect description was given as a white male, age unknown wearing a white baggy t-shirt and baggy jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's office.

contact Deputy J.L. Lester at (304) 357-0169. Callers can remain anonymous.

Charleston Police Recruiting New Officers

If you've considered law enforcement as a career, now may be your opportunity. Needing more officers The Charleston Police Department is looking to hire men, women and minorities. Training Coordinator Paul Roach told WSAZ, it's often a struggle to recruit young people. He says salaries are not as competitive as the private sector, and that you have to want to be in law enforcement for more than the money. The Charleston Police say application deadline is Oct. 1. Anyone between the ages of 18-40 can apply.

State to Move Troubled Youth to New Facilties

Juvenile offenders being held in custody at facility in Harrison County will be transferred this week. The Exponent Telegram reports the Department of Military of Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says 16 juvenile sex offenders will be moved to the Sam Perdue Juvenile Center in Bluefield. Six others, who have behavioral or mental issues will be transferred the Morton Juvenile Center in Kanawha County. A judge had condemned conditions at the former Industrial Home for Youth and the state decided to convert it to an adult prison.

Local Rep. Party Hears from Congressional Candidates

The Kanawha County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Day dinner over the weekend at the Charleston Civic Center. The aim of the night was to energize the party and hear from candidates running for the 2nd district Congressional seat in 2014. The six candidates running to fill U.S. Rep. Shelly Moore Capito's House seat are Ron Walters Jr., Steve Harrison, Alex Mooney, Charlotte Layne, Jim Moss and Kevin Reed. Capito is running for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat.

Attempted Murder Charges Added After March Shootout

A Charleston man was arraigned on attempted murder charges over the weekend, stemming from a shooting six months ago. Robert Smith was allegedly part of a shootout in March on Charleston's West Side in front of a Korean restaurant on Washington Street. Police said there were multiple shell casings. Smith was already facing charges for malicious wounding, wanton endangerment, and firearm possession. On Saturday, attempted murder was added. There is one other person charged in the shooting.

WV Residents to Start Paying Six Percent More on Amazon

Shoppers on will have to start paying sales tax in a week. Anyone in West Virginia who buys merchandise from will have to pay a 6 percent state sales tax starting October 1st. The company is changing its policies to comply with a new West Virginia law passed in April by the legislature. The new law applies to out-of-state retailers that have "an office, distribution house, sales house, warehouse or other place of business in West Virginia." Amazon has a new distribution center in Huntington.

Beckley Man Sent to Jail Over Walmart Threats

A threat to blow up the Walmart in Beckley has landed a man in jail. Police say 25-year old Travis Lee Persinger of Beckley is being charged with three counts of making false bomb threats after making the alleged threats at the Walmart on Eisenhower Drive earlier in September. Persinger was employed by the store, and reportedly told police he only made the threats because he was bored.

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