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1st Annual McTrooper Run A Success

Money raised through the McTrooper 5K on Saturday will go directly to support the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill kids. The goal is to build a brand new home in Charleston that will help kids and families across the area. About 300 runners were part of the event Saturday.

Logan Co. Meth Bust Leads to Six Arrests

A Logan County meth bust has six people facing charges. The arrested after police executed a search warrant at a home outside of Chapmanville on Stone Branch Bottom. In addition to prescription pills. police found meth-making materials and two clandestine labs.

Guards at WV At Work During Shutdown, But Not Paid

Prison guards in West Virginia are considered essential employees so they've been working despite the government shutdown. But they're not being paid until the shutdown ends, according to the American Federation of Government Employees in Beckley. The Daily Mail reports furloughed employees will eventually be paid since Congress voted Oct. 5 to give laid-off workers back pay once the shutdown ends. For those that need money right now, the correctional officers' credit union is offering members short-term, low-interest loans.

Shooting Near Rutledge Road Was Self-Inflicted

Detectives with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating the shooting of Frank Kennedy outside his home on Dons Drive, near Rutledge Road outside of Charleston. Detectives say Kennedy was taken from the scene with a gunshot wound to the torso, to Charleston Area Medical Center for surgery. The investigation revealed Kennedy suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Charleston Airport Gets Grant Funds

Eighteen West Virginia airports are getting more than $20 million in state and federal grants. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox announced the grants Wednesday. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Commission allocated more than $2 million matching funds. The money is for infrastructure, safety and improvement projects. Yeager Airport received the biggest grant, more than $8 million in combined federal and state funding to remove obstructions.

Patriot Reaches Deal to Fund Retirement Benefits

Patriot Coal has reached a deal with Peabody Energy and Arch Coal to help fund future benefits for Patriot retirees. Patriot said in a press release that will clear the way for the company to finish out its financial reorganization by the end of the year. In a separate announcement, the Charleston Gazette reports United Mine Workers has reached "a global settlement" with Patriot and with Peabody that will provide more than $400 million to cover future health-care benefits for retirees affected by Patriot's bankruptcy. Under the deal with Knighthead Capital Management, Patriot will get $250 million in new capital for benefits.

Kanawha County Library to Offer Free Music Downloads

The Kanawha County Library is offering free downloadable music starting on Monday. The free, legal music downloads will be available through Freegal Music Service, which has more more than 7 million songs from more than 28,000 music labels. You'll need a library card and PIN, and then you can download three songs per week for free, and the downloads don't expire.

Inmates Charged With Sexual Assault

Two inmates at a Kanawha County jail are facing new charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a third prisoner back in September. Lorrae Church of Akron, Ohio, and Mary Browning of Charleston have been charged with second-degree sexual assault for the alleged incident at South Central Regional Jail. Court documents said there was an argument before the attack, and afterward doctors at Thomas Memorial Hospital had to remove a piece of glass or Fiberglas from the victim. The two appeared in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Sen. Manchin Calls for Pharmaceutical Investigation

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin wants an investigation into the situation involving the FDA and pharmaceuticals. A Food and Drug Administration panel that comes up with policies regulating prescription painkillers, is accused of accepting thousands of dollars from pharmaceutical companies. Manchin said during a conference call this week he hopes this could lead to a reclassification for hydrocodone, which has been abused in West Virginia. The Washington Post reportt the FDA panel accepted as much as $25,000 from large pharmaceutical companies so the companies could attend and provide input at closed-door meetings.

Furloughed Workers Apply for Jobless Benefits

Thousands of federal workers have been applying for unemployment benefits during the federal shutdown. Workforce West Virginia had asked furloughed workers to wait until this week so they had ample time to get their computer systems in order, but many workers didn't wait and filed early. Regardless, now is a good time to apply for unemployment benefits. Even though federal workers will get their jobs back after the shutdown, they're eligible for benefits in the interim.

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