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Asst Public Defender Suspended

An established Kanawha County assistant public defender is on the sidelines for the next 30 days. John P. Sullivan won't be able to practice law during that time because he ignored an error in a client's case. The West Virginia Supreme Court suspended his license Wednesday and said another attorney has to supervise him during a two-year probation. The case in question was in 2009 - an error in a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge's sentencing order delayed Anthony White's eligibility for parole for six months. The order says Sullivan knew about the error and did nothing to fix it, and ignored calls from White and his family. The Charleston Gazette reports Sullivan will remain with the Public Defender's Office.

Name Released for Man Hit and Killed by Bus

Charleston Police are still investigating a fatal accident involving a KRT bus. It happened around 5am Thursday on Stockton Street, and police say the bus with five passengers aboard was trying to turn right on 4th Avenue when 40-year old Joseph Bias was run over by a back tire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It was dark at the time, and police are investigating whether visibility was a factor. No charges are expected.

Goodwin Won't Run for Senate

Senator Jay Rockefeller is retiring in 2014, and in the meantime fellow democrats are looking for someone to replace him. Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has already announced she's running a 2014 campaign, and with democrats having a longtime hold on the seat, they're looking to retain. One of the democrats' leading candidates says he's out. Former US Senator Carte Goodwin turns 39 next week and he's raising two young children with his wife. Goodwin says that working in Washington, D.C., would mean only seeing his family on weekends. Goodwin was said to be a leading candidate to replace Sen. Rockefeller, but now the democrats keep looking.

St. Albans Police Make Meth Bust

A drug investigation in St. Albans has led to the arrest of two brothers. 26-year old Jonathon Dewayne Eads and 28-year old Joseph Michael Eads both face a charge of attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab, according to St. Albans police. After an officer saw a car use improper signaling he discovered improper registration. Then a black bag was found in the car along with a glass jar with contents consistent with making meth.

TV Actor Passes Away in Charleston

A man known for his work on 80's and 90's TV shows has died in Charleston. Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as Mr. Gaines on the TV series "A Different World," has died. Tonia McDonald of Myers' nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., says Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76. Myers also appeared on NYPD Blue, ER, and Cosby show, Touched by an Angel, and more.

TV Actor Dies in Charleston

A man known for his work on 80's and 90's TV shows has died in Charleston. Actor Lou Myers, best known for his role as Mr. Gaines on the TV series "A Different World," has died. Tonia McDonald of Myers' nonprofit, Global Business Incubation Inc., says Myers died Tuesday night at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia. She said he was 76. Myers also appeared on NYPD Blue, ER, and Cosby show, Touched by an Angel, and more.

NiSource Changes Its Name

NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage has a new name. Instead of NiSource, the company will be known now as Columbia Group or CPG, to more fully integrate with the established Columbia brand.

Nursing Shortage Coming

Now is a great time to go to school to study nursing. A new study projects what areas may have worker shortages in the coming years, and nursing is #1. The study by West Liberty University's Institute for Innovation in Education compared the number of college degrees awarded in the state with the anticipated job market. Other vocations that may have shortages include social work, computer sciences, education administration, and medical-related fields like dental technicians.

Students Get Ready for New Standardized Test

Students across West Virginia have to take a new standardized test in the 2014-2015 school year, but the preparations are being made now. The new test will be based on national Common Core standards and it will replace the state's Westest. Kindergarten and first-grade classes already are using new standards for math and reading/language arts. The standards are being implemented in second-grade classes, and all grades will use them by the fall of 2014. State associate superintendent Robert Hull told the Charleston Gazette that standards for other subjects are still being developed. Students will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment test during the 2014-2015 school year.

Suspected Ashland Robber Arrested in Charleston

A man wanted for robbing an Ashland motel last fall was arrested Tuesday in Charleston. U.S. Marshals arrested 20-year old Jamar D Robinson will be extradicted to Logan County.

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