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West Virginia's House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley announced changes Thursday that included Majority Leader Brent Boggs and Finance Chairman Harry Keith White exchanging their posts. Miley had been Judiciary chair when delegates elected him speaker last month. Miley has promoted Vice Chairman Tim Manchin to take over that major committee. The Democrats also hold a slim majority in the House, occupying just 54 of its 100 seats.
Two firefighters were injured battling a house fire in Marmet last night. The home that caught fire was on Route 94. The condition of the firefighters hasn't been released.
Swimming pools around Kanawha County are going to close early this year since school starts August 9th. Pools will stay open on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend, but the last day they'll be open during the week will be August 9th. That's pools across the county. It's also possible city pools in Charleston will close early as they lose lifeguards, but no final decision has been made.
The investigation continues after meth making materials were found inside a truck this week. Someone called police with a tip that meth was being made inside a home on Stuart Street on Charleston's West Side. Officers didn't find anything inside the home, but a truck that was parked nearby had meth-making materials. They towed the truck to continue the investigation, and they're still looking for the owner.
Charleston Police are looking for two men they think used a stolen debit card to buy cigarettes and lottery tickets. The men were caught by store surveillance cameras at a Kanawha County covenience store, and detectives think the card was used at several other locations around the county as well. One suspect drives a maroon Nissan sedan, and the other suspect was a passenger. Anyone with information should contact Charleston police.
Charleston police made a bust this week in a copper theft case. 21-year old Brittany Renee Vandale and 22-year old Jerrith Edward Witt, both of Charleston, have been arrested and charged in the case. Police say they stole hundreds of pounds of copper from Charleston's East End. Officers think they stole several copper downspouts and copper piping all over the East End, and they could face additional charges of burglary and transfer and receiving stolen property.
Firefighters from Bancroft, Nitro and Poca responsded to a small fire at the Airgas plant in Putnam County yesterday. The blaze was put out quickly and there were no injuries, but the plant may still be on edge after a series of explosions in May. Two workers were injured then.
A West Virginia coal miner will be honored with a new award at an annual gala celebrating the occupation. "Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam will present the "Homer Hickam Collier Award" to a working coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession. The new award is one of several to be given out at the 2013 Miner's Celebration. The gala is Oct. 3rd.
City leaders in Charleston this week decided to make a change in what powers its vehicles. The city council approved buying and installing four propane conversion kits and tanks to allow some of the city fleet to run on propane instead of gas. Grant money covers the cost...otherwise it would cost about $40,000. The changeover will happen in the next few weeks.
Bond has been set for Timothy Cobb, a man charged with sexual abuse of a woman earlier this year. A Kanawha Circuit Judge set Cobb's bond at 10 percent or $25,000 property or cash bond. In May, police said Cobb tricked a woman into getting his car and drove off, leaving her two friends behind. Cobb then allegedly sexually abused her in the parking lot of the South Charleston Rite Aid. The woman escaped by pretending she had to go to the bathroom, and a Rite Aid employee saw her running in the parking lot. Police said Cobb allegedly warned her that he would kill her if she said anything before he let her get out of the car.