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Layoffs Coming to Boone County Mine

Boone County miners are still dealing with the news of Friday's pending layoffs. 160 mine employees will be laid off from Independence Coal and Spartan Mining, and Boone County Commissioners were notified Friday. The mines are owned by Alpha Natural Resources. The layoffs are expected to start at the beginning of August, and company leaders will meet with employees this week to talk about severance pay and benefits if they lose their jobs. The layoffs will come in waves the first two weeks of August.

Boating Hit and Run Investigated

It's a rare hit and didn't involve cars, but boats. A boat crashed into another boat on the Kanawha River Friday night and then took off. It happened near the Dunbar Toll Bridge, and the passengers in the boat that was hit told police there was severe damage to their boat, which was a 27-foot Sea Ray. Officers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are investigating the crash, and remind us that state law says boaters have 48 hours to report an accident. One passenger was hurt in the crash, and charges will likely be filed once police discover who was driving the other boat.

Tug River Body Identified

The identity of the man found in the Tug River last Saturday is known now, after several days of trying to connect the dots. Steven Daniels had been missing since May 25th, and police say it was his body was found by two men who were fishing near west Williamson. His body was sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy. Daniels went missing after telling his wife he was going for a walk as they were staying at a hotel in Kentucky, just across the river from Williamson. Daniels was from Crab Orchard.

Man Accused of Killing his Friend Enters Plea

A man charged with murdering his friend has pleaded not guilty. 29-year old Tremale Straughter made an appearance Thursday in Kanawha County Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. 29-year old Donovan Taylor, was found shot to death this past February - on Valentines Day in fact - in the Rand area, and police said there were 25 bullet holes in his car. Straughter was arrested a short time later.

Free Fishing This Weekend

No license, no problem. When it comes to fishing anyway. Anglers won't need a license to fish in West Virginia this weekend. The Division of Natural Resources is allowing free fishing Saturday and Sunday for both residents and nonresidents as part of National Fishing and Boating Week.DNR Director Frank Jezioro says people with licenses are being encouraged to introduce someone else to the fun of fishing. Among events planned around the state Saturday are fishing derbies at the Bowden State Hatchery in Randolph County and Little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County.

Police identify West Side Shooting Suspect

Charleston police are looking for someone in connection with a shooting on the West Side after a man was shot early Thursday. The man was able to run for help after being shot in the back at a vacant home on Red Oak Street. Police have identified the suspect as 22-year old Steven Thompson of Charleston. Charleston police say he is known to occupy several addresses on Charleston's West Side. Anyone with information should call police.

Charleston Man Faces Sex Assault Charges

A Charleston Man is facing serious charges after being accused of having sex with a young girl he met on the internet. Mark Loring Dawson was indicted on four counts earlier this week by a federal grand jury. The girl lives in Ohio, and police say Dawson drove there and picked her up. Federal prosecutors said he then took her to a hotel in New Martinsville, Ohio, where the alleged acts occurred on two occasions between May 2012 and April of this year. If Dawson is convicted, he could face from 30 years to life in prison.

Money is Coming to WV as Part of Foreclosure Settlement

You might be one of more than 2600 West Virginians getting money from a national mortgage settlement. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said residents in the state are getting a combined total of more than $3.8 million in settlement funds. Forty-nine states, including West Virginia, as well as the federal government, announced the settlement with five participating mortgage service providers last year. Those service providers include Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Checks are going out around mid-June to West Virginians who experienced a foreclosure sale between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011.

NTSB to Release Info on Sissonville Explosion Today

We'll know more today about the National Transportation Safety Board Investigation about the Sissonville pipeline explosion last December. A news release from the NTSB says they'll release more than 1400 pages of documents including interview transcripts, pictures, and other documents from the investigation. Everything will post later this morning - at 11:30am - on the NTSB website. The explosion destroyed three homes and burned part of the interstate last December 11th. The reports today won't contain any analysis, it will just be data.

Pool Needs to Hire More Lifeguards Before It Can Open

Several weeks ago we told you that some Charleston pools may not open because of a lifeguard shortage. Now that's exactly what's happening. Cato Park's swimming pool is still closed while it tries to bring on more lifeguards. WCHS TV reports the park has only 27 of the 40 spots filled and plans to host a life guard certification class next week to fill in the gap.

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