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Sen. Joe Manchin plans to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and prior to this he'd been the only Democratic senator who hadn't committed to a yes vote. The bill bars employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday that he will bring the measure to the floor of the Senate for a vote sometime before Thanksgiving. Similar measures have been proposed in the West Virginia Legislature in recent years but all have failed.
2-year-old twins, a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old died in a Randolph County house fire, and now the father has also succumbed to his injuries. The children's mother and another adult male are still in the hospital. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is investigating and so far no cause for the fire has been released. The blaze blocked all of the exits of the home in Elkins, and investigators have said the only working smoke detector didn't have batteries.
Raleigh County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a body was found in the Harper Heights area near Beckley Wednesday. Neighbors found the body along Old Turnpike Road. WSAZ reports the Kanawha County Sheriff's office is assisting, but it's not clear if the investigation is connected with a Kanawha County case.
Two more former UC basketball players were sentenced Wednesday. Terrell Lipkins and Robert Dreher will spend up to two years in a correctional facility for youth after admitting to robbing a man on Virginia Street in April with two others. Quincy Washington was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role.
The Kanawha County Commission is happy with Congress. Commissioners said in a news release they've received calls from several concerned citizens worried about an increase in flood insurance rates because of the Biggert Waters Act of 2012. But earlier this week, Congress reached a bipartisan that would delay flood insurance rate hikes to give FEMA time to work on a feasibility and affordability study. The rate hike will be kept at bay for at least four years.
More than 5,000 people were part of yesterday's "Rally for the American Jobs" event in Washington, D.C. Miners attended, along with politicians, energy workers, and other supporters, to show support for the mining industry, according to a news release from the West Virginia Coal Association. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, head of the Congressional Coal Caucus, emceed the event. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall, Congressman David McKinley and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also attended.
Former University of Charleston basketball player, Quincy Washington, was sentenced Tuesday to two to 10 years in prison on two robbery charges. Prosecutors have said Washington and two other former basketball players, along with another man, robbed two men on Virginia Street last spring. The other three men charged in the case are set to be sentenced today.
State police said it was a shoplifting incident that led to another charge against Jennifer Garretson last December 31st. On Monday Garretson pleaded guilty to malicious wounding after being accused of hitting an off-duty state trooper with her car while she was fleeing the scene. Garretson was accused of shoplifiting from Goody's at the St. Albans Mall when an off-duty trooper tried to intervene. The Associated Press reports that Garretson faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 9.
A man accused in a shooting at a West Side Convenience store has entered his plea. Antonio Collins appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to attempted murder, being a repeat offender, and malicious wounding. Josh Lawson was shot in the neck and his friend was also shot last April at a 7-Eleven on Charleston's West Side. Collins was arrested in Columbus and brought back to Charleston to face charges. He'll face 13 o 50 years in prison when he's sentenced.
The Kanawha County school district is required to hold two public hearings as the move forward on setting a school calendar. The first has already been held, and there's another pending. Public comment is also happening on a new state policy that would give county boards of education more flexibility in adopting a school calendar each year, while at the same time requiring the county boards to actually provide students with 180 separate days of instruction. That policy takes effect next fall. The state Dept. of Education says the average number of instructional days in Kanawha County over the last five years is 178.8. The Kanawha County school board will consider all of that this fall, and will decide whether this fall's unusually early start of August 9th will happen again.