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Police Are Investigating After Zip Gun Injury

A man from St. Albans accidentally shot himself in the hand over the weekend. Police say 37-year-old Kevin Tolbert is recovering after he and another man walked into the Kanawha County Ambulance Station on 5th Street Saturday evening to report the injury. The weapon was something described as a zip gun, which is disguised as a flashlight and fires a small bullet, and Tolbert said the shooting was an accident.

Trooper Resigns Amid Accusations

Former Trooper of the Year Brandon Moore has resigned. And it may have something to do with the Mingo County corruption investigation. Court documents from last summer, in August, say Moore was possibly engaged in official misconduct at the request of former Mingo County Judge Micheal Thornsbury, helping frame the husband of Thornsbury's secretary. Moore worked out of the Williamson detachment and was named the "Troopers Association Trooper of the Year" in 2009.

Hot Race in WV Congressional Primary

West Virginia's 2nd congressional district primary race left wide open by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's decision to run for a U.S. Senate seat is drawing quite a bit of attention. The GOP plans to make Democrats' policies on energy a central issue, including the Obama administration's proposed stringent regulations for new coal-fired power plants. On the Democratic side, the focus will be on improving roads and promoting coal, natural gas and other energy resources to bring jobs to the state and keep young adults from heading out-of-state.

Another Arrest After West Side Shooting

A third person has been arrested after a shooting last week on the West Side. 18-year old Tymel McKinney was shot and killed last week after being shot as he sat on the front porch of a home on 6th Avenue. Darrell Carter was arrested Saturday and charged with first degree murder. Mark Gaddy and a juvenile were arrested Thursday and are also facing charges. Police haven't released information on a possible motive.

Thursday Night Shooting In Institute Under Investigation

Last night a group of men were playing dice outside an apartment complex on Smoot Avenue in Institute and a fight broke out. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says one man produced a handgun and fired several shots and one of those hit another man in the group in the leg. The victim is expected to be okay, but was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital. At about the same time the suspect and others fled, a vehicle crashed a few blocks away. The occupants of that car fled, too. Cpl B.D. Humphreys says a possible link between the crash and the shooting is being explored. The shooter was described as a black male, approximately six feet tall. Anyone with tips should call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip at

No Citation For Pipeline Explosion

Williams Energy won't be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County. The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the agency didn't find any evidence of groundwater contamination at the site. An investigation of the explosion's cause is continuing.

New River Gorge Fire Nears Containment

Firefighting crews have contained 90 percent of a fire that's burning in the New River Gorge National River. Park ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk said the fire in the Endless Wall area of the gorge is expected to be fully contained sometime today. The Endless Wall trail is still closed. The fire was reported on Sunday and has burned about 130 acres. The cause is still under investigation, but it looks to be caused by human activity.

State High Court Reinstates Convictions

The West Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a man's first-degree murder convictions for the 1982 slayings of two people in Marion County. The court ruled that the Ohio County Circuit Court erred when it granted Philip Reese Bush a new trial last year. Bush was convicted in 1983 of killing Charles Dale Goff and Kathleen Jane Williams. His trial was moved to Ohio County because of pretrial publicity. Bush's appeal argued that one of the trial court's jury instructions denied him due process, but the high court didn't agree. Bush is serving two life sentences. He's also a co-defendant in a separate Marion County case involving the slayings of three people in 1974.

Circus Gets Underway Today in Charleston

Elephants will be having a picnic today in Charleston. Elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will dine on fruit and bread today at 2 p.m. on Clendenin Street in front of the Charleston Town Center, according to the mall's website. It's a free event, and anyone can show up to watch. The circus runs today through Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Mines To Lay Off Workers

Patriot Coal plans to cut production at two mining complexes in southern West Virginia and potentially lay off workers. The company has issued 60-day layoff notices to workers at its Wells mining complex near Wharton and its Corridor G complex near Danville. A federal rule requires companies to provide notice to employees if large layoffs are possible. Patriot employs 450 workers at the Wells complex and 397 workers at the Corridor G complex. Patriot president and CEO Bennett K. Hatfield says in a news release that the company needs to align its production with expected sales. He says pricing for both metallurgical and thermal coal is well below production costs at many mines in Central Appalachia.

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