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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.

Bridge to be Rigged with Explosives, then Demolished

Explosives will be attached to the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge next week, as crews prepare the bridge for demolition. The bridge will come down quickly once the explosives are detonated, but the entire bridge won't come down all at once. The state Dept. of Transportation has given the necessary two weeks notice before the explosions, saying the St. Albans side of the bridge will be detonated at 10 a.m. March 1, and the Nitro side will be taken down at 10 a.m. March 8. There will be a public viewing are set up in both Nitro and St. Albans for those who want to watch the bridge crumble. The entire construction project will take another year.

Cross Lanes Deaths are Likely Murder-Suicide

Two deaths in Cross Lanes Monday morning appear to be a murder-suicide. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies got a call after neighbors and coworkers discovered the bodies, and say the husband and wife who lived along Flairwood Drive died from gunshot wounds, and no one else had entered the home. Neighbors have identified the man as Dr. Bruce Foster and his wife, Marlise Foster. Both were in their early 60s.

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