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State Office Deals With Certain Strain of Pneumonia

Precautions are being taken after an employee at the WV Dept. of Education contracted legionaires pneumonia. The Center for Disease and Control's website says Legionnaires' pneumonia is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella, found naturally in the environment, usually in water. This type of pneumonia can't spread from person-to-person contact. Some workers did their jobs from home on Thursday as a precaution. The Kanawha Charleston Health Department has an eye on the situation.

American Idol Winner Visits Charleston Tonight

An American Idol winner is in town for tonight's Live on the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park. Kris Allen take the stage around 7:45pm, and fireworks are scheduled for after the concert to honor the 10th anniversary of the Clay Center's opening and the Boy Scouts heading to the National Jamboree in Fayette County. The Boy Scouts National Jamboree starts Monday and runs through the 24th.

Grant Money Comes For Healthcare Help

West Virginia health centers will have some money coming their way. They'll get over $2.5 million in grant awards to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options that line up with the new healthcare law. Among the grant recipients - WomenCare Inc. in Scott Depot...they'll get more than $121,000. Cabin Creek Health Systems in Dawes gets more than $108,000. And Roane Family Health Care in Spencer will get $54,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money is expected to help consumers understand their coverage options in the new health insurance marketplace, and they'll help determine an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and new affordable health coverage options.

Johnson County Sheriff Candidate In Trouble With the Law

A candidate for sheriff in Johnson County is facing federal charges in connection with his recent arrest. 42-year old John Kline was arrested after he allegedly sold 100 prescription pain pills to undercover deputies. It was an investigation that had been going on for more than a year, and in a press release the Johnson County sheriff's offce said Kline was found to be 'doctor shopping' in multiple states, and is believed to be responsible for bringing thousands of pills into the region. Guns and cash were found inside Kline's home. Kline filed to run for sheriff in Johnson County in March of this year.

Urban Renewal Authority Considers Projects

The Charleston Urban Renewal Authority spent much of Wednesday talking about construction projects. Among those, the East End Park construction project, plus the conversion of the Kyle Furniture building. Developers have expressed interest in making the Kyle Furniture building into lofts and commercial space and they would include a parking garage. As for the park project...the East End Community Park and Trail on Dixie Street continues to move forward on target. Construction is in the final phase now and the main entrance arch is up. The landscape will be installed, and then the second phase of construction will begin, which will install a walking and jogging trai. The entire project should be finished by August.

St. Albans Man Who Didn't Comply With Police Faces Charges

A St. Albans man is facing multiple charges after he refused to have his fingerprints or photo taken while he was being booked. South Charleston police say 33-year old Jonathan Daniel Byrd also threatened an officer. Byrd was being booked on a charge after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat at an apartment in South Charleston and pushed her. A South Charleston police officer arrested him for driving on a revoked license for DUI, and was also charged with domestic battery, failure to submit to booking, an assault on an officer after he refused to comply with the booking process.

Fatal Accident Closes Interstate 77

One person is dead after a tractor-trailer crash near the Cabin Creek exit on Interstate 77 last night. A semi was the only vehicle involved in the crash, and left the roadway just before 11 p.m., according to dispatchers. One northbound lane of I-77 was closed for the investigation, and more is expected to be known today.

St. Albans Man Headed to Jail on Child Porn Charge

A St. Albans man is headed to prison on child pornography charges. Joseph Braucksieck will spend the next two years in prison after he was caught with child porn inside a rental truck. He later admitted to officers he had more pictures were on his computer. After the two year prison sentence he'll spend 10 years on supervised release and he'll have to register as a sex offender.

Train Accident Under Investigation in Hurricane

Thankfully there were no injuries in last night's train accident in Putnam County. A tractor trailer was crossing the railroad tracks near Hurricane High School around 5:30pm when it was hit by a train. Apparently the driver saw the train and thought he had enough time to cross, but the train nipped the trailer.

Child Abuse Conference Coming to Charleston

A conference going on now in Martinsburg will be repeated next week in Charleston. There are about 150 professionals attending a conference in Martinsburg on child abuse and neglect, and are hearing from a panel young men and women who were in the state's care. They'll share their experiences and recommendations to improve the system. The state Supreme Court's chief justice, Brent D. Benjamin opened the series on child neglect and abuse. The session will be repeated July 17 in Charleston and the public can attend.

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