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Study Shows Drop-Off for Greyhound Racing

A new study shows greyhound racing in West Virginia may not be a great boost for the economy. The study commissioned by the legislature says wagering has dropped 55 percent in 10 years, from $35 million in 2004 to $15.8 million in 2013. Attendance at the state's two tracks has also dropped off. The Charleston Gazette reports the Spectrum Gaming Group suggests the state eliminate greyhound racing subsidies either by allowing the host casinos to keep the revenue to improve their bottom lines which may help deal with increased competition. One more fact the study includes... 618 people are directly employed in full- and part-time positions in greyhound racing in the state, wondering about the security of the industry.

Dunbar Man Faces Drug Charges After Stash Is Found Under His Home

A Dunbar man is facing charges after police say they found a large stash of marijuana under his home. 23-year old Joe Green has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and violation of home confinement, after the pot was found under Green’s home in the 200 block of Young Street last week.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Office Investigates Phone Scam

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating a phone scam. Cpl B-D Humphreys says a call came to the Oaks Tree Inn in Comfort, and the man said he was with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and was raising money for underprivileged children, and that he needed a place to stay. He said he would provide additional documentation, but hasn't yet. No money exchanged hands, but investigators are curious if any other people were victimized. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is not conducting any fundraising efforts right now, so if you think you might have been a victim, call the sheriff's office to report it at 304-357-0169.

Sheriff's Office Looks For A Man Who Rammed Deputy's Car

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of ramming a deputy's vehcile, and causing injury to a 7-year old boy after bumping into him in a pickup truck. First, a disturbance that happened in the 3000 block of Falcon Drive north of Charleston on Saturday. 34-year old Brian Edward Spencer of Charleston got into a gold Toyota Camry and rammed his brother’s truck. He also struck his brother's son before taking off. Later that night Brian Spencer’s girlfriend and other family members reports receiving threats from him. Deputies heard a vehicle revving, and approaching quickly, and it was Spencer in the Camry, and he rammed Corporal A-J Miller’s vehicle in a head-on collision and set off the air bags. Corporal Miller suffered minor injuries during the crash. There was a K-9 in the car too, who wasn't hurt. Spencer was seriously hurt and hospitalized, but left Charleston Area Medical Center afer saying he needed a smoke break. Now deputies are looking for Spencer, and anyone with information should call the Sheriff's office, or submit a tip at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

Hurricane Residents Can Receive Free Smoke Alarms

Hurricane is offering free smoke alarms to residents. City marking and development manager Vanessa Ervin tells the Charleston Gazette that city workers will install the alarms at no charge, but you have to apply by Feb. 13th. The alarm offer comes in the wake of a November fire in Scott Depot that killed two children, and since then the city has used a state grant to buy 400 alarms, and have taken donations of alarms in an effort led by the Boy Scouts Troop 236 at Forrest Burdette Memorial Methodist Church.

Grant Money is Coming To Kanawha County

Kanawha County is one of three West Virginia counties that will share more than $835,000 in federal hazard mitigation funding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the grants to Kanawha, Greenbrier and Tucker counties. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the grant in Kanawha County will be used to acquire property in South Charleston and to elevate houses out of the floodplain in Parsons and Pulp Bottom. Funding was sought following the 2012 derecho, Hurricane Sandy and flooding in Mason and Roane counties.

Fayette County Schools Seek Inspections

The Fayette County Board of Education wants state approval to inspect all of the district's school buildings. The request comes in the wake of the Jan. 12 closure of Collins Middle School's main building because of safety concerns. A month earlier, a building housing the school's gym and a school-based health clinic was closed. Board members are sending a letter to the West Virginia Department of Education asking for approval of comprehensive structural inspections and air quality inspections. The school system has been under the state's control since 2010.

State Does Well With Manufacturing Jobs

A report by the Economic Policy Institute says the average manufacturing worker makes nearly $3 more an hour than other workers in West Virginia. The report says that the average manufacturing worker makes $19.02 an hour compared with $16.31 for other workers. That's an annual wage difference of more than $5,600 a year. Manufacturing jobs make up more than 6 percent of total state employment in West Virginia. Nationally, West Virginia ranks 35th in the country by share of manufacturing jobs. In total numbers, West Virginia ranks 39th in manufacturing jobs with 48,500.

Training Program Helps New Farmers Market Vendors

Vendors that thave less than two years of experience and are interested in farmers markets in West Virginia have the chance to be part of a training program. The program is taking applications through February 15th and you can see more at http://wvfarmers.org/new-vendor-launch.

Firefighters Raise Money To Help Girl Fighting Illness

Firefighters in Belle raised over four thousand dollars for a local girl fighting a tumor. Her family is going to travel out of state so 4-year old Harley Tucker can receive treatment, so the Belle Volunteer Fire Department held a barbecue fundraiser Saturday to help them. Harley's dad is the fire chief at the East Bank Fire Department.

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