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If your job was affected by the June 29th storms, you might be able to collect unemployment benefits. Residents in four West Virginia counties are eligible in fact - those in Kanawha, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties can collect benefits according to WorkForce West Virginia. Residents of those four counties can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits.
After a triple shooting at the Sky Lounge Bar in downtown Charleston, the bar has been closed by the Alcohol Beverage Control, according to Charleston Police. Three people were shot there over the weekend after an argument inside the bar escalated. Police are still investigating and searching for the shooter. None of the three people shot early Saturday faced life-threatening injuries.
A parent complained to the Kanawha County Board of Education about prayers before football games in Sissonville. Prayers were then banned. But students prayed anyway on Friday night. There were dozens of Sissonville students dressed in purple that stood along the bleachers Friday night before the game and held hands, and said a prayer for the players. A Facebook page called Praying in Kanawha County Schools was set up Friday before the football game, and gathered hundreds of Likes over the weekend.
This may be a significant week for the oil and gas industry in terms of drilling permits and what landowners have to say about them. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could set the tone for whether landowners can appeal oil and gas drilling permits on their land. Many citizen groups, industry lobbyists and state environmentalists don't think state statute allows for such appeals, but the Supreme Court will decide. Arguments are set for Tuesday.
A Kanawha County judge ruled on Friday that 28-year old Ernest Lyle Young Jr. will spend up to 20 years in prison for the beating death of 81-year old Wilfred Naylor of Kellys Creek. Prosecutors said Young bludgeoned Naylor to death with a police baton. Young alleged that Naylor was making sexual advances toward him the night of the killing, and a psychologist hired by the defense said there was a history of sexual abuse there. A grand jury indicted Young last year on charges of first-degree murder, and he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July.
Police in Hurricane are looking for two men accused of stealing a rifle from Dunlaps gun store on Rt. 19. Detectives say that around 4:30pm on Friday, two men walked into the gun store and picked up an AR-15 assault rifle and then ran from the store without paying. Witnesses told police they think the men drove off in a grey Dodge sedan. Anyone with information should call the Hurricane Police Department.
A recall you should know about today - Kroger stores are recalling listeria-tainted spinach sold in 15 states. The recalled product is Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10-ounce packages with the UPC code 0001111091649 and a best-by date of Sept. 16. The product was sold in Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, among others. If you're not sure if you have the recalled product? The CDC says, “When in doubt, toss it out.”
Worried about high blood pressure? Grab some yogurt. A new study shows people who eat low-fat yogurt over a long period of time are less likely to develop high blood pressure. MOre than two thousand people werre tracked over 15 years and those who ate at least one 6 ounce cup of low fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.
The poverty rate in West Virginia continues to climb as a new report out Thursday shows slightly more West Virginians fell below the poverty line last year than the year before. The U.S. Census Bureau report shows the state's poverty rate was 18.6 percent in 2011, up from 18.1 percent the year before. West Virginia ranks as the second-poorest state in the nation, according to an assessment of the census data by 24 /7 Wall Street. The state's median household income in 2011 was $38,482 -- lower than every state except Mississippi's $36,919.
No premium increase this year for State employees and others with health coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency. but that doesn't mean no one will feel a pinch- co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses could go up for some state and public school workers under the proposed PEIA 2013-14 financial plan unveiled Thursday. PEIA will hold public hearings about possible plan changes in six West Virginia counties in November. The agency's Finance Board will vote on next year's plan on Dec. 6, and the changes will take effect July 1.