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Teacher's Aid Arrested

A Kanawha County teacher's aid has been arrested after police say she bought prescription pills off the street. Heather Lively was arrested after West Virginia State police say she got into a fight with a cashier at Magic Mart in Quincy. Lively is accused of assaulting the woman and throwing a pair of boots at the cashier. During the arrest, officers found illegal prescription drugs. Lively has been placed on administrative leave from Riverside High School.

Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is Back in Business

The Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is open again after correcting some problems with insurance. After falling behind on it's payments, the department closed November 10th. It reopened Tuesday, and still has some training issues to address before it's in full compliance with the state. Fayette County Fire Coordinator Steve Cruikshank says the department also plans to revise its bylaws to ensure some public oversight. At least three members of its board will be citizens.

Two More Days for Military Members to Voice Opinions

Veterans and current military members in West Virginia who want to share an opinion with lawmakers have until Friday to do it. A survey has been up since September,, and active military members and veterans in the Mountain State, along with members of the National Guard and Reserves are encouraged to take it. The survey results could lead to legislation in the next regular session that begins in mid-February. You can take the survey online at The deadline is November 30th.

Massey Energy Executive Charged with Crime

Longtime Massey Energy Division President David Hughart has been charged with a federal crime. Hughart, of Crab Orchard has been charged with conspiring to impede the Mine Safety and Health Administration and conspiring to violate mine health and safety laws, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office. He was charged in federal district court in Beckley on Tuesday. He is the highest-ranking official charged to date in an ongoing federal investigation. The investiation covers the years 2000 to 2010, and looks into whether illegal warnings were given about federal inspections, and whether workers concealed violations.

School Employees ask for help with Fill the Bus

Kanawha County school system employees are collection donations at the Elkview bus terminal. The employees want the "Fill the Bus" project to bring in enough toys to help as many children as possible. You can Fill the Bus between 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from organizers. You can also donate during the same hours Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. Toys, non-perishable food, clothing and monetary donations are appreciated.

Winning Powerball tickets sold in Missouri and Arizona

West Virginia didn't win the Powerball. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona. The estimated jackpot rose to $579 million before the drawing, and the winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29 and the Powerball was 6. The jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner, and now there are two. The Powerball is played in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The $579 million jackpot is the biggest in the history of the Powerball, but the all-time U.S. record payout of $656 million was set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.

Plea deal rejected in Goble murder case

The man accused of murder Kathy Goble in 2010 was in court Wednesday. Charles March is accused of killing Goble, cutting up the body, and burying it in his backyard. The remains were not found until nearly two years later. Goble and March worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Kanawha County Judge Duke Bloom rejected a tentative plea agreement in the case and set a trial date for December 26th. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say March suffered injuries when he tried to commit suicide in jail. Prosecutors say March left behind a suicide note, claiming he loved his family and couldn't go to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Putnam Judge Apologizes to State Commission

Putnam County Family Court Judge William Watkins came before the state Judicial Hearing Board Tuesday to address his past behavior in the courtroom. Watkins is facing seven charges for allegedly screaming and yelling at people in court, delaying rulings, and failng to enter domestic violence orders into the state's tracking system. The state Judicial Investigation Commission found in their investigation that Watkins violated the state Code of Judicial Conduct. Watkins has apologized and waits to learn what disciplinary action comes next.

Educators Gather in Charleston to Prep for AP Courses

Teachers and administrators are in Charleston thiss week to learn more about Advanced Placement, or AP courses. The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is hosting an Advanced Placement Fall Institute that runs through Friday at the Charleston Civic Center. A news release from the Center for Professional Development says the sessions will help teachers and administrators help students with the Advanced Placement exams in May.

State Needs Help from Contractors with Sandy Cleanup

Contractors interested in helping clean up debris after Superstorm Sandy have the chance to find out more at a meeting with state officials. The state Division of Highways will hold the mandatory meeting for contractors who want to bid on debris removal projects from Superstorm Sandy. The meeting will be held Wednesday at the Days Inn in Flatwoods and bids will be accepted December 6th. The contracts would be for the removal of downed trees, damaged roots and brush from Division of Highway rights-of-way and only licensed contractors will be chosen.

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