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The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association has an abundance of dogs up for adoption right now, and is offering dogs for ten bucks each this week. Executive Director Chelsea Staley says the ten dollar adoption event will run through Sunday, and the shelter is open from noon to 6pm daily.
The company behind a massive chemical spill last year has reached a $2.5 million deal with regulators for cleaning up its contaminated site. The Charleston Gazette reports Freedom Industries released the plan in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston this week, and says Freedom parent company Chemstream Holdings would add $1.1 million to clean the Charleston spill site. Freedom would contribute $1.4 million. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman told the Gazette he thinks the company should spend more.
Division of Highways crews have been working this week to replace old road signs, and in a few cases that has resulted in nearly identical signs standing next to each other. They'll take down the old versions soon, but for now on I-79 for example, the new 70 mph sign is standing right next to the old one. The new signs are more reflective, and intended to improve safety. WCHS TV reports many of the signs haven't been replaced since 1993. The DOH is spending $1.6 million, compared to the $3.5 million originally funded.
A report on injury prevention says West Virginia has by far the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation. The report used three-year statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report found that overdose deaths in West Virginia occurred at a rate of about 34 per 100,000 residents in 2011-13. That's up dramatically from 22 deaths per 100,000 people in 2007-09. The national average is 13.
Yeager Airport just activated its new emergency siren system yesterday afternoon, that will trigger when Elk Two Mile Creek reaches flood stage. It's designed to protect residents in the area affected the March landslide. The siren will be tested the first Monday of each month at noon.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has named a three-judge panel to consider a petition to remove Charleston Mayor Danny Jones from office. The hearing is scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. The petition was filed last month in Kanawha Circuit Court by Janet Thompson, an unsuccessful candidate for mayor earlier this year. Thompson claims Jones was neglectful of his duties and wasted public funds. Jones said on Monday he doesn't plan to hire an attorney to represent him.
FestivALL Charleston starts this Friday at Haddad Riverfront Park with opening ceremonies and then Live on the Levee. Over the 10-day period organizers are planing arts, music, theater, dance and film, plus other cultural and entertainment events. FestivALL Charleston runs through the 28th.
Two West Virginia State Police troopers and a motorcyclist are recovering after a car accident in Big Otter. Troopers thought they saw a man who had escaped from a defective holding cell at Clay County Magistrate Court last month passing by them on a motorcycle, and when the caught up with Lloyd Rapp, he had crashed the motorcycle in the middle of the road and the troopers' vehicle crashed after swerving to avoid Rapp. The troopers' injuries are non-life threatening.
Firefighters were called to the IHOP restaurant off Corrider G in Charleston Tuesday afternoon. It happened just after 2:30 p.m. Customers and employees were forced to leave the building as crews battled the fire.
No injuries were reported. All staff and customers made it out okay. No word yet on extent of damage.
Video kiosks are being setting up in West Virginia's regional jails to allow visitations with inmates online. The Central Regional Jail in Braxton County and the Western Regional Jail in Cabell County currently offer video visitation. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina tells The Dominion Post that video kiosks are expected to be operational in the other regional jails by the end of the summer. They'll be an option for family or friends to use the service from any device that has a video connection and a secure Web browser. There will be a $1 per minute charge, with a limit of 15 minutes.