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Town Hall Meeting Tonight to Measure Progress Post Water Crisis

A panel of experts will gather tonight for a town hall meeting on post-water crisis issues. On the panel: US Sen. Joe Manchin, C.W. Sigman of the Kanawha County Dept. of Homeland Security an Emergency Management, state Sen. John Unger, Dr. Rahul Gupta with the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and more. The panel will be on stage tonight at the Labelle Theater in South Charleston, and those who want to attend can register on the WCHS TV website. The panel discussion will be from 7 to 8:30pm.

Beckley Historic District May See Changes

State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district. Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking. Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed. West Virginia Division of Culture and History deputy commissioner Caryn Gresham says the demolitions could lead to the district's removal from the national register. Bickey says he hopes the district doesn't lose its historic designation. He says the city needs more parking and it's not cost effective to restore the buildings.

Local Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

A Charleston man with several drug trafficking and violent felony convictions pleaded guilty Monday to a federal drug charge. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said 35-year old Donnell Dwayne Diego pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth, after selling methamphetamine to an informant last summer. Drugs including oxycodone, 50 grams of methamphetamine, more than 50 grams of heroin were seized at his home, along with ammunition, and in excess of $9,000.00 cash. Goodwin says Diego had been previously convicted of several felony offenses in California including burglary and grand theft in 2003 and drug trafficking in 2004 and 2007. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 7th.

Ruling May Come Today on Plants' Case Load

A hearing is scheduled for today to rule on the city of Charleston's request to disqualify Mark Plants' office from hearing some cases. The city is asking that the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office from trying any cases involving domestic battery by a parent, while Mark Plants is facing charges for an incident with his son back in February.

Groundbreaking in May Starts Construction on New Bridge

A groundbreaking will be held next month for a bridge that will provide a new entryway to Charleston's Coonskin Park. Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on May 8. The Charleston Daily Mail reported the $6.2 million bridge will connect the park to U.S. 119 in Mink Shoals. It should be completed by October 2015. After the bridge's completion, another road leading past an Air National Guard base to the park will be closed to through traffic.

Sen. Rockefeller to Speak in Buckhannon

Retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will discuss his five decades of public service at a public forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The event is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the college's Virginia Thomas law Center for the Public Arts in Buckhannon. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will serve as moderator, and students and members of the public will have an opportunity to submit questions to the senator. Rockefeller served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan from 1973 to 1976.

Body Found Near Big Chimney

The investigation is on after a man on a four wheeler discovered a body in a wooded area near Big Chimney Saturday afternoon. Bryan Crosier was riding his four wheeler when he noticed the body, and his dad just happens to be Sean Crosier....who works for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office. Deputies started investigating yesterday, and it's too soon to have an ID or many details on the case.

Tourism Office Focuses on Positive After Jan. 9th Chemical Spill

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days. A $1.2 million cash infusion was announced last week that will more than double the Division of Tourism's spring advertising campaign budget. The Charleston Gazette reports that the additional funding will allow the ad campaign to expand to new markets and to run more frequently.

DUI Checkpoint Planned For Tonight

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office continues its crackdown against drunk driving. The sheriff's office, in conjunction with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be conducting a high visibility sobriety checkpoint tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on WV Rt. 817 near Saint Albans. This is one of several planned checkpoints and targeted patrols throughout the year, and the sheriff's office says it has a zero tolerance policy against drunk driving.

"Streaky" The Bald Eagle Has Passed Away

A female bald eagle that nested in the New River Gorge has died from injuries suffered last month when she was hit by a train and later by a vehicle. Three Rivers Avian Center executive director Wendy Perrone says the eagle, named Streaky, was euthanized Monday after she failed to regain the use of her legs and her liver shut down. Perrone tells the Charleston Gazette that Streaky couldn't eat, drink or respond favorably to injections of fluids in recent days. The eagle collided with the windshield of a passenger train locomotive in the gorge on March 7. She later was hit by a vehicle. Streaky and her mate, Whitey, had nested in the gorge since 2010.

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