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A man who was out with his boat last night in the Kawaha River called police when he noticed a body along the bank. The body was recovered near the old Huck Finn's restaurant and will go to the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine his name and cause of death, according to South Charleston Police. It's not known how long the body was in the river, but it was still fully clothed. South Charleston Police are leading the investigation, working with other agencies to see if there are missing person cases or other unsolved cases that this might help solve.
A hazardous material is gone from a local elementary school. Asbestos was taken out of a boiler room at Mary Ingles Elementary, and some parents are upset that the school didn't tell them and they found out about the removal from their children. WSAZ.com reports the environment is safe and the school has passed air tests. The boiler room where the asbestos was found is not attached to the school. Mold was removed from the walls and ceiling of classrooms in March. There are renovations coming this summer, including a new ceiling and roof, sprinkler systems and light fixtures.
West Virginia honored fallen law enforcement officers with a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at the State Capitol. Sarah Janey lost her uncle in 1989 when he was gunned down while trying to make an arrest. Janey says the vigil is a way to remember officers who are too often forgotten:
The West Virginia Law Enforcement Memorial was held inconjunction with National Police Week for the first time. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, more than 200 law enforcement officers from West Virginia have been killed in the line of duty.
Ryan White, an attorney, won one of the three Kanawha County school board seats up for grabs. White won the seat held by Bill Raglin who died last year. Incumbent Becky Jordan won another, and Incumbent Pete Thaw as well.
Freedom Industries was back in bankruptcy court Tuesday. Freedom has asked a judge for approval to pay $1.9 million for work completed by various lawyers and consultants. There's another court filing that proposes ways to reduce those costs. Freedom also wants to sell property and chemicals at its secondary site to a company tied to its former executives. Judge Ronald Pearson on Tuesday ordered the opportunity to buy the site must stay open until 1:00 p.m. Friday, for other companies to make a competitive bid. If no others bid, an auction could be set up.
The stage is set for a November contest for retiring democratic senator Jay Rockefeller's seat. GOP US Rep. Shelley Moore Capito won the primary on Tuesday, which sets up a contest with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who won the most votes on the democratic side. The nation is watching who wins Rockefeller's seat this fall because it could influence control in the Democratic U.S. Senate.
An advisory panel has recommended five candidates to fill a judicial position serving Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission submitted its recommendations to replace 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Kanawha County senior assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach is one of the candidates, according to the Register Herald.
Many high school seniors will be getting their diplomas this week. Two schools graduated last night, and all eight schools will have had graduation ceremonies by the time the week is over. St. Albans and Nitro High Schools passed out diplomas last night. There are no graduations scheduled tonight, but South Charleston High School will hold its graduation Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Sissonville High School will hold its graduation that night at 7 p.m. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Capital High School’s graduation will be Thursday evening at the Civic Center, and Herbert Hoover High School’s ceremony will be at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium that night. Riverside High graduates Friday night at the Civic Center and George Washington High will hold their ceremony Friday at Municipal Auditorium.
Students in Kanawha County are graduating from high school this week, but those in Putnam County will wait a few more weeks. Buffalo High School graduates June 2 at the home gym, Hurricane High graduates June 3 at the Charleston Civic Center. Other schools handing out diplomas the first week of June include Poca High and Winfield High.
The Jefferson County Fair Board has canceled the pig show at this year's event amid concerns about a deadly virus. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus first appeared in the United States in May 2013 and has since spread to about half the country. West Virginia University Extension agent Michael Harman tells The Journal that there will be no pigs at the Jefferson County Fair this year, recommended by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Each county's fair board will decide whether pigs will be allowed at local fairs.