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Military veterans are getting a special overnight rate at West Virginia state parks during the beginning of November. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the Veterans Day appreciation program featuring reduced cabin and room rates runs from Friday until Nov. 15. The special is available to all military personnel who have served or who currently serve in the reserves or are on active duty.
Moundsville police are looking for copper thieves, and a utility company is offering a reward in the case. The theives caused a power outage affecting about 3,000 American Electric Power customers after breaking in to a substation on Tuesday morning and tripping a circuit breaker while stealing copper wire. AEP is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Power was restored in about two hours, but AEP says it's still assessing the damage.
After a Halloween attraction stirred some controversy, Kings Dominion says it won't bring it back next year. A statement from the amusement park said it doesn't intend to operate Miner's Revenge Halloween Attraction next year. It's based on miners who died while trapped in an underground coal mine, and they sought revenge when their rescue was said to be too dangerous. Many mining families became upset, especially in the wake of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
Sen. Joe Manchin plans to vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and prior to this he'd been the only Democratic senator who hadn't committed to a yes vote. The bill bars employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Monday that he will bring the measure to the floor of the Senate for a vote sometime before Thanksgiving. Similar measures have been proposed in the West Virginia Legislature in recent years but all have failed.
2-year-old twins, a 4-year-old and an 11-year-old died in a Randolph County house fire, and now the father has also succumbed to his injuries. The children's mother and another adult male are still in the hospital. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is investigating and so far no cause for the fire has been released. The blaze blocked all of the exits of the home in Elkins, and investigators have said the only working smoke detector didn't have batteries.
Raleigh County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a body was found in the Harper Heights area near Beckley Wednesday. Neighbors found the body along Old Turnpike Road. WSAZ reports the Kanawha County Sheriff's office is assisting, but it's not clear if the investigation is connected with a Kanawha County case.
Two more former UC basketball players were sentenced Wednesday. Terrell Lipkins and Robert Dreher will spend up to two years in a correctional facility for youth after admitting to robbing a man on Virginia Street in April with two others. Quincy Washington was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role.
The Kanawha County Commission is happy with Congress. Commissioners said in a news release they've received calls from several concerned citizens worried about an increase in flood insurance rates because of the Biggert Waters Act of 2012. But earlier this week, Congress reached a bipartisan that would delay flood insurance rate hikes to give FEMA time to work on a feasibility and affordability study. The rate hike will be kept at bay for at least four years.
More than 5,000 people were part of yesterday's "Rally for the American Jobs" event in Washington, D.C. Miners attended, along with politicians, energy workers, and other supporters, to show support for the mining industry, according to a news release from the West Virginia Coal Association. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, head of the Congressional Coal Caucus, emceed the event. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Congressman Nick Rahall, Congressman David McKinley and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also attended.
Former University of Charleston basketball player, Quincy Washington, was sentenced Tuesday to two to 10 years in prison on two robbery charges. Prosecutors have said Washington and two other former basketball players, along with another man, robbed two men on Virginia Street last spring. The other three men charged in the case are set to be sentenced today.