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Drivers Around Charleston Notice New Road Signs

West Virginia is working to make signs on interstate and U.S. highway routes more legible and visible. During regular sign replacements, the Department of Transportation is installing signs that feature a font called Clearview. DOT spokeswoman Carrie Bly tells the Associated Press that the font, in general, is easier to read. So far, signs with the Clearview font have been installed along Interstate 77 north of Charleston and Interstate 64 in the Huntington area. The DOT began replacing signs along Interstate 70 in the Northern Panhandle this year. U.S. 50 is up next, followed by Interstate 79. States must request interim approval from the Federal Highway Administration to use the Clearview font.

Two Facing Charges After Logan Home Invasion

An alleged home invasion suspect is facing chargees today. Jimmy Walker was shot while trying to break into a home in Logan, and was arrested after medical treatment. He's been charged with burglary and conspiracy after allegedly breaking into a home he was watching for friends. Justin Blair is charged with nighttime burglary, battery on a police officer without a weapon, obstruction, destruction of property, possession of a controlled substance, escape from custody and a probation violation for his involvement in the crime.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Predicts Strong 2014

There are just two days left in 2013, and if the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau is on target, there is much to look forward to in 2014. The Convention and Visitor's Burea expects the coming year to be a good one, and says it has booked more than 17,000 rooms in the last six months, almost 5,000 more than they predicted. Many of bookings are coming from area events the Bureau signs up as they try to market themselves as a premiere destination. Already, conventions are booked for USA Boxing, Hot Rod Power Magazine Tour, and the American Cornhole Organization. Events booked by the Visitor's Bureau this year through 2017 will bring in almost $14 million. And once the Charleston Civic Center is renovated, that could bring in even more conventions. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

Clay Center Keeps Kids Busy Over the Break

Kids are staying busy at the Clay Center over the holiday break. Kids out of school have been making arts and crafts that teach them about different cultures. On Saturday, kids made paper peacocks that represented folding fans found in India and China The Clay Center also has Christmas trees from around the world on display. Families can learn about different cultures and take part in the activities through Tuesday.

Election Proposal

A proposal to rein in weekend special elections is among the bills Kanawha County officials want to introduce to the West Virginia Legislature. Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is strongly opposed to the idea of having what he says are "elections every time you turn around", calling them a waste of money. Under the bill, which Carper said has the backing of Kanawha County lawmakers, it would no longer be legal to run a special levy election within six months of a regularly scheduled election, or to rerun a failed levy within one year of the original election. Carper said the intention of the bill is to encourage government agencies to put special elections on a regular election ballot.

Life Alert Scam

There is a scam hitting all across the country and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning senior citizens about it. The scam involves claims of a free Life Alert device.
Morrisey says callers are told could receive a free Life Alert system if they provide a credit card number to cover the device's shipping, handling and activation fees.
He says consumers should always be on the lookout for warning signs such as callers who are too aggressive or callers that avoid answering questions directly and won't provide the offer details in writing.
While a caller may try to alleviate concerns by saying they are endorsed by an organization, Morrisey says consumers should take the time to independently verify that information first before making a purchase.

Home Rule Program

The city of Charleston remains undecided as to whether it will reapply for the state's Municipal Home Rule Program or not. During the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers added to the bill a set of limitations regarding cities' abilities to implement gun control laws. It passed after a House-Senate compromise was reached.

Abortion Clinic Accusation Blowback

A Charleston gynecologist who was criticized by a member of the House of Delegates for comments he made about abortion calls her complaints, "a poorly executed political stunt."
Delegate Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha, wrote a letter to the West Virginia Board of Medicine last week asking it to investigate claims made by Dr. Byron Calhoun, vice chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at West Virginia University Physicians of Charleston about a letter he wrote to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in June outlining his concerns about the state's abortion clinics. Calhoun claimed he commonly treats patients at Women and Children's Hospital for abortion complications and argued that tattoo parlors and veterinary hospitals are better regulated than abortion clinics. Guthrie wrote in her complaint that Calhoun possibly violated the codes of medical conduct for not reporting substandard services he allegedly observed.

Shooting Investigation

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of a ten year old female on Pentacre Road near Quick, WV, yesterday evening (December 22, 2013). When all evidence, statements, and reports are completed the sum will be given to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Kanawha County for review. That office will determine whether or not to pursue criminal charges in the matter. The shooting is still viewed as an accidental event. Among the several questions posed to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office today was one on the nature of the relationship between the involved nine year old boy and ten year old girl. They were friends and were not relatives. They were visiting the residence of a family member of the nine year old male. No additional information on the incident will be released this date. When more information is available another press release will be distributed.

Judge Asked to Dismiss Gay Marriage Lawsuit

The Charleston Gazette reported this week that the West Virginia Attorney General's Office and Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick asked a federal judge this week to dismiss a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on gay marriage. New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal filed the federal lawsuit in October on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple. The lawsuit contends West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children. A motion filed by assistant attorney general Julie Ann Warren contends that the plaintiffs have no legal basis to challenge the law. A separate motion filed by McCormick's attorney says the matter should be handled by the state's legislative process.

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