Gov. Jim Justice presents Chef Paul Smith with Distinguished West Virginian Award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston-based Chef Paul Smith now takes home another prestigious accolade– the Distinguished West Virginian Award. Governor Jim Justice presented Smith with the award Tuesday following his other big win a couple of weeks ago in Chicago. “He just won the Best Chef: Southeast award from the James Beard Foundation, gosh darn that’s…

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WVSU, Department of Agriculture partnership promoted at ceremonial bill signing

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Tuesday afternoon’s blistering heat didn’t stop West Virginia State University from celebrating a recent bill passed by state lawmakers that will boost the land-grant institution’s mission. Gov. Jim Justice Gov. Jim Justice, state Senate President Craig Blair and several other lawmakers were on the Institute campus as Justice ceremonially signed into law…

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Charleston City Council approves $500,000 towards CARE Quick Response Team helping to address substance use disorder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A total of $500,000 is now going to Charleston’s CARE Quick Response Team and Mental Health Coordinator to be used for continued substance use disorder treatment and support across the community. Charleston City Council approved the funds for the Coordinated Addiction Response Effort (CARE) team during Monday night’s council meeting. The money…

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Capito tours nearly completed West Virginia Health Right expansion project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she’s impressed with a nearly completed expansion project that she helped secure federal funding for a West Virginia Health Right on Charleston’s East End. “I’m just amazed at how much more comprehensive the services are with the beautiful building, doubling the size of it, the volunteers…

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Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Debra Rusnak appointed as lead Prosecutor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Assistant Prosecutor Debra Rusnak is now assuming the role as Kanawha County’s newest lead Prosecutor and the first woman to serve in the position in the county’s history The Kanawha County Commission made the unanimous decision to select Rusnak for the unexpired term after the previous county prosecutor Chuck Miller announced…

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Judge files protective order for bond money in new civil case for Sissonville couple charged with locking kids in shed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There is now a civil forfeiture case in connection with a Sissonville couple charged with locking their two adoptive children in a shed and forcing them to work last year. Donald Ray Lantz, 63, and Jeanne Whitefeather, 62, appeared before Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Maryclaire Akers Thursday morning where the judge…

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Kanawha County Commission to choose new prosecutor Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission is expected to choose a new county prosecutor at its meeting Thursday evening. Prosecutor Chuck Miller announced his retirement earlier this month, effective Thursday. Three Republicans, Assistant Prosecutor Debra Rusnak, Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris and Gregory McVey have applied for the job. Rusnak won the GOP primary election…

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Golden Horseshoe ceremonies underway to honor 8th graders who excel in West Virginia history

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ceremonies took place at the state Culture Center in Charleston Tuesday for 8th grade students who were honored with the Goldon Horseshoe award. The state Department of Education inducted 227 students. The award recognizes students who have excelled in West Virginia history and received a high score on their Golden Horseshoe test.…

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Charleston-based chef makes history as first ever James Beard Award winner in the state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A highly-acclaimed Charleston-based chef is now adding one of the most prestigious culinary arts awards in the country to his repertoire and making West Virginia history. Chef Paul Smith walked away with the title of ‘Best Chef: Southeast’ Monday night, part of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards that takes…

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CAMC Foundation gearing up to host Run For Your Life colorectal cancer awareness 5-mile run for 20th year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A popular Charleston 5-mile run that raises awareness about colorectal cancer is returning for its 20th year this weekend. The Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation will host the Run For Your Life 5-mile run and 2-and-a-half-mile walk for colorectal– also known as colon cancer– awareness and prevention. The event will be held…

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Vandalia Health celebrates 2 years with major capitol investment and expansion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Vandalia Health will soon celebrate the second anniversary of the partnership between Charleston Area Medical Center and Morgantown-based Mon Health. The health system has 14 hospitals, from the far south in the state to the full-service offerings in Charleston, the Davis Health System, Mon Health facilities in Morgantown and affiliations with Grafton…

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Officials: Trooper informally spoke with human services about concern for girl who later died

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Responding to alarm about the state’s role in safeguarding the welfare of a 14-year-old girl who died earlier this year “emaciated to a skeletal state,” state government officials today confirmed that State Police troopers checked on the girl more than a year ago in response to questions about why she so…

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Attorneys involved in Boone County child neglect case ask for Thursday press conference be halted

MADISON, W.Va. — Lawyers for a mother accused of child neglect causing death objected to a related investigation of state responsibility for the welfare of the girl who wound up dying “emaciated to a skeletal state.” Attorneys for Julie Anne Stone Miller, the mother, asked for a scheduled Thursday press conference with representatives of the…

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WVDOH official says ongoing $47 million Jefferson Road project in South Charleston is coming along

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Highways Chief Engineer Joe Pack says they’re getting closer to a long-awaited $47 million South Charleston roadway project to finally come to fruition. Pack came on 580 Live Wednesday morning to give an update on the ongoing Jefferson Road project which is reconfiguring the road between U.S.…

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Charleston City Council reluctantly votes to pass bill eliminating restrictions to firearm sales

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston City Council is reluctantly voting for a bill to eliminate restrictions pertaining to gun retail shops. They originally voted against the bill 12 to 10 during Monday’s City Council meeting, however since it recently became required by state law for firearm sales be handled in the same way as other sales,…

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Kanawha County Commission to use clerk of the works on judicial building project

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Commission has agreed to seek proposals from those interested in helping oversee the upcoming judicial annex renovation-addition project. The commission has agreed a clerk of the works would help keep the project on time and possibly save money. County Manager Jennifer Herrald-Oakley recommending the move at last Thursday’s commission…

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Chuck Miller stepping down as prosecutor, county commission will choose replacement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ten-year Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller says he’s retiring. Chuck Miller Miller hand-delivered his resignation letter to the Kanawha County Commission Friday morning. In that letter, Miller said it was time to move on to the next phase of his life. The retirement takes effect June 13. Miller, a former federal prosecutor,…

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Kanawha County Commission selects new candidate to fill vacancy for six-month unexpired term

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s now a new Kanawha County commissioner in place to fill the vacant seat for the six-month unexpired term. Commission President Lance Wheeler and Commissioner Ben Salango chose longtime commission attorney Marc Slotnick during a special meeting Thursday evening. Slocknick will finish out the remaining six months of the unexpired term when…

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Clendenin Elementary students get big send off on the last day of school ahead of starting in a new building this fall

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Students from Clendenin Elementary receiving a memorable send-off on their last day of school. Upon letting out of their temporary portable buildings on the property of Bridge Elementary in Elkview for the very last time Thursday afternoon, the students were bid adieu by teachers and staff with bells, noise makers and music…

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Senator Joe Manchin joins University of Charleston to welcome new Outdoor Fitness Court to campus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin testing his strength on some pull-up bars at the University of Charleston Wednesday. He joined them in welcoming the university’s new state-of-the-art Outdoor Fitness Court. The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by Manchin joining some student athletes at UC in breaking in the new court,…

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A list of 7 applicants for open Kanawha County Commission set for consideration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango says he’s confident that he and fellow commissioner, Commission President Lance Wheeler, will be able to fill a vacancy on the commission Thursday night from a list of seven qualifying applicants. Ben Salango There’s a vacancy on the commission following the recent retirement of longtime commission member…

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FEMA opens Disaster Recovery Center in Cross Lanes for April storm victims

CROSS LANES, W.Va. — Residents impacted by the April 2-6 storms and tornados were in Kanawha County to begin applying for federal individual disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a state-federal Disaster Recovery Center at the Tyler Mountain Fire Department in Cross Lanes Tuesday morning. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is…

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Two Junior category racers take the first win of the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two Junior category athletes are taking home gold on the Opening Day of the 2024 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships currently underway in the Capital City. The championship cycling races kicked off on Tuesday afternoon. It began with the Junior Women’s and Junior Men’s Time Trial races where over 50 athletes…

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Annual East End Yard Sale returns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A highly-anticipated community yard sale is returning to Charleston’s East End again. The annual East End Yard Sale will make its return this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. The East End Community Association comes together with Piedmont Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization and Mountain Care Network to…

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An individual $1 million contribution towards Keith-Albee Theater renovations gets recognized

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A million more dollars are being added to help complete renovations on a beloved and historical Huntington landmark. President and First Lady of Marshall University, Brad and Alys Smith joined Senator Bob Plymale Monday afternoon to announce their contribution of $1 million towards the ongoing renovations of the 96-year-old Keith-Albee Performing Arts…

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Coal mining experts, company exhibitors discuss the future of the industry during the 50th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Coal mining officials and product manufacturers say the future of the industry is still looking strong in the Mountain State as new technology and safety innovations, as well as more advanced ways at producing coal are helping to fuel its way forward. Local, state, and federal mining industry experts came together to…

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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve officials celebrate newly-renovated Canyon Rim Visitor Center, new exhibits expected to help with increasing visitation

LANSING, W.Va. — After over $1 million in renovations, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve officials anticipate the park’s busiest visitors centers to be getting even busier this year with its fresh new features for those coming in to see and do. Funded by the National Park Services Recreation Fee program, the $1.7 million…

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WVSU holds ribbon cutting for new Yellow Jacket Career Closet to provide students with professional attire

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Students at West Virginia State University are getting a closet upgrade for the professional world. WVSU President Ericke Cage and other university officials joined those from the natural gas production company, Diversified Energy to host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Yellow Jacket Career Closet Tuesday morning. It’s a…

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August 2023 flood victims encouraged to sign up for FEMA disaster assistance as deadline to do so approaches

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports they so far have distributed over $2 million dollars in recovery assistance for the 2023 August flash flood victims across the five counties that were most affected. This follows the disaster declaration FEMA was able to obtain on January 31st. After setting up four different Disaster…

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West Virginia Supreme Court Justices take LAWS program to Herbert Hoover High School, hearing arguments in front of nearly 200 students

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Nearly 200 students were hearing oral arguments from West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals cases as part of a civics education program that teaches young people about the appellate court process. The five state supreme court justices took the program, Legal Advancement of West Virginia Students, or the LAWS program, to Herbert…

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Health officer says recently-passed vaccine bill is deeply concerning and weakens immunization protection

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Health Officer at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Dr. Steven Eshenaur, says the passage of a bill allowing parents to choose whether they vaccinate their children against infectious diseases is very much a concern. HB5105, or the vaccine bill, pertaining to the elimination of requirements to prevent and control diseases such as measles,…

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Man High School students tour Air National Guard base in Charleston as part of an effort to promote guard recruitment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Man High School students out of Logan County were getting an eyeful at the Air National Guard base in Charleston during a tour promoting education and recruitment. The students paid a visit to the 130th Airlift Wing within the West Virginia International Yeager Airport Thursday to tour an aircraft, take a look…

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Second state Medal of Valor ceremony held to recognize first responders for their heroic acts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice honoring three first responders for their service above self Wednesday during West Virginia’s second Medal of Valor ceremony at the State Culture Center. Upshur County Sheriff Mike Coffman and Deputy Director Derek Long in Upshur County, as well as State Police Sergeant David S. Fry were recognized and presented…

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