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Judge Rules Against Former Mine Boss

A magistrate said there are no grounds to set aside the conviction of a former Upper Big Branch mine boss now in prison. Ex-superintendent Gary May argued last month his lawyer was ineffective, had conflicts of interest and made him a scapegoat for the 2010 disaster that killed 29 coal miners -- all to protect Massey Energy executives. May pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is serving 21 months for his actions at the West Virginia mine. May claimed that he wasn't allowed to testify that illegal advance warning of safety inspections was common practice at former Massey operations, but the judge ruled his claims are without merit.

Report on Sissonville Explosion is Delayed

The investigation has been going on since last December, and we'll wait awhile longer to find out the results of it. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's delaying the release of the final report on the gas pipeline explosion that rocked Sissonville last December. The explosion destroyed several homes and burned a section of Interstate 77. Because of the government shutdown, some NTSB workers were furloughed, and the report that was coming out Dec. 3 will be delayed. There is no word on when the report will be released.

Charges Pending After One-Pot Meth Lab Explodes

Warrants have been issued after an apartment fire Monday. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says a fire broke out after a one-pot meth lab exploded. The blaze started around 9am Monday morning in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand. Maria Young was found collapsed in the yard of the 4-unit building and was treated for smoke inhalation. Greg Young also lived inside the apartment that caught fire. Warrants have been issued for both.

Ravenswood Teen Accused of Animal Cruelty

A Ravenswood teen is facing animal cruely charges after being accused of killed a cat. The criminal complaint says 18-year old Jessie Lee Wood admitted to punching and killing a cat that had scratched him. Wood is facing separate charges after police found pictures of minors engaged in sexual conduct on his phone.

Drug Take Back Day Set for Saturday

Law enforcement agencies across the country are teaming up for the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at more than 130 locations across West Virginia, including the state Capitol in Charleston. Officers will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it, to keep it out of the wrong hands and also protect the environment. Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem in West Virginia and nationally.

Pratt Mayor's Wife Arrested

The wife of a local mayor has been arrested. Norma Fields, the wife of Pratt Mayor Gary Fields was arrested last night after being accused of violating a protection order. Court documents show Fields went to the Pratt Municipal Building and confronted a city employee who had an order of protection filed against her. She was taken to the South Central Regional Jail.

Charges Pending After Meth Lab Fire

An apartment fire that broke out after a one-pot meth lab exploded has charges attached to it now. The blaze started around 9am Monday morning in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand. Maria Young was found collapsed in the yard of the 4-unit building and was treated for smoke inhalation. Greg Young also lived inside the apartment that caught fire. Investigators spent time Monday testing the building and treating it for contamination. Charges are pending.

Logan Fire Still Under Investigation

Investigators were on the scene much of the day Monday after a house fire in Logan County killed two children under the age of 8. The fire was reported around 5am and the duplex was fully engulfed by the time firefighters got there. The parent made it out, but was unable to go back for the children. The duplex is on Canton Lane in Logan. No word yet what caused the fire.

Gov. Tomblin Says Trade Mission is Successful

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin held a video teleconference Monday from Zurich, Switzerland, and said his European Investment mission is turning up some prospects. The governor said he has met with 23 prospects that might offer some investment potential in West Virginia. He also attended a luncheon with a Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce that might turn out to be productive. The governor's journey to Europe includes meetings in Spain, France, Germany and Italy to strengthen trade relationships and promote West Virginia.

Coyotes Are Here to Stay

The coyotes aren't going anywhere. A state wildlife official says little can be done to control coyotes that have sprung up in urban areas. Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Curtis Taylor tells the Charleston Daily Mail that coyotes thrive in urban areas. They increase their reproductive rate if a lot are killed. He says the best thing residents can do is avoid the animals. Pets should be kept inside from dusk to dawn, when coyotes are most active. Debbie Cobb of Charleston cares for a colony of feral cats in her neighborhood. She says two have been killed in recent weeks, and she suspects coyotes are the culprits.

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