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Explosives to Bring Down Bridge on Friday

The Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge connecting St. Albans is scheduled to be demolished on Friday. The Department of Transportation says the blast that brings the bridge down will happen right at 10am Friday, and St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway and several selected members of the community will flip the ceremonial switch. A staging area will be set up at the St. Albans Roadside Park, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Some debris is expected to fall into the Kanawha River, and it will be fished out and removed. The next phase of the demolition will happen at 10am Friday March 8th, and that will bring down the section of the bridge that connects to Nitro.

Study Urges for Appeals Process

House Speaker Rick Thompson announced Wednesday that he and more than a dozen other delegates are urging for a yearlong study of the state Supreme Court's new appeals process. They want to make sure the system is doing what it should. There's a bill pending now that would create an intermediate appeals court.

Road Work Continues in Putnam County

Road work this year in Putnam County will widen a two-mile stretch of Route 35 from Plantation Road to the Buffalo Bridge. Culvert repairs are part of the project too, and should be finished in the next few months. The Division of Highways says it has finished work on Route 35 in Mason County from Plantation Road to Beach Hill.

Budget Cuts to have Local Impact

With $85 billion in federal budget cuts set to kick in Friday, schools are wondering how it might affect them. If Congress does nothing to stop the sequester today, the automatic cuts will take effect March1, and we've mentioned the impact that could have on the airport. Some parks, the military, airports, and a variety of other local places including the Kanawha County Head Start Program, could feel the cuts.

Sequester To Have Local Impacts

With $85 billion in federal budget cuts set to kick in Friday, Hill Country schools are wondering how it might affect them. If Congress does nothing to stop the sequester today, the automatic cuts will take effect March1, and we've mentioned the impact that could have on the airport. Some parks, the military, airports, and a variety of other local places including the Kanawha County Head Start Program, could feel the cuts.

Library Faced With Funding Shortage

Funding for the Kanawha County library is uncertain after last week's Supreme Court decision released the Kanawha County school district from responsibility. The library lost about $3 million per year with that decision, so now the library relies on only the city of Charleston and the Kanawha County commission for it's funding. The library's board of directors held a meeting last night to talk about funding, and what's next.

Man Gets Prison Sentence for Shooting Another

A Nitro man has been sentenced to prison for shooting another man. 36-year old Timothy Chapman was sentenced to 2 to 10 years, as a result of a malicious wounding charge. Chapman was charged with shooting Matthew Singleton at a Lakewood Drive apartment building in Sissonville back in 2011. Singleton survived, and when he recovered he was able to pick Chapman out of a photo lineup.

Services Set for TV Actor Who Died in Charleston

Funeral services are set for a TV actor who died last week in Charleston. Lou Myers was best known for his role as the ornery restaurant ownder Mr. Gaines on "A Different World." He also appeared on "NYPD Blue," "E.R.," "The Cosby Show" and "Touched by an Angel," plus movies, including "Tin Cup" and "Wedding Planner." A funeral service for Myers will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Charleston. Myers died Feb. 19 at Charleston Area Medical Center after becoming ill with pneumonia. Myers was 76.

Organizers Get Ready for FestivALL

Organizers have announced more about FestivALL Charleston. Kathy Mattea will headline the Live on the Levee Concert June 21st, and Kool and the Gang will headline the Mayor's Concert at the Clay Center June 27th. On June 22nd, the Festivall art parade will combine with the West Virginia Sesquicentennial History Parade along Kanawha Boulevard, and the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff will take place on the Capitol Grounds later that day. The entire 10-day festival runs June 21 through 30. FestivALL Charleston began in 2005 with the support of Mayor Danny Jones and the Charleston City Council, and features music, visual arts, theater, dance, and film each year.

Woman Arrested for Burglary

A homeowner returned home Sunday to find a woman inside her home. She was able to chase her off and call police, and a short time later a police K9 unit tracked down 36-year old Gwen Davis of Charleston and she was arrested where she had been hiding, at Quarrier and Beauregard Streets.

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