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New Restaurant Coming To Cafe de Paris Space

Something is moving into the former Cafe de Paris space located at 201 Capitol Street, and the Charleston Gazette reports it's a new restaurant, confirmed by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. The space has been empty since 2009 when Cafe de Paris failed to re-open after a family death. The building went back on the market in September.

Hearing Set For Man Accused of Shooting WV State Police Officers

A preliminary hearing is set for a Texas man charged in a shootout with police in West Virginia. Twenty-one-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell is charged in West Virginia with attempted murder of a police officer and malicious assault of a police officer. His hearing is scheduled today in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court. Campbell's father, 54-year-old Edward Campbell of Alvin, faces similar charges. State police say the Campbells were involved in a shootout with two Lewisburg officers on New Year's Day during a traffic stop. Both men also are suspects in the deaths of a North Carolina couple. Lewisburg Police Chief Tim Stover tells The Register-Herald that the elder Campbell remains hospitalized in Charleston with a gunshot wound. He hasn't been arraigned on the West Virginia charges.

Capito Becomes Close Adviser to Rep. Leadership

Newly elected Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been tapped as counsel to new Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Capito's office said Tuesday in a news release that she's one of four counsel members McConnell has appointed in the new Congress who will offer input, guidance and advice to the Republican leadership. In November, Capito won the seat of long-time Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who has retired. Yesterday's swearing-in marked the start of a new Congress with Republicans in control of both chambers.

Numbers Decrease At Tent City

What's become known as Tent City sits along the banks of the Elk River, and has become a camp for the homeless population. The Charleston Gazette reports the number of people at the camp is dwindling. Over the summer there were 25 people living at the encampment next to the Spring Street Bridge, but the number has decreased since the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority has given 14 of them housing vouchers, using federal money. There are less than 10 people living at the encampment now.

Beckley Has New Air Ambulance Base

Air Evac Lifeteam has opened a fifth base in West Virginia. The air ambulance service says the new base in Beckley expands its coverage in the state. The Beckley base's Long Ranger helicopter is equipped with autopilot and a glass cockpit. Air Evac Lifeteam president Seth Myers says in a news release that the service plans to outfit the rest of its fleet with autopilot and glass cockpits over the next two years. Air Evac Lifeteam operates 116 bases in 15 states.

Health Officials Try To Prevent Flu in Schools

State health and education officials are working together to fight flu in West Virginia's public schools. Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling and state Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Martirano announced a joint education effort on Monday during an appearance at a Charleston elementary school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says West Virginia is among the states with widespread flu activity, and school-aged kids are hard hit. It's not too late to get a flu shot.

T-Center Gains Approval from City Council

The Charleston City Council last night gave its approval to a re-zoning request that paves the way for a new residential drug rehab facility near Capital High School. The Kanawha County School Board donated the land for the new T-Center, which will be built at the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. The campus will cover 44 acres, and include a 48-bed residential drug treatment facility. It's not going to happen quickly...about 20 million dollars will need to be secured first.

State Fair Will Run For 10 Days This Year

The West Virginia State Fair will run for an additional day this year. The Charleston Gazette says that the 10-day event is set for Aug. 14-23. The fair's Kelly Collins says the last time the fair ran for 10 days was 2006. This year's fair will offer more free entertainment as organizers are adding an additional stage, and organizers hope to boost participation at the farm-to-food pavilion, which made its debut last year. That introduces kids to agriculture and helps them understand where food comes from.

Mountain State Focuses on Lawsuit

Officials with the former Mountain State University are shifting their attention to a lawsuit against an accrediting body. The Register-Herald says Mountain State officials wanted to ensure the campus was in good hands before focusing on the lawsuit. Last week, West Virginia University announced that it plans to buy Mountain State's campus in Beckley. Mountain State's federal lawsuit alleges that the Higher Learning Commission didn't follow its policies, rules and practices when it withdrew the university's primary accreditation in June 2012. In court filings, the commission says Mountain State failed to assert sufficient facts to maintain a majority of its claims.

Charleston Police Report 7 Homicides in 2014

The number of murders in Charleston increased from 2013 to 2014. Charleston police investigated seven homicides in 2014 after reporting only one the year before. The Charleston Gazette reports the 2014 number is slightly higher than the 10-year average of five homicides in the capital city from 2004 to 2013. Police Lt. Steve Cooper says the public shouldn't interpret the increase as a sign of an upward trend in violence because the numbers tend to fluctuate - from last year's single homicide to a peak of 10 in 2010. He said six of the seven cases last year involved drugs, and police made arrests in all of the homicides.

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