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Sen. Joe Manchin's office has announced an ambitious plan to hold 95 public meetings in one week. It's a way for the senator to connect with constituents and hear concerns, and after starting the meetings in 2011, this will be the fifth time that Manchin has held a week of "Commonsense Connections" meetings. In Kanawha County, you can attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at the Kanawha Valley Senior Services annual picnic at Shawnee Park. In Putnam County, the meeting is planned for 2:30 to 4 p.m. May 22 at the Eleanor Public Library. In Fayette County: 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 23 at the Oak Hill Public Library. Meetings are planned for all 55 counties, and you can check the schedule at http://www.manchin.senate.gov.
Charleston Distance Run is going to help the military this year. The Wounded Warrior Project will get $1 from every registration fee at the Distance Run, which could turn into more than $1000 for the group. Last year there were about 1500 participants. The Wounded Warrior Project works with injured service members. The Distance Run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Aug. 31. Military members can also get a discount in registration for the run. The 15-mile run starts at the state Capitol, moves through downtown and neighborhoods, and finishes at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.
The West Virginia Public Safety Expo continues today in Charleston. Organizers say this is the biggest expo in several years, with more than 600 law enforcement officers registered. Yesterday included lots of classroom work where police learned to deal with anti-government people. Fire, ambulance and police officers are all training together to know how to better work together during a crisis. The expo runs through tomorrow.
A middle school student wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school, and the Logan County Board of Education is going to look a little deeper into the matter. The school board has hired an outside investigator who will issue findings soon, according to a news release from the school system. Jared Marcum is an 8th grader who was standing in line in the cafeteria when a teacher told him to turn the shirt inside off or change. Is it free speech, or was wearing the shirt a disruption? The independent investigator will tell us more.
A grocery store that failed a health inspection has reopened. The FasChek in Malden was shut down this week after inspectors found 36 food and safety code violations, including raw pork stored above cheese in a cooler, and a dirty meat grinder. The store was allowed to reopen after fixing all of the problems and passing another inspection.
A public hearing is set on a plan to widen a nearly 4-mile stretch of Interstate 64 in Putnam County. The state Division of Highways says the meeting will happen Monday May 20 at Rock Branch Elementary School in Nitro. Under the plan, two lanes will be added to the four-lane section of I-64 between Exit 39 at Crooked Creek and just east of Exit 45 at Nitro. On each side of that section are six lanes of interstate. Highways spokesman Brent Walker said the project also would likely involve building a new bridge over the Kanawha River. Walker said it could be five to 10 years before work begins on the project, which is part of a five-year statewide transportation improvement plan.
After the weather forced the cancellation of last Sunday's motorcycle ride to honor slain Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, it's been rescheduled for Sunday the 26th. The Sheriff Euguene Crum Memorial Poker Run will start at 1pm that day at the Sycamore Inn in Williamson and the motorcycle procession also is expected pass through Crum's hometown of Taylorville and other communities where he had worked. Crum was fatally shot April 3 as he sat in his cruiser eating lunch in a Williamson parking lot.
One man is facing charges after another was stabbed with a pocketknife. 56-year old James WIlliam Martin stabbed Jamie Morris, according to the criminal complaint, and has been charged with malicious wounding. It happened Tuesday night on 1st Avenue in Charleston.
A man who was apparently trying to steal copper at the time was electrocuted on Wednesday. The Fayette County Sheriff's office says the man's body was found tangled up in a high-voltage power transmission line and he was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday morning. It happened in the Berry Mountain area near Thurmond. His alleged accomplice, 22-year old Charles Norris, was arrested and charged with attempt to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.
Five major tobacco companies are named in a case where about 700 West Virginia smokers are trying to establish that they were harmed by using tobacco. The Charleston Gazette reports it may have been the largest panel ever summoned for jury duty...there were more than eight thousand Kanawha County residents who got the jury duty notice in the mail and six jurors and two alternates were picked from that pool. The trial is underway, with closing arguments set for 1 p.m. May 13 and jurors are expected to begin deliberations May 14.