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Gas Prices Shoot Up

West Virginia is not alone in the escalating prices at the pump. Prices have shot up in nearly every state, bringing the national average to $3.67 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. Prices in West Virginia have edged up 16 cents in the past week, according to Triple A. Charleston is actually on the low end and comes in under the state average, with prices at $3.63 per gallon. Prices are over $3.70 in Martinsburg. AAA said recent spikes are due to higher oil prices, refinery issues and the upcoming switch to summer-blend gasoline.

Buckwild cast member faces charges

A cast member of the MTV reality show “Buckwild” is facing drug charges. 24-year old Salwa Amin was arraigned Monday via video conference after being arrested in Nicholas County late Sunday. Police acted on a tip after learning a significant amount of heroin was heading into West Virginia in a vehicle with a Michigan license plate. They followed Jason Jones to his house in Summersville, and found drugs in an outbuilding. Amin allegedly had pills in her purse, and was arrested on charges including possession and intent to distribute oxycodone. Buckwild has just been renewed for a second season on MTV, and is filmed in Charleston and Sissionville.

Suspected Thief Caught in Raleigh County

A Raleigh County man is facing charges for an alleged robbery, and then fleeing the scene and crashing into a deputy's vehicle. 36-year old Carlos Burnside of Beaver was arrested for robberies at the One Stop on Harper Road and the Beaver Little General Store, according to a news release from the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office. The first robbery occured shortly after a car was stolen and the two descriptions of the suspect matched. Then later Sunday night the Beaver Little General Store was robbed, and within minutes, a deputy was pursuing the suspect's vehicle as it sped off. Then the crash into a building on South Kanawha Street. Burnside could face other charges besides grand larceny and two counts of armed robbery.

Biotech Conference in Charleston Set for Feb. 28

A conference at the end of the month is expected to grow biotech businesses. Ohio businessman, David Scholl had a hand in growing what is now a $100 million biotech business and will speak at the third annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit. More than twenty speakers will share their strategies for success at the conference, including Chancellor Paul Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The conference will showcase research and commercialization efforts, and discuss policies and programs to nurture the biotech industry. It's happening February 28th in Charleston.

Kanawha County School District Wrestles with Funding "What Ifs"

State leaders have forecast trouble in the coming years for local school districts because of things like inflation and federal funding cuts. That could have an impact on school programs like athletics and art. A meeting of Kanawha County school officials last night talked about potential fixes, including doing away with the cap on the excess levy that voters approved in May, but that could lead to property taxes going up. There was no decision last night, and the issue will come up again at a March meeting.

College Goal Sunday Brings Out Parents and Students

Parents and students got help with financial aid forms Sunday as part of College Goal Sunday. Workshops were held at 20 different locations across the state, including an event at the Kanawha Valley and Community Technical College in South Charleston. The event was originally planned for Capital High School, but had to be moved because of technical problems. The volunteer program gives information and assistance to students and families applying for financial aid for post secondary education.

For more information, visit the College Foundation of West Virginia at www.cfwv.com.

Man Killed by Train Identified

The man struck and killed by a train Saturday night in St. Albans has been identified as 48-year old Kevin Moles. Reports from first responders show Moles was walking with two kids at the time and both of them saw the train coming and stopped before the bridge. The engineer blasted the horn, but Moles kept walking. He was hit by the train on B Street, and then fell off the bridge that crosses the Coal River. Officers still don't know why Moles didn't stop for the train.

Police Search for Robber of Clendenin Cafe

A Clendenin area cafe was robbed Saturday night and police are still looking for the masked robber. The Riverside Cafe on Elk River Road in the Clendenin area of Kanawha County was robbed about 11pm Saturday while just one employee was working there. That person wasn't hurt. The robber demanded cash, and made off with about $2,000. Police say the suspect dropped some clothing as he ran away, and K-9 units were brought out to look for other clues. Police do have a person of interest, but so far no arrest.

Charleston police investigate murder suicide

Two people are dead after a shooting Sunday night in Charleston, and it could be a murder-suicide. It happened last night at 926 Red Oak Street and Charleston's west side, and the two men were dead by the time police got there. Police worked through the night to collect evidence and interview witnesses, and they will hold a news conference this morning to talk more about the investigation.

Chesapeake Fire Department Under Investigation

First it was an audit, now it's a criminal investigation. The Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department brought in more than $4 million in 2009 and 2010 through bingos and raffles, and Kanawha County commissioners suspected something was up when the fire department wouldn't reveal much about their record keeping. WCHS TV reports Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants is leading what is now a criminal investigation. The fire department has already handed over its books.

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