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Workers Impacted by Shutdown Are Asked to Hold Off on Jobless Claims

WorkForce West Virginia is asking federal workers furloughed by a partial government shutdown to hold off on filing for unemployment benefits. A posting on the agency's website encourages federal workers to wait until next week to file their claims because it's uncertain how long the shutdown will last.The agency says it will backdate claims up to 21 days after a worker is laid off. Acting unemployment compensation director Beth Carenbauer says that the agency already has received about 30 claims from federal workers. She says the agency has increased staff to process an expected rise in claims next week. WorkForce estimates there are 23,000 federal employees in West Virginia. But many may be deemed essential, so they're at work.

Car Show Impacts Traffic in Charleston

With the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop car show going on, there are some traffic issues to consider. The antique and classic cars will be on display along Kanawha Boulevard through Sunday. The city of Charleston says Kanawha Boulevard will be restricted between Leon Sullivan Way on the East End to Ohio Avenue on the West Side. One westbound lane of the boulevard will remain open between Leon Sullivan Way and Capitol Street and between Clendenin Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Traffic will also be restricted on Laidley and Summers streets between Virginia Street and Kanawha Boulevard, and parking on those blocks and in the metered lot behind City Hall will be limited to event-related vehicles. Hours for the car show are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There's also live music each night and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Charleston Shooting Overnight Sends One to the Hospital

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a shooting at the Charleston Moose Lodge. It happened about 2:30 this morning after a fight broke out, and reports several hundred people were gathered outside when the shots were fired. The crowd scattered, and a short time later the man was dropped off at CAMC General with a gunshot wound. We don't yet know the extent of the injuries.

State Tax Collections Down This Year

State tax collections in the fiscal year's first quarter are more than $34 million below estimates. Figures from the State Budget Office show that tax collections are down for the 5th straight month. September's tax collections were about $2 million below estimates. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the decline is due to sluggish wages and consumer spending. He says the state will need revenue growth of at least 2.8 percent over the next nine months to avoid a deficit.

Police Seek Poca Bank Robber

An investigation is underway after a bank robbery at the Poca Valley Bank in Putnam County on Wednesday. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called to the bank along Route 62 in Poca around 1pm yesterday in search of a man described as 5'5" and 150 lbs. with fake hair and a mustache. The investigation continues today.

Doo Wop Car Show is Underway Now

The Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop is happening this weekend after a kickoff yesterday in Nitro. The antique and classic cars will be on display along Kanawha Boulevard today through Sunday. Hours for the car show are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There's also live music each night and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriff's Office and Charleston Police Work Together on Missing Man Case

As part of an investigation about a missing man, detectives with the Charleston Police Department went to an apartment on 83rd Street in Marmet Wednesday afternoon. They were investigating the disappearance of Kareem Hunter, a 28 year old man from Charleston, who was last seen September 23. Evidence at the apartment led detectives to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and seek a search warrant. Detectives are looking into a disturbance at the apartments the night of Hunter's disappearance. The investigation continues today..

Thornsbury to Plead Guilty

Judge Michael Thornsbury is set to plead guilty today to his alleged role in covering up drug allegations against the late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum. This story has started to make national news now - ABC News for one. The US Attorney's Office says there is a plea agreement with Judge Thornsbury, meaning he'll plead guilty to violating the Sixth Amendment by depriving a criminal defendant his right to legal counsel of his choice, and other charges will be dropped. The maximum penalty for Thornsbury's accpeted charge is 10 years. Prosecutors say Thornsbury, along with Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks and County Commissioner David Baisden, came up with a scheme to save Crum's reputation by stopping an FBI informant from revealing drug deals he allegedly made with the sheriff.

Same Sex Couple in St. Albans Joins Suit

The same group that sued to overturn Virginia's marriage ban in August announced Tuesday that three West Virginia couples are suing. Lambda Legal is suing on behalf of the same sex couples, arguing that not allowing same sex marriage leaves the couples feeling like second class citizens. Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton of St. Albans, a along with their 6-year-old son, Drew, are among the couples suing.

Heroin Recovered After Accident

Ten people are still recovering after a Sunday car Quincy Hollow and Route 60 in Kanawha County. Deputies say a Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by 29-year old Heather Marchal of Campbell’s Creek, hit a vehicle in front of her which was stopped at an intersection. The impact forward damaged three other cars. Cpl Brian Humphreys says Marchal, her five children (aged 8 months to 11 years), and four others in the other vehicles were taken to area hospitals. Deputies found heroin in Marchal's car, but so far there are no charges. An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy S. W. Hunter at 304-357-0169.

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