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Students in Sissonville pray anyway

A parent complained to the Kanawha County Board of Education about prayers before football games in Sissonville. Prayers were then banned. But students prayed anyway on Friday night. There were dozens of Sissonville students dressed in purple that stood along the bleachers Friday night before the game and held hands, and said a prayer for the players. A Facebook page called Praying in Kanawha County Schools was set up Friday before the football game, and gathered hundreds of Likes over the weekend.

Ruling coming soon on oil and gas drilling permits

This may be a significant week for the oil and gas industry in terms of drilling permits and what landowners have to say about them. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could set the tone for whether landowners can appeal oil and gas drilling permits on their land. Many citizen groups, industry lobbyists and state environmentalists don't think state statute allows for such appeals, but the Supreme Court will decide. Arguments are set for Tuesday.

Man sentenced for beating death

A Kanawha County judge ruled on Friday that 28-year old Ernest Lyle Young Jr. will spend up to 20 years in prison for the beating death of 81-year old Wilfred Naylor of Kellys Creek. Prosecutors said Young bludgeoned Naylor to death with a police baton. Young alleged that Naylor was making sexual advances toward him the night of the killing, and a psychologist hired by the defense said there was a history of sexual abuse there. A grand jury indicted Young last year on charges of first-degree murder, and he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July.

Hurricane police investigate gun theft

Police in Hurricane are looking for two men accused of stealing a rifle from Dunlaps gun store on Rt. 19. Detectives say that around 4:30pm on Friday, two men walked into the gun store and picked up an AR-15 assault rifle and then ran from the store without paying. Witnesses told police they think the men drove off in a grey Dodge sedan. Anyone with information should call the Hurricane Police Department.

Spinach Recall

A recall you should know about today - Kroger stores are recalling listeria-tainted spinach sold in 15 states. The recalled product is Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10-ounce packages with the UPC code 0001111091649 and a best-by date of Sept. 16. The product was sold in Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, among others. If you're not sure if you have the recalled product? The CDC says, “When in doubt, toss it out.”

Yogurt and High Blood Pressure

Worried about high blood pressure? Grab some yogurt. A new study shows people who eat low-fat yogurt over a long period of time are less likely to develop high blood pressure. MOre than two thousand people werre tracked over 15 years and those who ate at least one 6 ounce cup of low fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.

Poverty

The poverty rate in West Virginia continues to climb as a new report out Thursday shows slightly more West Virginians fell below the poverty line last year than the year before. The U.S. Census Bureau report shows the state's poverty rate was 18.6 percent in 2011, up from 18.1 percent the year before. West Virginia ranks as the second-poorest state in the nation, according to an assessment of the census data by 24 /7 Wall Street. The state's median household income in 2011 was $38,482 -- lower than every state except Mississippi's $36,919.

PEIA Premiums

No premium increase this year for State employees and others with health coverage through the Public Employees Insurance Agency. but that doesn't mean no one will feel a pinch- co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses could go up for some state and public school workers under the proposed PEIA 2013-14 financial plan unveiled Thursday. PEIA will hold public hearings about possible plan changes in six West Virginia counties in November. The agency's Finance Board will vote on next year's plan on Dec. 6, and the changes will take effect July 1.

Distemper

Animals with distemper are showing up across the state - the most recent is in Beckley.The Division of Natural Resources says to avoid contact with raccoons and gray foxes in the Raleigh County area that show signs of infection. The signs include unusual friendliness, unprovoked aggression, disorientation, or paralysis. Back in May, the Cabell Wayne Animal Control Shelter in Huntington had to euthanize several dogs due to a distemper outbreak

Top Honors

A national nod for a local university. 'US News and World Report' has given high honors to the University of Charleston. The school is number 14 out of 119 of the top regional colleges in the south. "Regional College" are schools that focus on undergraduate degrees, but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts. The University of Charleston is home to more than 1,400 students from more than 30 countries and 31 states.

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