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Hearing continues over Century Aluminum rates

Century Aluminum is seeking a power rate structure that would protect it from the wild aluminum price swings that happened in 2008 and 2009. An attorney representing West Virginia's largest manufacturers told the state Public Service Commission this week the rate request is unreasonable, and asked commissioners to reject the plan. Century Aluminum says the rate increase is necessary and it would help it reopen its Ravenswood smelter. The three-day hearing on the rate request wraps up today.

Metro 911 Director Changing Jobs

The Kanawha County Metro 911 Director is giving up her postition to move over to the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. Carolyn Charnock will be the ambulance authority's public relations director after 14 years as director for Metro 911. During her tenure, the county 911 center expanded into a new facility on Corridor G, and the dispatch system was computerized. The Metro 911 center will have an interim director until a permanent replacement can be found. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Rutherford will act act as the interim director. Rutherford is also a candidate for Sheriff, and if he's elected he would take office in January.

Protesters still in jail after Saturday arrest

More than 50 activists from the group, Radical Action for Mountain People's Survival protested over the weekend at a Patriot Coal mining property in the Kanawha State Forest, and 20 were arrested and charged with trespassing and obstructing. A spokesperson for the group says they're trying to raise half a million dollars to bail out those arrested. The protesters were arraigned in Lincoln County Magistrate Court and are being held in Western Regional Jail, each in lieu of a $25,000 bail.

Whooping cough vaccinations encouraged

Pertussis vaccinations are still a good idea. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say almost twenty thousand people in the US have been diagnosed with whooping cough since the beginning of the year, which is more than double the number of cases at this time last year. Whooping cough hasn't been a huge problem in West Virginia, but it's enough of a concern that health officials encourage vaccines. There have been 56 cases reported so far this year in West Virginia, and this time last year there were 45.

Man indicted in Kanawha County woman's murder

A man has been indicted on first degree murder charges in the death of a Kanawha County woman. 39-year old Michelle Gillespie was shot in the head at her home near Chesapeake earlier this year, and her boyfriend was the one who found her body several hours later after he returned home. John Edward Hudson of Ashford has been indicted on first degree murder charges, and he's also accused of stealing Hudson's car after the shooting. Arraignment is scheduled for August 30.

Cabela's announces grand opening

Cabela's has announced the grand opening of the new Charleston store will be Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. During that period, there will be live music and a ribbon cutting ceremony, with the doors opening at 11am August 9th at the Southridge Centre store. Later in the weekend they'll have archery demonstrations and giveaways. Lines have already wrapped around the block this summer at this Cabela's store, even though they haven't officially opened. Cabela's sold hundreds of generators with a special permit after the June 29 storms.

ATV victim identified

The 12-year old boy who died in an ATV accident in Clendenin Saturday night has been identified as Devon Fisher. State Police say Devon was riding a racing ATV on Dutch Ridge Road when he must have missed a turn and slammed into a tree. The boy's family found the ATV over an embankment after he didn't return home, and paramedics were called, but the boy didn't respond and was pronounced dead at the scene.

7-11 robber caught

Police think they have the man who robbed a South Charleston convenience store last week. 33-year old Jeremy David Elswick was arrested on a warrant late Sunday in Charleston as police were investigating another indicent. Officers think Elswick walked into the 7-Eleven store on Jefferson Road early on July 25 and hid a gun behind his back. After demanding cash, he made off with about fifty dollars, then sped off. He's been charged with first-degree robbery.

Overtime expenses don't hurt Charleston budget much

New numbers show the city of Charleston spent more than $4 million in overtime for the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30. or about ten percent over budget. Most of that went to the police and fire departments. Fire calls and police investigations are hard to predict, so overtime costs can be a variable when setting the budget. Even with the overtime, payroll costs came in less than budgeted for the fiscal year that just ended.

New report centers on prescription drugs

A new report aims to bring stricter laws to stop price gouging by drug companies The report says a group of "gray market" drug companies pull in hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year by buying needed pharmaceuticals and selling them at inflated prices. Cancer patients are a particular target. A joint Congressional investigation cited the lack of government rules and regulations to control this secondary market as a problem that faces not only West Virginia, but the entire country. The study was partially commissioned by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who said it's important lawmakers make sure prescription drugs are affordable.

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