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Longtime Massey Energy Division President David Hughart has been charged with a federal crime. Hughart, of Crab Orchard has been charged with conspiring to impede the Mine Safety and Health Administration and conspiring to violate mine health and safety laws, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's Office. He was charged in federal district court in Beckley on Tuesday. He is the highest-ranking official charged to date in an ongoing federal investigation. The investiation covers the years 2000 to 2010, and looks into whether illegal warnings were given about federal inspections, and whether workers concealed violations.
Kanawha County school system employees are collection donations at the Elkview bus terminal. The employees want the "Fill the Bus" project to bring in enough toys to help as many children as possible. You can Fill the Bus between 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release from organizers. You can also donate during the same hours Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. Toys, non-perishable food, clothing and monetary donations are appreciated.
West Virginia didn't win the Powerball. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in Missouri and Arizona. The estimated jackpot rose to $579 million before the drawing, and the winning numbers were 5-16-22-23-29 and the Powerball was 6. The jackpot rolled over 16 times without a winner, and now there are two. The Powerball is played in 42 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The $579 million jackpot is the biggest in the history of the Powerball, but the all-time U.S. record payout of $656 million was set in March by a Mega Millions jackpot that was split between three winners.
The man accused of murder Kathy Goble in 2010 was in court Wednesday. Charles March is accused of killing Goble, cutting up the body, and burying it in his backyard. The remains were not found until nearly two years later. Goble and March worked together at Kelley's Mens Shop in Charleston. Kanawha County Judge Duke Bloom rejected a tentative plea agreement in the case and set a trial date for December 26th. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say March suffered injuries when he tried to commit suicide in jail. Prosecutors say March left behind a suicide note, claiming he loved his family and couldn't go to jail for a crime he didn't commit.
Putnam County Family Court Judge William Watkins came before the state Judicial Hearing Board Tuesday to address his past behavior in the courtroom. Watkins is facing seven charges for allegedly screaming and yelling at people in court, delaying rulings, and failng to enter domestic violence orders into the state's tracking system. The state Judicial Investigation Commission found in their investigation that Watkins violated the state Code of Judicial Conduct. Watkins has apologized and waits to learn what disciplinary action comes next.
Teachers and administrators are in Charleston thiss week to learn more about Advanced Placement, or AP courses. The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is hosting an Advanced Placement Fall Institute that runs through Friday at the Charleston Civic Center. A news release from the Center for Professional Development says the sessions will help teachers and administrators help students with the Advanced Placement exams in May.
Contractors interested in helping clean up debris after Superstorm Sandy have the chance to find out more at a meeting with state officials. The state Division of Highways will hold the mandatory meeting for contractors who want to bid on debris removal projects from Superstorm Sandy. The meeting will be held Wednesday at the Days Inn in Flatwoods and bids will be accepted December 6th. The contracts would be for the removal of downed trees, damaged roots and brush from Division of Highway rights-of-way and only licensed contractors will be chosen.
West Virginia lottery players are buying multiple tickets, with tonight's Powerball jackpot which has been increased from $425 million to $500 million. West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave says sales for Saturday's drawing topped $1 million, and strong sales are expected to continue as tonight's drawing approaches. Eight Powerball players in West Virginia have won jackpots, including a $314.9 million jackpot in 2002. 42 states can play Powerball, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.
Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority executive director Joe DeLong is calling for surveillance cameras to be installed in regional jails, not necessarily to keep tabs on prisoners, but rather the jail staff. Delong told an interim legislative committee this week that 15 correctional officers at the Western Regional jail are on suspension after being accused of using excessive force against inmates. Others allegedly brought contraband into the jail. Some of the guards are accused of helping to cover up wrongdoing.
A memorial service is planned today at 2 p.m. for a former teachers union leader in Kanawha County. Iva Jewell Wilburn died last week at the age of 75. She was president of the Kanawha County Education Association for six years and worked as a teacher at Grandview Elementary School in North Charleston for nearly three decades, according to the Charleston Gazette. She retired in 2001. Services are this afternoon at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home on Charleston's West Side.