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Kanawha County is one of two West Virginia counties are among two dozen nationwide that Republicans are targeting to sway women's votes. The Republican National Committee's "14 in '14" program calls for volunteer work in the 14 weeks before the November midterm elections. The initiative will use female volunteers to attract other women from 21 to 40 years old to vote Republican and become involved in election season. Kanawha and Cabell counties are among the GOP's targets. The counties are spread among 10 states, from Florida to Montana. The program reacts to problems in the 2012 cycle, when there were reports that Republicans didn't engage with Hispanic, African American, Asian or women voters that election.
A wrong way driver is facing charges. Metro 911 dispatchers got a call Saturday afternoon about a car heading east in the west bound lanes of I-64 between Nitro and Cross Lanes, and by the time deputies got to it, it had hit another vehicle. Both drivers were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of various injuries. 41-year old Lori Call of Nitro was given a preliminary breath test at the time which the Kanwaha County Sheriff's Office says came back three times over the legal blood alcohol content limit. Call has been charged with DUI causing injury and failure to maintain control.
A Putnam County shooting is under investigation. It was just before 7 a.m. Saturday when deputies got a call about a domestic violence situation on Grandview Ridge Road in Red House. 31-year-old Curtis Adams is accused of breaking into his ex-girfriend's home, kicking in the front door, and she fired a gun. Adams was hit in the chest and later died at the hospital. Adams' ex-girlfriend and five children lived in the home, and there are reports of domestic violence situations. No word about charges yet, but the investigation is continuing.
The plane crash near Glasgow that happened Friday afternoon is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, who allowed the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office to release some information. The pilot has been identified as 50-year old Lazarus Enoch Sommers and his wife, 56-year old Maryann Sommers was also on board. They were from Millersburg, OH, and both were killed in the crash. The flight originated at Akron Fulton Airport in Ohio. It was bound for Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Many West Virginia public schools have changed the way they serve breakfast to students ahead of a requirement that goes into effect in September. The requirement is part of the state Feed to Achieve law. The 2013 law aims to maximize school meal participation by making it easier for students to eat at school. The law recommends programs such as "grab and go" breakfasts, eating breakfast in class, or serving breakfast after first period. The Sunday Gazette-Mail reports that 518 schools, or more than 75 percent, already meet the requirement. The law also sets up foundations in each county, along with a statewide foundation, to collect private donations to fund expanded meal programs. School meals are funded by the federal government. Increasing meal participation will harness more federal dollars.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Office STOP team executed a search warrant at a home in Chesapeake this week on a tip that the man who lived there had been selling drugs. 49-year old Arthur Ray Elkins lived there, and his 23-year old son Arthur Ray Elkins Jr was seen leaving the home in his vehicle and was stopped a short distance away, and was found to have 1 ounce of marijuana packaged for sale. A search of the residence turned up an additional 1.5 pounds of marijuana. Arthur Ray Elkins was arrested and charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Arthur Ray Elkins Jr was charged with 1 count of possession with intent to deliver Marijuana.
A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close. The rule gives companies until July 1, 2017, to install proximity detection systems on machines already in service. The systems will be required on new machines put into service after Jan. 1, 2015, and on rebuilt machines after July 1, 2015. The Charleston Gazette reports that the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety approved the rule on Wednesday.
A study shows the percentage of West Virginia children who lack insurance fell from 6.7 percent in 2008 to 4.5 percent in 2012. That translates to 1-in-22 children remaining uninsured. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday said the decline compares favorably to national average during the same period. It fell from 9.7 percent to 7.5 percent in 2012. While more children were insured during that period, how the coverage was obtained has changed. More children are under public insurance coverage such as Medicaid as opposed to private insurance. The report also found that more children in low-income families saw significant gains in coverage.
This is the 15th anniversary of Work Zone Awareness Week, and the orange signs mean business. Through Friday, the West Virginia Trucking Association wants drivers to slow down and pay close attention to work crews that are out fixing roads damaged by the harsh winter.
Average gasoline prices in West Virginia are up 1 cent over the past week. AAA East Central says the price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.61. That's 4 cents cheaper than a year ago. Prices range from $3.58 in Bridgeport and Clarksburg to $3.70 in Martinsburg. Nationally, gas prices average $3.59 this week.