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As we've reported, West Virginia has had it's share of lottery millionaires so far this year. Nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million have been sold in West Virginia this year. The latest winner stepped forward last week. In a state with a population of 1.8 million, that equates to one winning ticket for every 200,000 residents. According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, West Virginia leads the nation in per-capita ticket sales matching five of the six Powerball numbers. Only four other states have come close: New York, Florida, California, and Pennsylvania. California is the king of grand-prize winners this year, having sold two of the four Powerball tickets matching all six numbers. The others were in Florida and Missouri.
The city of Dunbar is reacting to a new state gun law. Dunbar is repealing its old gun law regulations to comply. The city of Charleston has notably taken issue with the state law, that allows those with concealed carry permits to take guns onto properties like rec centers where children might be around. The law doesn't go into effect until July 1.
South Charleston Police have a man in custody and they think that will cut down on the number of car break-ins. Several break-ins were reported in May in South Hills and South Charleston, and the investigation led detectives to Michael Bevis. He was tracked to Morgantown, and officers arrested him there on Friday. In addition to the thefts, police say he's accused of using stolen credit cards.
Frontier Communications and a union have extended their contract for another month while negotiations continue for workers in West Virginia. Frontier says a contract extension that was set to expire Saturday will now run through June 28. It's the sixth contract extension since negotiations between the company and the Communications Workers of America began last June. The contract originally was scheduled to expire last August. It covers 1,550 workers in West Virginia.
Officers are trying to figure out what made a woman jump to her death from a Fayette County bridge over the weekend. A 36-year old woman from Michigan jumped off a bridge over the New River Gorge River. Deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office got a call early Saturday that a car was parked on the bridge, and one witness reported seeing the woman jump. WCHS TV reports the body was recovered by boat a short time later. The woman was from Michigan.
Anglers won't need a license to fish in West Virginia next weekend. The Division of Natural Resources is allowing free fishing June 7 and June 8 for both residents and nonresidents as part of National Fishing and Boating Week. DNR Director Frank Jezioro says people with licenses are being encouraged to introduce someone else to the fun of fishing. Among events planned around the state Saturday is a fishing derby at the Bowden State Hatchery in Randolph County.
A woman has died after a golf cart accident. It happened last night, and dispatchers said the woman was on a golf cart on a trail near Spring Run Road in the Alum Creek area. An investigation is underway into how exactly the woman died. No one else was hurt.
The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol's longtime operator has been awarded a new one-year contract. Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia was one of two bidders for the contract. The other was IncidentClear, which operates service patrols in several other states. The Charleston Gazette reports that Beckley-based Citizens Conservation Corps had the lowest bid. The Courtesy Patrol provides roadside assistance to motorists.
Former football coach Leon McCoy isn't being allowed to speak at Winfield High School's graduation next week. Because of the the separation of church and state clause in the US Constitution, the school can't allow his speech that centers on religion. There was a petition circulating to allow McCoy to speak, but the school's hands are tied because they say the law is clear on what they can't allow. Supreme Court rulings show no public school can sponsor prayer in school or at a school-related function, and WCHS TV reports someone complained about a past speech by McCoy. Graduation is set for June 5th at 7pm.
55-year old Alan Anderson of Logan County has been arrested and charged after allegedly threatening to shoot people in U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s Washington, D.C. office. Anderson is from Holden, and state police say he called Senator Rockefeller's office and threatened to shoot a dozen people. He was quickly arrested at his home.