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Veterans in Raleigh County Have Access to Housing Help

Homeless veterans in the Raleigh County area are getting a little help to pay rent. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall say Raleigh County has received more than $105,000 in federal funding to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans. The money is part of a cooperative grant program by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs. The program helps homeless veterans find housing through both rental assistance and Veterans Affairs' case management and clinical services.

Investigation Continues Into Stabbing of 4-Year Old

Detectives aren't sure exactly what to do about the case of the 8-year old boy who stabbed his 4-year old sister over the weekend. Officers said the boy somehow got a knife and stabbed his sister's doll and then he cut her neck when she walked in the room. The girl's wounds weren't life-threatening, but she was hospitalized and will likely be released today. Prosecutors said at a news conference Monday that they are trying to balance public safety with what is best for the child. Under state law, a child can't be prosecuted until he's 10 years old.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss WVU Media Rights Case

A judge said no to dismissing the WVU Media Rights suit. The judge denied several motions by the WVU Board of Governors, the WVU Foundation and other parties to dismiss the lawsuit based on arguments that West Virginia Radio had failed to make a case for fraud and a violation of public procurement laws. The judge ruled these are important public policy matters and need to be heard. The network wants the judge to stop WVU from finalizing a 12-year contract with North Carolina-based IMG College. The judge also is hearing arguments on West Virginia Radio's motion to block the deal and reset the clock to June.

Local Inventors Get Walmart's Attention

You can vote now on Walmart's website and help decide if to West Virginia inventors will get their products on the shelves. Beckley-based Vaught, Inc. and Teays Valley resident, Kermit Monk are both on the website in the current audition round, explaining their products. Monk's invention is a shower head attachment that keeps water from getting too hot. Vaught's idea helps people properly dispose of unwanted medications. Voting on the site runs through September 2nd.

Chemical Spill Sends Two Workers to the Hospital

Two workers are recovering today after a chemical spill at Catalyst Refinery in Institute. The accident happened inside a production area, and the 75 gallons of nitric acid spilled. One worker had breathing issues and another suffered burns, and both were taken to the hospital. The company has materials to neutralize the acid and that process happened without the help of Institute firefighters. Emergency managers will work today to decide what caused the spill.

Traffic Violation Leads to Meth Arrest

Two people are facing meth-related charges after a brief police chase in St. Albans over the weekend. Olivia Lester was driving on Winfield Road and Swans Lane when police tried to pull her over for a traffic violation, and officers said she hit a set of train tracks and is then accused of backing into the police cruiser and taking off again. Eventually Lester and her passenger, Blake Rutledge, ran from the car, but police caught up with them. A search of the vehicle turned up meth-making materials and both were arrested.

Brother Stabs Younger Sister

A 4-year old girl is recovering today after being stabbed in the neck by her older brother. Police say it happened Sunday in the 400 block of Hunt Avenue on Charleston's West Side. The 8-year old boy got a knife somehow and started stabbing a doll, and when his sister walked in the room he cut her neck. No word yet on whether the brother will be charged.

Police Chase Injures Putnam Deputy

A police chase last night traveled several counties, and a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a crash that ended it. The deputies was just slightly injured. WSAZ.com says the pursuit started in Sissonville and the driver traveled backroads trying to get away, but police eventually caught up with the driver on Bowles Ridge Rd., on the border of Jackson and Putnam Counties. The driver was arrested.

Drainage Damages Murals; Task Force Investigates

A task force has organized to do something about stained pier murals under I-64, that were compromised by drainage over time. Charleston's Strong Neighborhoods Task Force talked about it at a meeting this week, and revealed that about $62,000 was spent paying artists for the murals, and it started in coordination with FestivALL. The Daily Mail says about $10,000 more was spent at local businesses for supplies. The murals can be cleaned with dish detergent and a sponge, but the bigger issues is stopping the drainage. The task force plans to meet with the state Division of Highways to decide what to do.

Marshall One of 15 Schools in Magazine Contest

Marshall, West Virginia University and Virginia Tech are among the schools in a magazine's competition to determine who has the top college football tailgate parties in the South. Southern Living's September issue that hits newsstands Friday has 15 colleges in the running for "The South's Best Tailgate.'' Voting is happening at SouthernLiving.com through September 30th.

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