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There's been a lot of unusual activity on the campus of West Virginia State University today. A training exercise is taking place at the Institute campus for local and state first responders , along with the university's public safety officers, students and faculty. The purpose is to test their response plan in case they ever have an active shooter on campus. This is the first time a training exercise of this magnitude has ever been conducted at the university.
Dozens of people gathered last night for a candlelight vigil to pray for peace in Gaza. The group at the state Capitol called for an immediate ceasefire and end to the bloodshed. They also said they don't want U.S. tax dollars funding Israel's Army.
A man accused of exposing himself to little girls in Nitro has ties to youth sports in that area. Matt Spry was arrested last week during a traffic stop. Police had been looking for him since may,when he exposed himself to two girls near the Nitro boat docks, and they got a picture of him. They also gave police a good description of his car. The picture and car description blew up on social media,and someone finally called police with a name. The girls have picked him out of a lineup. Spry currently serves as a coach for the Nitro youth basketball league. He has also worked with Nitro Cross Lanes Midget football and Little Leagues.
There's a blood drive going on in downtown Charleston today. The American Red Cross has teamed up with the Kanawha County Clerk's office to host the blood drive on Quarrier Street. County Clerk Vera McCormick hopes at least 30 donors will participate.
An early morning stabbing sent a man to the hospital in Charleston today. Someone on Wyoming Street called 911 and reported that he heard yelling coming from an alley. Police rushed to the scene and found the stabbing victim in that alley. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police.
A man reportedly stole an ATV and led Kanawha County deputies on a chase Thursday before crashing the stolen vehicle into a creek. Michael Paxton of Charleston is facing a number of charges including fleeing and grand larceny. Deputies say they were taking a report from the owner of the stolen ATV when a friend phoned him to say she just saw a guy riding on it. Deputies rushed to the area, and spotted the ATV along Coopers Creek. They gave chase for about four miles until the man crashed into the creek. The man was tasered during the arrest.
More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act. Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family. The payments are being made under a provision of the act that requires insurers to make the refunds if they spend an excessive amount on red tape and bonuses for executives. Those entitled to a refund will get the money through a check in the mail or in a reduction in future premiums, among other ways.
West Virginia University rifle coach John Hammond is competing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in his native Scotland. Hammond is an Aberdeen native and will compete in shooting events in the games, which run until Aug. 3. Hammond competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He won two Gold medals, one Silver and a Bronze.
A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife. The Charleston Daily Mail reports Jason Vest of Princeton filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. It also names a parts manufacturer and a Princeton car dealership. The lawsuit says 26-year-old Keisha Vest's car failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a tractor-trailer in Mount Airy, North Carolina. The vehicle's airbags didn't deploy. Earlier this year, GM began recalling older small cars such as the Cobalt and Saturn Ion to fix faulty ignition switches. GM says the switches have caused more than 13 deaths, although lawmakers say the death toll is closer to 100.
A state Capitol police officer killed a copperhead snake on the Capitol grounds this week in Charleston. West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said Thursday the officer borrowed a shovel from construction workers on the north edge of the complex Wednesday to kill the snake in an area near where an employee had spotted a snake while walking to her car Tuesday. The officer had been patrolling the area for the snake, but he can't be sure if it's the same one. Officers are watching for more. The copperhead is venomous, but the snakes themselves aren't usually aggressive unless provoked.