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In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Senator Joe Manchin has come out in favor of gun control legislation, and has at the very least opened the door for conversations about it. Manchin is an avid hunter and lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, and says it's time for all sides in the gun policy debate to talk honestly and openly about reasonable restrictions on guns. Because of that stance, a pro-Second Amendment group is planning a protest this Saturday morning at Manchin's Charleston office.
Dick's Sporting Goods says it will stop selling certain semi-automatic rifles at its stores across the country, and at the store closest to Newtown, Connecticut, Dicks says it is removing all guns from its store. The national media has reported that the gunman tried to buy a gun from Dick's in the city of Danbury about 12 miles away from Newtown. Investigators have yet to verify that and Dick's says based on its records, that no guns were sold to the gunman. There's no word if Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling the semi-automatice rifles permanently, or if this is a temporary plan.
The Kanawha County Recycling Center has signed a new 5-year lease. The center on Slack Street closed in March because of structural problems, and Tuesday the Solid Waste Authority approved a lease with West Virginia Recycling that will allow the company to take over the center and pay the Solid Waste Authority $5.50 for every ton of recycling that is processed there. The takeover brings with it renovation plans for the Slack Street facilty and some new equipment. The current employees at the Slack Street center can apply for jobs with West Virginia Recycling.
Two schools in Charleston have full-time resource officers, but in the wake of the disturbing shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Charleston police are increasing patrols near city schools. There is no threat and no reason for alarm, but police will be spending more time patrolling near schools, and may do walk-throughs throughout the rest of this week.
The only daily American Red Cross blood donation center in the area is closing. The Red Cross plans to close the center in Charleston on Dec. 31st, meaning donors in the Kanawha Valley will have to go to either a one-day local blood drive or travel to other blood donation centers in the state. The closure is meant to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the Red Cross, and will mean the loss of a job for 45 workers in the Kanawha Valley. Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling will still operate daily blood donation centers.
In the wake of the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary, US Sen. Joe Manchin says it's time for an honest look at gun policy. Manchin is an avid hunter and lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, and says it's time for all sides in the gun policy debate to talk honestly and openly about reasonable restrictions on guns. The massacre that killed twenty first grade students and six adults has some Democrats calling for a ban on military-style assault weapons and a look at how the nation deals with individuals suffering from serious mental illness. Manchin said. "Anybody that's a proud gun owner, a proud member of the NRA, they're also proud parents, they're proud grandparents. They understand this has changed where we go from here."
Hundreds of Constellium aluminum plant workers who went on strike for nearly seven weeks earlier this year will receive unemployment compensation benefits. The Monday ruling by the Labor Dispute Tribunal went in favor of extending benefits because there was not a work stoppage at the plant during the strike. The strike coveresd much of August and September, and then union members ratified a five-year contract. The Associated Press reports that the company could appeal the panel's decision, which would send it to the Kanawha Circuit Court.
Two people were stabbed over the weekend in downtown Charleston. It happened early Saturday morning, just before 3am. Dispatchers sent Charleston Police to a stabbing in the 200 block of Capitol Street. Both stabbing victims were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation continues.
Officers are investigating after a Fayette County woman was stabbed Friday. Police say it happeend in Lookout, and 37-year-old Misty Dawn Dixon was arguing with her sister, Angel Orndorff, when Dixon pulled a knife from her purse and stabbed her sister in the stomach. Dixon fled at first, but then turned herself in. She was arrested for malicious wounding. Orndorff was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.
Putnam Family Court Judge William Watkins is off of the bench right now. The Charleston Gazette reports his departure was somewhat unexpected, and he won't be back until January 2. Watkins said he normally takes off this time of year around the holidays. Deloris Nibert, a former Mason County family court judge, was appointed by the state Supreme Court last week to cover Watkins' domestic violence caseload until the beginning of next year. Still pending against Watkins, are seven ethics violations alleging that he failed to enter domestic violence orders into the state's tracking system, delayed rulings, and screamed and cursed people in his courtroom. The state Judicial Hearing Board has recommended that Watkins be suspended until the end of his term in 2016.