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    Raleigh County (WVVA)-One man is in custody after a makeshift bomb explodes inside a convenience store.According to police, it happened Tuesday evening at the Little General in Rock Creek, Raleigh County...More >>
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A gay Virginia judge appointed to the bench on an interim basis despite being rejected by the General Assembly has another job interview with lawmakers.

Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland is one of nine judges scheduled to be interviewed Monday by Senate and House committees. The Richmond Circuit Court named Thorne-Begland to the seat last year after the Republican-controlled House rejected his nomination. Thorne-Begland's appointment expires next month unless the legislature makes it permanent.

Democrats applauded the circuit court's action, but GOP leaders criticized the court for appointing Thorne-Begland over their objections. They said the law allowing circuit courts to fill vacancies when the legislature is not in session was not intended as an appeals process for rejected candidates. Republicans are sponsoring legislation to prohibit such appointments.

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    Honoring Korean War Veterans

    ATHENS (WVVA)- On Friday, July 25, 2014 Concord University Officials held an Observance of Korean War Veterans Recognition Day.To kick start the event the Color Guard presented the flags. Organizers then introduced James Kahle of Bluefield, VA. He was the guest speaker. During the Korean War Kahle fought in the Air Force 1st Combat Evaluation. In his speech he touched on his life during the war and after. He was surrounded by fellow veterans and those who came to share their thanks for all wh...More >>
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  • Officials Break Ground on New Water Treatment Facility

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  • Tazewell Officials Plan to Restore Local Train Depot

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    Teacher arrested for hitting student with car

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    Coal City (WVVA) -- A teacher is arrested after hitting a student with his car.It happened on Friday at Independence High School. That's when police say Joseph Keller struck a student with his vehicle.Keller was charged with three counts of battery and is being held in Southern Regional Jail.Right now, the Sophia Police Dept. is handling the investigation.More >>
  • Virginia keeping drug used in botched executions

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia board has suspended the license of the operator of a pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended the license of Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr. at a disciplinary hearing on Friday.Patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen who had an injection between the clinic's 2010 opening and Nov. 1, 2013, were advised Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections after a patie...More >>
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