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Shots fired outside U.S. Capitol; one injury reported
A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.
The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.
"Then I heard the gunfire" and hit the ground, he said.
Government shuts down as Congress fails to pass budget
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
Arrest made in connection with recent bomb threats
The Beckley Police Department arrested a 26-year-old man Saturday morning for multiple bomb threats made at the Beckley Walmart.
Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits
Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.
The proposal, which sets the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, would help reshape where Americans get electricity, moving from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It's also a key step in President Barack Obama's global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants.
Theatre West Virginia ceases operations effective today
After 53 seasons, Theatre West Virginia is announcing its closure as of today, Sept. 18, 2013.
According to a release sent by the theater company, it was unanimously decided at a Tuesday meeting of the Board of Directors that due to financial difficulties, the company had no choice but to cease operations.
According to TWV General Manager Gayle Bowling, TWV has struggled with financial woes for the past several years.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated personally and professionally,” said Bowling. “A very wet summer, coupled with funding reductions, has left us with obligations we can’t meet at this time. Our plan is to begin liquidating assets to satisfy our creditors and conduct the process in an orderly fashion.
13 killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage
A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.
Beckley Post Office connector road reopening at 6 p.m. Friday
The Beckley Post Office roadway that connects Ragland Road and Industrial Drive will be reopened by 6 p.m. Friday, after being closed for several weeks because of drivers speeding, littering and disregarding the stop sign.
After Congressman Nick Rahall was flooded with phone calls from local business owners who were concerned with the road closing, he scheduled a meeting Thursday to discuss the issue.
Affected business owners, Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh, Police Chief Tim Deems, District Supervisor of the Beckley Post Office Gary Riley and officials from the West Virginia Department of Highways attended the meeting.
Belknap sentenced to 4 life terms for murders of couple, 2 children
SUMMERSVILLE — A Nicholas County man who killed a man, his two young children and the man’s girlfriend after a drug deal gone bad, was sentenced to four life terms Wednesday with no possibility of parole.
James Roy Belknap, 27, of Leviasy, pleaded guilty earlier this month to the May 2012 murders of Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber Martin and Hendrix's two children Dakota, 6, and Kaylee, 4.
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Jenkins departing Democratic Party
Ending speculation about his political future, state Sen. Evan Jenkins departed the Democratic Party today to become a Republican with a plan to challenge veteran Rep. Nick Rahall in the 2014 election.
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