Park Closed

All trails in Douthat State Park in Bath County are closed after a woman was attacked by a bear. The attack happened Sunday around 3 p.m. The woman suffered injuries to both legs, but was able to walk out of the trail. Park officials say while the park is open all trails will be closed until further notice.

Opiod Epidemic

West Virginia is leading a group of 37 states and territories urging health insurance companies to examine financial incentives that contribute to the opioid epidemic. Attorney General Patrick Morrisy spoke on the Marshall campus yesterday in Huntington and said they have a strategy to speed up non-opioid alternatives for treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain. The plan asks insurers to review their coverage and payment policies, among other things.

Greenbrier Airport

Greenbrier Valley Airport agrees to find a replacement for ViaAir. WVVA TV reports that the Airport Authority voted unaminously to get a carrier that will fit Greenbrier Valley Airport’s needs. Stephen Snyder, the Director at the Greenbrier Valley Airport says, that SkyWest met all their needs. What happens now is in the hands of the D.O.T to make that final decision. The Airport Authoirity will write a letter of recommendation for Sky West to the Dept of Transportation, and wait on the answer.

More Charges Face Man Accused Of Setting Woman On Fire

More charges face a man who set fire to a woman in Beckley. Authorities say Dwayne Lane was arraigned Tuesday morning in Raleigh County Court in connection with the incident that happened on Sunday. Police say more than 70 percent of victim Belinda Cox’s body is burned, many of those burns are third degree and she’s being treated at a hospital in Pittsburgh. Police say she was set on fire in front of her two young children. Lane is charged with attempted murder, plusl kidnappping and gross child neglect along with arson causing serious bodily injury. He’s behind bars in lieu of a million dollars bail.

Federal Money To Help Battle Opioid Issue Locally

Raleigh County is among a half dozen high risk counties in West Virginia getting money to help fight the opioid epidemic. It comes from a federal drug and opioid program known as Proect Lazarus and the goal is to reduce the number of OD deaths in the county.


FEMA is wrapping up their work in the state from the late July floods. The two disaster recovery centers that had been serving those in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties will close this week. The Marion County center will close tomorrow, and the center in Marshall County will close on Wednesday.

Power Workers Helping

There are still 40 MonPower linemen working with their Florida counterparts to get electricity restored to the Sunshine State. The team of power workers from West Virginia has been working long hours since Hurricane Irma hit the state last week. The team has been working in hot, steamy conditions with the heat index well above 100-degrees.

Don Blankenship

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say in the appeal that the high court should hear it so that other corporate executives aren’t subject to similar prosecutions for workplace safety violations.

Hiker Identified

The Bedford County Sheriff’s office is identifying the hiker whose body was recovered late Thursday night along the Appalachian Trail. Authorities say 70-year old James Allen Nanninga of Florida was hiking the trail alone. Rescue personnel spent more than nine hours trying to locate Nanninga after a hiker notified authorities he had spotted him.

Police Capture Man They Say Set Woman On Fire

State Police have captured the man they say set a woman on fire. They say Dwane Lane of Raleigh County was tracked down late Sunday. He had been sought by police since earlier in the day when police say he poured gasoline on a woman an set her on fire. The incident happened on Earle Street early in the morning. No word on the condition of the victim.