Hep A Numbers Piling Up In WV

540 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in the state.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the Department of Health and Human Resources said 297 of the cases are in Kanawha County. The totals are from Friday.

In Cabell County, the number of cases rose 21 percent this week to 114, up from 94 the previous week.

The cases have been linked to the virus strain found in a multistate outbreak.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department will host a public forum at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to field questions and share information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is a communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water.

Registering For School

The day that all parents live for, the first day of school after summer vacation is only a few short weeks away. First things first. The Grenada School District is requiring that parents register their kids online at the district’s Active Parent webpage. Parents must set up an active parent account, once they do they can access their child’s grades, homework, attendance and discipline. For new registrants, an original birth certificate, and original Social Security card, and other documents must be provided. The first day of school is August 7th.

Fallen Servicemen Honored During Ceremony

A little more than a year ago, in a soybean field near Itta Bena, 15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman lost their lives when their Marine aircraft went down. They were honored over the weekend at a ceremony at Mississippi Valley State College with the unveiling of a memorial. In attendance were Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps, Ronald Green.

Big Roadwork Project Getting Underway

There’s a paving project underway on U.S. Route 219 between Greenbrier and Monroe Counties. According to the West Virginia Department of Transportaiton, the resurfacing on Seneca Trail South will extend into Monday the 21st. Crews are putting down asphalt from north of Neff Orchard Road (CR 219/2) to south of Monroe Draft (CR 63). More work happens Monday through next Saturday from 6:30 a.m to 8 p.m. During those times, traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day. There could be major slowdowns for drivers in the vicinity.

WV Firefighters Headed To Michigan

The West Virginia Division of Forestry has sent a crew of 20 to Michigan to help reduce the risk of wildfires. The division says 12 trained division foresters and eight civilian firefighters left West Virginia on Wednesday. Some will be stationed at the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula and others will be at the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Dry conditions exist in the region although no large wildfires have been reported.

Meeting Set On Controversial Flood Victim Housing Program

West Virginia lawmakers are set to discuss an embattled housing program aimed at helping 2016 flood victims. Joint legislative committees on flooding and government and finance plan to meet Thursday at the state Capitol in Charleston. RISE West Virginia has been under fire following complaints about poor management and residents receiving no help. Lawmakers are investigating the $150 million housing assistance program.

Third Arrest In Beckley Hotel Killing, Fourth Suspect At-Large

Three arrests have now been made in connection with that hotel killing earlier this week at the Travel Lodge on Harper Road in Beckley. Tyrique Markell Pearl is charged with murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a felony revolving around the shooting death of 18 year old Amber Meadows who was found dead in a room at the hotel early Monday. Jonathan Bird and Antonio Williams are already in custody. Suspect Davide Hudson, Jr. remains at large.

Arrest Made In Beckley Hotel Murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a teen at a hotel in Beckley. Jonthan Bird is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a felony. Police went to the Travelodge on Harper Road on Monday and found 19 year old Amber Meadows dead in a hotel room. Also a number of women told officers they, along with Meadows, had been held forcefully in the hotel room for several hours. They said at one point one of three men in the room got into an argument with Meadows over drug money he thought he was owed. They say the man took Meadows to the back of the hotel room and heard a gunshot. The suspects then ran from the room.

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Jul. 11, 2018 12:24 PM CST
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Arrest Made In Beckley Hotel Murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a teen at a hotel in Beckley. Jonthan Bird is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a felony. Police went to the Travelodge on Harper Road on Monday and found 19 year old Amber Meadows dead in agotel room. Also a number of women told officers they, along with Meadows, had been held forcefully in the hotel room for several hours. They said at one point one of three men in the room got into an argument with Meadows over drug money he thought he was owed. They say the man took Meadows to the back of the hotel room and heard a gunshot. The suspects then ran from the room.

WV Receiving Money To Help Vets Find Jobs

The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.

Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000.

The Labor Department announced the funding Monday. The grants are awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community organizations.

The agency said homeless veterans may receive occupational skills training, apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance.