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Former Charleston mayor downsizing

Former Charleston mayor Danny Jones is downsizing. He posted on his Facebook page that he is moving out of his seven-thousand-square-foot South Hills home and is moving into at downtown apartment that is closer to his Quarrier Street BBQ stand.

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Over 40,000 register for COVID-19 vaccine

More than forty-thousand people have pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine with state’s new online registration system. There is still an issue with telephone registration. Callers are getting a message that the line is out and won’t be available until February. Verizon is working on the issue.

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COVID-19 numbers improve

West Virginia COVID-19 numbers are showing signs of improvement. The gap between recovered patients and actives cases is widening. There are more than five-hundred new cases of the virus, and the number of active cases is below twenty-five-thousand. Four more people have died.

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West Virgina touts vaccine success rate

West Virginia health officials are touting a 106-perecent success rate in administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is achieving that rate by getting more doses out of each vial. Health workers are often able to get six doses out of a five-dose Pfizer vaccine vial. And eleven doses out of a ten-dose Moderna vial.

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Wind farm construction underway

Work is underway to build a 115-megawatt windfarm along the Grant-Mineral county line. Clearway Energy is spending more than 200-million dollars on the project that they hope to have up and running by the end of the year. There are more than 200 construction workers on the project that will include nearly two-dozen turbines.

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Former VA doctor sentenced to prison

A former doctor at the VA Medical Center in Beckley will spend 25-years in prison. Fifty-two-year-old Jonathan Yates is accused of sexually abusing veterans under his care.

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South Charleston & St. Albans police investigating stabbing

Police are investigating after a man walked into Thomas Memorial with a stab wound. Investigators say the stabbing happened just outside of the St. Albans city limits. The victim is expected to be okay.

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WV woman sentenced for trying to sell information to Russia

A Hedgesville woman will spend more than eight years in prison for trying to sell classified NSA information to Russia, and for kidnapping her six-year-old and taking her to Mexico. Forty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty in July.

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Huff Assembles Staff at Marshall

New Marshall head football coach Charles Huff is working to assemble his new coaching. The only member of the current coaching staff that will be retained is Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach Tim Cramsey. Otherwise, Huff plans to add his own assistants. Footballscoop.com reported Huff plans to add Clint Trickett who was the former Co-Offensive coordinator at FAU and will work for the Herd as the Receivers Coach.

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Artists Can Submit Work For the Next WV Wildlife Calendar

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is already working on next year’s wildlife calendar and is asking for submissions. Artists can submit original color wildlife paintings for the 2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar through Feb. 19. The agency says the paintings can be of popular game and fish species or other West Virginia wildlife, including snakes, frogs, songbirds and other animals. A $200 prize is awarded for each painting chosen, and the artist whose work is chosen for the cover will receive an additional $500.

Email electronic images to Jessica.N.Swecker@wv.gov.