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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    UPDATE: Suspect in custody in connection with Montcalm shooting

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:16:53 GMT
     Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
    Emotions were high in Montcalm on Thursday following a shooting. Neighbors were not surprised to hear of the shooting in their area, because they say, violence is unfortunately all too common in their neighborhood.
  • Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Environmentalists talk about Mountain Top Removal as Coal Miners Protest in Pittsburgh

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:59:03 GMT
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...
    As hundreds of coal miners protest in Pittsburgh over the hearing on E-P-A regulations, 59News talks to an Environmental group to get both sides of the controversy."Coal River Mountain Watch" is a non-profit organization organization, out of Whitesville, Raleigh County.The organizations mission is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountain top removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities.Mike Roselle a membe...

The Libertarian Party has received enough votes to gain ballot access for the 2014 and 2016 elections in West Virginia.

David Moran ran for governor as a Libertarian and received about 1.3 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The secretary of state's office said it is unlikely Moran will fall under the 1 percent threshold required for ballot access after canvassing. More than 8,000 voters cast ballots for Moran, even though there are only about 1,448 registered Libertarians in the state.

West Virginia's LPWV Chairman, Michael Wilson, said in a statement that even though the party ran a campaign on a budget at less than 1 percent of the state's other parties, "we had a focused plan and never lost sight of our primary objective."

Ballot access means a Libertarian candidate will not have to collect signatures to be placed on the ballot for any election other than municipal elections. The Libertarian Party will be able to choose their candidates either in a primary or party convention.

Becoming an official party also means a person cannot run as a primary candidate if they were registered as a member of one of the other political parties within 60 days of filing to run, according to the secretary of state's office. People registered with no party affiliation, independent or any other registration other than the four official parties – Democrat, Republican, Mountain and now Libertarian – are not subject to the law.

The Libertarian Party has not held Official Party status in WV since 2000 when in a five-way race the LPWV candidate for Governor, Bob Myers, obtained less than 1 percent of the vote, according to information from LPWV.

In order to maintain ballot access, the Libertarian Party will need to get at least 1 percent of the total ballots cast in the 2016 governor's race.