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    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:37:47 GMT
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
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    Friday, August 29 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:27:05 GMT
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    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 
  • 21st annual Beckley's Kids Classic Festival kicks off Saturday

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    Friday, August 29 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:00:46 GMT
    Cheryl King has joined Frontier Communications as marketing manager for West Virginia and Ohio.A native of Charleston, King most recently served as marketing director for the Charleston YMCA.
    Cheryl King has joined Frontier Communications as marketing manager for West Virginia and Ohio.A native of Charleston, King most recently served as marketing director for the Charleston YMCA.
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    West Virginia lawmaker Amanda Pasdon is one of just four leaders newly appointed to the Republican National Committee's Rising Star Program.
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    Bowles Rice

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:00:46 GMT
    Attorney Donald A. Nickerson Jr. has joined Bowles Rice. He will focus his practice in energy law and real estate law. He is based in the firm's Southepointe, Pennsylvania, office.
    Attorney Donald A. Nickerson Jr. has joined Bowles Rice. He will focus his practice in energy law and real estate law. He is based in the firm's Southepointe, Pennsylvania, office.
CHARLESTON, WV -

Dr. Koren Custer, an assistant state veterinarian at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, has completed her training as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician at Plum Island, N.Y. 

The course involves two weeks of 10-to-12-hour days, according to Custer, and provided her with the chance to work with several different species and to see foot-and-mouth disease first-hand.

Extremely contagious, foot-and-mouth disease caused the destruction of an estimated 7 million cattle and sheep in Great Britain in 2001.

The school is offered just six times per year and educates approximately 30 students per session. Students are typically federal and state veterinarians and laboratory diagnostic staff, military veterinarians, veterinary school faculty and some industry veterinarians.

Once they finish their courses, they become de facto surveyors for foreign animal diseases across the United States. 

Scientists at the facility have the capability to diagnose more than 30 exotic animal diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease, swine fever, African swine fever and other ills listed by the World Organization for Animal Health.