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    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.
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    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...

West Virginia won't let Punxsutawney, Pa., have all the fun of Groundhog Day. 

At Concord University, the tradition of Concord Charlie giving a weather prediction started in 1978 by the late professor R.T. "Tom" Hill, who was chairman of both the geographic and the Appalachian Studies programs at the school.

Hill started a Groundhog Day Breakfast to celebrate the area's Appalachian heritage as well as to celebrate the program. 

While Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction each Feb. 2, Concord Charlie plans to make his call during the breakfast Feb. 3. The Concord event also highlights an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia with the title "Grand Goundhog Watcher," and this year Greg Puckett will have the honors. Pucket is a 1993 Concord alumnus, director of the Drug Free All Stars, executive director of Community Connections, has been director of the Mercer County Drug Free Community Support Program as well as an advocate for teen courts and has worked with local businesses and individuals on the Princeton Renaissance Project.

West Virginia's official weather prognosticating groundhog, French Creek Freddie, will make his 36th appearance at the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek, which is in Upshur County.

Wildlife Center staff awakens Freddie each year to look for his shadow in front of an audience of hundreds of fans, but the festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 2 with Appalachian storytellers "Granny Sue" and Judi Tarowsky. Freddie's wake-up time is 10 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m., the second annual "Woodchuckin' Contest" is slated to start.