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Local bull rider rises in the ranks; hungry for more

TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) The current number 30 bull rider in the world, is a small town guy. More>>

Voice of Praise Worship Center hosts fun day at the park Video included

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) Dozens gathered for a little fun under the sun at the Bluefield City Park. More>>

Several ride in Richlands to raise awareness for colon cancer Video included

RICHLANDS, VA (WVVA) Several gathered in Cedar Bluff to raise awareness for colon cancer victims.
 
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As settlement payouts begin, former MSU student struggles with difficult financial reality Video included

 Earlier this year, a panel approved an $11.3 million-dollar class action settlement in the lawsuit accusing Mountain State University of concealing problems with their accreditation.And now as those payouts begin, a former MSU student is having a hard time accepting the situation. More>>

Armed robbery at Taco Bell in Beckley

BECKLEY, WV (WVVVA) According to the Raleigh County 911 center, around 1:30 a.m. a black male, with a black mask and gun robbed the Taco Bell.The Beckley Police Department is investigating the robbery.No arrests have been made. More>>

Dollar General robbed in Daniels

Armed robbery in Daniels Armed robbery in Daniels

A Dollar General is robbed Saturday evening and the suspect is believed to have had a knife. More>>

Bluefield WV hosts Lemonade Festival Criterium bike race Video included

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) The Lemonade Festival Criterium Bike Race took place Saturday evening in Bluefield, WV.The city closed several streets in the downtown area as amateur and professional riders competed for a variety of prizes.The course was .52 mile in length and featured a hill and four turns, with the start/finish line placed on Raleigh Street. The race was sponsored by the City of Bluefield. More>>

Children shoot to learn safety in Bluefield, Virginia Video included

BLUEFIELD, VA (WVVA) Dozens of kids are getting the chance to go to a shooting range today, unload some shells,and load up on knowledge all for free! More>>

Mercer County Deputy teaches women self-defense Video included

PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) More than a dozen women were learning self defense at the Princeton Public Library early this afternoon.
 
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Hundreds gather in Bluefield for Lemonade Festival Video included

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) Hundreds gathered today in downtown Bluefield for the annual Lemonade Festival. More>>

From ordinary quilts to extraordinary community donations Video included

Quilts were not in short supply at the Appalachian Festival's Arts and Crafts fair Saturday. But not all the quilts were just there for the competition. Some were there to give back to the community in a creative way.It may have just seemed like an ordinary arts and crafts fair, but sometimes in the most ordinary places, extraordinary things happen...like quilts that are going to help babies in need."Quilts are comforting, that's why we call them comfort quilts, bec... More>>

TV shooting survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire

The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group because the camera's bright light blinded her. More>>

City of Bluefield says rental checks are successful so far Video included

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) With around 1,100 rental properties in the City of Bluefield, West Virginia, making sure people are keeping those properties up to code has become an important task... More>>

Harmony's Breath helps families cope with loss of an infant

BECKLEY (WVVA) The pain of losing a child is something felt by millions of families each year. For all the life changing experiences new parents face, some are never afforded the opportunity to bring their child home from the hospital. Over the years, Erica Stock has helped to find hundreds of homes for pets in our area. But now, she has a new cause. After losing her daughter last month, she wants to turn her tragedy into a triumph for other struggling moms. "I had a ver... More>>

UPDATE: Rescues found for 43 dogs rescued from Mercer County home Video included

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) Receiving a call of many animals living at one location is nothing new for Mercer County Animal Control officer Elizabeth Morehead, but she says yesterday's call was unusual... More>>

What you need to know before adopting a pet

Shelters battle overcrowding Shelters battle overcrowding

(WVVA) - With local shelters often times battling overcrowding, we decided to look deeper into the problem.  WVVA spoke with a rescue and shelter as to why animals come to them and what people need to consider when taking them in. More>>

2 arrested, 1 wanted in beating and robbery of elderly Fayette Co. man

Kristine Lambert is wanted for the beating and robbery of an elderly man in Mount Hope. Kristine Lambert is wanted for the beating and robbery of an elderly man in Mount Hope.

FAYETTE COUNTY (WVVA) Police are looking for a third suspect in the beating and robbery of an elderly man near Mount Hope. More>>

Residents from Monroe and Giles counties oppose Mountain Valley Pipeline Video included

(WVVA) Giles County, Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia are only separated by the state line.  More>>

Report: W.Va. high school grads ill-prepared for college

Mercer County participates in teacher development Mercer County participates in teacher development

A new report says many West Virginia high school graduates are ill-prepared for college... More>>

The Greenbrier announces New Orleans Pelicans 2015 training camp schedule

The Greenbrier is proud to announce the New Orleans Pelicans will hold their 2015 Training Camp at America's Resort. The 2015 NBA Playoff team led by energetic head coach Alvin Gentry, coupled with superstar talents including Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, will train from September 29-October 2, 2015 at The Greenbrier's Indoor Tennis and Recreation Center. More>>

Things to know: EPA water rules take effect in some states

New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday - but only in some states. More>>

Vandalism before the "Battle of the Bluefields" Video included

(WVVA) Two local schools are vandalized before one of the biggest games of the high school football season. More>>

Conserving water and saving money with rain barrels Video included

(WVVA) Richard Hudson is a Tazewell County resident and utilizes rain water collection at his home and farm."We flush our commodes, wash all of our clothes with rainwater everyday," said Hudson.The Upper Tennessee Roundtable hosted a free workshop on Thursday in Tazewell, VA. Through a government grant, they provided free supplies to build the rain barrels to more than 50 individuals who signed up."This is a great thing to do because you are saving water, if you have a g... More>>

Historic artifacts on display in Greenbrier County Video included

A new exhibit displays the past and present at Greenbrier Historical Society in Lewisburg, W.Va.The exhibit titled “Greenbrier, Then and Now," looks at Greenbrier Valley over the past century, highlighting how communities have changed from economic and cultural forces. More>>

VA Center eager for even more Veterans to access benefits Video included

PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) For many veterans in the area, using their VA benefits has not always been easy... More>>

First responders shine light on school bus safety in an emergency

BECKLEY (WVVA) With the start of another school year, children will be back in the classroom and on the road. While it is not secret drivers are supposed to stop for school buses, what happens when they come across a school bus and an ambulance? Which takes precedent?According to Paul Seaman with Jan-Care Ambulance, it is the school bus, even if in a life or death emergency. "What happens sometimes with cars in front, if they see an ambulance coming up behind, it can be confu... More>>

Memories, tears mark newscast a day after on-air shootings Video included

The colleagues of two journalists shot to death on live television returned to their morning show Thursday with memories, tears and a determination to carry on. More>>

Operation "Mountain Justice" net 90 drug arrests in Fayette, Nicholas counties Video included

 More than 90 people are arrested on drug charges in Fayette and Nicholas counties during a sweep on Thursday. More>>

Dead migrants found in abandoned truck near Austrian capital

As regional leaders met Thursday to tackle Europe's refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital: An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 - and possibly up to 50 -... More>>

Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker Video included

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely begun the school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her class and pulled a gun.  More>>

July mine impact inspections result in 225 citations

Federal inspectors issued 225 citations and six orders at U.S. mine operations in July... More>>

Deputies say man was dealing morphine in McDowell County

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MCDOWELL COUNTY (WVVA) A North Carolina man is arrested in McDowell County on drug trafficking charges. According to Sheriff Martin West... More>>

Planes drop oral rabies vaccines in Greenbrier Valley Video included

After a jump in the number of rabies cases in 2010, Greenbrier County became the first test zone in the U.S. for a new bait product. More>>

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WDBJ reporter, photographer gunned down during live shot; shooter dead Video included

I WDBJ-7 reporter and photographer are killed  during an live report near Smith Mountain Lake More>>

Debbie Clark; Hometown Hero Video included

Debbie Clark is a Summers county resident who retired from teaching about eight years ago, but instead of enjoying a life of leisure, she works tirelessly to help local children in need.   More>>

Farley found guilty of 1st degree murder Video included

Princeton, WV - After deliberating for about an hour, a jury found Johnnie Ray Farley guilty of first degree murder of his wife Lynnette Denise Farley. More>>

Bimbo Bakeries recalls bread sold in 11 states

The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling bread sold in 11 states because it may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory... More>>

Justice and Cole gain support in WV gubernatorial race Video included

Jim Justice and Bill Cole Jim Justice and Bill Cole

(WVVA) - With State Senator Bill Cole shutting the door completely on his state senate seat, he's once again showing that he's "all in" in the race for governor.  Front-runners in the race, Cole (R) and billionaire Jim Justice (D) are going head-to-head, hoping to get their parties' nomination.  Both are hoping to trade in their business expertise for chief executive of the state. More>>

Swope announces candidacy for WV Senate Video included

(WVVA) Chandler Swope founded Swope Construction and is also a helicopter pilot. He has piloted WVVA photographers shooting aerial video for the past 25 years.Now, he is flying into new territory and wants to serve the public by running for the West Virginia Senate... More>>

Jenkins discusses babies born addicted at roundtable discussion in Beckley

BECKLEY (WVVA) Congressman Evan Jenkins discussed Neo-natal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) at a round table discussion in Beckley on Wednesday. Jenkins helped to found Lily's Place in Huntington, a place where newborns can get specialized treatment to deal with addiction. On Wednesday, the congressman met with staff at Raleigh General Hospital and social workers involved in fighting the epidemic. In recent years, the hospital has reported record numbers of infants born a... More>>

Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s and similar weapons

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart says it will stop selling the AR-15 and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores... More>>

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Juvenile holds students, teacher hostage at gunpoint in Barbour County Video included

PHILIPPI, WV (WVVA) Philip Barbour High School is placed on lockdown after a 14-year-old boy holds students and a teacher hostage. More>>

WV lawmakers seek shake-up to 180-day instructional requirement Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) State legislators are getting ready to roll out an updated plan to help schools make up lost days.  More>>

INTERVIEW: 2015 Lemonade Festival planned for Bluefield, WV Video included

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA)- Continuing on the traditions of Lemonade Days in Bluefield, the Bluefield Preservation Society began the Lemonade Festival to celebrate the City of Bluefield.  More>>

Field of Dreams: Community honors the man who built it Video included

Call it a field of dreams or a dream come true. The late Ernie Hinkle dedicated his life to giving people a nice and safe place to play. Now, the Fitzpatrick Park softball fields he worked tirelessly to create are being named in his honor. More>>

Gearing up to end child abuse; 2nd Annual Statewide wvCANclimb Hike

Princeton, WV. – –On September 19, 2015, hikers across West Virginia are taking the climb to support the important work of West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and Child Protect of Mercer County, Inc. Put on your hiking boots and join us in the trek to help raise child abuse awareness and support the children of West Virginia. Child Protect is now recruiting individuals, teams, and event volunteers to join us for the 2nd Annual Statewide wvCANclimb ... More>>

Bluefield College Offers Unique Classes in American Sign Language

Bluefield, Va. -  Bluefield College will start its second year of instruction in American Sign Language this fall -- a unique series of courses gaining significant praise and popularity on campus and still the only two-year curriculum of college ASL classes being offered in the area.Open not only to Bluefield College students, but also members of the community at-large, BC’s American Sign Language (ASL) courses for the fall 2015 semester will take place Wednesdays from 6 p.m... More>>

New River CTC and WV State University announce 2+2 transfer agreement

BEAVER, W.VA. -  Today, New River Community and Technical College and West Virginia State University leaders signed an articulation agreement enabling students who complete a two-year, associate degree at New River CTC to transfer into a four-year program at WVSU – without leaving the College’s Raleigh County Campus.Through WVSU’s online and evening classes, graduates of New River CTC’s Business Administration, Law Enforcement, and Corrections associat... More>>

Greenbrier County high schools get new laptops Video included

Greenbrier County high schools have been using netbook laptops in the classroom and at home for the past six years. More>>

Man on trial for wife's murder in Mercer County Video included

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Testimony has begun in the trial against a man charged in the September 2014 shooting death of his wife. More>>

SECURITY FOOTAGE: Man caught on camera stealing property in Mercer County Video included

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA)-Detectives with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department are asking for help identifying a man caught on surveillance video stealing from an old business. More>>

Ex-governor's freedom bid on hold until prosecutors respond

The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions... More>>

W.Va. receives $200K to assist small business exporters

West Virginia has received a $200,000 federal grant to help small businesses export goods to international markets... More>>

Rep. Jenkins holding discussions on drug addicted newborns Video included

(WVVA) Rep. Evan Jenkins stopped by WVVA before heading to a roundtable discussion at Bluefield Regional Medical Center on neonatal abstinence syndrome. More>>

Cheney to headline West Virginia chamber annual meeting

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney will give the keynote speech at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and business summit. More>>

EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine

U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" of poisonous wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when a government cleanup team... More>>

Judge upholds pipeline survey without property owner's OK in Giles Co.

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - A federal judge says a pipeline developer can survey private property in Virginia without the owner's permission. More>>

Missing Tazewell County man found safe Video included

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WVVA) A man reported missing in Tazewell County has been found safe.  More>>

State Police close Pisgah Road burglary investigation

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA)- After two months of investigating, West Virginia State Police are closing a burglary case in Mercer County. More>>

Uproar over suggestive banners hung near a Virginia campus

A fraternity has suspended activities at a university chapter in Virginia after an uproar over sexually suggestive banners hung from a private home where several of that fraternity's members live... More>>

2 arrested in Greenbrier County for counterfeit money Video included

Denise Bailey and Sharon Wamsley were arrested Monday at their homes in Clintonville.  More>>

UPDATE: Water issues force early dismissal at Bluefield Intermediate, Whitethorn Primary Video included

UPDATE: BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) ?What started off as a normal day of school at Bluefield Intermediate, became a big problem very quickly. More>>

Advocacy network offers simple strategies to prevent child sex abuse

BECKLEY (WVVA) As kids head back to school, many will be meeting new teachers, caretakers, and coaches for the first time. While the majority of these people will be looking out for the best interest of your children, others may be looking to take advantage. According to the Executive Director of Just for Kids, Scott Miller, one in four children in West Virginia will be sexually abused before the age of 18. It is for this reason Just For Kids has a program called Stewards of ... More>>

Regulators to hold outreach meeting on new coal dust rule

Federal regulators are holding a stakeholders meeting in Raleigh County on a new coal dust rule... More>>

WVVA to air 3 Concord Football Games Video included

Bluefield, WV-WVVA-TV signed a contract with Concord University on Monday to air 3 games during the 2015 season.   More>>

Man hurt after being hit by garbage truck in Greenbrier County Video included

A solid waste employee is hit by a garbage truck in Lewisburg. A solid waste employee is hit by a garbage truck in Lewisburg.

LEWISBURG, WV (WVVA) A man is hospitalized after being hit by a garbage truck in Lewisburg. According to Chief Stover... More>>

Welch man in critical condition after stabbing

CHARLESTON, WV -A man from Welch is stabbed multiple times during an argument in Charleston, WV More>>

Corn maze and pumpkin patch to open Video included

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) The Crab Orchard Corn Maze & Pisgah Pumpkin Patch will open for the season next month.  More>>

Beckley man arrested for shooting man after fight Video included

BECKLEY (WVVA) A man is shot in the arm after a fight between to men. According to the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office, the shooting happened just after midnight... More>>

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