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  The city of Huntington says medication that can reverse the effect of opiates in case of an overdose is now stocked on all of the city fire department emergency response vehicles.

The Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy said in a news release that all firefighters have completed training and educational sessions on the medication, naloxone, and how to administer it. The office said five lives have been saved with the medication since the Cabell-Huntington Health Department received a supply of naloxone in February.

Huntington has advanced to the finals of the America’s Best Communities competition.

Huntington was selected by a panel of judges this week to be one of eight finalists in a national competition for America’s Best Community. According to a press release, America’s Best Communities aim to inspire economic revitalization in small towns and cities across the country.

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Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters were already in line at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington by early afternoon Tuesday. Supporters of the democratic presidential hopeful came from all over West Virginia to see the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is scheduled to speak at 8:30 p.m.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is planning a stop in Huntington this week.

Sanders' campaign website says the Vermont U.S. senator will attend a rally at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Tuesday night.

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Authorities in West Virginia have arrested a fourth suspect accused of impersonating narcotics officers during a Kentucky burglary.

44-year-old Philip Leonard Fortner of Huntington was arrested Wednesday in Cabell County on charges of first-degree burglary, unlawful imprisonment, fleeing and impersonating a police officer.

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More than 100 residents of a Huntington apartment complex have returned after being displaced by fires.

Dennis Johnson, owner of The Flats on 4th, near Marshall University, tells The Herald-Dispatch that one fire Sunday started on the first floor and was electrical, while a second fire that started on the second floor was caused by an object thrown in a trash can.

FIre at Flats
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  Fire officials have confirmed that smoke detectors inside a Huntington apartment complex didn't go off when the building caught fire, causing more than 100 residents to be displaced.

Firefighters found two separate fires when they arrived early Sunday morning to The Flats on 4th, near Marshall University.

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at the Republican presidential candidates and their stances on fracking and the environment. We also get a report from Clark Davis about a soon-to-be-abandoned CSX building in Huntington and some of the plans for the space.

CSX
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CSX announced in January it was closing administrative offices in downtown Huntington. That means the loss of 121 administrative jobs, but it also leaves the question of what happens to the building when CSX leaves.

The rail company announced that it will consolidate administration divisions from 10 to 9, moving administrative responsibilities from Huntington to five other divisions in Atlanta, Baltimore, Florence, Great Lakes and Louisville. CSX will continue running trains in the area and will keep open its Huntington locomotive shop. 

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The city of Huntington has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of vacant residences and buildings in the community.

The State Journal reports that the Huntington City Council has approved an ordinance to create a vacant property register.

Huntington Water Main Break
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Residents in West Virginia's second-largest city are being told to boil their water as a precaution after a large water main break along one of Huntington's main roads.

West Virginia American Water issued the advisory Tuesday afternoon a few blocks from the Marshall University campus. Motorists were asked to avoid the area along 3rd Avenue, which was covered in a few feet of water.

March 10, 1915: The First Rotary International Club Established in W.Va.

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The first Rotary International Club in West Virginia was established in Wheeling on March 10, 1915. Rotary clubs were formed in Huntington and Charleston later that year.

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Just a day after the state Senate voted down the controversial Religious Freedom Protection Act, Huntington officials announced the kickoff of a new inclusiveness campaign.

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Six Marshall University art students are being recognized for their design of street banners in downtown Huntington.

A ceremony for the students is set for Tuesday at the Marshall Visual Arts Center in Huntington.

Dilapidated House, Abandoned House
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  An anonymous donor has given $100,000 to the city of Huntington in order to assist with the demolition of blighted buildings.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced during his State of the City address Tuesday that the donation will be matched with funds from the city's capital budget.

Huntington Ohio River
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Huntington City Council has approved a resolution to urge West Virginia lawmakers to include protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under the state code dealing with hate crimes.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the council unanimously approved on Monday the resolution, which is to include protection for individuals based upon the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person.

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The Local Foods, Local Places partnership is a yearly federal award to communities around the country to help integrate local food strategies into economic development efforts. The award was given to six Appalachian communities in 2016, including one in West Virginia.

The initiative started in 2014 as part of the White House Rural Council’s work to support communities that want to make local foods a stronger part of the local economy. There are now 60 Local Foods, Local Places partnerships across the country. More than a third are in Appalachia, including four in West Virginia.

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Huntington city council members want to open new lines of communication for police in an attempt to tackle the city's drug problem.

WCHS-TV reports council members are working on bringing the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and the Huntington police force into the same communication channels. The Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area currently helps connect federal groups such as the FBI with local and state police.

Huntington Ohio River
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  An ordinance that would eliminate several vacant buildings in Huntington has been approved by the City Council.

The ordinance will create a vacant building registry. If a building is vacant for 30 days, property owners will have to notify the city and have their building placed on the registry.

A grand jury has decided against bringing charges against Huntington Mayor Steve Williams over a payout issued to a former Huntington police chief.

Special prosecutor Craig Tatterson confirmed the grand jury's findings Thursday. Tatterson told The Herald-Dispatch that he does not plan to pursue the case further.

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