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High-profile confrontations between African-Americans and police officers have fueled racial tensions across the country. How do we in Appalachia talk about how these issues affect us here in the mountains?

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High-profile confrontations between African-Americans and police officers have fueled tensions across the country. West Virginia is NOT a place where people are comfortable talking about these things.

But in Trey's hometown of Charleston, some of the key players are now bringing this tension out into the open.

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Trey Kay, host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Us & Them podcast, has been working on a series of reports focusing on Charleston’s West Side. His most recent installment explores a new program that awards grants to Charleston Police officers willing to purchase and rehab dilapidated West Side homes, and live there. On this West Virginia Morning, we hear an excerpt from the podcast episode titled “A Policeman is a Person in Your Neighborhood.”


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West Virginia cities are considering ordinances targeting property owners for repeated illegal incidents on their premises.

Local news outlets report similar proposals in Huntington and Nitro follow the model of a Martinsburg drug house ordinance that went into effect in May and has since produced several busts.

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Members in the House of Delegates have considered a number of bills this legislative session that increase the penalties for breaking various laws. At least three of those bills have focused on drug crimes which Republican lawmakers say is in response to the state’s substance abuse epidemic.

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Juvenile justice reform brought law enforcement and community organizers together last week in Charleston. The discussion focused on a diversion program for juvenile offenders in Florida that could be an example for communities in West Virginia.

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What would you do if an active shooter entered your building?

 

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Authorities say an Elkview man has been arrested after posting a video on Facebook calling for police officers to be killed.

Citing court records, media outlets report that 26-year-old Matthew Lane Furby was taken into custody Monday and charged with making threats of terroristic acts.

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For the second time since Friday, a West Virginia State Police trooper has used deadly force against a suspect.

State police said Sunday that a trooper fatally shot a suspected drunken driver shortly after midnight.

Lt. Michael Baylous said the trooper was trying to pull the vehicle over, but it failed to stop. A chase ensued. The trooper pursued the vehicle and then approached it on foot. The vehicle then headed directly toward the trooper, and he fired.

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Law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting of a West Virginia man by a police officer.

Sgt. B. D. Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says the early Wednesday shooting sent a 28-year-old South Charleston man to the hospital. He said Mickey Davis is in the intensive care unit.

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Beginning next year, burglar alarm owners in Wheeling will face fines when their devices send police false alerts.

A new false alarm ordinance also requires residences and businesses with burglar alarms to register with the city.

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Police have arrested a man who officers say caused a disturbance on the Marshall University campus while possibly intoxicated.

WSAZ-TV of Huntington reports that students outside residence halls told police a young man approached them on Tuesday night, threatening to kill them. One student says the suspect bit his finger.

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Sophia and a town police officer have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the officer beat a handcuffed man during an arrest.

Attorneys for Sophia argue in a recent motion that the town can't be held liable for the officer's alleged actions merely because he's an employee.

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Police in West Virginia say a Baltimore teenager has been charged with striking a police cruiser with his vehicle.

Records at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver show 19-year-old Joshua Jerome Brown was being held without bond Monday on one count each of attempted murder and reckless fleeing.

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Several dozen people marched in Martinsburg on Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in 2013.

  The Journal reports that the protesters called for accountability for the officers' actions.

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Officials say a Christmas night fire caused minimal damage to an Interstate 77 tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border.

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  Most police departments in West Virginia haven't responded to a survey regarding witness identification policies.

The survey asked police departments whether they have complied with a 2013 law that required them to adopt written witness identification policies by Jan. 1, 2014.

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  Huntington remains without a permanent police chief four months after Skip Holbrook announced his resignation.

Mayor Steve Williams says the selection process for Holbrook's replacement has gone slower than he anticipated.

Williams says he underestimated the time required to conduct background checks of candidates.