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Kanawha County crash involved 2 cars and a bus

A car accident in Kanawha, West Virginia, snarled traffic and closed down some lanes after a bus and a pair of cars all collided. When the Metro dispatch was asked about the wreck, since a KRT bus was involved, they not only confirmed the crash but said that it happened right before five o'clock -- meaning it caused a logjam in traffic right around rush hour.

The crash occurred in South Charleston, on MacCorkle Avenue. That's close to both the Riverwalk Mall and a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

Former coal mine employee sues for wrongful termination

Coal mining is back-breaking work, and injuries are not uncommon. One West Virginia man who was receiving medical care for a work-related back injury says that he was wrongfully terminated for what his employers termed "unexcused absences."

The plaintiff had begun working for Patriot Coal in 2013, doing maintenance work in an underground mine. He says that he was getting occasional injections from a doctor to help with the pain caused by an injury suffered at a previous job. According to the suit, he notified his employers and brought a doctor's note whenever he had a medical appointment.

Wandering is a risk for nursing home residents with dementia

One of the biggest dangers to those with dementia is the possibility that they may become disoriented and wander off. If a nursing home has inadequate supervision, residents with dementia may actually leave the building -- putting themselves at grave risk of harm.

If you have a relative with dementia that's in a nursing home, it's important to find out if the facility does regular assessments to determine the risk of wandering. Some of the signs that a patient is likely to wander are fairly obvious:

Worker allegedly fired for reporting co-worker injury

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a West Virginia company after it allegedly fired one of its employees two days after she called 911 to report the injury of a co-worker. The owner of the company, Lone Star Western Beef, allegedly told the woman to hang up after she called to seek help for a man who had severed his thumb in a food processor at the plant that makes beef jerky.

The owner of the company allegedly collected the severed portion of the thumb and instructed another person to take him to an urgent care clinic for treatment. The incident occurred in July 2014. He was eventually transferred to a hospital, but physicians weren't able to reattach the portion of the thumb that was severed.

A truck accident can cause serious injury

As you make your way through the state of West Virginia, you realize that traveling in close proximity to commercial trucks is a way of life.

It's your responsibility to focus on the task at hand, ensuring that you don't do anything that could cause an accident. At the same time, you need to keep a close watch on truck drivers who may not have your best interests in mind.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: A focus on concussions

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. In observance of that, neuroscience centers, neurologists and hospitals are all trying to spread education about brain injuries.

One of the focuses this year is on a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that many people don't recognize as potentially serious: the concussion.

Sexual harassment comes in many forms

As an employee, you take great pride in providing your employer with top-notch work. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen at your place of employment.

Sexual harassment remains a major problem in companies throughout the United States, with many employees, both male and female, becoming a victim.

What's the best way to aid a child with a traumatic brain injury?

How do you help a child who has suffered a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury recover? It turns out that having a stable home environment with optimal parenting may be the best treatment available.

A study published by the Association of Academic Psychiatrists tracked injured children for as long as seven years. They found that children with traumatic brain injuries were twice as likely to have developed attention problems as those without a TBI. Those with more severe injuries were five times as likely to develop secondary Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder as those who had never had a TBI.

State may be 'hot spot for anti-LGBTQ legislation in 2017'

Although numerous advances in equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been made in recent years, there are still many states where LGBT people can be discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. West Virginia is one of those states.

Advocates for LGBT rights are concerned that things are only going to get worse. The Human Rights Campaign has called West Virginia a "hot spot for anti-LGBTQ legislation in 2017."

Dangerous highway conditions can cause an accident

There are many highways that run through the state of West Virginia. As a driver, you know that sharing the road with other cars and trucks is a part of life.

What you may not realize, however, is that there are times when dangerous road conditions can cause an accident. This can include but is not limited to the following:

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