HUNTINGTON - The highest temperatures of the year plus high humidity from expected rainfall as the remnants of Hurricane Barry move across the state have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat watch for the western lowlands of West Virginia.
This weekend, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the biggest event in TV history - the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Six hundred fifty million people worldwide watched July 20 when Neil Armstrong took man's first steps on the moon's surface. Watching the CBS News broadcast for myself on YouTube this week, I was struck by how undramatic the coverage was. Because the then brand-new satellite technology could only provide audio and not video of the lunar module landing, CBS had an animation to demonstrate what it looked like. The animated module actually landed before the real one, robbing viewers of the drama of the tense moments when communications broke down. And the animation was so realistic, I have to believe that some viewers thought it was the real thing. Plus, anchor Walter Cronkite didn't even hear Armstrong's iconic first words after stepping on the surface and had to ask the control room to repeat them.
BARBOURSVILLE - Charming Charlie inside the Huntington Mall in Barboursville is going out of business.
Last week, the jewelry and accessories retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with plans to close all of its 261 stores in 38 states.
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WASHINGTON - Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data.
WASHINGTON - Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O'Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O'Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. Said Kennedy, "They had no choice but to follow them. This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space." Kennedy said this on Nov. 21, 1963, in San Antonio. The next day: Dallas.
NITRO - Barboursville's 10-12 year-old girls Little League softball team clinched a state championship and a berth in the Southeast Regional tournament with a 10-0 win in five innings over Beckley Little League Wednesday at Nitro City Park.
IRONTON - It's well known in Lawrence County, Ohio, that football rules in Ironton but a team of Little League all-stars will have the entire city with baseball on its mind in the coming weeks.