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Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, almost 3,800 Americans are injured by charcoal or gas grill fires. • An estimated 5,700 grill fires occur on residential properties each year in […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some West Virginia inmates rent apartments months in advance of their parole hearings to show they have a place to go if they’re released, lawmakers said Monday as they studied the state’s inmate crowding crisis. Presenting a suitable home plan is one of several hurdles an inmate must clear to appear before […]

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MOUNDSVILLE (AP) — Water lines in Marshall County are being put at risk for bacteria contamination by crews installing pipelines for energy companies, a public service district official said. Natural gas pipeline crews are not following proper procedures when they dig around the Marshall County Public Service District 4’s water lines. Water lines are being […]

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WESTON (AP) — Relatives of a missing 3-year-old Lewis County girl are still searching for answers. Aliayah (uh LEE’ uh) Lunsford vanished from her Bendale home on Sept. 24, 2011. Media outlets report that family members held a vigil Sunday evening at a bridge where a search dog had picked up her scent. They plan […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia election officials are unsure about part of the state’s public financing pilot program for Supreme Court candidates. The State Election Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to postpone deciding whether the program can provide additional money known as rescue funds. The pilot program offers public funds in response to concerns about the […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Police are searching for a Beckley Correctional Center inmate who escaped while on a work detail. Media outlets report that 43-year-old James Hall Jr. didn’t return from the work detail on Friday. Hall was serving a sentence for breaking and entering. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Berkeley County officials are working to increase the number of trees in the county. A 2009 assessment by the U.S. Forest Service rated Berkeley and Jefferson counties among the “highest priority” counties in the nation that need more trees. The Herald-Mail says the Berkeley County Council plans to apply for a Chesapeake […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Kanawha County physician has admitted his role in a prescription drug fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday that 55-year-old Dr. William J. Casto has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Casto admitted he illegally wrote prescriptions for painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug from January 2006 through December 2009. […]

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