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Jobless rates rise in 54 of 55 counties

CHARLESTON — Unemployment rates rose in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in June.

WorkForce West Virginia said Friday that Pocahontas County was the only county to see a drop in the jobless rate.

Monongalia and Jefferson counties have the lowest rates in the state at 4.2 percent.

Counties with the highest rates were Webster, 11.2 percent; and Mason and Mingo, both at 10.5 percent.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in June, down slightly from May’s rate.


Hospital marking 25th anniversary: WVU Healthcare’s Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Hundreds of hospital employees and medical staff gathered Friday to kick off a celebration that will last into the fall for the facility that opened on July 19, 1988.

Officials say that earlier this month, nearly 460 overnight patients were being cared for at the hospital. That’s the highest census the hospital has recorded since it opened.

The building was a replacement for the original University Hospital next door. It features the WVU Children’s Hospital and the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center.

Ruby Memorial Hospital is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion of health facilities on and off campus to serve the growing population of the region.



Lottery to be used to handle W.Va. land searches: Tyler County is using a lottery to help keep oil and gas drilling companies from camping around the courthouse to research property deeds.

Tyler County Clerk Teresea Hamilton will allow abstractors to randomly draw numbers to determine who will get one of the 96 coveted daily slots to access the records vault.

Officials said that they hope the move will prevent the abstractors and their so-called “line holders” from camping around the courthouse all night long. Middlebourne residents turned out Thursday to meet with county officials about the issue.

To accommodate the crowds, the courthouse has extended its hours and abstractors have been limited to two hours each inside the vault. The vault can only accommodate 16 people at a time.

— Compiled with information from the Associated Press



Officer shoots suspect at I-79 rest area: A man is in critical condition after he was shot by a Bridgeport police officer at an Interstate 79 rest area.

City officials say in a news release that the shooting occurred after the officer responded to a disturbance call at 3:23 a.m. last Thursday.

The officer found a man armed with a handgun and a woman inside a vehicle. The officer was able to get the woman out of the vehicle and repeatedly ordered the man to drop the gun.

City officials say the man refused and raised the gun toward the officer in a threatening manner. The officer then shot the man in the upper torso.

The man was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. His name hasn’t been released.



2 appointed as W.Va. circuit judges: Two new circuit judges are ready to take the bench.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday announced the appointments of Romney attorney H. Charles Carl III and Harrison County assistant prosecutor Kurt W. Hall.

Carl will serve in the 22nd Judicial Circuit that includes Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties. He takes over for Donald Cookman, who was appointed to the state Senate.

Carl began practicing law with his grandfather in 1987. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

Hall will serve in the 26th Judicial Circuit that includes Lewis and Upshur counties. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Thomas Keadle.

Hall has degrees from Fairmont State University and the West Virginia University School of Law. He’s been an assistant prosecutor for 11 years. Hall started his career as a clerk in an Elkins law firm, later served as a public defender and as an assistant prosecutor in Randolph County.


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