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Water price gouging alleged

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CHARLESTON (AP) – West Virginia’s attorney general is accusing a convenience store company of illegally raising water prices while a chemical spill left 300,000 people in the state without usable tap water.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the enforcement action Friday in Putnam County Circuit Court, claiming Mid Valley Mart more than doubled prices for one-gallon water jugs to $3.39 at two Hurricane stores. The complaint also says one customer paid more than $40 for 12 one-gallon jugs.

It’s illegal in West Virginia to raise prices on essential products and services by more than 10 percent in a state of emergency. An emergency declaration still is in effect for nine affected counties.

Meanwhile, another school closed Monday.

Grandview Elementary in Kanawha County sent students home at 12:15 p.m. because of the licorice odor. State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro said some teachers complained about burning eyes and noses.

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