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Rob Alsop gets WVU senior leadership position

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Rob Alsop has been appointed to a restructured senior leadership position at West Virginia University. The former chief of staff to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will become WVU’s vice president for legal and governmental affairs and entrepreneurial engagement. WVU President Gordon Gee announced Alsop’s appointment Friday. It is effective Oct. 27. William […]

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is taking aim at invasive species. The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the public for help to halt the spread of nonnative plants and animals. West Virginia has documented 270 invasive species of plants as well as dozens of invasive insects, fish and terrestrial animals. They range from […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Charleston police detective says he believes a teenager fatally shot on the city’s West Side this year will get compensation from the state’s fund for crime victims. Tymel McKinney’s mother, Deanna, was told she wouldn’t get any compensation because her son wasn’t considered an innocent victim. The 18-year-old was gunned down […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — The former executive director of a Huntington-based regional food bank has been sentenced to prison for stealing more than $32,000 from the pantry for the poor Leigh Anne Zappin was sentenced Friday in Cabell Circuit Court to one to 10 years in prison, according to media reports. She previously pleaded guilty to […]

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposed $5 billion pipeline that would deliver natural gas to the Southeast is finding pockets of opposition along its planned path in West Virginia and Virginia, where it would carve through two national forests. The 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is also seeing resistance in remote high-elevation sections of Virginia amid […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is expected to experience steady job growth over the next several years, according to a report released by West Virginia University. The annual West Virginia Economic Outlook report was released on Thursday during the annual West Virginia Economic Outlook conference. The Charleston Gazette reports oil and gas employment is projected […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools says he plans to focus on improving student attendance and graduation rates. Michael Martirano told the Charleston Gazette he’ll release his 10-point plan to the public later this month. Among other things, it calls for focusing on pre-K and early intervention programs. Martirano also told the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A group of Roman Catholic nuns on a multistate bus tour is stopping in West Virginia. The nuns are reprising their 2012 nationwide bus tour to urge people to vote. They’re also showing how proposed federal budget cuts would decimate programs for low-income families. The tour is organized by Network, a Washington-based […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded nearly $250,000 in federal grants for 14 projects in West Virginia. The funding is to help enhance the competiveness of specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, horticulture products, honey, maple syrup and nursery stock such as Christmas trees. The state Department of Agriculture says […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A Martinsburg man has been indicted on federal charges that he delivered heroin which caused another man’s death. Media outlets report 35-year-old Keith Watson was charged with distribution of heroin and faces arraignment next week in U.S. Magistrate Court. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld said Thursday the heroin delivery is alleged to […]

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