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GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — Mingo County industrialist and philanthropist James “Buck” Harless has died. He was 94. His executive assistant, Sharon Murphy, said Harless died at home in Gilbert on Wednesday night after a brief illness. Harless began his career as a coal miner and worked his way up, eventually owning coal and timber operations. […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new study says West Virginia has the nation’s highest rate of fatal all-terrain vehicle accidents. The Charleston Daily Mail reported Thursday that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at rider deaths on public roads from 2007 to 2011. In that time, 1,701 riders died in crashes on public roads […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official says a glitch in the federal health insurance marketplace has affected about 18,000 West Virginians trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Jeremiah Samples of the state Department of Health and Human Resources tells the Charleston Gazette the federal exchange is having problems transferring […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates says evidence of mismanagement under the state Department of Agriculture’s previous administration has been turned over to a federal prosecutor. Democrat Tim Miley of Harrison said Thursday that a preliminary legislative audit of the department’s finances before Walt Helmick became commissioner found […]

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