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CHARLESTON (AP) — The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days. Freedom Industries Inc. also used its bankruptcy papers as a forum to hypothesize about […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A runway at Morgantown’s airport had to be closed briefly when a small plane tipped forward upon landing. Morgantown Assistant City Manager Glen Kelly tells The Dominion Post no one was injured in Friday’s mishap at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. Kelly says the plane’s owner was flying with an instructor pilot when […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The smell lingers — the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odor of a chemical that contaminated the water supply of West Virginia’s capital more than a week ago. It creeps out of faucets and shower heads. It wafts from the Elk River, the site of the spill. Sometimes it hangs in the cold […]

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POINT PLEASANT (AP) — Firefighters in Point Pleasant say five people have been injured in a blaze that destroyed their home. Media outlets report the fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The names of the victims weren’t immediately released. Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant says three of the victims were airlifted to Cabell […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — A West Virginia fugitive wanted on drug charges has been arrested in New Mexico. Federal authorities had been searching for 58-year-old John N. Skruck of Clarksburg, W.Va., since he failed to appear for trial in May 2013. The U.S. Marshals Service tells media outlets that deputy marshals in New Mexico arrested Skruck […]

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PRINCETON (AP) — A Mercer County judge has rejected a plea agreement for a former teacher accused of sex crimes involving students. Former PikeView High School physical education teacher Jonathan Kirk pleaded guilty last November to one count of sexual abuse and six counts of distribution of obscene material to a minor child. Kirk was […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge has agreed to pay $7,700 in restitution to two tire companies. David Baisden pleaded guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county’s contract with Appalachian […]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Counties in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana and West Virginia are joining a federal program designed to help persistently poor rural communities take advantage of government resources. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in a conference call that the StrikeForce initiative has helped to support over 80,000 projects since it began in 2010. […]

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DAVIS (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a Maryland man has died in an equipment-related accident at a Tucker County coal mine. Sgt. G.L. Stalnaker in Elkins says the accident occurred about 9:10 p.m. Thursday at Mettiki Coal’s Mountain View Mine in Davis. A statement from the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Six people have been sentenced on federal charges in a billing scheme at Massey Energy. The office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says the six were sentenced Thursday in Charleston. One defendant, 43-year-old Donald Bryan Steele of Barboursville, received an 18-month prison term on wire fraud and aiding and abetting in connection […]

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