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CHARLESTON (AP) — A report from the Workforce West Virginia Investment Council shows statewide oil and gas industry employment jumped 20 percent last year. The report says that from 2011 to 2012, oil and gas employment increased by 2,123 jobs, to total employment of 12,666. It also notes that most of the oil and gas […]

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VALLEY GROVE (AP) — State regulators are investigating spills from a drilling operation in Ohio County that damaged a house and entered a creek. Media outlets report that more than 6,000 gallons of water and a non-toxic clay mixture called drilling mud entered the basement of a house in Valley Grove last week. Department of […]

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WHEELING (AP) — An Ohio County jury has convicted a man accused of leaving his stepson locked in a hot car. Media outlets report that an Ohio County Circuit Court jury convicted 25-year-old Stephen Clemens on a child neglect charge last week. The jury also convicted Clemens of entering without breaking. A sentencing date hasn’t […]

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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com  HARPERS FERRY – Police are currently searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a woman yesterday near Mission Road in the Blue Ridge Mountains. State Trooper P.S. Kennedy responded to a 911 call at around 5 p.m. yesterday, lodged by the woman who alleged that an unidentified man driving a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man who had more than a kilo of cocaine during a drug purchase has been sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 31-year-old Richard L. Curry Jr. of Parkersburg was sentenced Monday in federal court in Charleston to 22 years and seven […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A former employee at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Huntington has been charged with taking photos of nude patients. Media outlets report 38-year-old Reuben Fetty was charged Tuesday with 13 counts of criminal invasion of privacy. A criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court says Fetty’s ex-wife found the photos on […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — New state Department of Education data show high school graduation rates have improved steadily for five years in West Virginia, jumping 8.5 percent since the fall of 2008. Officials credit a variety of retention and alternative-education programs in public schools, as well as an anti-truancy initiative the state Supreme Court launched in […]

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PIPESTEM (AP) — Pipestem Resort State Park is revising its camping reservation policy and launching an online reservation system. Campers will be able to reserve campsites a year in advance, either online, or by telephone or mail. Under the existing policy, the park began accepting mail-in reservations in mid-February, followed by a phone-in and call-in […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — Three dozen lawsuits filed against the maker of Lipitor in McDowell County have been moved to federal court. The lawsuits allege that the cholesterol drug isn’t safe. They claim that Lipitor is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, blindness and other ailments. The cases were filed in […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Beginning in 2014, West Virginia University will require students to have health insurance. The new policy is among several changes WVU is making to its student health operation. Another change will move student health care employees to University Health Associates, which will run student health. University Health Associates is the clinical operation […]

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