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CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President and CEO of United Health System Tom Jones, and CEO of Thomas Health Systems Steve Dexter, today announced the decision to expand Medicaid in West Virginia. “We anticipate expansion will allow us to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians, […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice has donated $5 million toward the construction of Marshall’s indoor athletic facility. Marshall announced the donation during a groundbreaking ceremony for the project Friday in Huntington. Previously, the gift had been attributed to an anonymous donor. Justice says the indoor facility will be “a source of great […]

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WILLIAMSON (AP) — A motorcycle rally in Mingo County will take on a special meaning this year. The Rally in the Valley set for May 3-5 in downtown Williamson will hold a motorcycle ride to honor the late Sheriff Eugene Crum. The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. […]

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BUCKHANNON (AP) — A Buckhannon man has been acquitted of causing the death of his then-girlfriend’s toddler son. An Upshur County Circuit Court jury reached the verdict Friday in the trial of 24-year-old Johnathon Andrew Clyde Queen. Queen was charged with child abuse resulting in death. Twenty-one-month-old Chandler Andrew Oberg was pronounced dead at a […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A former Shepherd University employee was charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and 53 counts of fraudulent use of a purchasing card for allegedly using a state purchasing card to buy $85,933 of personal items. Elizabeth “Libby” Shanton was indicted for allegedly charging various items including dishware, […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s official Fan Shirt for the upcoming school year will feature the saying “Mountain Strong.” The university says the “Mountain Strong” design won 79 percent of the votes cast by 21,351 fans. “Mountain Strong” appears on the shirt’s front, with the WVU Mountaineer mascot as the letter “a.” The shirt’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill they hope will ensure no West Virginia student is ever denied a meal because of cost. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and would require every school to have some sort of breakfast program like the one in Mason County, where students walk to […]

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BOB MADISON Spirit Staff SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Nothing positive could be found by Jefferson in the ashes left after its messy, 8-1, loss to Martinsburg. Only the baseball-beautiful weather could be saluted as the Cougars failed to hit, had 11 strikeouts against a pitcher they had earlier beaten, had three pitchers given rude treatment by […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill that intends to crack down on drivers who are under the influence of drugs but is weaker than a previous version. The bill passed Saturday would not revoke a driver’s license if a person refuses to take a blood test. Currently, if a driver […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia will target its inmate crowding crisis by expanding supervised release and community-based drug treatment, among other steps, after the Legislature passed another key proposal Saturday from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s agenda. With the session ending at midnight, lawmakers also approved an attempt to improve student performance and attack child poverty […]

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