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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia panel is starting to review a widespanning state law to protect drinking water supplies. On Monday, the Public Water System Supply Study Commission held its first meeting. The 12-member group has to submit reports on the new law to a joint legislative committee by Dec. 15 annually, starting this […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Saira Blair’s geology exam was a breeze but her second test was 135 miles away. So, the 18-year-old West Virginia University freshman, who hopes to become the state’s youngest legislator, spent the rest of her morning driving to her hometown. There, the president of the Eastern Panhandle Business Association gave the young […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia organizations will receive $250,000 in grants to support community-based coalitions working to prevent youth substance abuse in southern West Virginia. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says the grant was awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In Mingo County, the Strong through our Plan Coalition in Gilbert, a community […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University will offer a new degree program in energy land management. The university’s board of governors approved the program’s creation on Friday. The university says the degree is being created in response to increasing demand for energy professionals in West Virginia and across the nation. Provost Joyce McConnell says the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Census report says more than one in four children in West Virginia lives in poverty. The Charleston Gazette reports that’s nearly 100,000 children in the state. The numbers come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey. The report also says one in three children under the age 5 lives […]

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DAVIS (AP) — State officials say an estimated 23,000 fish were killed in the Blackwater River in Tucker County after an automated pollution control system dumped too much hydrated lime into the waters. Bret Preston is the fisheries chief with the state Division of Natural Resources. He told the Charleston Gazette the division is still […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Bear hunting is underway in all or parts of 16 West Virginia counties. Hunting with or without dogs began Thursday in those 16 counties and runs through Saturday. The counties open fully or partially to bear hunting include Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Mineral, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, […]

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LEWISBURG (AP) — A reward of $10,000 has been posted for information on a Greenbrier County woman who investigators say may have “met a very unfortunate end.” Dee-Ann Keene was last seen near Renick in February at an acquaintance’s house. The reward is being offered in hopes that the 43-year-old woman will be found or […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Michael C. Flynn has been named president of Frontier Communications Corp.’s newly formed Mid-Atlantic region comprising Ohio and West Virginia. Frontier says Flynn will be based in Charleston. He previously served as president of the company’s Illinois operations. Flynn succeeds Ken Arndt, who has been named president of Frontier’s East region. Frontier […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Fifteen West Virginia students have been named regional winners of an essay contest that earns them money to invest for college. The children in kindergarten through fifth grades were recognized at a ceremony Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston as part of the seventh annual “When I Grow Up” essay […]

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