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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University Provost Michele G. Wheatly plans to step down at the end of June. Wheatly has served as the university’s chief academic officer since Jan. 1, 2010. She came to WVU from Wright State University in Ohio, where she was head of the College of Science and Mathematics. WVU President […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The company responsible for contaminating the state’s biggest drinking water supply with chemicals in January should replace the contractor overseeing cleanup operations following two additional spills last week, West Virginia’s top environmental official said Tuesday. State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman noted that stormwater from a Freedom Industries trench poured […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature is taking a road trip this summer. House Speaker Tim Miley announced Tuesday lawmakers will convene a three-day interim session at the Bridgeport Conference Center and other area locations in August. He said legislators will also make a number of stops along Interstate 79 and throughout Harrison, Marion […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A former Episcopal priest who is married will be ordained this month as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. James Conyers has served at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte since last July, when he was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Michael Bransfield. The diocese says Conyers […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A Piedmont man convicted of running a dog fighting operation has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Thirty-five-year-old Timothy Paul Stewart pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession of dogs for dog fighting, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced Monday in U.S. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Environmentalists and a landowner have agreed to resolve a lawsuit over runoff from a reclaimed mountaintop removal mine in Mingo County. Under a proposed consent decree, Hernshaw Partners LLC will apply for a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to cover selenium discharges from the former mine site. The […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia’s largest water supply in January will staff the site around the clock to prevent further spills during cleanup. After spilling stormwater into the Elk River twice last week, Freedom Industries told the Department of Environmental Protection it would keep contractors at its Charleston site […]

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SUMMERSVILLE (AP) — More than 600 acres in the Gauley River National Recreation Area will be protected from development. The West Virginia Land Trust said Monday that it has acquired 665 acres from Bright Forestland Properties, Larry Deitz, and the Anne E. Deitz Trust. The property is an area known as the Gauley Canyon downstream […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is considering tuition and fee increases proposed by public universities and colleges across the state. Commission members are scheduled to vote on the increases at their meeting Monday in Charleston. The commission’s staff says public universities and colleges face a 2.6 percent reduction in state […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The case of a federal inmate charged with killing another prisoner has gone to the jury. Kevin Marquette Bellinger is charged with second-degree murder and murder by an inmate serving a life sentence. He could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if he’s convicted on either charge. The Exponent […]

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