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By JOHN McCOY The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON (AP) — The pipeline that funneled untold numbers of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and salamanders out of West Virginia might finally be closing. State wildlife officials have proposed regulations to limit the number of reptiles and amphibians taken by collectors. If approved, the regulations would end West Virginia’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has had a few partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights. Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere. But in West Virginia, lawmakers […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — A legislative committee studying child poverty will conduct its first road hearings in southern West Virginia. The Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Poverty has scheduled hearings Wednesday in Oak Hill and March 20 in Beckley. The committee’s chairman, Senate Majority Leader John Unger, tells The Register-Herald that education reforms won’t succeed […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — The re-release of seeds of a West Virginia tomato developed 50 years ago has been a hit with home gardeners. The West Virginia University Extension Service began offering one free packet per household of the West Virginia 63 tomato seeds on March 4. Associate director Ann Bailey Berry tells the Bluefield Daily […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia authorities plan extra police patrols and underage drinking checks ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. Alcohol Beverage Control Administration spokesman Gig Robinson tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the stepped-up enforcement is part of a multi-agency effort to reduce drunken driving and underage drinking during the spring. The Governor’s Highway Safety […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two West Virginia Lottery customers have claimed $1 million prizes that they won in a Powerball drawing. Mary Carr of Barboursville and Doug Gillispie of Julian picked up their checks Friday. They were the purchasers of two winning match 5 tickets sold for last Wednesday’s drawing. Carr said she and her husband, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is marking a colorful milestone in its history. Fifty years ago this week, the state’s 56th Legislature passed a resolution adopting old gold and blue as the Mountain State’s official state colors. Members of the West Virginia Legislature passed the unanimous resolution in the hectic final hours of the 1963 […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jonathan Kimble has been named West Virginia University’s mascot for another year. The graduate student beat out three other finalists. His selection was announced at the WVU men’s basketball game with Iowa State on Saturday. Kimble has made more than 300 appearances since taking over in April 2012. He’s also seen some […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A leading critic of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s education proposal is urging lawmakers to look at the numbers. The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia says the state has lost 700 classroom teachers over the last decade. The ranks of administrators and other non-teaching professionals have meanwhile grown by more than 1,000. Group […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Police investigating the 2012 slayings of a Berkeley County man and his 9-year-old son are turning to the public for help. West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard says he believes someone in the community has information about the deaths of 56-year-old David C. Hutlzer and his son, James. Police initially believed […]

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