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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Huntington authorities say a fire that damaged a Marshall University fraternity’s fire truck was deliberately set. The 1967 International Engine fire truck sits on the front lawn of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity house near Marshall’s campus. It’s a memorial to a fraternity member who died in the 1990s. City fire marshal […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The owner of three defunct coal companies is seeking a new trial in his long-running legal battle with Massey Energy. A jury in Buchanan County, Virginia, awarded $1 million in damages to Hugh Caperton in May. The jury also awarded $4 million in damages to Caperton’s companies, Harman Mining, Harman Development and […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A section of West Virginia Route 901 is being renamed in honor of a Berkeley County deputy killed in the line of duty. The Deputy John L. Burkett III Memorial Highway will run from Spring Mills to Hedgesville. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland, reports that a dedication ceremony will be held June […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A retired Social Security administrative law judge accused of participating in a scheme to improperly award disability benefits has voluntarily agreed to have his law license annulled. The Herald-Dispatch reports the state Supreme Court recently accepted David B. Daugherty’s annulment petition. A state Lawyer Disciplinary Board panel alleges Daugherty approved claims that […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — The city of Huntington has found 32 violations in 61 structures since the start of inspections at off-campus student housing near Marshall University this month. City spokesman Bryan Chambers says the inspections include an order condemning the vacant Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house. The initiative’s goal is to provide safe living conditions […]

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BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A state environmental official says Marcellus shale drilling sludge dumped at a landfill in Harrison County has a low level of radiation. Division of Water and Waste Management director Scott Mandirola tells The Exponent Telegram that the sludge contains a fraction of a year’s acceptable radiation exposure for workers. Mandirola says Waste […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The brother of West Virginia’s governor is seeking a lesser or alternative sentence after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge. Fifty-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxymorphone. Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold the prescription painkiller to a confidential informant on five occasions in December 2013. […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A West Virginia jury on Friday cleared a Florida man in the beating death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student. Media outlets report an Ohio County Circuit Court jury found Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Florida, not guilty of a murder charge in the death of 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Peacock […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Bright orange rocking chairs dotting Charleston and South Charleston sidewalks are sure to draw the eyes of passers-by, and that’s exactly what officials at the Charleston YWCA are hoping for this weekend. “It gets attention,” said Kyla Nichols, program director for the YWCA’s Shanklin Senior Enrichment Center. “We’re hoping the rockers will […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia regulators have ordered a Charleston company to immediately fix a storm water collection trench that overflowed on two consecutive days at the same site where a chemical spilled into the state’s largest water supply in January. In a news release, DEP Secretary Randy Huffman called the spills at Freedom Industries […]

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