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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can’t serve on county boards of education. Police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law, the commission said in a recent advisory opinion. The term “public office” is not defined in the state code, which the Commission uses to determine […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Mingo County judge will be sentenced Monday afternoon on corruption charges. Michael Thornsbury’s sentencing will take place at the federal courthouse in Charleston. Thornsbury pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to deprive George White of his constitutional rights. The conspiracy charge was related to a scheme to protect the late […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Frontier Communications and a union have extended their contract for another month while negotiations continue for workers in West Virginia. Frontier says a contract extension that was set to expire Saturday will now run through June 28. It’s the sixth contract extension since negotiations between the company and the Communications Workers of […]

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BENWOOD (AP) — Benwood’s City Council has scheduled a June 9 hearing on an election contest by a councilman whose name was left off the ballot. Curtis Mele was unopposed in his bid for a third term in the May 13 election. Due to a clerical error, another councilman was listed as the candidate in […]

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SHANNONDALE (AP) — West Virginia agriculture officials are monitoring an infestation of fall cankerworms in Jefferson County, fearing the insects could spread. West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says in a news release that fall cankerworms are voracious eaters that munch on tree leaves. While healthy trees usually can survive the defoliation, Helmick says excessive […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A West Virginia teenager serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree murder is scheduled to return to court this week. The Dominion Post reports that 17-year-old Rachel Shoaf’s incarceration status will be discussed at Thursday’s hearing in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Shoaf has been incarcerated at a juvenile facility since she was sentenced […]

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WELCH (AP) — An August sentencing is set for a woman who pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy charge in the slaying of War Mayor Thomas Hatcher. Rebecca Lynn Hatcher was scheduled to stand trial this week on a conspiracy charge. Media outlets report that Hatcher pleaded guilty on Friday to the lesser charge of […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A former bank executive is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to bank fraud. Media outlets report that 60-year-old John Aman of Clarksburg entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Wheeling late last month. A sentencing date hasn’t been set. Prosecutors say Aman used an elderly in-law’s power of attorney to fraudulently […]

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FAIRMONT (AP) — A Marion County man will spend at least 15 years in prison for the slaying of his father-in-law. Michael Palmer was convicted of first-degree murder on March 26. Media outlets report that he was sentenced Friday to life in prison with mercy. He’ll be eligible for parole after serving 15 years. Marion […]

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WELCH (AP) — Eight McDowell County employees have been laid off as the county struggles to plug a budget hole. The layoffs include Delegate Clif Moore, who is an assistant county administrator. Moore tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that seven employees were laid off Friday. His layoff is effect June 13 so he can continue […]

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