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FRENCH CREEK (AP) — West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie is predicting an early spring. WCHS-TV reports that Freddie didn’t see his shadow when he came out of his burrow Saturday morning at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County. That confirms the prediction of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil. Phil didn’t his shadow when he […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — There’s no homework, no tuition and no tests. No credit, either. But now anyone with access to the web can become a college student. In February, West Virginia University is launching a series of free online courses taught by professors. The experiment follows a national trend, and the courses are open to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The up-and-down pattern of gas prices is on the upswing again in West Virginia. The Triple A’s weekly Fuel Gauge report on statewide pump prices finds that the price of a gallon of gas went up 8 cents this week. The average $3.51 West Virginians are paying for a gallon of regular […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is rejecting recommendations that he fund solutions to West Virginia’s growing drug problem by tapping the state’s $913 million rainy day fund and raising taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin tells the Charleston Daily Mail that Tomblin won’t embrace those two suggestions from the Advisory […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Starting Friday, the free ride ends for the assistant director at Workforce West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette reports that the state employment agency has been picking up the cost of Claudia D. George’s weekly 376-mile commute from her home in Fairmont to her office at the state Capitol Complex. She also gets […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some West Virginia sheriffs are opposing proposed federal gun control legislation. They say they won’t enforce any laws that they believe violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Media outlets report that Boone County Sheriff Randall White sent a letter this week to President Barack Obama voicing his opposition. He says […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff Update – Feb. 1, 9:40 a.m. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued an advisory opinion on the proper process for appointing a replacement late yesterday afternoon, indicating that the Jefferson County Commission should appoint a replacement as quickly as possible. “After a thorough review of this request, my office has determined that […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Environmental groups that have spent years suing coal companies over water pollution in West Virginia are now setting their sights on federal regulators, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of failing to ensure the state adequately enforces the Clean Water Act. The West Virginia Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — To Sue Bonham, it was as if the world were coming to an end: A wall of flame had suddenly engulfed her West Virginia neighborhood. Amid a deafening roar, objects began crashing through her ceiling. Her home began melting around her and a nearby house, her step-daughter’s, collapsed in a heap of […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Student leaders at public colleges and universities want Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider proposed higher education budget cuts. Media outlets report that the State Advisory Council of Students plans to present a petition to Tomblin next month. Tomblin has directed all state agencies to cut their budgets for the 2013-2014 fiscal […]

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