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CHARLESTON (AP) — Former West Virginia secretary of state and congressman Ken Hechler is reaching a milestone this weekend. Hechler will be 100 years old on Saturday. He and his wife, Carol, will celebrate with friends and family at a private party in Romney on Sunday. Hechler was an Army combat historian during World War […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A federal prosecutor is holding a roundtable discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault. U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld will conduct the meeting at the YWCA of Wheeling on Thursday afternoon. Others expected to be in attendance include county sheriffs and prosecutors and members of violence prevention programs. Ihlenfeld’s office says the discussion […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia has delayed ruling on a lawsuit challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington says due to the “overlap of issues” presented in the West Virginia case and a similar one in Virginia, he put the case on hold this week […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Enrollment at the University of Charleston has surged to more than 2,100 students, an all-time high for the private school. The university says it’s seen an enrollment increase of 36 percent over the past two years. Last year, Charleston took over Mountain State University campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg. That followed the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — More than 25 percent of pregnant women in West Virginia from 2008 to 2011 said they smoked during their pregnancy. Federal data and a state health organization say pregnant West Virginia women continue to smoke at the highest recorded rates in the nation. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that West Virginia Kids […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000. The department said Wednesday the arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill. Judge Ronald Pearson filed the order Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. A U.S. District Court judge’s approval is also needed. The proposal would rely on insurance proceeds […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production. But the West Virginia native is not sure if an acting career is in her future. Lynch plays Beth Barlow, the president’s daughter, in the JC Films production of “One Church.” “It’s a […]

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BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) — Police in Bluefield, Va., say two inmates who escaped a highway work detail have been captured. Media outlets report the pair fled from a corrections officer along U.S. Route 460 on Tuesday afternoon. Bluefield, Va., Police Chief Harry Cundiff says the men were later caught inside a Wal-Mart. They were transported […]

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HARPERS FERRY (AP) — Harpers Ferry is teaming with the federal government to eradicate unwanted black vultures. Dozens of the birds have been spotted around the Eastern Panhandle community. Mayor Gregory Vaughn says the vultures are tearing into the rooftops of residential and commercial properties, and their droppings are leaving behind a mess, too. Vaughn […]

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