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CHARLESTON (AP) — The unemployment rate increased in 52 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in February. WorkForce West Virginia says jobless rates fell in Clay, Hancock and Mason counties. Monongalia County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent, followed by Jefferson at 5.3 percent. Wetzel County’s rate of 13.2 percent was the state’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute about $11 million to West Virginia for conservation and recreation projects. The funding comes from excise taxes on sales of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors. It also includes revenue from fuel taxes on motorboats and small […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A judge has barred West Virginia regulators from allowing the disposal of wastewater from the site of a Charleston chemical spill at a Putnam County landfill. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib issued a temporarily ban late Monday against the state Department of Environmental Protection. The city of Hurricane and the Putnam […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — State taxpayer-funded researchers think a West Virginia water plant could still contain traces of the chemical that spilled into 300,000 people’s water supply. In a news release Tuesday, the independent WV TAP team said it found low chemical levels last week in one of the first homes in West Virginia American Water’s […]

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BUCKHANNON (AP) — Buckhannon police are investigating a weekend brawl involving about 20 students from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University. Police chief Matthew Gregory tells media outlets that the incident occurred outside the Kappa Alpha fraternity house early Sunday morning. Gregory says about half a dozen students were injured. One suffered a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges of making violent threats against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and his family. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 49-year-old Steven Anthony Major of Barboursville was arrested Friday. In a criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Jason Bollinger says Major made multiple calls to Manchin’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Relatives of three victims have filed lawsuits over a house fire in Charleston that killed nine people in 2012. All three lawsuits name the property’s owner, Delores Shamblin of Mammoth, as the defendant. The Charleston Gazette reports that Gwendolyn LeVert and Sharday McGee filed the lawsuits Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. […]

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former mine boss is asking a federal appeals court to toss out his conviction for his actions at the West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 miners in 2010. Gary May also wants the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to immediately release him from prison. May pleaded […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive West Virginia strip mine. The justices say they will not disturb a federal appeals court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority in 2011 when it retroactively vetoed […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University has named Robert L. Taylor Jr. as director of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Taylor currently serves as a professor of animal science at the University of New Hampshire. He also is president of the U.S. branch of the World Poultry Association. He will replace Matt Wilson. […]

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