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WHEELING (AP) — The spiritual leader of West Virginia’s Roman Catholics is urging state officials to restore funding that the governor cut from some social services programs. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield says the cuts will place children and families in poverty at further risk. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had cut several social service programs in […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A meteor brighter than Venus has been reported in the sky over parts of West Virginia and several other states. The American Meteor Society’s website lists 94 reported sightings of a fireball Thursday night, including eight in West Virginia between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The fireball also was reported in Alabama, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say more than 50 sex offenders in Wirt and Wood counties are out of compliance with a federal registration and notification law. The offenders were identified during a three-day enforcement sweep called Operation Black Diamond. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John D. Foster and West Virginia State Police […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Marshall University is beginning a new residency program that aims to expand psychiatric care in the region. The Huntington school is set to announce the initial accreditation for the program on Thursday. Officials say the program will train up to 16 physicians in the field of psychiatry. The residents will train at […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Workshops being held in West Virginia are aiming to improve energy efficiency at commercial and government buildings. The first of the workshops it scheduled for Friday in Triadelphia. The workshops are sponsored by Industries of the Future-WV, the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center and the state Division of Energy. They are […]

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WEST UNION (AP) — Some residents in Doddridge County are concerned about a proposed natural gas compressor station’s impact on their health and property. The Canton North Compressor Station is one of two that Antero Resources Appalachian Corporation plans to build in Doddridge and Tyler counties. WBOY-TV reports that residents questioned the effects of the […]

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PRINCETON (AP) — A Virginia woman convicted of embezzling from the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has received a suspended sentence and probation. Media outlets report that 47-year-old Rhonda Ann Thomas of Bluefield, Virginia, was sentenced Wednesday in Mercer County Circuit Court. Judge Derek Swope sentenced Thomas to one to 10 years in prison […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — A company studying the feasibility of building an ethane cracker plant in Wood County has applied for two state permits. The Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise LLC is seeking an air quality permit and a permit to evaluate the site of the proposed plant under the state’s Voluntary Remediation Program. Company spokeswoman Denise […]

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ELKINS (AP) — A former Fairmont State University official will spend more than three years in prison for embezzling from the school. David A. Tamm pleaded guilty in January to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he received on his 2012 federal income tax return. […]

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RANSON (AP) — Police say a woman has died after she was hit by a Norfolk Southern train in Ranson. Ranson Police Chief Bill Roper identified the victim as Lisa Webb, who was in her 50s. Roper tells The-Herald Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland, that Webb was hit Tuesday morning. Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman tells […]

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