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SHEPHERDSTOWN — On the weekend, Jefferson’s boys defeated Washington (60-31), Hampshire (71-20), and Brunswick (69-20). The Jefferson girls beat Washington (62-29), Hampshire (72-19), and Brunswick (68-17). Simmons won the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly. It was deBuchananne winning both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Wiercioch, Devin Forman, and David Orr won individual […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia Supreme Court official says a Putnam County family court judge facing ethics allegations unexpectedly took the rest of the year off. Family court services director Lisa Tackett says Putnam court personnel reported Judge William Watkins’ departure Wednesday. The Supreme Court appointed a former judge to fill in. Watkins tells […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians dreaming of a white Christmas are facing long odds. The state gets at least an inch of snow on Christmas only about two out of every 10 years. Ken Batty of the National Weather Service tells The Charleston Gazette the 20 percent average includes the large portion of West Virginia […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Monongalia County officials are considering easing a restriction on where strip clubs and other exotic entertainment venues can be located. The county’s exotic entertainment ordinance prohibits these venues from locating within 2,000 feet of schools, churches or residential areas. County Commissioner Asel Kennedy tells The Dominion Post that the 2,000-feet buffer zone […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal investigator probing a powerful explosion and fire Tuesday that charred Interstate 77 in West Virginia said Friday that a ruptured natural gas pipe had areas consistent with external corrosion. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the pipe will undergo further analysis at an NTSB lab. “That’s exactly what […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Four West Virginia state parks have scheduled New Year’s Day hikes to encourage people to get outdoors — even when it’s cold out. Participating in 2013 are Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park and Twin Falls State Park. West Virginia State Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Health officials are asking the West Virginia Legislature to eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks from the state’s public schools. Chairwoman Helen Matheny of the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyles Coalition cites the state’s high rankings for obesity and Type 2 diabetes in recommending the action. West Virginia sought to limit soft drinks in schools with […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia inmate who has served 11 years for a rape his attorneys claim DNA proves he didn’t commit will not be released while his appeal is pending, a Harrison County judge ruled Thursday. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bedell instead said he’d give prosecutors more time to respond to a recent […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The price of gas continues to go down in West Virginia, declining a dime per gallon since last week. The Triple A’s weekly Fuel Gauge says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is now $3.46 in West Virginia. The 10-cent decline is double the U.S. decline in pump […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Charleston woman has been sentenced to probation and community service for her son’s excessive absences from school. The Daily Mail reports that Brenda Wright received the punishment on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to first-offense truancy. She was sentenced to 90 days of probation and five days of community service, plus […]

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