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CHARLESTON (AP) — Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out. Saint Louis-based Patriot Coal told all 450 workers at its Wells mining complex on April […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — State regulators aren’t going to revisit a special electricity rate for an idled manufacturer in Mason County. The Public Service Commission on Wednesday denied two petitions asking it to reconsider the special rate. The PSC’s order says its April 3 decision will remain in effect. The special rate plan would enable Felman […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) —€” Recreational boating fatalities are continuing to decline in West Virginia. Statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Coast Guard show three people were killed in boating accidents in 2013. That’s down from four in 2012, eight in 2011 and 2010, and 15 in 2009. All three fatal accidents in 2013 were drownings. Twenty […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture is making its way across West Virginia. The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams.” Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host the exhibit and provide […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Average gasoline prices stayed about the same in West Virginia this week. AAA East Central says the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state is $3.76. That’s up about 15 cents per gallon compared with the same week a year ago. Prices range from $3.73 in Huntington to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Five incumbent statehouse Democrats and one Republican delegate fell to challengers from their own parties in Tuesday’s primaries. The election cemented November matchups that will dictate whether Republicans can overtake the House of Delegates. Democrats have maintained power in the lower chamber for 85 years, but the state has taken a conservative […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two former state political party chairmen will square off in November for the congressional seat left open by Republican Shelley Moore Capito, with the GOP hoping to capitalize on antipathy toward the president so the party can hang onto the district. The 2nd Congressional District is fairly evenly split between Democrats and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — There were few surprises in West Virginia’s primary elections Tuesday in races that will set the stage for more compelling fall matchups, including who will replace retiring longtime U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The primary whittled down the field for general election races that could shake up West Virginia’s political landscape. In federal […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — Two suspects in the theft of credit cards at Bluefield State College have been spotted on campuses at several schools in Virginia. Police tell media outlets that the two men have been seen at Wytheville Community College, Radford University and Roanoke College. Wytheville Community College police chief Eddie Williams says there haven’t […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker collected his pay for this year’s regular session while missing the entire 60-day proceeding. Delegate Joshua Nelson, R-Boone, a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard, was attending flight training in Texas while the Legislature was meeting in Charleston. Nelson also missed 367 or 470 votes taken […]

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