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CHARLESTON (AP) — The National Weather Service says 2012 is among the warmest years on record in some West Virginia cities. Preliminary data show average temperatures in Beckley, Clarksburg and Elkins were the second-warmest on record. Elkins’ average temperature was 52.7 degrees. The record, 53.3 degrees, was set in 1921. Beckley’s average temperature, 54.5 degrees, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — State figures show 10,676 confirmed flu cases in West Virginia as of mid-December. That’s the highest total for the period in at least five years. In all of December 2011, there were 6,658 cases. During the same period, there were 6,245 cases in 2010, 8,961 in 2009, 6.271 in 2008 and 7,217 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A fifth West Virginia ski resort is open for business this new year. The ski industry reports that Oglebay resort in Ohio County opened for skiers and snowboarders on New Year’s Eve. Winterplace, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Timberline opened in November and December. For cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts, White Grass Touring […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Kanawha County judge has granted Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s request for a permanent injunction against an insurance company and a St. Albans body shop owner accused of illegally installing junkyard parts on new vehicles. The judge on Friday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Greg Chandler — owner of Greg Chandler’s Frame […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Some West Virginia health care providers say they’re seeing patients being infected with the flu earlier than usual. The Register-Herald reports that at Raleigh General Hospital there have been 75 positive flu screens since Dec. 20 and there were another 25 before that. At Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital there were 20 confirmed […]

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Jefferson County Government Offices will close today at 2 p.m. due to inclement weather.

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered West Virginia lawmakers and officials to make serious changes at the state’s only high-security juvenile corrections facility early next year, warning that he won’t hesitate to step in if they don’t. Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn said his intervention could mean ordering the removal of residents from the […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A researcher at West Virginia University is looking for clues to curing Alzheimer’s disease. Yong Yang is an assistant chemical engineering professor at the Morgantown school’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Officials say that Yang is creating a system that mimics the human brain’s cell function. Yang has received a $175,000 […]

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VIENNA (AP) — Santa has paid an early visit to families in the Vienna area. Media outlets report that a customer paid off 41 layaway contracts containing toys and gifts for children at the Kmart in Vienna on Wednesday. The total cost topped $8,600. The customer told store employees that he wanted to make a […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia’s record-breaking receiver Stedman Bailey is forgoing his final season to enter the NFL draft. The announcement came during a press conference with head coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday ahead of the Mountaineers’ date with Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl. The game at Yankee Stadium in New York City also will […]

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