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BARBOURSVILLE (AP) — Beech Fork State Park is seeking volunteers for its sixth annual spring cleanup. The cleanup is scheduled for April 5. It’s part of the West Virginia Make It Shine statewide cleanup events. Beech Fork assistant superintendent Dillard Price says volunteers have removed tons of garbage and hundreds of tires during previous cleanups. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion. John Hampton Tinney and his sister, Elizabeth Tinney Garten, allege in their lawsuit that the explosion rendered their property “valueless” and ruined their chances to sell it. The lawsuit names […]

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DUNBAR (AP) — West Virginians planning to buy a vehicle might find what they’re looking for at a state agency. The West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property says it has a variety of surplus vehicles for sale. They include sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks. Agency manager Elizabeth Perdue says in a news release that […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Students at Pierpont Community and Technical College soon will have a smoother path to complete an online bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University. Officials from both schools are scheduled to sign a transfer articulation agreement on Monday afternoon. The university says Pierpont students will be able to transfer seamlessly into the online […]

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DUNBAR (AP) — More than two dozen West Virginia State Police cadets will begin training this week. State police say 28 members of the 64th Cadet Class are scheduled to report to the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar on Monday. U.S. Magistrate Dwane Tinsley will administer the oath of office to the cadets.

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CHARLESTON (AP) — By tying state Democrats to President Obama and Washington, West Virginia Republicans hope to claim congressional wins and end Democrats’ 83-year-rule in the state House of Delegates. Democrats face their biggest challenge in decades for control of the House of Delegates, where they have a six-seat edge over Republicans. Republicans say West […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — The West Virginia Courtesy patrol has been left with no funding for the next fiscal year, but a state official says the problem will be remedied. The Courtesy Patrol is a welfare-to-work initiative that provides roadside assistance to motorists in West Virginia. Its current budget is $4.7 million. Jason Pizatella is Gov. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Kanawha County officials are creating a computer program to catalog hazardous materials storage sites that could threaten the county’s waterways. C.W. Sigman is the county’s deputy emergency services director. The tells the Charleston Gazette that emergency services and Metro 911 officials are developing the computerized tracking system, which County Commissioner Dave Hardy […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A Berkeley County man serving a life sentence for murder has died in prison. The West Virginia Division of Corrections says 55-year-old Carl Eugene Manford died last month at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Mount Olive. Officials say Manford had been sick, but they couldn’t provide details because of privacy laws. […]

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BETHANY (AP) — Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge will speak at Bethany College’s spring commencement. The Daily Times reports that the ceremony is set for May 17. Ridge was governor from 1995 to 2001. After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he became the first assistant to the president for homeland security. […]

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