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OMAR (AP) — State police say a Logan County man apparently was trying to steal copper wire when he was electrocuted. Searchers found the body of 28-year-old James David Marcum Jr. on Saturday morning near downed power lines on a hilltop near his home in Omar. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Marcum was […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Deer muzzleloader season is starting a week earlier than usual. The Division of Natural Resources says the season runs from Monday through Saturday. But Wildlife Resources section chief Curtis Taylor says Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties will not have a muzzleloader season. He says hunters can take only one antlered […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A new report says the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are unemployed and aren’t in school is rising. The KIDS COUNT report released Monday says 40 percent of West Virginians ages 16 to 24 held a job in 2011. That’s down from 53 percent in 2000. About 50 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s efforts to improve highway safety are getting help from the federal government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded more than $859,000 to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. The grant will be used to improve driver behavior and performance, and to reduce deaths and injuries from motor vehicle-related accidents. […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A federal judge has fined Chesapeake Appalachia $600,000 fine for destroying a Wetzel County waterfall while drilling a well. U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. also ordered the company to spend two years on supervised release during Monday’s sentencing in Wheeling. In October, the company pleaded guilty to three violations of […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to using a counterfeit credit card and photo ID to get obtain cash advances at West Virginia’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says 39-year-old Titus Lavell Lee of Wilmington, N.C., appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate David Joel in Martinsburg. Lee […]

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PRINCETON (AP) — A former Mercer County Sheriff’s Department employee has paid back more than $14,000 that she admitted taking from the agency. Fifty-three-year-old Charlotte Harvey of Princeton pleaded guilty to one embezzlement count. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Harvey’s attorney turned over a $14,605.75 check for restitution during Friday’s hearing in Mercer County […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Activists trying to protect West Virginia’s historic Blair Mountain from further coal mining are keeping the fight alive. On Thursday, they announced they’re appealing their latest loss in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. In 1921, some 10,000 unionizing coal miners marched to Blair and battled an army of police […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians can now get their hands on a calendar featuring photos of wildflowers from across the state. The state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation say the 10th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar is available for order. Officials say the free calendar features the 13 best photos […]

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