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CHARLESTON (AP) — Special prosecutors have been installed to handle child abuse cases in Kanawha County. The action comes after Circuit Judge Duke Bloom disqualified prosecutor Mark Plants and his staff from handling such cases. Bloom swore in special prosecutors Thursday morning. Plants is charged with domestic battery for allegedly hitting one of his sons […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A Cabell County grand jury has indicted two Beckley men on charges stemming from a 2012 break-in at the Huntington Museum of Art. Media outlets report that 25-year-old Remington Wright and 26-year-old Deon Staunton are each charged with destruction of property, attempt to commit grand larceny, conspiracy and entering a building other […]

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FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Fayette County man convicted of throwing a box containing cats into a fire will spend at least three years in prison. Michael W. Ford pleaded guilty in February to three felony animal cruelty counts. Media outlets report that the 56-year-old Victor resident was sentenced Tuesday in Fayette County Circuit Court to […]

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MOUNDSVILLE (AP) — Williams Energy won’t be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County. The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution. Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — AT&T is donating $300,000 to help McDowell County high school students participate in a mentoring and career training program. The initiative offers mentorships, college campus visits and job shadowing for 20 students a year over three years. The students are in Charleston this week visiting workplaces, from law firms to construction sites. […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. A West Virginia judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms […]

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ATHENS (AP) — Concord University’s Board of Governors has named Kendra Boggess as president. The university says the board approved Boggess’ appointment on Tuesday. Boggess had been serving as interim president since July 1, 2013. Her appointment as president is effective July 1, pending approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The commission […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor and a West Virginia sheriff’s office are promoting awareness of a prescription drug collection effort set for this weekend. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office have scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back kickoff event for Wednesday morning in St. Albans. The goal is to spread […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Average gasoline prices are up 3 cents per gallon in West Virginia this week. AAA East Central says the price for a gallon of regular gas rose to $3.70. That’s the fifth increase in the past six weeks. Prices range from $3.66 in Bridgeport to $3.75 in Martinsburg. Nationally, gas prices average […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — When federal officials decided what chemical levels West Virginians could safely consume in water tainted by a January spill, their standard assumed people would be exposed for two weeks, not 100-plus days. Months later, Centers for Disease Control and Protection officials see no reason to adjust a chemical benchmark they quickly created […]

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