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OAKVALE (AP) — Law enforcement officials who cited two Mercer County brothers for staging cockfights say they seized six fighting roosters and more than 150 birds. The weekend bust was near Oakvale. Five people in all were cited on misdemeanor charges. The Beckley Register-Herald reports that chicken coops were under construction at the Mercer County […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities. The Charleston Gazette reports that police received a report of the graffiti over the weekend. They forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation as a possible hate crime. West Virginia State is […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law. The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments. The Journal reports that council members approved the first […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion in West Virginia after 20 weeks. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the legislation because of constitutionality issues raised by his legal team and attorneys for the Legislature. The bill resembles a law struck down in Arizona that the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet. Distrustful and angry, he’s now teaching locals how to trap and purify rainwater as a drinking source. He’s […]

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INSTITUTE (AP) — Chemical traces were found in a sampling of West Virginia tap water more than a month after a spill into 300,000 people’s water supply, though at levels deemed low enough to be safe, a taxpayer-funded research group said Friday. In each of the 10 homes sampled Feb. 11-18, the chemical remnants were […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed a challenge to a wastewater permit at a Putnam County landfill after the company voluntarily ended the transport of the wastewater from a Charleston chemical spill. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib dismissed the case Friday, citing the Department of Environmental Protection’s move to grant Waste Management’s […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A man being held in West Virginia and sought for questioning in a series of killings in Alexandria, Va., is fighting extradition. The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register says public defender Shayne Welling has asked a judge in Wheeling to give him more time to submit his objections to Charles Severance’s extradition. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Government data shows a significant drop in coal exports contributed to a 26 percent decline in West Virginia’s overall exports last year. U.S. Census figures cited by the state show total exports of $8.4 billion last year, compared with $11.3 billion in 2012. Coal remained West Virginia’s top export despite falling 40 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s governor has signed a bill to educate and support veterans in the field of agriculture. The Veterans to Warriors Agriculture Program creates a fund for the Department of Agriculture to assist veterans looking for work in agricultural fields after returning from combat. The fund will support veterans’ work with bees, […]

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