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CHARLESTON (AP) — A deadline is creeping up for growers interested in leasing prime farmland on West Virginia Department of Agriculture property at the Lakin State Farm in Mason County. Forty acres are available this year to individuals, groups and co-ops for commercial vegetable and small fruit production. Agriculture Commission Walt Helmick says there’s no […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Legislation to regulate and improve the training of nurses who collect forensic evidence in sexual assault cases has passed in both the West Virginia Senate and House. The Senate passed the bill Thursday to create a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission to regulate these specially-trained registered nurses at the county and state […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has passed legislation to help accommodate pregnant women in the workplace. The Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act allows employees to request modified duties and other accommodations as long as they do not place undue hardship on employers. It allows such accommodations as bathroom breaks and assistance with manual labor. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Airways plans to begin offering a daily flight between Yeager Airport and Philadelphia International Airport in June. The airline and American Lines announced the new service Thursday in a news release. The airlines’ regional partner, Piedmont Airlines, will operate one nonstop daily flight, except Saturdays, between the Charleston and Philadelphia airports. […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The trial of a man charged with killing four people in Clarksburg has been pushed back to August. Sidney Arthur Muller’s trial was scheduled to begin April 14. Media outlets report that Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Bedell granted a request by prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday to delay […]

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RANSON (AP) — West Virginia’s largest casino has announced plans to add a 1,200-seat concert venue as it seeks to fend off increased competition from casinos in Maryland. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races said Monday that it will begin construction this month on the venue, which will be located on the casino floor and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The House Education Committee voted Monday to sharply increase pay for West Virginia teachers and service personnel, despite concern about balancing the state’s 2015 budget. The amended bill would raise teacher salaries a total of $6,000 across-the-board over three years. Pay would be hiked $1,000 the first year, $2,000 the next, and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Public school and college students across West Virginia are getting a day off from class because of a winter storm. About a dozen public and private higher education institutions cancelled classes Monday, including West Virginia University’s main campus in Morgantown, WVU Tech in Montgomery and WVU Parkersburg. Most public school systems and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A legislative panel is pushing for long-term health monitoring for 300,000 West Virginians whose water was tainted by a January chemical spill. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee added the monitoring amendment to a regulatory bill for aboveground storage tanks. The committee passed the bill after considering about 60 amendments over nine […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors voted unanimously Monday to hire E. Gordon Gee to lead the state’s flagship school again as its 24th president. The board had named Gee, who was WVU’s president from 1981 to 1985, interim president last December after Jim Clements left for Clemson. Gee’s existing contract will […]

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