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CHARLESTON (AP) — The sentencing of a former Mingo County prosecutor in a federal corruption investigation is being pushed back another month. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston signed an order Friday rescheduling Michael Sparks’ sentencing for April 24. Sparks had been set for sentencing next Wednesday. Sparks and ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury were […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia University search committee on Friday did an about-face and endorsed interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently. The committee made the recommendation during an emergency meeting in Morgantown and now goes to the WVU Board of Governors. It comes seven months after Gee retired from Ohio State […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a plea hearing for the brother of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a drug distribution case. Assistant U.S. Prosecutor C. Haley Bunn filed the motion Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston in the case involving 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville. Bunn asked the court to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The seat vacated by convicted former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury remains unfilled more than a month after a deadline under state law to find a replacement. A judicial advisory panel in December recommended Mingo County public defenders Teresa McCune and Jonathan Jewell to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as potential candidates […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The government is seeking the maximum punishment of one year in prison for a former Mingo County prosecutor. Michael Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday in Charleston federal court on a corruption charge. Sparks and ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury were accused of protecting the late Sheriff Eugene Crum […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Lottery officials say revenue continued to drop in January. The Charleston Gazette reports that state lottery revenue fell 12 percent from January 2013 to $89.45 million. Racetrack video lottery at the state’s four racetrack casinos continued to fall in January, as competition in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland continues to put […]

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PHILIPPI (AP) — Alderson Broaddus is extending a freeze on costs for undergraduate students to help them get a college education. University President Richard Creehan says the three-year commitment that began in the 2011-12 school year will now run through the spring of 2015. Alderson Broaddus’ comprehensive fees include tuition, room and board and a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — As time ticks away, West Virginia lawmakers are suggesting another face-lift for a bill that would tighten aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill Thursday responding to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill, which contaminated 300,000 people’s water […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Facing a deadline to keep bills from fizzling, West Virginia lawmakers gave the go-ahead to all sorts of ideas Wednesday, from budget cuts and teacher raises to bans on selling bongs and permission to bring cupcakes to school parties. On the Legislature’s last day to pass bills in the chamber where they […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal impact inspections at U.S. mines in January resulted in 198 citations and 11 orders. The Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 11 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The agency said Thursday that Baylor […]

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