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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal judge is directing a lawsuit challenging West Virginia municipal gun control laws to state court. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver also dismissed a dozen counts against the city of Charleston from the case brought by the West Virginia Citizens Defense League. The group and individual gun rights advocates sued Charleston, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two Mexican nationals have been sentenced to nearly six months in federal prison for transporting illegal immigrants, while a Texas man has pleaded guilty to similar charges in another case in West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Miguel Marquez-Jiminez and Sergio Morales-Jimenez were sentenced in federal court in Huntington this week. […]

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WVU ponders academic fellowships to Big 12 schools MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s new relationship with the Big 12 is about more than athletics, so Provost Michele Wheatly says she’s working on an academic exchange program of sorts. Wheatly and Associate Provost C.B. Wilson are developing a plan to help fund faculty visits to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gasoline prices have fallen in West Virginia. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline fell about seven cents over the past week to nearly $3.87. That’s lower than the national average of about $3.81 and about 36 cents higher than gas prices in the state […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Mountain State University has sold its two aircraft and is assessing other properties ahead of its scheduled closure in December. Interim President Richard Sours tells The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/PjnDwQ ) that the university sold a small single-engine airplane and a twin-engine corporate airplane several weeks ago. Sour’s says the president’s home and other […]

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PREMIER (AP) — A McDowell County miner featured in last year’s ‘Coal’ TV series has died. WVVA reports that 51-year-old Andy Christian of Premier died Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Va. The death was confirmed by Fanning Funeral Home of Iaeger, which is handling arrangements. Known as “The Legend,” Christian was one of the […]

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CHARLES TOWN (AP) — American Public University System has named Conrad Lotze to the new position of dean of the School of Education. Lotze has been senior product development manager and math program coordinator at the Teachers College of Western Governors University, another online school. Provost Karan Powell said Monday that Lotze brings valuable experience […]

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Bridgemont Community and Technical College will offer an accelerated associate degree in Diesel Technology. Classes are at the South Charleston campus and let students finish in less than a year, compared to two years in a more traditional class schedule. President Jo Harris says the program was created in collaboration with local […]

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 ELKINS (AP) — A recent study provides a glimpse of what the Monongahela Forest looked like in West Virginia before the land was settled and logged.  Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and West Virginia University used original deeds dating from 1752 to 1899 to create a database of 22,328 trees used by surveyors to […]

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SISSONVILLE (AP) — Sissonville High School has stopped offering a prayer before football games after a national organization told school officials the practice is unconstitutional. Many students and parents don’t agree with the decision. Principal Ron Reedy said about half of the school’s 650 students wore purple on Friday to show their support for the […]

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