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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in August. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that total employment fell 2,300. The job losses included 1,400 in the service-providing sector and 900 in the goods-producing sector. Total employment has fallen 5,300 since August 2011. Within the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former doctor will spend six months behind bars after a federal judge said she flooded southern West Virginia with prescription pain pills. U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver called the sentence he handed Diane Shafer on Tuesday a warning over the scourge of drugs in that region. Shafer pleaded guilty in May […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gasoline prices in West Virginia are still rising. The weekly Fuel Gauge from AAA East Central shows the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline rose 3.7 cents over the past week to nearly $3.94. That’s about 34 cents higher than gas prices in the state a year ago this […]

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Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – The Harpers Ferry man who tried to tunnel from Eastern Regional Jail in Berkeley County while awaiting sentencing in a bank robbery has pleaded guilty in that botched escape, according to U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Mark Daniel Haines created a hole […]

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CHARLESTON  (AP) — West Virginia is hosting what may be the final reunion for veterans of the World War II-era battleship that carried the state’s name. The USS West Virginia Association plans to gather in Charleston Sept. 28-30. The group of former sailors, their families and naval history buffs has reunited annually since 1955. They […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Eastern Panhandle’s Shepherd University is hosting what may be the first debate between West Virginia’s major party candidates for U.S. Senate. Both Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican John Raese are expected to attend the Oct. 2 forum at the Shepherdstown campus’ Reynolds Hall. Shepherd’s Master of Business Administration program is arranging […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — More than a dozen middle schools in West Virginia will receive musical instruments in the fall from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Program. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History said Tuesday that each of the 16 schools will receive $30,000 worth of instruments. The national VH1 Save The Music […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A college speech and debate tournament will be held at Marshall University next spring. The National Forensic Association tournament will be held in Huntington from April 18 to 22. Marshall College of Liberal Arts dean David Pittenger says as many as 1,200 students and coaches from 40 states will participate. Marshall served […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is retiring after months of being at odds with the authority that oversees public broadcasting. Dennis Adkins announced Thursday that he would retire on Dec. 21. The announcement followed an hour-long, closed-door session of the Educational Broadcasting Authority. The Charleston Gazette reports that Adkins […]

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