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MARTINSBURG (AP) — The Berkeley County Council has settled a lawsuit that alleged a former sheriff’s deputy sexually abused a woman. The council will pay $25,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Donna K. Pulse. Council attorney Norwood Bentley III tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that the payment will be paid by the county’s […]

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NUTTER FORT (AP) — A West Virginia firefighter who was among three killed in the collapse of a pair of cellphone towers in Clarksburg is being remembered by the state and his fellow firefighters. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered state flags in Charleston and on all state buildings in Harrison County to be lowered […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced a grant totaling $3.1 million to help West Virginia turn around some of its lowest-achieving schools. The so-called school improvement grants are aimed at assisting school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds, as well as a commitment to raise student achievement. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A state Senate committee has approved a proposal to invest some of West Virginia’s oil and natural gas revenues for future infrastructure and economic development. The Future Fund Bill would set aside 25 percent of the severance tax revenues collected from private oil and gas companies, once the fund hits $175 million. […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for child neglect. Media outlets report that 24-year-old Jasmine K. Dawkins of Waldorf, Md., was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. A jury convicted Dawkins in November of two child neglect counts and one count of providing false […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The mayor of a small town in Kanawha County has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing prescription drugs. The Charleston Gazette reports that Mayor Gary Fields will be on probation for six months. If he’s not arrested for another six months after that, he can ask to have the conviction removed from his […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The company that employed two workers killed in the collapse of two cellphone towers in Clarksburg was fined after a fatal accident in 2009 in Missouri. The Exponent-Telegram reports that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited S&S Communications with two “serious” violations after an employee fell from his death from a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some West Virginia cities have already used twice as much salt as they typically use each year on icy roads, and the state has spent more than three-fourths of its annual snow-removal budget. Charleston has used about 4,000 tons of salt so far this season, city Public Works Director Gary Taylor told […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a criminal investigation of firearms missing from its evidence room. Sgt. B. F. Hall tells The Journal that investigators believe the guns were taken within the last two years. Hall says the deputy who was in charge of the evidence room at the time has […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about a new telephone scam that can inflate their cellphone bills. The Better Business Bureau and others have dubbed it the “one-ring” scam. In this scam, a person often located overseas, calls a number and hangs up after the first ring. If the consumer […]

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