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CHARLESTON (AP) — Methamphetamine lab seizures jumped 85 percent in West Virginia in 2013 as police discovered the illegal drug-making operations in 45 of the state’s 55 counties. Authorities seized 533 meth labs, compared to 288 in 2012, a West Virginia State Police report says. Kanawha County led the state with 159 meth lab seizures, […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — The National Park Service has shelved a proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Paw Paw because it could threaten bats that roost in three tunnels along the route. Chris Stubbs with the park service tells The Journal that the bat populations in the tunnels don’t have white nose syndrome. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The United Way of Central West Virginia has raised more than $70,000 to help workers affected by a chemical spill. The organization established an emergency fund following the spill in Charleston for workers who lost wages or had work hours reduced. The fund will provide up to $200 to help pay utility […]

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BUCKHANNON (AP) — The Upshur County Commission is asking the federal court to dismiss a former sheriff candidate’s lawsuit against it. David Taylor’s lawsuit alleges that current and former commissioners conspired to violate his rights in the May 2012 primary election. The Inter-Mountain reports that the commission’s attorneys filed a motion recently seeking the lawsuit’s […]

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BARBOURSVILLE (AP) — A Barboursville man faces charges of fatally shooting two people outside his home with a rifle. Cabell County Sheriff Thomas McComas tells media outlets that 62-year-old Rodney Bruce Black called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot two people who were breaking into his outbuilding. McComas says the outbuilding is several yards […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A former West Virginia State Police trooper must pay restitution for leave pay he received for training he didn’t attend. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., reports that 26-year-old Johnathan D. Brand of Morgantown pleaded guilty earlier this month to obtaining money by false pretenses. Berkeley County Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh ordered Brand […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Public Service Commission’s staff and a union say West Virginia American Water should continue submitting quarterly reports to the PSC on the quality of its service. On Friday, the PSC’s staff and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 537 filed petitions supporting the PSC Consumer Advocate Division’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The State Auditor’s Office recently flagged as suspicious charges on a state travel card that included Chicago Bears football tickets, alcohol and other purchases that typically aren’t allowed. The Charleston Gazette says these purchases were allowed because the travel card belonged to West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill. Colleges are among […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A West Virginia teenager was sentenced Friday to life in prison with the chance for parole in the slaying of her one-time best friend, who was lured from her home, stabbed to death and her body left in the woods. Shelia Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder under an agreement with prosecutors […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — An environmental official says the company in the West Virginia water crisis immediately knew a second chemical leaked from its plant into the river, telling its workers in an email. However, Freedom Industries did not let state government officials know about the second chemical, which was discovered in later testing. State environmental […]

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