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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is appealing a judge’s directive to give pay raises to some workers at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals. The directive is part of an order issued June 2 by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom in an ongoing case centering on the […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — A search committee will be created to seek a new president for West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the school’s Board of Governors announced Wednesday evening that it will form a search committee. Board chairman Gerard El Chaar says the committee will have up to 19 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two men are scheduled to be sentenced in October for their roles in a kickback scheme at a West Virginia coal mine. Thirty-seven-year-old Stephen B. Herndon and 44-year-old Scott Ellis, both of Holden, each face up to five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Herndon and Ellis each pleaded guilty […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The trial of a man charged with killing four people in Clarksburg has been delayed. The Exponent Telegram reports a Harrison County circuit judge Tuesday granted a postponement in the murder trial of Sidney Arthur Muller after both prosecutors and defense attorneys cited incomplete DNA and behavioral tests in the case. The […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – Holes in a tank’s floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said. In a report released Wednesday, the Chemical Safety Board also found that the leaky Freedom Industries tank wasn’t the only shoddy one. Another Freedom tank […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A former Martinsburg High School quarterback has filed a complaint alleging a correctional officer assaulted him at the Eastern Regional Jail. Justin “Cookie” Clinton, 19, is being held at the jail on breaking and entering, grand larceny and other charges. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority is investigating Clinton’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Seven public-private regional councils in West Virginia will receive $70,000 grants apiece to produce economic development strategies that support creating jobs. The grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration were announced Tuesday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall. The councils serve a total of 32 counties […]

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WELLSBURG (AP) — A Wellsburg woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a school service workers association. Media outlets report that the felony charge will be reduced to misdemeanor petit larceny if 61-year-old Debra Baker completes a mental health court counseling program and doesn’t commit any other crimes. Baker pleaded guilty Monday in Brooke County […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Mingo County magistrate has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was targeted by other officials for opposing corruption. Media outlets report that Magistrate Deloris “Dee” Sidebottom filed the lawsuit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Defendants include former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury, former prosecutor Michael Sparks and former […]

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ALMA (AP) — A camper fire in Tyler County has killed a child and injured three other people. Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle tells WTRF-TV that the fire was reported around 1:05 a.m. Monday near Alma. Emergency responders found the child’s body in the camper after the fire was extinguished. The other victims were taken […]

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