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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Teresa Maynard and Mike Carter know what the scandal-weary residents of Mingo County must be thinking: Only people who are connected to the problems could get appointed to powerful positions in a government now best known for corruption. They’re determined to prove the cynics wrong. Maynard was sworn in this week as […]

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ST. MARYS (AP) — Inmates at St. Marys Correctional Center grew nearly 6,000 pounds of produce this year as part of the state’s Harvest Now program. Warden Patrick Mirandy says that the prison gave about 4,500 pounds of produce to Mountaineer Food Bank. The prison used another 1,500 pounds to provide fresh food to inmates […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some cold medications containing pseudoephedrine are no longer being sold at Rite Aid stores in West Virginia. Rite Aid’s West Virginia stores recently stopped selling cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine also is illegally used to manufacture methamphetamine. Law enforcement agencies in the state have seized 370 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s spending on prisoner health care increased 38 percent between 2001 and 2008. According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the state’s spending went from $15.7 million to $21.7 million. Many other states reported much sharper increases. For example, New Hampshire saw a 379 percent increase, from $5.4 million […]

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FAIRMONT (AP) — A 28-year-old Marion County man has been sentenced to 250-1,000 years in prison on multiple counts of sexual assault and abuse of a minor. Matthew Monroe Cottingham was sentenced Friday in Fairmont by Marion Circuit Judge David R. James. The Fairmont man was sentenced on a total of 20 counts involving a […]

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By JIM BISSETT The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN (AP) — Pretty good deal when you can save the world at $5 an acre. At least a prehistoric parcel of it. That’s what WVU ecology professor Charlie Baer and a group of his colleagues did in 1960 when they purchased a 259-acre parcel of Cranesville Swamp, a […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — West Virginia Potato Chip Co. has rebounded from a fire that damaged its Parkersburg plant in March. Production of the company’s Mister Bee potato chips has resumed following renovations of the facility. West Virginia Potato Chip president Randall Holden says that the company invested $1.5 million in upgrades. It also spent more […]

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HEDGESVILLE — Neither Jefferson High nor Washington High could reach the semifinal round in the Pumpkin Smash tournament that was held at Hedgesville High. Hedgesville defeated Martinsburg, 2-0, in the event’s championship game. The Lady Eagles had beaten Morgantown to reach the finals while Martinsburg had beaten Philip Barbour in its semifinal match. Earlier in […]

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TED BLACK Special to the Spirit While the West Virginia Classic and the Cavada took center stage on the West Virginia Breeders Classics card last weekend, there were several impressive efforts among the other seven stakes winners on the card. There were also some notable horses who failed to deliver on their expected promises. In […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two former Mingo County officials charged in a corruption probe will be in court soon to enter pleas. U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston set a Nov. 18 hearing Tuesday for former prosecutor Michael Sparks. He also set a Dec. 2 hearing for former Magistrate Dallas Toler. Sparks is accused in a scheme […]

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