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CHARLESTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton died Monday, a West Virginia Republican Party official said. Staton was 74. Staton’s health had been declining and he entered the intensive care unit at a hospital in Winchester, Va., last Thursday, said W.Va. GOP chairman Conrad Lucas. “Congressman Staton was a lifelong West Virginian who held […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s former state school superintendent has filed a second lawsuit contending she was unfairly fired. Jorea Marple’s latest legal claim was filed this week in Kanawha County Circuit Court, according to media reports. A similar lawsuit is pending in federal court. Marple was fired in November 2012. The lawsuits claim that […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old Barboursville man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Steven Anthony Major was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Charleston. He is accused of making four separate threats to kill Manchin. The threats allegedly occurred […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that’s sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Her approach reflects common Democratic strategy and tactics this midterm election year in energy-producing states […]

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ROCK (AP) — Crews are cleaning up after a dozen cars of a coal train destined for export from Virginia derailed in southern West Virginia. A spokesman for Norfolk Southern Corp. says the cars derailed late Tuesday in Rock, which is located in Mercer County. The 12 cars were among 180 being hauled to Norfolk […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University is requiring students to have health insurance next academic year. The Dominion Post reports that Vice President of Student Affairs Ken Gray says the timing coincides with the fall opening of the new student wellness center on the Evansdale campus. Now, student fees and a small charge per visit […]

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OAKVALE (AP) — Law enforcement officials who cited two Mercer County brothers for staging cockfights say they seized six fighting roosters and more than 150 birds. The weekend bust was near Oakvale. Five people in all were cited on misdemeanor charges. The Beckley Register-Herald reports that chicken coops were under construction at the Mercer County […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities. The Charleston Gazette reports that police received a report of the graffiti over the weekend. They forwarded the case to the FBI for investigation as a possible hate crime. West Virginia State is […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law. The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments. The Journal reports that council members approved the first […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion in West Virginia after 20 weeks. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the legislation because of constitutionality issues raised by his legal team and attorneys for the Legislature. The bill resembles a law struck down in Arizona that the […]

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