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CHARLESTON (AP) — Virginia and West Virginia are participating in a multi-state earthquake drill this week. The second annual Great SouthEast ShakeOut is set for Thursday at 10:17 a.m. The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says the drill provides an opportunity to practice the recommended response to an earthquake. The basic […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Logan County Sheriff’s Department and a deputy accused of beating a suspect in 2011 have denied any wrongdoing. Deputy James Brown acknowledges he used pepper spray to subdue Charles Allen Simpkins and transported him to a hospital for treatment. But in his recent response to a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Bluegrass musicians Melvin and the late Ray Goins are among seven unique state artists that will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. The Mercer County brothers will be part of the class of 2013 that will be inducted Nov. 16 at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Separately […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.6 percent, the lowest it’s been in four years. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that’s down four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. It says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 2,600 to 53,500. Spokeswoman Courtney Sisk said county-by-county […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of gunning down Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum may go on trial Oct. 21. Tennis Melvin Maynard received the date after pleading not guilty at his Wednesday arraignment. Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Crum on April 3. The sheriff was parked in downtown Williamson. After a […]

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CHARLESTON — House Speaker Rick Thompson will take over as the cabinet secretary for the state Department of Veterans Assistance next year. Keith Gwinn, who has held the position for two years, said this morning he would retire for health reasons and Thompson would take over the post. “I have to [retire],” Gwinn said. “I […]

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Shirley receives prison term Remanded to BOP custody

BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff   WHEELING – Former sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley was sentenced to a prison term of one year and one day by a federal judge in Wheeling today, following a two-hour sentencing hearing. Shirley requested the privilege of self-reporting to prison, but Judge John Preston Bailey denied that request, saying that he […]

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released the following statement today on the decision to expand Medicaid coverage. “While I have a great deal of respect for the Governor and the difficult choices he must make, I disagree with this decision. “At a time when one of the principal authors of Obamacare (Sen. […]

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CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President and CEO of United Health System Tom Jones, and CEO of Thomas Health Systems Steve Dexter, today announced the decision to expand Medicaid in West Virginia. “We anticipate expansion will allow us to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians, […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice has donated $5 million toward the construction of Marshall’s indoor athletic facility. Marshall announced the donation during a groundbreaking ceremony for the project Friday in Huntington. Previously, the gift had been attributed to an anonymous donor. Justice says the indoor facility will be “a source of great […]

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