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CHARLESTON (AP) — Mercer County prosecutor Scott Ash says he won’t retry a man whose conviction in a 1995 slaying was overturned. Ash tells The Charleston Gazette that a murder charge against David Lee Hurt will be dismissed because there’s not enough evidence to go to trial. Ash says the charge could be brought again […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — A fugitive from New York has been captured in Bluefield. The U.S. Marshal’s Service says 21-year-old Rudolph Sinclair was previously convicted of armed robbery and was wanted on a New York state parole warrant. Federal marshals in New York asked for help their colleagues in West Virginia, who found Sinclair at a […]

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ELKINS (AP) — Davis & Elkins College is closing its on-campus inn’s restaurant until further notice. The Inter-Mountain reports that college officials announced the Mingo Dining Room’s shutdown on Wednesday. The restaurant is located in the Graceland Inn and Byrd Conference Center. Davis & Elkins President Michael Mihalyo says college officials decided to close the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A state actuary says expanding military service credits for public employees’ pension benefits will cost more than $197 million. A report by Consolidated Public Retirement Board actuary Harry Mandel projects that active Public Employees Retirement System participants will be eligible for $113.9 million in increased pension payments. Retirees will be entitled to […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University is elevating the status of its top diversity official. The university said Wednesday that David M. Fryson has been promoted to vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. He’s been chief diversity officer since 2012. University President Gordon Gee made the announcement on the 50th anniversary of the Civil […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A 22-year veteran of the West Virginia School Building Authority who left in 2012 is returning as its executive director. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced David Sneed’s appointment Monday. Sneed was chief of architectural services for the authority from 1990 until 2012, when he left for a private sector job. Before joining […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A 92-year-old Charleston woman is recovering after a fall left her lying on a floor in her home for two days. Evelyn McClure tells WCHS-TV that her next-door neighbor and niece found her. McClure says she thought she was going to die after she fell while walking down the stairs. She says […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved hiring Michael Martirano to serve as the state’s next schools superintendent. The board announced last week that Martirano was its top candidate. The Charleston Gazette reports that board members voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire him. Martirano’s appointment was effective Tuesday. He replaces […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are seeking a 17 percent rate increase from their West Virginia customers. The American Electric Power subsidiaries filed their request with the Public Service Commission on Monday. The proposal would increase the utilities’ revenue by $226 million. Appalachian Power says the increase is needed to recover rising […]

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