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CHARLESTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 35 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in February. WorkForce West Virginia said Friday that 15 counties reported higher jobless rates during the month. Five counties saw rates unchanged. Monongalia County has the lowest rate in the state at 4.9 percent. Clay County’s 17 percent rate is the highest. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Air traffic control towers at three West Virginia airports are on a list of 149 across the country set to close starting April 7. The Charleston Gazette reports that the list issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration includes contract towers at airports in Lewisburg, Parkersburg and Wheeling. Earlier this month, the […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A former Berkeley County school bus driver faces an alcohol charge stemming from an accident in February. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., reports that 61-year-old Sam Lee Newton of Martinsburg is charged with operating a commercial vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of .04 or greater. He was arraigned on Saturday in magistrate […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s House of Delegates wants gun control off the table as Congress considers responses to the latest mass shootings A non-binding resolution adopted Thursday says millions of law-abiding gun owners should not be punished for the acts of evil people. The measure instead says the threat comes from dangerous criminals and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A male bald eagle feared dead after it was hit by a train in the New River Gorge has been spotted alive on its nest. Three Rivers Avian Center director Wendy Perrone and her husband, Ron, tell media outlets that they saw the eagle shortly after daybreak Wednesday. The eagle, named Whitey, […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — The family of a Monongalia County sheriff’s deputy killed by a drunken driver will share a $2 million award under a proposed lawsuit settlement. The Dominion Post says the money will be divided among the parents and brother of Sgt. Todd May, and their attorneys. The family sued Morgantown motorist Jerod Green, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from going to tanning salons. The bill passed Monday also requires anyone who goes to a tanning salon to sign a consent form warning them that using tanning beds can cause cancer and other health risks. Penalties for […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A 2007 abduction and murder has West Virginia lawmakers proposing that wireless service providers help law enforcement track a person’s cellphone. The House of Delegates voted 96-1 Monday to pass West Virginia’s version of the Kelsey Smith Act. Several states have considered such legislation since the murder of Kansas 18-year-old Kelsey Smith. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan for changes in the state’s prison system has unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee and could be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday. The bill to try to ease crisis-level crowding in state prisons and regional jails was only briefly discussed before passing Monday. According […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — A Parkersburg hospital is seeing a baby boom nine months after a windstorm left thousands of residents without electricity for several days. Camden Clark Medical Center spokesman Tim Brunicardi says the hospital has delivered 74 babies over the last two weeks. During the same period in 2012, there were 61 deliveries. In […]

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