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CHARLESTON (AP) — Shrinking federal funding could prevent the expansion of West Virginia’s very successful drug court program. A bill discussed Monday would allow the state Supreme Court to shift the cost of drug treatment programs to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The shift would free up $1.4 million for five or six […]

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ELKINS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a judge to dismiss a West Virginia chicken grower’s lawsuit over water-pollution orders the agency issued against her then withdrew in December, arguing the case is now moot. But court filings show Eight is Enough farm operator Lois Alt plans to join the West Virginia and […]

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ELKINS (AP) — Jae Spears, the West Virginia Senate’s first female majority whip, has died She was 90. An obituary posted on Lohr & Barb Funeral Home’s website says Spears died Saturday at her home in Elkins. The Randolph County Democrat also was the only woman to chair the Senate Finance Committee, and was the […]

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CHARLESTON — Washington scored eight straight points to overcome Parkersburg South’s three-point lead late in the fourth quarter and went on to a 60-56 win in a quarterfinal round game of the Class AAA West Virginia state basketball tournament. Trailing, 51-48, with only 3:21 left in the game, the Patriots scored the next eight points […]

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By JOHN McCOY The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON (AP) — The pipeline that funneled untold numbers of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and salamanders out of West Virginia might finally be closing. State wildlife officials have proposed regulations to limit the number of reptiles and amphibians taken by collectors. If approved, the regulations would end West Virginia’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has had a few partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights. Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere. But in West Virginia, lawmakers […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — A legislative committee studying child poverty will conduct its first road hearings in southern West Virginia. The Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Poverty has scheduled hearings Wednesday in Oak Hill and March 20 in Beckley. The committee’s chairman, Senate Majority Leader John Unger, tells The Register-Herald that education reforms won’t succeed […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — The re-release of seeds of a West Virginia tomato developed 50 years ago has been a hit with home gardeners. The West Virginia University Extension Service began offering one free packet per household of the West Virginia 63 tomato seeds on March 4. Associate director Ann Bailey Berry tells the Bluefield Daily […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia authorities plan extra police patrols and underage drinking checks ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. Alcohol Beverage Control Administration spokesman Gig Robinson tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the stepped-up enforcement is part of a multi-agency effort to reduce drunken driving and underage drinking during the spring. The Governor’s Highway Safety […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two West Virginia Lottery customers have claimed $1 million prizes that they won in a Powerball drawing. Mary Carr of Barboursville and Doug Gillispie of Julian picked up their checks Friday. They were the purchasers of two winning match 5 tickets sold for last Wednesday’s drawing. Carr said she and her husband, […]

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