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CHARLESTON (AP) — It all started with a dream. As a boy, Rocky Parsons watched his father leave every day for work as a milkman for Broughton. His father sold milk and ice cream and young Parsons dreamed of the day he could follow in his father’s footsteps in what he thought had to be […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Facing his toughest re-election in decades, Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall sat down three supporters outside an idyllic general store in West Virginia for a TV ad. Miffed, the pro-coal trio lamented that wealthy out-of-towners keep spending millions of dollars to blast their congressman. “New York City?!” they cried. “They’re not telling […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Since she was 24, Rachel Torlone has been trying to fight a disease that most people don’t think about until middle-age or later. Torlone’s grandmother, Erma Reed, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, when Torlone was still a teenager. Reed died at the age of 82 in 2010. That’s when Torlone formed […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — If Trace Corley has gained anything from his years of skateboarding, it’s persistence. If you can’t nail a trick on the first try, keep practicing. If you fall down, get back up. “You just have to keep trying until something works,” he said. Corley, 25, has applied the same ethic to his […]

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WINFIELD (AP) — A psychiatrist has determined that a Hurricane man is competent to stand trial on a charge of killing his infant son. The evaluation of 33-year-old Robert Jeremy Smith was filed Thursday in Putnam County Circuit Court. Smith is charged with death of a child by a parent as a result of child […]

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HAYSI, Va. (AP) — More than 120 people are being laid off at an Alpha Natural Resources mine in southwest Virginia amid declining production and demand. The coal company said the layoffs will occur as the mine near Haysi is closed over the next two months, according to media reports. Thursday, 66 were laid off […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — An inmate at Hazelton Federal Correctional Institute has been convicted of assaulting a correctional officer. Edward C. Crow was convicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg on three counts stemming from the attack. The Exponent Telegram reports that Crow was found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer resulting in bodily injury, […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is on the road, part of his statewide 55-county tour. Thursday, Gee made stops in Raleigh, Mercer and Summers counties. He met with WVU alumni and local business leaders. He traveled with the musket-packing Mountaineer mascot, Michael Garcia. Gee says he’s seen many changes at […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal impact inspections at U.S. mine operations in May resulted in 172 citations and 21 orders. The Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 10 coal mines in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Utah. Inspections also were done at two metal and nonmetal mines in Georgia and California. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is being honored by the West Virginia AFL-CIO. Rockefeller is set to receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization Friday and also will deliver remarks at its special convention. The Democrat is retiring this year after three decades in the Senate. West Virginia AFL-CIO is a group […]

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