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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal lawsuit blames a Charleston airport runway project in part for the January chemical spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days. The lawsuit said Yeager Airport’s runway extension, which has been completed, never safeguarded against stormwater runoff. In court papers filed Friday, residents and businesses said the airport […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 39 lawmakers is urging a federal court to block the Obama administration’s plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, describing it as an unjustified power grab. The filing in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia puts the lawmakers alongside 21 attorneys general who already oppose […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s casinos are in sound financial condition, despite growing across-the-border competition that has cost them millions of dollars in revenue, an audit has found. The five casinos lost more than $140 million total between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years, according to the audit by the Charleston accounting firm Gibbons and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former employee of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud. Federal prosecutors say 44-year old Cheryl Gray of Hilltop appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. Gray’s job was to collect application fees for concealed weapon permits, record […]

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee is stepping down from his role at the state’s private economic development agency, JobsOhio. Gee announced his departure Tuesday at the JobsOhio board meeting in Columbus, saying it would be his last. The 70-year-old Gee is now president of West Virginia University. He has […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign for Natalie Tennant in West Virginia next month in a push to keep a Democratic Senate seat. Warren will accompany Tennant in the Eastern Panhandle on July 14 as she unveils an education agenda. Tennant’s campaign provided trip details to The Associated Press. A Massachusetts Democrat, Warren […]

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BUCKHANNON (AP) — An August sentencing is set for a Buckhannon man convicted of killing another man in a murder-for-hire case. Jessie Lee Heater is one of three people charged in the 2012 slaying of 29-year-old Joshua Oberg of Buckhannon. Media outlets report that an Upshur County jury convicted Heater of first-degree murder, concealed of […]

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it might be able to resolve an issue that is blocking car races at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has written to Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin that the FAA would consider permitting the races if […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A campaign to erect a statue in Morgantown honoring the late Don Knotts has topped its fundraising goal. Beth Fuller tells The Dominion Post that the Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau recently donated $5,000 to the project. The gift boosted the statue fund to more than $53,000. The goal was $50,000. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that’s been vacant for more than a year. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s spokesman, Chris Stadelman, says there are statutory requirements that must be met before someone can be appointed. Stadelman tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the […]

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