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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent in December. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,100 to 59,700. The goods-producing sector saw an employment gain of 1,000, while the service-producing sector lost 100 jobs. Within […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A new public service announcement airing on television stations across West Virginia aims to give adults the courage to report child abuse and neglect. The 30-second “One with Courage” spots tell people about the state’s 20 children’s advocacy centers, which serve a combined 32 counties. It will air on West Virginia Media […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A Wheeling man faces up to 25 years in prison for illegally exporting firearms to buyers in Canada and Israel. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said Monday that 25-year-old Michael Steven Frank pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export firearms and money laundering. Ihlenfeld says Frank acquired two dozen firearms from gun […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A natural gas company has paid more than $231,000 to reimburse the costs of fighting a December pipeline fire and rebuilding a section of charred highway near Sissonville. Media outlets report more than $165,000 from NiSource Inc. will go to the state Division of Highways to pay for repairs to a section […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia police shot and killed four men in a week, and a State Police spokesman blames suspects’ growing aggression toward authorities. Sgt. Michael Baylous calls it a moral failing. He also tells WSAZ-TV officers must make snap decisions about threats. On Jan. 8, Lewisburg police killed 44-year-old Jimmy Hamlin Jr. […]

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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — On Monday, the Jefferson County school board accepted the resignation of Jefferson High School varsity head football coach Richard Mills. Mills had earlier tendered his resignation but it only became official with its acceptance at Monday’s Board meeting. In his nine seasons at Jefferson, Mills had a 28-54 overall record. His 2004 […]

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MONTCALM (AP) — West Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal police shooting in Mercer County. Sheriff Don Meadows says a deputy responding to a domestic violence call in Montcalm shot a man Saturday night. Meadows tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the man confronted the deputy with a weapon and ignored repeated requests to […]

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PINCH (AP) — Police say Kanawha County sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a man after he fired a pistol at them. The shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday at a residence near Pinch. The sheriff’s department says in a news release that two deputies went to the residence in response to a report of a violent […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Three West Virginia college leaders have joined a national call for stricter gun laws. University of Charleston President Ed Welch, Bethany College President Scott Miller and Davis & Elkins Chancellor Michael Mihaylo are among more than 300 college leaders nationwide who’ve signed an open letter calling for stricter laws. The effort was […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former reporter and news director is returning to West Virginia Public Broadcasting to serve at its new executive director. The State Educational Broadcasting Authority voted Thursday to hire Scott Finn at a salary of $80,000. He replaces retiring director Dennis Adkins on Feb. 1. Adkins had been at odds with the […]

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