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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A retired Social Security administrative law judge accused of participating in a scheme to improperly award disability benefits has voluntarily agreed to have his law license annulled. The Herald-Dispatch reports the state Supreme Court recently accepted David B. Daugherty’s annulment petition. A state Lawyer Disciplinary Board panel alleges Daugherty approved claims that […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — The city of Huntington has found 32 violations in 61 structures since the start of inspections at off-campus student housing near Marshall University this month. City spokesman Bryan Chambers says the inspections include an order condemning the vacant Kappa Alpha Order fraternity house. The initiative’s goal is to provide safe living conditions […]

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BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A state environmental official says Marcellus shale drilling sludge dumped at a landfill in Harrison County has a low level of radiation. Division of Water and Waste Management director Scott Mandirola tells The Exponent Telegram that the sludge contains a fraction of a year’s acceptable radiation exposure for workers. Mandirola says Waste […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The brother of West Virginia’s governor is seeking a lesser or alternative sentence after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge. Fifty-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxymorphone. Federal prosecutors say Tomblin sold the prescription painkiller to a confidential informant on five occasions in December 2013. […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A West Virginia jury on Friday cleared a Florida man in the beating death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student. Media outlets report an Ohio County Circuit Court jury found Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Florida, not guilty of a murder charge in the death of 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Peacock […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Bright orange rocking chairs dotting Charleston and South Charleston sidewalks are sure to draw the eyes of passers-by, and that’s exactly what officials at the Charleston YWCA are hoping for this weekend. “It gets attention,” said Kyla Nichols, program director for the YWCA’s Shanklin Senior Enrichment Center. “We’re hoping the rockers will […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia regulators have ordered a Charleston company to immediately fix a storm water collection trench that overflowed on two consecutive days at the same site where a chemical spilled into the state’s largest water supply in January. In a news release, DEP Secretary Randy Huffman called the spills at Freedom Industries […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Industry groups are jittery that if state regulators require the wrong type of permit, companies could be subject to citizen lawsuits under a new environmental law that regulates storage tanks. State regulators disagree, and are convinced the new aboveground tank law won’t let citizens sue to enforce it. Many groups thought the […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — The West Virginia Prevention Research Center is getting $750,000 to conduct disease prevention research. Officials say the funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is for the first year of a five-year funding period. The center is one of 26 academic institutions nationally and the only one in West Virginia […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is introducing a new online tool to search U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s gubernatorial papers. Officials say Manchin is scheduled to attend an exhibition and demonstration Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston. The collection includes a diverse selection of materials beginning with his inaugural […]

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