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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff Update – Feb. 1, 9:40 a.m. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued an advisory opinion on the proper process for appointing a replacement late yesterday afternoon, indicating that the Jefferson County Commission should appoint a replacement as quickly as possible. “After a thorough review of this request, my office has determined that […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Environmental groups that have spent years suing coal companies over water pollution in West Virginia are now setting their sights on federal regulators, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of failing to ensure the state adequately enforces the Clean Water Act. The West Virginia Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — To Sue Bonham, it was as if the world were coming to an end: A wall of flame had suddenly engulfed her West Virginia neighborhood. Amid a deafening roar, objects began crashing through her ceiling. Her home began melting around her and a nearby house, her step-daughter’s, collapsed in a heap of […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Student leaders at public colleges and universities want Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider proposed higher education budget cuts. Media outlets report that the State Advisory Council of Students plans to present a petition to Tomblin next month. Tomblin has directed all state agencies to cut their budgets for the 2013-2014 fiscal […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal audit concludes the state wasted federal stimulus funds and failed to properly track Internet routers that cost $24 million. The report Friday by the inspector general of the U.S. Commerce Department found that the state could have purchased smaller and less expensive routers for schools, libraries, health clinics, county courthouses […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate prepares to begin debating new gun control measures, some of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats are poised to frustrate his efforts to enact the most sweeping limits on weapons in decades. These Democrats from largely rural states with strong gun cultures view Obama’s proposals warily and have not committed […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Marshall has been selected to display a collection of books, films and other resources on the history and culture of Muslims. Marshall is among 842 institutions nationwide picked to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, which is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Marshall College of Liberal Arts dean David […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — An Eastern Panhandle judge will fill a vacant seat in the West Virginia Senate. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Circuit Court Judge Donald H. Cookman’s appointment Wednesday night. Cookman had served as a judge since 1993. He most recently was chief judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, which covers Hampshire, Hardy and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s Legislature approaches the upcoming regular session with few changes among its top leadership teams, while the minority Republicans will occupy a greater share of House of Delegates committees following the 2012 election, House Speaker Rick Thompson and Senate President Jeff Kessler announced Monday. Kessler, a Marshall County Democrat, named Sen. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A new survey shows that West Virginia is a pet-friendly state. The survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows about 62 percent of West Virginia households own a pet. The association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook ranks West Virginia eighth in the nation for pet ownership. West Virginia ranks fifth […]

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