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ELKINS (AP) — Former Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for mail fraud. Federal prosecutors say Hawkins was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Elkins. The 48-year-old Hawkins of Philippi resigned in February after he pleaded guilty to the felony charge. Hawkins admitted to […]

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HILLTOP (AP) — A Fayette County couple was arrested Wednesday on neglect charges stemming from the deaths of two of their children, who were unintentionally smothered while sleeping with them, Sheriff Steve Kessler said. Kyle Ralph Penson, 27, and Ashley Nicole Penson, 24, of Hilltop turned themselves in Wednesday morning. Both were charged with child […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — More than 39,000 customers remain without electricity after severe thunderstorms rolled through West Virginia. Appalachian Power says on its website that more than 37,700 customers had no service Wednesday across 14 counties in southern West Virginia. The utility says the Tuesday night storms caused significant damage to its system, including downed wires […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Charleston woman will spend up to three years in prison for threatening the governor. Media outlets report that 54-year-old Joyce Gilley pleaded guilty Tuesday to terrorist acts and attempt to commit terroristic acts. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Paul Zakaib sentenced Gilley to one to three years in prison on the […]

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A study by two environmental groups shows Virginia and West Virginia are making strides to achieve pollution-reduction goals to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, but are lagging in some areas. The analysis being released Wednesday found both states achieved their overall pollution-reduction goals for 2013, but each fell short in several […]

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have made strides in reducing pollution in the nation’s largest estuary, but many jurisdictions in the six-state region are falling short in implementing practices that cut contaminants from agriculture as well as urban and suburban runoff, a study by environmentalists has concluded. The study, which […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Mon General Hospital and WVU Hospitals are working together to provide radiation therapy services to cancer patients. Officials say the West Virginia Health Care Authority has approved the certificate of need for the new joint venture facility on Mon General’s campus. The newly formed corporation will jointly own, operate and provide care […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gasoline prices dipped slightly in West Virginia this week. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular was $3.78. That’s down about 2 cents from last week and up about 18 cents per gallon compared with the same week a year ago. Prices range from about $3.74 in […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — A West Virginia program that pays for funerals for indigent families is now out of money. The state’s indigent burial program has exhausted its funds until the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. State lawmakers tell the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that it’s the second year the money has run out […]

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WILLIAMSON (AP) — The search is on for a new superintendent of schools in Mingo County. Media outlets report that Randy Keathley announced this week that he’s retiring as the head of Mingo County’s school system at the end of the school year. Keathley began his educational career as an elementary school teacher and later […]

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