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CHARLESTON (AP)  The Department of Health and Human Resources will start taking accept applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program this week. People can apply for help with their home heating costs from Tuesday through Feb. 1. Applications are available at local DHHR offices, community action agencies and senior centers operated by any Area […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — The city of Bluefield is hoping to lead a renewed push to declare John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as West Virginia’s newest state song. The city’s board of directors is set to consider a resolution Tuesday to adopt the song as the official state song of Bluefield in an effort […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A regional gas company is announcing plans for what it calls a significant investment in compressed natural gas fueling stations. The announcement is set for Thursday morning in Charleston, but organizers haven’t shared any details. They say leaders in the state’s natural gas industry will be on hand. Surging production has the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia hunters killed a record number of black bears last year during the archery and firearms seasons. The Division of Natural Resources says the 2,683 black bears killed represented a 34 percent increase from 2011. It’s also 12 percent higher than the previous record set in 2010. The DNR says the […]

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HARRISVILLE (AP) — Actress, producer and director Guisela Moro says a visit to West Virginia to buy a puppy inspired her to make a movie in the state. Filming on Newfoundland Films’ “Hollow Creek” wraps up Thursday in Cairo. The film was shot in Ritchie and Wyoming counties. Moro tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel […]

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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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