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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that two Alpha Natural Resources mountaintop removal mines in southern West Virginia illegally polluted streams. U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington ruled Wednesday that the Elk Run Coal mine in Boone County and Alex Energy mine in Nicholas County harmed aquatic life in two streams — […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The percentage of residents getting health insurance through two programs has increased more in West Virginia than in almost any other state since Medicaid was expanded under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal data released this week. The data covers those enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program as […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says federal regulators don’t have authority to implement a wide-reaching scale-back on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Republican made the assertion in a Friday letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. Since coal plants are covered elsewhere in the Clean Air Act, Morrisey […]

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BRIDGEPORT (AP) — The mayor of Bridgeport says he has no plans to resign from public office despite his indictment on federal drug charges. Federal agents arrested Mayor Mario Blount on Tuesday on charges of illegally dispensing prescription painkillers. A pharmacist, Blount was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A Marshall University scientist has received a $432,000 cancer research grant. The National Cancer Institute grant is going to Vincent E. Sollars, an associate professor of biochemistry and microbiology. The grant will fund a three-year project in epigenetics. That is a relatively new concept in cancer therapies that has shown promise. The […]

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MINDEN (AP) — Fayette County authorities are investigating another fire in the Minden area. Media outlets report that a house was burned around 11 p.m. Friday. About a dozen fires have occurred in the area in recent weeks. Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says the fires are being investigated as arsons. Rewards are being offered […]

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FAIRMONT (AP) — A Marion County woman will spend at least two years in prison after being convicted on charges related to her father’s slaying. Media outlets report that Kristyn Palmer entered an Alford plea on Friday to forgery, uttering and conspiracy to commit a felony. A first-degree murder charge was dismissed. An Alford plea […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can’t serve on county boards of education. Police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law, the commission said in a recent advisory opinion. The term “public office” is not defined in the state code, which the Commission uses to determine […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Mingo County judge will be sentenced Monday afternoon on corruption charges. Michael Thornsbury’s sentencing will take place at the federal courthouse in Charleston. Thornsbury pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to deprive George White of his constitutional rights. The conspiracy charge was related to a scheme to protect the late […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Frontier Communications and a union have extended their contract for another month while negotiations continue for workers in West Virginia. Frontier says a contract extension that was set to expire Saturday will now run through June 28. It’s the sixth contract extension since negotiations between the company and the Communications Workers of […]

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