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CHARLESTON (AP) — State public health officials say fewer than 1,400 cases of flu have been confirmed across West Virginia, but they’re continuing to monitor the situation. Public Health Commissioner Marian Swinker said Friday that flu-like symptoms are widespread, with more than 15,000 people telling doctors they were ill last month and nearly 4,400 reporting […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University police need help identifying the rightful owner of an urn believed to contain human ashes. Capt. Phil Scott says it’s been outdoors on a wooded lot for a while. But Scott says it’s not related to another case in which cremains were stolen from a vehicle. Barrackville resident Fritz […]

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Democrats look for replacements following sheriff’s resignation

Shirley is expected to change his plea on Monday BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the publication of this article, the Jefferson County Commission has altered the process by which it will choose a replacement for ex-Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley. The County Commission will now directly advertize the position and accept applications. Though applicants […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Kanawha County man has been sentenced to probation and community service for his two children’s excessive absences from school. The Daily Mail reports that Craig Rogers of Clendenin received the punishment Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Rogers was sentenced to 60 days of probation and 10 days of community service, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s public schools are ninth in Education Week’s annual rankings, despite receiving an F for student achievement. West Virginia received an overall B- with a score of 80.8 percent in the “Quality Counts 2013” released Thursday. The state ranked second in school finance. It received an A-, up from a C-plus […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — While officials have improved conditions at West Virginia’s only high-security correctional center for juveniles, they lack an immediate plan for complying with last month’s court order condemning the facility, lawmakers learned Monday. Division of Juvenile Services Director Dale Humphreys said officials hope for clearer directions from Circuit Judge Omar Aboulhosn at a […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A former convenience store owner in Huntington will spend six months in prison for food stamp fraud. Abe Eliorzazi pleaded guilty in September 2012 to defrauding the food stamp program. He was sentenced Monday in federal court in Huntington. Media outlets report that U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers also ordered Eliorzazi […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — The parents of a Parkersburg High School student say a teacher put their son in a box labeled “Bad Kid Fort” because of his behavior in the classroom. Beth Dean and Jeff Richards tell the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that their 15-year-old son has Asperger’s Syndrome. They say the teacher humiliated him. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Organizers hope West Virginia’s upcoming inauguration ceremony and related festivities will be all about the Mountain State. “West Virginia First” is the theme for Jan. 14, when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will take his oath after winning a full term as the state’s chief executive. “Gov. Tomblin wanted to highlight that which […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Food served at West Virginia Bureau of Public Health meetings and events will be healthier under new guidelines issued by the agency. Half the food at agency meetings and events must be healthy. Fruit and vegetable choices should be increased and food should be baked, not fried. Water should be available and […]

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