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CHARLESTON (AP) — A statewide screening program shows that the health of West Virginia children is improving. Figures from West Virginia University’s CARDIAC program show that 27.8 percent of fifth-graders screened in the 2011-2012 school year were obese. That’s down from 28.9 percent in the 2010-2111 school year. During the same period, the number of […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Weeks before a deadline to comply with new federal identification requirements meant to curb terrorism, West Virginia is one of only 13 states to do so. States have until Jan. 15 to comply with the Real ID Act, which enforces stringent proof-of-identity requirements for anyone trying to get a photo ID. Many […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia libraries have launched a reading challenge to mark the state’s 150th birthday in 2013. It’s called “West Virginia Reads 150,” and the goal is for West Virginians to read 150 books during the course of the year. The West Virginia Library Commission, the West Virginia Center for the Book and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A cable television program will feature West Virginia trout fishing in several episodes this year. The West Virginia Department of Commerce says six episodes of “Fly Rod Chronicles” will be filmed on public waters in the state. West Virginia will be integrated into seven other episodes of the series on the Outdoor […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says on-the-job incidents killed 43 workers in West Virginia in 2011. The preliminary 2011 total released Thursday is 54.7 percent lower than the total in 2010, when 95 workers were killed on the job. The 2010 total includes 29 miners who were killed in an explosion […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Putnam County Family Court judge accused of judicial misconduct is asking the state Supreme Court to delay disciplinary proceedings against him. Family Court Judge William Watkins’ attorney, Robert Martin, says in court documents that Watkins has applied for disability and plans to retire. Martin asked the court to give Watkins 30 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The National Weather Service says 2012 is among the warmest years on record in some West Virginia cities. Preliminary data show average temperatures in Beckley, Clarksburg and Elkins were the second-warmest on record. Elkins’ average temperature was 52.7 degrees. The record, 53.3 degrees, was set in 1921. Beckley’s average temperature, 54.5 degrees, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — State figures show 10,676 confirmed flu cases in West Virginia as of mid-December. That’s the highest total for the period in at least five years. In all of December 2011, there were 6,658 cases. During the same period, there were 6,245 cases in 2010, 8,961 in 2009, 6.271 in 2008 and 7,217 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A fifth West Virginia ski resort is open for business this new year. The ski industry reports that Oglebay resort in Ohio County opened for skiers and snowboarders on New Year’s Eve. Winterplace, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Timberline opened in November and December. For cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts, White Grass Touring […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Kanawha County judge has granted Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s request for a permanent injunction against an insurance company and a St. Albans body shop owner accused of illegally installing junkyard parts on new vehicles. The judge on Friday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Greg Chandler — owner of Greg Chandler’s Frame […]

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