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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges of making violent threats against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and his family. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 49-year-old Steven Anthony Major of Barboursville was arrested Friday. In a criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Jason Bollinger says Major made multiple calls to Manchin’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Relatives of three victims have filed lawsuits over a house fire in Charleston that killed nine people in 2012. All three lawsuits name the property’s owner, Delores Shamblin of Mammoth, as the defendant. The Charleston Gazette reports that Gwendolyn LeVert and Sharday McGee filed the lawsuits Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. […]

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former mine boss is asking a federal appeals court to toss out his conviction for his actions at the West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 miners in 2010. Gary May also wants the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to immediately release him from prison. May pleaded […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive West Virginia strip mine. The justices say they will not disturb a federal appeals court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority in 2011 when it retroactively vetoed […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University has named Robert L. Taylor Jr. as director of the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Taylor currently serves as a professor of animal science at the University of New Hampshire. He also is president of the U.S. branch of the World Poultry Association. He will replace Matt Wilson. […]

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BARBOURSVILLE (AP) — Beech Fork State Park is seeking volunteers for its sixth annual spring cleanup. The cleanup is scheduled for April 5. It’s part of the West Virginia Make It Shine statewide cleanup events. Beech Fork assistant superintendent Dillard Price says volunteers have removed tons of garbage and hundreds of tires during previous cleanups. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — NiSource Inc. and two subsidiaries are being sued by two Sissonville property owners over a 2012 natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion. John Hampton Tinney and his sister, Elizabeth Tinney Garten, allege in their lawsuit that the explosion rendered their property “valueless” and ruined their chances to sell it. The lawsuit names […]

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DUNBAR (AP) — West Virginians planning to buy a vehicle might find what they’re looking for at a state agency. The West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property says it has a variety of surplus vehicles for sale. They include sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks. Agency manager Elizabeth Perdue says in a news release that […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Students at Pierpont Community and Technical College soon will have a smoother path to complete an online bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University. Officials from both schools are scheduled to sign a transfer articulation agreement on Monday afternoon. The university says Pierpont students will be able to transfer seamlessly into the online […]

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DUNBAR (AP) — More than two dozen West Virginia State Police cadets will begin training this week. State police say 28 members of the 64th Cadet Class are scheduled to report to the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar on Monday. U.S. Magistrate Dwane Tinsley will administer the oath of office to the cadets.

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