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CHARLESTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties in April. WorkForce West Virginia says the jobless rate in Pocahontas County rose to 12.1 percent, the highest in the state. Pendleton County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, followed by Monongalia at 3.9 percent and Jefferson at 4 […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The city of Charleston is targeting a gun rights group to get court clarification on allowing firearms in some city recreational facilities. The city amended its motion Monday by naming the state Citizens Defense League as a defendant. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wanted Charleston’s initial request in Kanawha County Circuit Court dismissed, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is targeting rural poverty in West Virginia, Virginia and more than a dozen other states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the department will provide a total $15 million in technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and private forest owners in areas with persistent poverty. […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center administrator has been named president and CEO of West Virginia University Hospitals. Dr. Albert L. Wright Jr.’s appointment is effective Aug. 1. He will replace Bruce McClymonds, who is retiring at the end of May. West Virginia United Health System president and CEO Dr. Christopher C. […]

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PRINCETON (AP) — A former PikeView High School teacher and coach is seeking a change of venue for his trial on charges of sexually abusing students. Jonathan Kirk is scheduled to stand trial July 29 in Mercer County Circuit Court. The charges include sexual abuse by a parent or custodian and use of minors in […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — American Public University System plans to open a business incubator in Charles Town. The incubator will focus on information technology, sustainability and green businesses. The Journal reports that American Public vice president of community relations John Hough provided details of the project on Monday to the Region 9 Planning and Development Council. […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the 2007 killing of an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton wasn’t self-defense. In a court motion, prosecutors say 33-year-old Kevin Bellinger shouldn’t be allowed to claim self-defense or defense of others. Bellinger and co-defendant Patrick Franklin Andrews are each charged with aiding and abetting murder. The charge […]

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WESTON (AP) — Workers at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Weston are holding a protest to urge state officials to comply with a court ruling. Members of West Virginia Public Workers Union UE Local 170 have scheduled an informational picket Monday at the entrance to William R. Sharpe Hospital. The state Department of Health and […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Three schools in Huntington are participating in a national childhood obesity awareness campaign. The campaign kicks off Monday at Highlawn Elementary School. It will begin May 23 at Guyandotte Elementary School and May 27 at Altizer Elementary Achool. Forty other schools across the nation have committed to participating in the campaign. Dr. […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Student conduct cases at West Virginia University have declined. The Student Conduct Board heard 39 cases during the 2013-2014 academic year, and eight other cases are pending. That’s down from 70 cases during the 2012-2013 academic year. This past academic year’s cases include six malicious burning, eight hazing and eight possession of […]

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