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BLAIR (AP) — They’ve lost at every turn with courts and regulators, but activists trying to protect West Virginia’s historic Blair Mountain from strip mining aren’t giving up. Residents, environmentalists, history buffs and others are now fighting the renewal of a mining permit that St. Louis-based Arch Coal is seeking from the state Department of […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A former Monongalia County official is facing ethics charges that he used his public office for private gain. The state Ethics Commission says in a statement of charges that former chief deputy assessor William Perry used public equipment, employees and resources to run a private business. The Dominion Post obtained the statement […]

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KINGWOOD (AP) — Four Preston County residents each face 68 cruelty charges after authorities seized more than 70 malnourished animals from their home. The Dominion Post reports that the animals include 29 dogs, 14 cats, five guinea pigs, two pot belly pigs, 20 chickens and a goat. Authorities went to the home near Rowlesburg late […]

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SISSONVILLE (AP) — The Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department has rebounded from a fire that destroyed its headquarters two years ago. The department is celebrating the opening of its new headquarters. A state grant and donations across the country helped pay for the project. Fire chief Tim Gooch tells WCHS-TV that a donation from a young […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials expect to partner with the federal government to operate a new insurance marketplace called for by the federal health care overhaul, but say their choice appears limited by projected costs, tight timing and questions left unanswered by the Obama administration. A state-federal partnership is one of three options for […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appointing a Martinsburg attorney to fill the vacancy on the state’s circuit court bench. The governor’s office said Friday that Michael Douglas Lorensen was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Judge Gina Groh. She was appointed as a judge for West Virginia’s northern federal […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The income gap between West Virginia’s richest and poorest residents has widened dramatically over the past few decades, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. West Virginia had the seventh largest increase in income inequality in the nation between the late 1970s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Charleston police are investigating why a package with a dead pigeon and note inside was left in the driveway of Mayor Danny Jones. Jones found the package outside his home Friday morning. He then called police. Sgt. Bobby Eggleton tells media outlets that the pigeon had been shot. Jones says the note […]

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Wade Linger, the Marion County technology mogul who is president of the West Virginia Board of Education, orchestrated last week’s ugly and unprecedented power grab to oust Superintendent Jorea Marple. No reason was given, and the move will hurt schoolchildren and communities throughout West Virginia. Now, with many schools across the state already on their […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen called them “junior-high mistakes.” Several gaffes on special teams have diverted some attention away from weekly breakdowns on defense during what has become the Mountaineers’ longest losing streak in 11 years. After a 55-34 loss at Oklahoma State, the first thing Holgorsen did was set aside practice […]

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