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ELKINS (AP) — A Chinese commodities exchange is interested in buying hardwood from West Virginia producers. A six-member delegation from Tianjin Commodities Exchange met with timber producers this week at the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins. Randolph County Development Authority executive director Robbie Morris tells The Inter-Mountain that purpose of the meeting was […]

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KINGWOOD (AP) — A new audit of the Preston County school system recommends the state Department of Education restore local control in only two minor areas _ the school calendar and district policies. The report being presented Wednesday by the Office of Education Performance Audits concludes that serious problems remain in the district despite a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A study shows West Virginia ranks second among the states in residents’ use of antibiotics. Figures released by the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Tuesday show there were 1,178 prescriptions filled for every 1,000 West Virginia residents in 2010. West Virginia ranked fifth in 1999, when the rate was 1,191 prescriptions. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — About 200 fewer first time PROMISE scholarship recipients are enrolled at West Virginia’s college and universities this fall. Higher Education Policy Commission data show there are 3,104 new PROMISE students attending classes. That’s the lowest level in four years. Commission Chancellor Paul Hill tells the Charleston Daily Mail that several factors contributed […]

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ELKINS (AP) — The last day Ashley Wyatt saw her mother alive was Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at the Landmark Baptist Church. She and her then-fiance, Jared Wyatt, slipped into church a little late and sheepishly took their seats behind Wyatt’s mom, Pam Judy. “I gave her my really cheesy grin and waved,” Wyatt recalled. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Photos are being sought for a state project recognizing West Virginia’s military members. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office says the photos will be displayed on a “Military Recognition” tree at the Capitol. The tree will be in the governor’s reception room during the holiday season. Tomblin says in a news release that […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The number of international students attending West Virginia colleges and universities has grown 8.4 percent in the span of a year, according to a study released Monday. The nonprofit Institute of International Education said there were 2,708 foreign-born college students enrolled in the state in the 2011-12 school year, ranking West Virginia […]

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SMITHERS (AP) — Montgomery and Boomer are providing fire protection for Smithers after the town’s volunteer fire department was shut down. WSAZ-TV reports that the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department fell behind in its insurance payments and was closed Saturday. Mayor Thomas Skaggs says residents will be protected by the other towns’ fire departments and they […]

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ELKINS (AP) — A judge says the Randolph County Board of Education must continue to provide homebound instruction to a high school senior who has refused to get state-mandated vaccinations. The InterMountain reports that Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong issued the ruling Thursday. Olivia Hudok and father Phil had sued the school board in September, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Former West Virginia University football coach Rich Rodriguez and his wife may remain on the hook for the $1.3 million house they tried to sell in Morgantown. The state Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a circuit court ruling against the buyers of the Cheat Lake residence. Friday’s decision says Raymond and Barbara […]

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