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CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning West Virginians to beware of scam artists in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency as the state recovers from the storm, which dumped heavy snow on the state and left thousands without power. McGraw says it’s not […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal court records indicate a Charleston man involved in the 2003 sniper shootings that terrorized the Kanawha Valley has a new plea bargain on gun and drug charges after a judge rejected an earlier deal. The Charleston Gazette reports prosecutors have filed a motion seeking another hearing to allow Shawn Thomas Lester […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A record number of early voters already have turned out in Jefferson County, according to Jennifer Maghan, the county’s chief elections officer. Early voting was suspended Tuesday as county residents dealt with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but will resume today and continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore service to at least 216,000 customers in West Virginia. Appalachian Power’s website says there are 118,000 customers without electricity Wednesday, down from 154,000 on Tuesday. Kanawha County has 30,000 customers out, compared with 50,000 on Tuesday. Other outages included 12,800 in Fayette County, 11,000 in Raleigh […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher is examining potential sources of pollution that could result from natural gas drilling. The Morgantown school says that assistant professor Shikha Sharma has received $265,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the Stable Isotope Research Laboratory. Officials say the lab advances research and training in earth […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal officials say 18 West Virginia hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics received drugs from a pharmaceutical manufacturer linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, only one of those facilities received the steroid shots linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 28 people […]

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Jefferson County Government Offices will be closed on Tuesday. The Courts in Jefferson County are also closed.  By authority of Patsy Noland, County Commission President.

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Early voting is suspended Tuesday in Jefferson County. It has been determined that due to the impact of the storm in our community and for the safety of all, it would be wise to follow the advice of our emergency agencies and not encourage citizens to be on the road to vote. It has been decided, in […]

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The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at Jefferson High School for individuals and families, as well as families with domestic pets — cats and dogs only — affected by Hurricane Sandy. Individuals needing transportation can call 304-728-6345. Jefferson High School is located at 4141 Flowing Springs Road, Shenandoah Junction. People coming to the shelter […]

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As of Monday at 6:30 p.m., there were 1020 people without power in Jefferson County. There is a flood warning for the Potomac River from Tuesday afternoon until further notice. Major flooding will occur on Opequon Creek from late Monday evening until Thursday morning. Minor flooding is in the forecast for the Shenandoah River at […]

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