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CHARLESTON (AP) — About 600 retailers are signed up to participate in the West Virginia Lottery’s annual food drive. The lottery says the “Give and Win Food Drive” is set for Nov. 5-9. For every nonperishable, canned food donation, the donor will receive a free West Virginia Lottery promotional ticket while supplies last. The tickets, […]

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Officials in Preston County say heavy snow has collapsed a barn, killing around 40 head of cattle, while the lone gas station in Terra Alta has been KO’d by the snow. President Craig Jennings of the Preston County Commission said Friday no one was injured during the barn collapse in Cransville, […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — With one death already reported, West Virginia wildlife officials are urging hunters to use a harness and other safety measures when they hunt from a tree stand. Lt. Tim Coleman of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says nine tree stand incidents in the state have resulted in life-threatening injuries. […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — There’s no quit in Geno Smith. The West Virginia quarterback was considered a front-runner in the Heisman Trophy race only a few weeks ago as he led the Mountaineers to a 5-0 start and a Top 5 ranking. Two losses later, Smith has the task of pulling both himself and No. 23 […]

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Longshots billiard hall in Charles Town will host a pre-holiday season catalog show Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. Appetizers, drink specials and door prizes will be offered. Bring your unwanted gold to sell. A special raffle will be held to benefit Jocelyn Rodearmel, who was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer. Donations […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two organizations are looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts in Nicholas County. Catholic Charities is working with West Virginia Volunteers Active in Disasters to identify and coordinator efforts. Authorities have said snow drifts in the county have approached 5 feet in some places, leading to roof collapses on an […]

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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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