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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Berkeley County health officials are considering extending the county’s smoking ban to more places. A public comment period on the proposed expansion ended April 19. The Journal reports that The Berkeley County Health Department board is expected to discuss the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday. The proposed expansion would ban smoking […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he’s keeping “all options open” on whether to seek the governor’s office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock. Manchin, a Democrat, said his time as governor was the most productive period in his life but […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia horse owners are being advised to protect their animals from two mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus and equine encephalomyelitis. The insects breed in standing water. Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says horse owners can minimize the chance of their animals contracting these diseases by eliminating standing […]

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COTTLE (AP) — An inmate who escaped from the Pruntytown Correctional Center is back behind bars. West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says troopers found 30-year-old Rodney Hypes Jr. on Sunday in a wooded area behind several residences in the Cottle area. Hypes was captured without incident. Baylous says in a news release […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Huntington police say a man faces drug charges after he passed out in a bank restroom and was locked in the building. Police tell WSAZ-TV that the man went to the second-floor restroom at the C&O Credit Union to use heroin. He passed out and woke up hours later to find the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Three community health centers in rural or underserved areas in West Virginia are getting federal funding to help keep the centers running. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin say the centers are sharing more than $3 million in grant money. The funding is being awarded to the Monongahela Valley Association of Health […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is reporting that West Virginia is one of eight states cutting higher education funding. A study by the national nonprofit group says $1,600 less is available per West Virginia student in 2014 compared to 2006. That’s a 21.6 percent drop over eight years. Only Wyoming […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is asking federal officials to delay regulations for existing power plants. Morrisey said Friday he sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding plans to establish carbon dioxide emission regulations for existing power plants. According to the letter, Morrisey says the regulations should be postponed […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard, who lost a re-election bid a few months after photos surfaced of him vacationing with former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, has died. Maynard, 71, died Thursday at Charleston Area Medical Center, according to a statement by the court, which did not list […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Nearly 230 eighth graders have been honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture. A ceremony was held Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Students from all 55 counties participated. Retiring state schools Superintendent Jim Phares says as a former history […]

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