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CHARLESTON (AP) — Two years ago, West Virginia officials spent $1.7 million in federal stimulus money on 77 pricy, high-speed Internet routers for State Police. Today, only the one in the Logan detachment is fully functional. An investigation by The Charleston Gazette determined the routers lack the proper components to function, and no one has […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Bluefield State College is expanding its associate degree nursing program in Beckley. The college will accept an additional 10 students for the 2013 program. The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses approved the expansion last week. School of Nursing and Allied Health dean Angela Lambert tells The Register-Herald that […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The state has suspended testing blood for hepatitis C because it ran out of the test kits. County health departments rely on the Department of Health and Human Resources to test blood samples for hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the DHHR’s Office of Laboratory […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University plans to acquire more than three dozen properties in Morgantown for $14.5 million. Media outlets report that the deal involves 39 parcels in the student-dominated Sunnyside area. The university’s Board of Governors is expected to discuss it at a special meeting Tuesday. In September, the board approved the acquisition […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Division of Motor Vehicles says it’s been able to absorb nearly $2 million in costs associated with the federal Real ID Act so far, but it now needs $1.4 million to hire 45 more people. In the Department of Transportation’s budget request for fiscal year 2014, the DMV says that it’s […]

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By VICKI SMITH Associated Press MORGANTOWN (AP) — Drive through the coalfields of Central Appalachia, and signs of the siege are everywhere. Highway billboards announce entry to “Obama’s No Job Zone,” while decals on pickup truck windows show a spikey-haired boy peeing on the president’s name. “Stop the War on Coal,” yard signs demand. “Fire […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — State regulators say West Virginia trappers can sell live foxes to hound coursing pens during the 2012-13 trapping season. The Division of Natural Resources says foxes must be live-trapped in the same county where the pen is located. Wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says that will help prevent the further westward […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The mother of a deputy U.S. marshal killed last year was recognized by the FBI for the work she now does with crime victims and the families of fallen law enforcement officers. Assistant Director David Cuthbertson of the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg gave Pamela Hotsinpiller the FBI Director’s Community […]

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WHEELING (AP) — Chesapeake Energy has dropped a plan to drill a gas well near a high school in the Northern Panhandle and will look for alternative sites. The proposed well near Wheeling Park High School drew objections from the Ohio County Board of Education, the Ohio County Commission and the Wheeling City Council. About […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — A musky, a swallowtail butterfly, a snowy owl and other critters are featured in the 2013 edition of the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar. A pair of male and female goldfinches is featured on the cover. Division of Natural Resource wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says the calendar also has articles on […]

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