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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia judge has ordered a California-based loan company to pay a $13 million civil penalty and cancel all debts owned by its clients in the state. Kanawha County Chief Circuit Judge Duke Bloom issued the penalties against CashCall Inc. on Monday. Bloom said the company used predatory lending practices and […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Supreme Court is set to discuss a court system for business-related lawsuits. Earlier this year the court asked for the public’s comment on the new system. Wayne County Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt is chairman of a court-appointed committee. He has said the goal is to have a court that can […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia environmental activist Larry Gibson has died. He was 66. The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation says on its website that Gibson died from a heart attack Sunday morning at his home on Kayford Mountain in Raleigh County. Gibson was a longtime opponent of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. The […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is seeking volunteers for the Adopt-A-Highway fall statewide cleanup later this month. Officials say those looking to volunteer for the Sept. 29 event have until Friday to register. Individuals and other community groups can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road. The Adopt-A-Highway […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers want to know more about a surveillance device found in the ceiling of a jail agency administrative office. But they got few answers Monday from jails chief Joe DeLong or his boss, Cabinet Secretary Joe Thornton. A jails agency official, John Lopez, alleges he found the device in his […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Division of Culture and History is looking for the best photos and essays from West Virginia high school students as part of the state’s 150th birthday celebration. Essays of up to 550 words can be submitted for judging on topics related to the Civil War and West Virginia’s statehood. Students also […]

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SUMMERSVILLE (AP) — A tribute has been held for hundreds of men who died while digging a tunnel through Gauley Mountain in the 1930s. Media outlets report a ceremony was held Friday in Summersville. A monument also was dedicated at a nearby cemetery to consecrate the graves of 41 black workers who died in the […]

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CHARLES TOWN (AP) — Eastern Panhandle officials are warning residents not to worry if they see a lot of emergency response activity this weekend. Officials in Jefferson, Morgan, Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant and Mineral counties are all participating in a regional disaster exercise Saturday that’s built on a severe flooding scenario. There will be river […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A veteran Hardy County high school English teacher will represent West Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year competition. East Hardy High School teacher Michael Funkhouser was named West Virginia Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday night in Charleston. He will receive an educational technology package worth nearly $15,000, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is supporting new schoolchildren vaccine requirements imposed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The board says it has filed a friend of the court brief backing the requirements in a court case that challenges their legality. Incoming seventh-graders in West Virginia are […]

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