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CHARLESTON (AP) — The seat vacated by convicted former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury remains unfilled more than a month after a deadline under state law to find a replacement. A judicial advisory panel in December recommended Mingo County public defenders Teresa McCune and Jonathan Jewell to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as potential candidates […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The government is seeking the maximum punishment of one year in prison for a former Mingo County prosecutor. Michael Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday in Charleston federal court on a corruption charge. Sparks and ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury were accused of protecting the late Sheriff Eugene Crum […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Lottery officials say revenue continued to drop in January. The Charleston Gazette reports that state lottery revenue fell 12 percent from January 2013 to $89.45 million. Racetrack video lottery at the state’s four racetrack casinos continued to fall in January, as competition in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland continues to put […]

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PHILIPPI (AP) — Alderson Broaddus is extending a freeze on costs for undergraduate students to help them get a college education. University President Richard Creehan says the three-year commitment that began in the 2011-12 school year will now run through the spring of 2015. Alderson Broaddus’ comprehensive fees include tuition, room and board and a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — As time ticks away, West Virginia lawmakers are suggesting another face-lift for a bill that would tighten aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill Thursday responding to the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill, which contaminated 300,000 people’s water […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Facing a deadline to keep bills from fizzling, West Virginia lawmakers gave the go-ahead to all sorts of ideas Wednesday, from budget cuts and teacher raises to bans on selling bongs and permission to bring cupcakes to school parties. On the Legislature’s last day to pass bills in the chamber where they […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal impact inspections at U.S. mines in January resulted in 198 citations and 11 orders. The Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 11 coal mines and three metal and nonmetal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The agency said Thursday that Baylor […]

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CEDAR GROVE (AP) — Cedar Grove Police Chief Aaron James Roop is facing misdemeanor assault and brandishing charges in Fayette County. The 31-year-old Roop is accused of threatening to kill a man last week in Smithers. A criminal complaint alleges that Roop confronted Derick Haddix in a grocery store parking lot and said he would […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s May 13 primary slate is official and will have several contested races on the federal level. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant certified the primary election’s candidates earlier this month. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall in the 3rd District is the lone incumbent facing a primary opponent in the House races. The […]

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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two historically black land-grant universities in Virginia and West Virginia are the recipients of U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding intended to strengthen research and teaching at those institutions. The grants to Virginia State University in Petersburg and West Virginia State University in Institute are getting a portion of $35 million […]

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