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PHILIPPI (AP) — The Barbour County Commission has appointed an interim sheriff to replace John Hawkins, who resigned after pleading guilty to a fraud charge. Media outlets report that sheriff’s Lt. Phil Ferguson will serve as interim sheriff until a permanent successor is named. The commission has 30 days to fill the position. Hawkins pleaded […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The state is investigating a Harrison County volunteer fire department following the death of a member of another department. The Exponent Telegram reports that the West Virginia Fire Commission launched an investigation of the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department following complaints by relatives of Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department member Michael Garrett […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A group of 12 co-workers from Innovative Mattress Solutions in Winfield will share a $1 million Powerball prize. West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave says the group that calls themselves the “IMS Dreamers” bought a ticket that matched five numbers for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. The group bought 60 Powerball tickets at the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A doll of West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin is joining a collection that began in 1976. The newest commemorative doll in the First Ladies of West Virginia doll collection was unveiled during a reception at the Culture Center in Charleston this week. The doll of first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A taxpayer-funded research team has collected hundreds of water samples from 10 homes, in the hope of determining how much of a coal-cleaning chemical can be present in the water supply before it is too toxic for people to drink. The team will also try to determine at what level the licorice-scented […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A proposal to ban abortions in West Virginia after 20 weeks of pregnancy has passed a second legislative panel with no discussion. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee cleared the bill on a split vote Friday, potentially setting up a contentious debate on the House floor. Committee chairman Tim Manchin didn’t allow […]

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BERKELEY SPRINGS (AP) — The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition is set to hand out awards for the best municipal, purified, still and sparkling bottled waters. Winners are scheduled to be announced at a ceremony Saturday night. This year’s competition includes more than 125 entries. Veteran judge and journalist Mark Kraham says one key […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and state flags at state facilities in Kanawha County to be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of West Virginia State University President Emeritus Hazo W. Carter Jr. The 67-year-old died Tuesday and funeral services were scheduled for Saturday. Carter had served […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against a Wheeling lawyer and a private investigator in a witness tampering case. According to media outlets, Harrison County Circuit Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. granted a motion by prosecutors to drop the case after two key witnesses died from apparent heroin overdoses. Attorney Paul J. Harris […]

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WHEELING (AP) — A Wheeling man is charged with threatening to shoot up a federal building that was previously targeted by a gunman who was killed by police. According to media reports, 43-year-old Charles Edwin Coffman is charged with threating to commit a terrorist act. The felony charge is punishable by up to three years […]

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