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CHARLESTON (AP) — A state Senate committee has approved a proposal to invest some of West Virginia’s oil and natural gas revenues for future infrastructure and economic development. The Future Fund Bill would set aside 25 percent of the severance tax revenues collected from private oil and gas companies, once the fund hits $175 million. […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for child neglect. Media outlets report that 24-year-old Jasmine K. Dawkins of Waldorf, Md., was sentenced Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. A jury convicted Dawkins in November of two child neglect counts and one count of providing false […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The mayor of a small town in Kanawha County has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing prescription drugs. The Charleston Gazette reports that Mayor Gary Fields will be on probation for six months. If he’s not arrested for another six months after that, he can ask to have the conviction removed from his […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The company that employed two workers killed in the collapse of two cellphone towers in Clarksburg was fined after a fatal accident in 2009 in Missouri. The Exponent-Telegram reports that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited S&S Communications with two “serious” violations after an employee fell from his death from a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some West Virginia cities have already used twice as much salt as they typically use each year on icy roads, and the state has spent more than three-fourths of its annual snow-removal budget. Charleston has used about 4,000 tons of salt so far this season, city Public Works Director Gary Taylor told […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a criminal investigation of firearms missing from its evidence room. Sgt. B. F. Hall tells The Journal that investigators believe the guns were taken within the last two years. Hall says the deputy who was in charge of the evidence room at the time has […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about a new telephone scam that can inflate their cellphone bills. The Better Business Bureau and others have dubbed it the “one-ring” scam. In this scam, a person often located overseas, calls a number and hangs up after the first ring. If the consumer […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Three elementary schools in Charleston are dismissing students early after reports of licorice smelling water. Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says staff in Watts, J.E. Robins, and Overbrook elementary schools reported a licorice smell Thursday. Cordeiro says Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring has asked staff to be diligent in reporting concerns […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to take measures preventing future chemical spills and to analyze the effects of crude MCHM on human health and environmental exposure. The resolution approved Thursday asks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency to study the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate unanimously approves a bill making it an offense to steal timber from state forests. The bill grants the Division of Forestry the authority to investigate and enforce timber violations. Individuals who steal timber valued under $25,000 would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face up to a […]

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