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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia tourism officials are beginning to consider how to help the industry deal with any repercussions from the nine-county water emergency. Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver tells The State Journal the Tourism Commission hasn’t met since last month’s chemical spill into the Elk River left about 300,000 residents without water, and no […]

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ST. ALBANS (AP) — Two St. Albans residents are charged in the stabbing death of a 66-year-old woman. According to media reports, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Wilson and 28-year-old Timothy Paul Shafer have been charged with felony murder and armed robbery. Wilson and Shafer allegedly took turns stabbing Nancy Burdette Lynch in her home before stealing […]

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A West Virginia high school principal is going to jail for killing a woman with his car last March near Hagerstown. The Herald-Mail reports that 58-year-old William Guth of Hagerstown pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to three weekends in jail, a total […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit groups affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the economic injury disaster loans are being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Freedom Industries’ spill into the water company’s supply […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging state lawmakers to support his call for more audits of state agencies and departments. Morrisey sent a letter to House Speaker Tim Miley on Thursday, asking members of the Legislature to join his call to revamp the auditing process. The Republican attorney general is […]

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia agencies are joining a lawsuit against an Ohio drug company, alleging its negligent practices have helped fuel the state’s pain pill abuse epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety recently signed on as plaintiffs in the attorney general’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate wants to require students to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each school day. Senate Majority Leader John Unger is carrying a bill that would require a half-hour of moderate physical activity daily amid classes. The bill suggests ideas like walking, jumping rope, playing soccer, lifting […]

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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town City Manager Joe Cosentini has accepted a position as the town administrator of Thompson’s Station, a town of 2,194 people 30 miles south of Nashville, Tenn. He will serve out the month of February leading the City of Charles Town’s staff, and begin work at his new […]

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ROMNEY (AP) — A nonprofit center in Romney has laid off 50 employees amid a child abuse investigation. The Cumberland Times-News of Maryland reports that the Potomac Center also has reduced the remaining staff’s hours. The center serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. West Virginia State Police began the investigation earlier this month after […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A former secretary’s lawsuit against former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury is scheduled to go to trial in December. Media outlets report that Judge Tod Kaufman set a Dec. 15 trial date during a hearing Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. Kim Woodruff’s lawsuit alleges that Thornsbury sexually harassed her […]

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