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CHARLES TOWN — The recent news of the indictment of Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley on charges of civil rights violations may be the most serious legal scandal to befall the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in recent memory, but it is not the only one. At least two previous Jefferson County sheriffs have found themselves in […]

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  Cleaning our plate of the food tax The end of the food tax in West Virginia is in sight. Now at a penny, the tax is set to be phased out next year as long as the state’s Rainy Day Fund is equal to 12.5 percent of its general revenue fund. Here’s hoping. The […]

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CHARLESTON — The state shaved another 1 percent off the sales tax on groceries July 1, leaving on 1 percent left to charge on food. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of this article is […]

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WHEELING (AP) — Chesapeake Appalachia says it had the legal right to unilaterally renew a lease that a Brooke County couple is opposing in federal court. Ramon and Lois Bowen claim they were duped into leasing their land for $50 per acre in 2007. They’re suing Chesapeake, Pa.-based Range Resources and Texas-based Statoil USA Onshore […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia has some of the strictest limits on exempting schoolchildren from vaccines. Some parents are lobbying the Legislature to change that. Only one other state, Mississippi, also does not allow children to skip immunizations for religious reasons. Twenty states allow philosophical objections, including neighboring Ohio and Pennsylvania. Parents who addressed legislators […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Department of Education says about one in five West Virginia public school students had five or more unexcused absences this year. More than 29,000 students, or 9 percent of students statewide, were truant more than 10 days. The Charleston Gazette reports that Webster County has the state’s highest truancy rate. […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Volunteers who remove litter from West Virginia’s highways will be recognized next month at Tamarack in Beckley. The state Departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation have scheduled the Adopt-A-Highway Appreciation Day Picnic for Saturday, Aug. 4. After morning activities and a noon luncheon, volunteers with 10, 15 and 20 years of service […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — A state agency says most of West Virginia’s 55 county courthouses need repairs or improvements. But there isn’t enough funding to do all the projects. The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvements Authority receives about $2 million annually from various courthouse fees, such as marriage licenses. The authority says it could stretch those […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s capital has become a popular site for faith-based conventions. Charleston is hosting 16 faith-based conventions this year, including three this month. The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the conventions’ economic impact is $11 million. Convention sales manager Todd Morris says Charleston is an attractive convention site because of its […]

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AKRON, OH – More than 6,100 FirstEnergy employees, contractors, and outside utility crew members continue their around-the-clock efforts to restore service to the 81,000 Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers in West Virginia who remain without service as a result of severe storms that have hit the region. Mon Power has restored power to more […]

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