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CHARLESTON (AP) — A ban on daytime outdoor burning in West Virginia is in effect for the next three months. The state’s fall forest fire season began Wednesday and will run through Dec. 31. Outdoor burning is prohibited between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the fire season. State law limits outdoor burning to leaves, […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Exotic dancers should be paid at least minimum wage and a Morgantown nightclub is breaking the law by failing to do so. That’s an argument made by Christie Lynn Brundege in a federal class action lawsuit filed Friday against the owners of the Blue Parrot Cabaret in Morgantown. In the lawsuit, filed […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has named two schools in West Virginia as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The department announced the awards Tuesday for 337 schools nationwide. The West Virginia schools are C.W. Shipley Elementary in Ohio County and Woodsdale Elementary in Jefferson County. The program that began in 1982 recognizes […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Counties in West Virginia will benefit from an increase in the assessed value of properties owned by utilities and railroads. West Virginia Property Tax Division director Jeff Amburgey says the assessed value of utility and railroad properties increased by more than $411 million to $9.5 billion in the past year. The increase […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia higher education officials are promoting a campaign to get students through college on time. As the campaign’s name suggests, the “15 to Finish” initiative encourages students to take 15 credit hours each semester. That puts a student seeking a four-year degree on track to finish his or her studies in […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — In a rebuke to state election officials, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Kanawha County Republicans can fill an empty ballot slot for a House of Delegates seat. After oral arguments Tuesday, the court’s unanimous ruling lets Marie Sprouse-McDavid fill the slot on the ballot left when GOP Del. Suzette […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A man accused of killing a West Virginia teenager will return to Ohio to face a murder charge. Media outlets report that 36-year-old Ernest Roach of Racine, Ohio, waived extradition during a hearing Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court in West Virginia. The body of 16-year-old Erika Brown of Cross Lanes, West […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal regulators claim that three men used insider information to profit illegally from Arch Coal’s acquisition of International Coal Group. Frank Tamayo schemed with two other men to generate more than $5.6 million in profits from 13 mergers and acquisitions, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says in a lawsuit. The court […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A $21 million federal grant will help students in 10 West Virginia counties prepare for college and career training programs. The U.S. Department of Education says the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is receiving a “GEAR UP” grant for the second consecutive year. GEAR UP is an acronym for “Gaining Early […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — The mother of a missing Lewis County girl is back in prison for violating her probation for a fraud conviction. Media outlets report that 32-year-old Lena Lunsford turned herself in to the U.S. Marshal Service in Clarksburg on Tuesday. She will spend three months at the Federal Prison Camp Alderson. Court records […]

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