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Protect the public’s right to know

BRYAN CLARK The leadership of the Department of Justice ought to be routed for the blatant contempt they showed for the First Amendment last week when they seized the Associated Press’s phone records. Attorney General Eric Holder, while noting that he had not ordered the seizure, defended it nonetheless, saying that a 2012 story written […]

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HARPERS FERRY – The Harpers Ferry Police Department has identified the man who was killed after being hit by a train last night. Paul R. Cavalier, 78, Summit Point, was struck by a train at approximately 7:20 p.m. last night after he stepped onto the tracks near the train station at 112 Potomac Street. “It […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Bluegrass musicians Melvin and the late Ray Goins are among seven unique state artists that will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. The Mercer County brothers will be part of the class of 2013 that will be inducted Nov. 16 at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Separately […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.6 percent, the lowest it’s been in four years. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that’s down four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. It says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 2,600 to 53,500. Spokeswoman Courtney Sisk said county-by-county […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of gunning down Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum may go on trial Oct. 21. Tennis Melvin Maynard received the date after pleading not guilty at his Wednesday arraignment. Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Crum on April 3. The sheriff was parked in downtown Williamson. After a […]

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CHARLESTON — House Speaker Rick Thompson will take over as the cabinet secretary for the state Department of Veterans Assistance next year. Keith Gwinn, who has held the position for two years, said this morning he would retire for health reasons and Thompson would take over the post. “I have to [retire],” Gwinn said. “I […]

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CHARLES TOWN – In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission agreed to send an official letter to the Public Service Commission requesting that they open a general investigation into the billing practices of Potomac Edison and its parent company FirstEnergy. Del. Stephen Skinner, who has also written a letter calling for a general […]

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WHEELING – Willaim Lawrence was sentenced to three years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to one count of knowingly selling a firearm to a convicted felon. Lawrence had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said Lawrence, a gun collector who sold rifles and shotguns at the […]

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Shirley receives prison term Remanded to BOP custody

BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff   WHEELING – Former sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley was sentenced to a prison term of one year and one day by a federal judge in Wheeling today, following a two-hour sentencing hearing. Shirley requested the privilege of self-reporting to prison, but Judge John Preston Bailey denied that request, saying that he […]

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released the following statement today on the decision to expand Medicaid coverage. “While I have a great deal of respect for the Governor and the difficult choices he must make, I disagree with this decision. “At a time when one of the principal authors of Obamacare (Sen. […]

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