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CHARLESTON (AP) — After passing large-scale measures that aim to improve public schools and reduce crime, one issue proved too vexing for the West Virginia Legislature on the final day of its 2013 session: magistrate pay raises. The 2013 session ended Saturday with the Senate and House of Delegates unable to agree on how many […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia police will soon be able to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt, after the state Senate passed a stricter seat belt law. Seat belt use is already mandatory. But the new law makes it a primary offense, meaning a driver would not have to be stopped for […]

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Rockers Aerosmith will perform during The Greenbrier Classic Concert series being held the week of the PGA Greenbrier Classic golf tournament. Tournament officials announced Aerosmith’s addition to the lineup on Thursday. Aerosmith will perform on July 6. Country music star Kenny Chesney is scheduled to perform on July 4. Weekly […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A man who crashed a plane loaded with drugs in Wheeling and then spent four years as a fugitive is on the run again. The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s looking for 42-year-old Eugene Nicholas Cobbs, who walked away from a federal prison camp in Morgantown on Wednesday. In 2004, Cobbs wrecked […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia bail bondsmen oppose a pretrial release bill that they say would cut into their business and reduce accountability for people who flee while awaiting trial. The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on it Wednesday. Proponents of the bill say that people who cannot afford bail are languishing in […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — MTV said Wednesday it is canceling its West Virginia-based reality TV show “BUCKWILD” a week after the accidental death of 21-year-old star Shain Gandee. Network spokesman Jake Urbanski confirmed the news, saying it was “not an easy decision.” “But given Shain’s tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A rare floor debate broke out in the West Virginia Senate over how a state committee should mete out future grants to improve broadband access. The Senate adopted an amendment Wednesday that tells the state’s broadband counsel to prioritize Internet access for everyone before considering upgrades for some communities. Sen. Robert Plymale […]

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PRINCETON (AP) — A West Virginia State Police official says a trooper shot and killed a pit bull because he thought the dog was attacking him. Princeton detachment commander Sgt. D.W. Miller says two pit bulls ran toward Trooper W.H. File after he got out of his cruiser. File shot one dog and the other […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Martinsburg has agreed to pay $15,830 in state fines for wastewater treatment violations. Water and sewer department director Steve Knipe says the city will comply with a state Department of Environmental Protection consent order. Knipe says that city officials disagree with the DEP on laboratory results for fecal coli samples taken at […]

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WILLIAMSON (AP) — Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel says the crackdown on Mingo County’s drug trade will continue, and the slaying of Sheriff Eugene Crum has only “awakened the sleeping giant.” Rockel commands the county’s drug task force. He says dealers should know Operation Zero Tolerance will continue. He tells media outlets investigators will honor […]

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