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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan for changes in the state’s prison system has unanimously passed the Senate Finance Committee and could be voted on by the full Senate on Thursday. The bill to try to ease crisis-level crowding in state prisons and regional jails was only briefly discussed before passing Monday. According […]

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PARKERSBURG (AP) — A Parkersburg hospital is seeing a baby boom nine months after a windstorm left thousands of residents without electricity for several days. Camden Clark Medical Center spokesman Tim Brunicardi says the hospital has delivered 74 babies over the last two weeks. During the same period in 2012, there were 61 deliveries. In […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Shrinking federal funding could prevent the expansion of West Virginia’s very successful drug court program. A bill discussed Monday would allow the state Supreme Court to shift the cost of drug treatment programs to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The shift would free up $1.4 million for five or six […]

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ELKINS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a judge to dismiss a West Virginia chicken grower’s lawsuit over water-pollution orders the agency issued against her then withdrew in December, arguing the case is now moot. But court filings show Eight is Enough farm operator Lois Alt plans to join the West Virginia and […]

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ELKINS (AP) — Jae Spears, the West Virginia Senate’s first female majority whip, has died She was 90. An obituary posted on Lohr & Barb Funeral Home’s website says Spears died Saturday at her home in Elkins. The Randolph County Democrat also was the only woman to chair the Senate Finance Committee, and was the […]

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CHARLESTON — Washington scored eight straight points to overcome Parkersburg South’s three-point lead late in the fourth quarter and went on to a 60-56 win in a quarterfinal round game of the Class AAA West Virginia state basketball tournament. Trailing, 51-48, with only 3:21 left in the game, the Patriots scored the next eight points […]

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By JOHN McCOY The Charleston Gazette CHARLESTON (AP) — The pipeline that funneled untold numbers of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs and salamanders out of West Virginia might finally be closing. State wildlife officials have proposed regulations to limit the number of reptiles and amphibians taken by collectors. If approved, the regulations would end West Virginia’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has had a few partisan clashes this session, but one issue seems to be uniting Democrats and Republicans: gun rights. Congress and some states are considering assault weapon bans and similar measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere. But in West Virginia, lawmakers […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — A legislative committee studying child poverty will conduct its first road hearings in southern West Virginia. The Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Poverty has scheduled hearings Wednesday in Oak Hill and March 20 in Beckley. The committee’s chairman, Senate Majority Leader John Unger, tells The Register-Herald that education reforms won’t succeed […]

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BLUEFIELD (AP) — The re-release of seeds of a West Virginia tomato developed 50 years ago has been a hit with home gardeners. The West Virginia University Extension Service began offering one free packet per household of the West Virginia 63 tomato seeds on March 4. Associate director Ann Bailey Berry tells the Bluefield Daily […]

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