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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A survey of West Virginia adults shows 60 percent would favor higher cigarette taxes if the revenue would benefit public health. Forty-three percent back an increase of $2 per pack or more. The 2012 survey of 2,132 smokers and non-smokers was recently released by researchers at West Virginia University’s School of Public […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of West Virginia senators is proposing that the state gradually hire 800 additional state troopers and increase their starting pay. Senate President Jeffrey Kessler said Friday that West Virginia has not had a state trooper cadet training class in the last two years and that the state is losing […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Some West Virginia lawmakers are targeting the state’s health woes by proposing limits on federal food stamp benefits. Close to one-in-five state residents receive benefits from what’s now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Legislation introduced Friday would bar the purchase of sugary soft drinks or carbonated beverages with SNAP […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Humanities Council is looking for places around the state that are interested in hosting a traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture. The council says it is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams” beginning February 2014. Officials are seeking […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has declined to release the names of individuals who were involved in a robbery Wednesday behind the post office at Shenandoah Junction. The incident resulted in a lockdown at several area schools. Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. R.S. Sell said a handgun was displayed during […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — It’s not often that environmental organizations and the coal industry come down on the same side of a policy debate. But that’s happening in West Virginia, where both groups have concerns about Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to eliminate a state tax incentive for plug-in electric cars and other alternative fuel vehicles. […]

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TRIADELPHIA (AP) — A new study says nursing will top the field of future worker shortages in West Virginia. The study by West Liberty University’s Institute for Innovation in Education compared the number of college degrees awarded in the state with the anticipated job market. It also projects shortages in social work, computer sciences, education […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia has signed another football recruit. Coach Dana Holgorsen announced Friday the signing of running back Jacky Marcellus. The 5-foot-8 Marcellus ran for 374 yards and caught 25 passes for 251 yards last season at Florida’s Immokalee High School before undergoing knee surgery. As a junior he scored 17 touchdowns. Marcellus […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to increase West Virginia’s already robust emergency reserves, and hopes to win over lawmakers by also pledging funding for basic road needs and special infrastructure projects. The proposal was among 13 introduced Friday on behalf of the governor for this session, which began Wednesday. One of those […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN (AP) — A U.S. Fish and Wildlife training center in the West Virginia is planning a controlled burn to promote the growth of native warm-season prairie grasses. About 22 acres will be burned at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown between the end of February and mid-April. The burn is dependent on suitable […]

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