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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia State Police have arrested more than 170 sex offenders since the first of the year for providing false information to the state sex offender registry. Spokesman and 1st Sergeant Michael Baylous says the state police and the U.S. Marshal Service has verified the information for more than 1,000 offenders […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — A registered nurse from Virginia faces up to four years in prison for stealing prescription medication from a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Paula High also faces a $250,000 fine. The 55-year-old resident of Virginia Beach was accused of keeping the medication for personal use instead of administering it to a […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — At least some Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates believe their failed bid to block proposed magistrate court pay raises, and similar partisan clashes that are expected as the session continues, will pay off in the next election. The GOP’s net 11-seat gain in November, increasing their ranks to 46 of […]

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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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