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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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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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CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President and CEO of United Health System Tom Jones, and CEO of Thomas Health Systems Steve Dexter, today announced the decision to expand Medicaid in West Virginia. “We anticipate expansion will allow us to provide insurance coverage to approximately 91,500 working West Virginians, […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice has donated $5 million toward the construction of Marshall’s indoor athletic facility. Marshall announced the donation during a groundbreaking ceremony for the project Friday in Huntington. Previously, the gift had been attributed to an anonymous donor. Justice says the indoor facility will be “a source of great […]

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WILLIAMSON (AP) — A motorcycle rally in Mingo County will take on a special meaning this year. The Rally in the Valley set for May 3-5 in downtown Williamson will hold a motorcycle ride to honor the late Sheriff Eugene Crum. The Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run will be held starting at 12:30 p.m. […]

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BUCKHANNON (AP) — A Buckhannon man has been acquitted of causing the death of his then-girlfriend’s toddler son. An Upshur County Circuit Court jury reached the verdict Friday in the trial of 24-year-old Johnathon Andrew Clyde Queen. Queen was charged with child abuse resulting in death. Twenty-one-month-old Chandler Andrew Oberg was pronounced dead at a […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s official Fan Shirt for the upcoming school year will feature the saying “Mountain Strong.” The university says the “Mountain Strong” design won 79 percent of the votes cast by 21,351 fans. “Mountain Strong” appears on the shirt’s front, with the WVU Mountaineer mascot as the letter “a.” The shirt’s […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill they hope will ensure no West Virginia student is ever denied a meal because of cost. The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and would require every school to have some sort of breakfast program like the one in Mason County, where students walk to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill that intends to crack down on drivers who are under the influence of drugs but is weaker than a previous version. The bill passed Saturday would not revoke a driver’s license if a person refuses to take a blood test. Currently, if a driver […]

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