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MORGANTOWN (AP) — The family of a Monongalia County sheriff’s deputy killed by a drunken driver will share a $2 million award under a proposed lawsuit settlement. The Dominion Post says the money will be divided among the parents and brother of Sgt. Todd May, and their attorneys. The family sued Morgantown motorist Jerod Green, […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from going to tanning salons. The bill passed Monday also requires anyone who goes to a tanning salon to sign a consent form warning them that using tanning beds can cause cancer and other health risks. Penalties for […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A 2007 abduction and murder has West Virginia lawmakers proposing that wireless service providers help law enforcement track a person’s cellphone. The House of Delegates voted 96-1 Monday to pass West Virginia’s version of the Kelsey Smith Act. Several states have considered such legislation since the murder of Kansas 18-year-old Kelsey Smith. […]

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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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