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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A researcher at West Virginia University is looking for clues to curing Alzheimer’s disease. Yong Yang is an assistant chemical engineering professor at the Morgantown school’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Officials say that Yang is creating a system that mimics the human brain’s cell function. Yang has received a $175,000 […]

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VIENNA (AP) — Santa has paid an early visit to families in the Vienna area. Media outlets report that a customer paid off 41 layaway contracts containing toys and gifts for children at the Kmart in Vienna on Wednesday. The total cost topped $8,600. The customer told store employees that he wanted to make a […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia’s record-breaking receiver Stedman Bailey is forgoing his final season to enter the NFL draft. The announcement came during a press conference with head coach Dana Holgorsen on Monday ahead of the Mountaineers’ date with Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl. The game at Yankee Stadium in New York City also will […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia Supreme Court official says a Putnam County family court judge facing ethics allegations unexpectedly took the rest of the year off. Family court services director Lisa Tackett says Putnam court personnel reported Judge William Watkins’ departure Wednesday. The Supreme Court appointed a former judge to fill in. Watkins tells […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginians dreaming of a white Christmas are facing long odds. The state gets at least an inch of snow on Christmas only about two out of every 10 years. Ken Batty of the National Weather Service tells The Charleston Gazette the 20 percent average includes the large portion of West Virginia […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — Monongalia County officials are considering easing a restriction on where strip clubs and other exotic entertainment venues can be located. The county’s exotic entertainment ordinance prohibits these venues from locating within 2,000 feet of schools, churches or residential areas. County Commissioner Asel Kennedy tells The Dominion Post that the 2,000-feet buffer zone […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal investigator probing a powerful explosion and fire Tuesday that charred Interstate 77 in West Virginia said Friday that a ruptured natural gas pipe had areas consistent with external corrosion. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the pipe will undergo further analysis at an NTSB lab. “That’s exactly what […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Four West Virginia state parks have scheduled New Year’s Day hikes to encourage people to get outdoors — even when it’s cold out. Participating in 2013 are Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park and Twin Falls State Park. West Virginia State Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Health officials are asking the West Virginia Legislature to eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks from the state’s public schools. Chairwoman Helen Matheny of the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyles Coalition cites the state’s high rankings for obesity and Type 2 diabetes in recommending the action. West Virginia sought to limit soft drinks in schools with […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia inmate who has served 11 years for a rape his attorneys claim DNA proves he didn’t commit will not be released while his appeal is pending, a Harrison County judge ruled Thursday. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Bedell instead said he’d give prosecutors more time to respond to a recent […]

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