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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia State Police are warning manufacturers to review security procedures after two men posing as contractors drove out of a plant with two tons of stolen copper. Trooper C.A. May says workers at the Constellium Rolled Products Plant in Ravenswood didn’t suspect the men were thieves. They even loaded the scrap […]

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Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: Nov. 30 The Charleston Daily Mail on the state school system: The West Virginia Constitution requires the state to provide, “by general law, for a thorough and efficient system of free schools.” West Virginia public schools are neither. The audit of the state’s public school system by Public Works, […]

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ELKINS (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a standoff is over after troopers shot and killed a shooting suspect near Elkins. Police arrived at the home Tuesday after a shooting victim was able to call 911. The victim was taken to the hospital, and a standoff ensued between police and the shooter, who remained […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal disaster response officials say it may be spring before all the debris left by Superstorm Sandy is removed from public property in West Virginia. FEMA branch chief Gary Brand says Sandy left as much as one million cubic yards of debris on public property. He said if you stack that much […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Ethics Commission executive director Theresa Kirk plans to leave the agency and work in the private sector. Kirk has served as executive director since February 2009. Before her appointment, she served as the commission’s legal counsel for more than five years. She has asked the commission to approve an employment […]

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FAIRMONT (AP) — West Virginia-based MVB bank has announced that it is buying Potomac Mortgage Group. The bank, which is based in Fairmont, said it will pay $19 million in cash and MVB common shares for the northern Virginia residential mortgage company. The Charleston Gazette reports that the transaction will close before the end of […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A Kanawha County principal cancelled the Pledge of Allegiance for a day after several students claimed they were being forced to recite it. Capital High School principal Clinton Giles also canceled the national anthem on Monday. He tells media outlets that the students’ complaints disturbed him because they misrepresented what the school […]

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OMAR (AP) — State police say a Logan County man apparently was trying to steal copper wire when he was electrocuted. Searchers found the body of 28-year-old James David Marcum Jr. on Saturday morning near downed power lines on a hilltop near his home in Omar. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Marcum was […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — Deer muzzleloader season is starting a week earlier than usual. The Division of Natural Resources says the season runs from Monday through Saturday. But Wildlife Resources section chief Curtis Taylor says Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties will not have a muzzleloader season. He says hunters can take only one antlered […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A new report says the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are unemployed and aren’t in school is rising. The KIDS COUNT report released Monday says 40 percent of West Virginians ages 16 to 24 held a job in 2011. That’s down from 53 percent in 2000. About 50 […]

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