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W.Va. Attorney General files motion to dismiss lawsuit about 'gun bill'

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office is filing a motion to dismiss a case from the city of Charleston which challenges a new municipal gun law. More>>

LATEST: Williamson, WV Mayor Darrin McCormick resigns, charged in federal information Video included

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Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick submitted his resignation letter April 14, effective at the end of April. More>>

Chester, WV resident charged with operating meth lab

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Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher says a tip led to the arrest of Eric Jason Ulbrich, 40, of 300 Arner Road, Chester, charged with operating a meth lab.
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Football helmet company sued over claims of fewer concussions

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The suit alleges buyers are paying top price for a product that doesn't deliver the promised benefits. More>>

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

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A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months. More>>

WVU Parkersburg launches new entrepreneurial technology degree

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With $220,000 awarded to West Virginia University at Parkersburg by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, an entrepreneurial technology degree program will be launched. More>>

Harrison County men indicted on federal drug charges

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Jason Marple, 35, of Clarksburg, and Casey Searcy, 33, of Salem, were named in a three-count indictment charging them each with distribution of oxycodone, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and to distribute oxycodone. More>>

West Virginia Main Street Conference Under Way in Wheeling Video included

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For the first time, downtown Wheeling is hosting the annual West Virginia Main Street Conference. More>>

Ohio cardiologist, his practice agree to $1 million penalty for filing false claims with Medicare

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A federal investigation into improper compensation arrangements between Wheeling's Ohio Valley Medical Center and a sister facility culminated this week with Dr. Devender Batra and Ohio-based Belmont Cardiology, Inc., agreeing to pay a $1 million penalty for submitting false claims to Medicare, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.
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New report shows top lenders to coal companies

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A new report released April 17 tracks the financiers of coal companies.


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WV Senate Majority Leader Unger requests engineering study

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Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, is requesting an engineering survey to address the hazardous conditions in Jefferson County. More>>

Bluefield woman sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for selling hydromorphone pills

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Bluefield resident Rachelle Bryant, 24, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for selling hydromorphone pills to a police informant.
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Pierpont's Culinary Team competes at the American Culinary Federation Northeast Regional Competition

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Recently, Pierpont Community & Technical College Culinary Team was one of six teams that competed at the American Culinary Federation Northeast Regional Competition in Providence, RI. More>>

Wheeling Police Increasing Patrols Around Area Banks After Three Robberies in Three Weeks Video included

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Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger admits he is worried about the recent crime trend after a third Wheeling-area bank was robbed in a three-week period. More>>

West Virginia lawmakers to travel to Kansas for Kauffman Foundation Conference April 17

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At the Kauffman Foundation's Incentives to Innovate Conference in Kansas City, House Speaker Tim Miley will hear from entrepreneurs, academics and policymakers from all over the country. More>>

200 at meeting on Pennsylvania Shell plant plans

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Shell has an option to purchase a 300-acre industrial site on the Ohio River from Horsehead Corp., and demolition of a zinc factory that was there has already begun. But a Shell manager stressed that's no guarantee the multibillion-dollar plant will be built. More>>

FirstEnergy presents donation to St. Joseph's Foundation of Buckhannon

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The donation will go toward renovation of the hospital's chapel along with the renovation of a wing of the hospital to become a new skilled nursing facility. More>>

Couple in Marion County, WV pleads guilty to violating trout fishing laws

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A couple in Marion County, WV will have to pay fines after an investigation revealed they had violated state trout fishing laws. More>>

Professional Development Schools educate not only students but also adults

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Professional Development Schools are educating not only students, but also mentoring young adults who are just beginning their careers in the field. More>>

US home building up in March after frigid winter

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U.S. home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. More>>

US factory output extended solid gains in March

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U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. More>>

Fred Fleitz delivers cyber security presentation April 21 at Fairmont State University

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On April 21, Fred Fleitz, senior fellow at Center for Security Policy, will deliver a presentation on "Cyber Security and the Aftermath of the Snowden Leaks" at Fairmont State University. More>>

Barboursville man who threatened Sen. Manchin's life indicted by federal grand jury

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Steve Anthony Major, 49, allegedly made four calls to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's offices in Charleston and Washington in March, identifying himself each time and threatening harm to Manchin and his family.
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Waste Management responds to pending legal action in MCHM wastewater case

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The Putnam County Commission decided to move forward with legal action against Waste Management over what they claim amounted to dumping hazardous waste water at the Hurricane landfill. More>>

New online services announced for West Virginia DMV

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The West Virginia DMV Acting Commissioner Steve Dale and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that West Virginians now have the ability to renew their vehicle registration through a web site. More>>

Ex-superintendent of WV schools, Jorea Marple, files 2nd suit

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The lawsuit seeks relief including for the loss of reputation among her peers, loss of ability to get another job of equal stature, and mental anguish. More>>

Lumberport Man Seeks DEP Assistance After Mine Drainage Damages Home Video included

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About four years ago, Chris Swiger set out to build his dream home on the land that has been in his family for decades. But now the product of that dream is literally sinking into the ground. More>>

Huntington's director of administration and finance tenders resignation

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Brandi Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance, has tendered her resignation, effective April 30. More>>

Huntington man admits to robbing drug dealer at gunpoint in November

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Kamel Auntae Burris, 31, of Huntington has been described as an enforcer in an alleged drug distribution network, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says.
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Detroit man nabbed on felony drug charge following traffic stop in Huntington

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Complaints from neighbors prompted an investigation into alleged drug trafficking from a residence on Rotary Road that culminated in the arrest of  Antonio Shadwick, aka "Eastside," 31. More>>

Former WV representative Mick Staton passes away

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Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton, R-W.Va., passed away April 15, he was 73 years old.


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Global volume for soda falls for first time in at least a decade

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Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn't because of soda. More>>

Shell to discuss shale gas plant proposal

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But Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said there's still no guarantee that the project will be built. More>>

Rockefeller secures tax measure to benefit WV infrastructure

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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., secured a tax measure he believes will strengthen the infrastructure of the Mountain State. More>>

Noble Energy announces upcoming management change

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Noble Energy has announced that Charles D. Davidson, its chairman and CEO since 2000, plans to retire May 1, 2015. More>>

WVU professor wins fellowships to research 19th century court cases

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WVU Department of History assistant professor Kimberly Welch is investigating unpublished and rapidly deteriorating lower court records from the Natchez district of Mississippi and Louisiana between 1820 and 1860 in which free blacks and slaves sued whites and other African Americans. More>>

University of Charleston goes barefoot for TOMS "One Day Without Shoes"

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In honor of TOMS "One Day Without Shoes" global event, the University of Charleston TOMS club is asking students to participate by going barefoot all day April 15. More>>

Ex-Homeland Security supervisor charged with obtaining nearly $116,000 in cash advances with his government-issued credit card

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Former Homeland Security supervisor Gene Protogiannis, 55, of Lovettsville, Va., was indicted on 45-counts of wire fraud. Authorities allege Protogiannis obtained nearly $116,000 in cash advances against his government-issued credit card.
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Proximity detection systems rule approved by WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety

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Members of the WV Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety are pleased that a new rule requiring proximity detection systems passed unanimously last week. More>>

WV American Water: No trace of MCHM in treatment plant

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After some allegations of crude MCHM remaining in the water treatment plant, West Virginia American Water said April 14 samples have come back at non-detect levels.


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Pete Sampras named tennis pro emeritus at The Greenbrier; set to host tennis workshop

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Tennis champion Pete Sampras has been named the tennis pro emeritus for The Greenbrier. More>>

Kanawha County couple sues, claims Wal-Mart employees falsely accused them of theft

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A Kanawha County couple claiming they were detained for more than an hour after employees at the Walmart store in South Charleston falsely accused them of stealing is suing the retail giant. More>>

Former probationary firefighter in Huntington claims hostile work environment

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A probationary firefighter in Huntington who was terminated for alleged insubordination, conduct unbecoming a firefighter and substandard evaluations is suing the city, claiming a hostile workplace, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and a myriad of other charges. More>>

Morrisey warns of tax scams

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With tax season nearing its end, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is advising residents to be on the lookout for scams. More>>

April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

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The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but penalties for filing late federal tax returns apply only to people who owe money. More>>

LATEST: Victims identified in small plane crash in Eastern Kanawha County Video included

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Two people who died after a small plane crashed just before 5 p.m. on April 11, near the Riverside area of Kanawha County, WV, have been identified.
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Huntington Art Walk to observe second anniversary April 17

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Art Walk turns businesses within Pullman Square and along Third and Fourth avenues, into galleries with visiting artists displaying their work from 5-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. More>>

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  • WV Health Officer Letitia Tierney receives CDC distinguished service award

    Tierney receives distinguished service award

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:07:22 GMT
    Letitia Tierney, state health office and commission for the Bureau for Public Health, received the West Virginia Poison Center Distinguished Service Award on April 8.

    Letitia Tierney, state health office and commission for the Bureau for Public Health, received the West Virginia Poison Center Distinguished Service Award on April 8.

  • US lawmakers announce medical funding

    US lawmakers announce medical funding

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:07:45 GMT
    U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $6.2 million in federal funds for five of the state's medical centers.
    U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $6.2 million in federal funds for five of the state's medical centers.
  • Light the Night Walk set to take place at Wheeling Jesuit April 10

    Light the Night Walk set to take place April 10

    Friday, April 4 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-04-04 12:17:17 GMT
    Ohio Valley residents and businesses, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA & West Virginia, plan to participate in a walk to help fight blood cancer.
    Upper Ohio Valley residents and businesses, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA & West Virginia, plan to participate in a walk to help fight blood cancer.
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  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:02:37 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama says a high school education is not enough in today's global economy.
    It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.
  • President defending health law good for some Dems

    President defending health law good for some Dems

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.
    President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.
  • Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:02:26 GMT
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow...
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't...
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