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CHARLESTON — Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said last week.

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WHEELING — West Virginia emergency officials found more than a dozen ventilators and other important equipment in the shuttered Ohio Valley Medical Center this week as they prepare for possible shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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As West Virginia, and, indeed, the entire world grapples with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we should take a moment each day to pray for the medical professionals, first responders, and public servants who are working around the clock to halt the spread of this deadly virus. We also must pra…

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ELKINS — Digging and eating ramps in the spring is a traditional activity throughout Appalachia, especially in the gateway communities of Monongahela National Forest.

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Going into the final week of the 2020 regular session, 1 major issues were unresolved: The fate of a Senate proposal to establish an intermediate appeals court, and the House of Delegates’ initiative to reform foster care, in part by increasing reimbursement payments to foster families by a …

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CHARLESTON — Applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will now be accepted until this Friday, Feb. 28, or until funds are exhausted.

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With the 2020 legislative session approaching its final two weeks, the pace of what has been a relatively low-key session is picking up, with multiple bills advancing in both houses – and one key bill meeting a surprisingly early demise.

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CHARLESTON — A bill letting state government take the lead on big tourism projects in small towns.is primed for consideration by the full House of Delegates. It has passed the Senate already.

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1CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state last week. But they’re making it clear that they don’t want the coal industry to feel left out.

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With the 2020 legislative session fast approaching cross-over day – the last day for the House and Senate to act on bills originating in each house – legislators found their work overshadowed by distractions at the Capitol and beyond.

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CHARLESTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has fired back at President Trump’s criticism of the West Virginia Democrat for voting guilty on 2 articles of impeachment. Manchin says he — not Trump — has fought tirelessly for his constituents.

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Speaking at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Breakfast, House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, commented, “We need to be honest about where we are, and where we need to go, and not talk about how great we are, because things are not great.”

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — If you’re a private landowner interested in improving wildlife habitat on your land, DNR and a few other groups want you.

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At a session that Administration Secretary Allan McVey described as “the slowest session I think I’ve ever seen,” debate over a proposed change to school calendars highlighted the third full week of the 60-day regular session of the Legislature.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the 2020 regular legislative session completed it’s first full week, it seemed to be settling in to the slow, deliberate pace of an election-year session, with little in the way of high drama or major initiatives.

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oCHARLESTON — As the 2020 regular legislative session completed it’s first full week, it seemed to be settling in to the slow, deliberate pace of an election-year session, with little in the way of high drama or major initiatives.

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CHARLESTON — Citing a need for more regionalization of West Virginia’s economic development efforts, Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch said the 44 agencies operating across West Virginia can “get in each other’s way.”

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CHARLESTON — Business-tax cuts, changing the bail system and creating a new court are some of the top priorities for West Virginia’s Republican leaders in the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers said Friday.

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1HUNTINGTON — The new year is bringing a yearlong celebration after West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the formation of a committee to plan events commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave U.S. women the right to vote.

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CHARLESTON (AP) — In late August, federal prosecutors said a sweeping criminal investigation into numerous suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia would be their ``top priority.``

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ROMNEY — Starting next week some residents in Hampshire and 35 other counties will be required to work to receive federal food assistance.

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CHARLESTON — After a photo surfaced of West Virginia correction officer trainees giving what appears to be the Nazi salute, state officials quickly suspended some employees and the governor ordered the firing of those involved.

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BRAMWELL (AP) — Almost 20 years ago, a new ATV trail was opened as an economic development project for southern West Virginia. Nobody was sure if any riders were interested in trying the new trails, but they came, they rode, and after 20 years they keep coming in ever greater numbers.

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West Virginians have reached an important milestone in the battle against obesity and its related conditions — years ahead of schedule — thanks in large part to a West Virginia University program aimed at reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s cohort graduation rates have hit historic highs according to data released by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). The adjusted cohort graduation rates represent the percent of the ninth-grade students who graduate with a regular diploma in four or f…