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Democrat Jim Justice holds a slight lead over Republican Bill Cole in the governor’s race.  The MetroNews West Virginia Poll was released today. 

Rex Repass of Repass Research and Consulting released the results of the West Virginia Poll this morning at the state chamber’s business summit in White Sulphur Springs.

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An advocacy group formed after the January 2014 Elk River Chemical spill will launch a campaign aimed to create a publicly-owned water system in the Kanawha Valley.

In a Thursday news release, Advocates for a Safe Water System says the organization will launch the “Our Water” campaign Tuesday at the University of Charleston.  The group seeks to have a public takeover of West Virginia American Water.

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  Six people have admitted their roles in a heroin trafficking operation.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says the operation that transported heroin from Baltimore into West Virginia was disrupted by a 163-count federal indictment encompassing 41 defendants.

Ihlenfeld says the six defendants pleaded guilty to various charges this week in federal court in Martinsburg.

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West Virginia American Water says it has initiated a contingency plan for a temporary backup water supply to its Huntington water treatment plant in response to increasing algae blooms on the Ohio River.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission notified the utility last week that algae blooms had been detected on the river upstream of Huntington.

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  The state Ethics Commission is giving additional guidance to public officials on the use of pictures in social media.

The commission said Thursday that officials may post pictures of themselves attending public events on sites such as Facebook and Twitter as long as the primary purpose is not self-promotion.

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis begins a look at the teams as college football season kicks on this weekend.  And Jessica Lilly, the host of Inside Appalachia talks with Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce about Appalachian music…along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

September 4, 1964: Businessman A.W. Cox Dies at 79

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  Businessman A. W. Cox died on September 4, 1964. He was 79 years old.

The Roane County native attended a one-room school through the eighth grade. And, by 17, he was operating his father’s sawmill. After a brief teaching career, he got a part-time job at a store in Clendenin in northern Kanawha County. While working there, Cox decided to make a career of retail sales. He moved to Charleston in 1914, when he was 29, and bought out a downtown department store. It became the first in a chain of 21 A. W. Cox Department Stores in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz spoke before the West Virginia Business Summit at the Greenbrier Hotel Thursday.  They have co-authored their first book together.  It's called "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.". The Cheneys made it clear in their remarks this morning that they believe America is losing its worldwide power.

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The West Virginia Department of Education is set to hold a meeting tonight at Marshall about academic standards in the state.

It’s the latest in a series of town hall-style meetings being held around the state. They’ll examine the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for grades K-12. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s campus.

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West Virginia American Water initiated a contingency plan today for a temporary backup water supply in Huntington. The need for a temporary backup water supply to the treatment plant is because of increased algal bloom activity on the Ohio River. West Virginia American Water was notified late last Friday by ORSANCO that algal blooms has been detected on the Ohio River upstream from Huntington. 

Since then West American Water has followed United States EPA recommendations, which include monitoring the water quality and enhancing treatment techniques. Results so far show no impact from the algal bloom in the Huntington water system. And the system continues to meet all drinking water standards. 

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Beautiful ballads from the late 1960s and 1970s are back, featuring unforgettable hits from Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, The 5th Dimension, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anne Murray and many others. Watch Friday at 9 p.m. on WVPB.
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