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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

The Democratic governor announced his support Friday.

In a news release, Tomblin said he remains concerned about some of Clinton's positions on fossil fuels.

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The rugged Appalachian mountains can create some interesting birthing situations and it’s been that way for a long time. It used to be that women typically gave birth in home-like environments. Today most women head to the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that across the U.S., one in every three mothers has a cesarean delivery.  

More and more women seem to want to reclaim this ancient rite of passage as their own by having their babies at home. A recent study in Oregon found that home births are riskier than having a baby at a hospital. The study was published The New England Journal of Medicine

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A two-year, traveling exhibit featuring the life of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd will be unveiled at Shepherd University Friday night.

The exhibit is called, “Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian,” and looks at the senator’s extensive legacy.

Jody Brumage is the archivist and office manager at Shepherd University’s Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

Brumage says this is the first narrative presentation of Byrd’s life and career since his passing in 2010.

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Officials in the Kanawha County town of Marmet will select a new mayor next month after a judicial panel removed the former mayor from office earlier this year for violating city election laws.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the town council held a special meeting Thursday to set the dates for selecting the new mayor.

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In his bid for governor, West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice has spent more than $2 million before the May 10 Democratic primary.

In campaign finance filings tracking through April 24, Justice spent $2.1 million since his campaign started. He put almost $2 million of his money in the race and has raised $683,700.

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton will make stops in West Virginia next week.

Clinton will kick off her 'Breaking Down Barriers' tour in Appalachia Monday with stops in Williamson and Ashland, Kentucky, will the former President will focus on Charleston and Logan Sunday. 

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A West Virginia University official says the Coliseum has been closed after workers found possible asbestos.

University Environmental Health and Safety Director John Principe says the material is being assessed, and he hopes to have the results by the end of the day Saturday. The Coliseum was closed early Friday afternoon.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is sponsoring a federal bill to examine the rising rate and treatment costs of neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS.

Senator Capito introduced the bi-partisan bill Friday, along with two other U.S. senators.

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Kanawha County's school system is planning to have about 90 fewer positions next fiscal year because of a shrinking budget.

Kanawha County Schools' human resources specialist Kim Olsen tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail there are 52 teacher position cuts planned for next school year, but the cuts have led to only four teachers altogether losing guaranteed jobs next school year.

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Law enforcement agencies across West Virginia will participate in a national event Saturday attempting to get unused prescription drugs out of homes where they could potentially be abused.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Justice sponsor several National Drug Tack-Back days every year. Saturday's event marks the 11th annual event.

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Marshall University ceramics students have raised $17,000 for a food pantry.

The university says the 2016 Empty Bowls event raised enough money to allow the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide 127,500 meals.

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Budget negotiations are inching closer to a solution for both the 2016 and 2017 budget years according to House Speaker Tim Armstead.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Tomblin began negotiating a budget resolution in March for the 2017 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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In a tiny basement living room in southwestern Virginia, two women and their husbands listen to Joanna Davis talk about what might go wrong during their births.

“So this is an Ambu bag, and if your baby was in trouble and needed help breathing this is what we would use,” she begins.

Davis is a home birth midwife based in southwestern Virginia, but serves a significant swath of central Appalachia. Several months ago, she held a birthing class for two families interested in using her services.

This week marks the 25 year anniversary of the world renowned alt-rock band R.E.M.'s appearance on Mountain Stage. The 1991 performance was one of only a handful of live performances the band gave that year. 

Mountain Stage Executive Producer Adam Harris discusses the significance of the performance and its anniversary.

Huntington has advanced to the finals of the America’s Best Communities competition.

Huntington was selected by a panel of judges this week to be one of eight finalists in a national competition for America’s Best Community. According to a press release, America’s Best Communities aim to inspire economic revitalization in small towns and cities across the country.

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The West Virginia National Guard’s Camp Dawson has been recognized for its environmental conservation efforts.

The military training facility in Preston County was one of nine winners from a total of 30 nominations for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental award.

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The Maryland Department of the Environment says Verso Corp. will pay a $10,000 settlement for two chemical spills that tainted the Potomac River last fall.

Agency spokesman Jay Apperson said Thursday the amount is the same as a fine the agency proposed in February.

For those who experienced it, Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991 was an unforgettable one to say the least. That day R.E.M., unquestionably one of the most popular bands at that time, emerged from a brief touring hiatus to perform on Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV.

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The auditor of West Virginia will be the next president and CEO of the National White Collar Crime Center in Richmond, Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Glen Gainer will oversee day-to-day operations at the center starting May 15.

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The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is offering a screening of a new documentary for public television about miners in southern West Virginia and their fight for civil liberties.

The film, "The Mine Wars," will be shown at a May Day event that begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Mine Workers of America Local 1440 Union Hall on Mate Street in downtown Matewan. Also featured will be snacks and musical performances.

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