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The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:

9:45 a.m.

Potential jurors have returned to the courtroom for the fourth day of jury selection in the federal criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

In a transcript of proceedings last week, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger said she was seeking 35 prospective jurors.

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A man has been arrested after police say he led authorities on a chase through the Marshall University campus while he carried a gun.

Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said that police received a call Monday afternoon reporting a suspicious person with a gun walking toward the college campus. Both Marshall Police officers and Huntington Police officers responded. When the suspect saw the first responding officer, he fled on foot.

Princeton Community Hospital

State regulators have approved Princeton Community Hospital's request to develop diagnostic cardiac catheterization services.

The hospital recently received a certificate of need from the West Virginia Health Care Authority for the project.

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Patriot Coal expects to lay off more than 1,000 workers at six operations in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says he received layoff warning notices from Patriot on Tuesday morning.

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It’s been 59 years since the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry has been open with a regular congregation. This historical African-American church was the main building of worship during the days of Storer College, a predominantly black school that first began as a place to teach former slaves and eventually grew into a full-fledged degree-granting institution.

It was open for 88 years until the Supreme Court’s decision over Brown v. Board of Education ended legal segregation in public schools. Storer College lost federal funding and closed its doors in 1955 and the church in 1956. But today, one clergywoman has brought new life into the school’s old church.

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On West Virginia Morning  we'll visit the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry.  It's been 59 years since worship was held there.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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A severe decline in the state's severance tax revenues has Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin calling for yet another round of budget cuts for state agencies, as well as other cost saving measures. 

Tomblin announced the cuts through a press release Monday evening. 

The mid-year, across-the-board 4 percent agency cuts combined with a 1 percent decrease in state aid to public schools-- a budget item typically protected from reductions-- will help make up for the projected $250 million deficit expected during the 2016 Fiscal Year.

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  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Charleston roofing contractor for exposing workers to excessive heat.

The agency said Monday that one employee of Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. was hospitalized for a heat-related illness on Sept. 11 while the company was removing tile roofing from Building 3 at the Capitol Complex.

Volkswagen Diesel Engine
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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has filed a civil complaint against 

  Volkswagen of America, Inc. over the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

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The latest developments in the federal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. All times are local:

7:10 p.m.

The third day of jury selection wrapped Monday evening just before 5 p.m. in a Charleston federal courtroom. 

According to court documents, 13 jurors were excused from the jury pool. There is no indication in the document how many total jurors were questioned or how many were chosen to remain in the jury pool. 

In a court transcript, Judge Irene Berger said last week she was looking for 35 jurors for the smaller pool from the larger pool of 300 jurors who received questionnaires earlier this year.

From that 35, attorneys from both sides will be able to disqualify a number of jurors without question.  The judge is looking for a jury of 12 with 2-3 alternates.

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State officials are launching a Read-Aloud campaign to educate children about fire safety.

The campaign features fire-safety themed books provided to county school systems and firefighters across the state by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters will visit schools and read the books to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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A West Virginia man who spent nearly eight years waiting for an appeal after being convicted of attempted murder has been set free.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 27-year-old Brashan M. Beverly was released Sept. 18.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from a West Virginia native who usually covers civil wars in Africa about covering America’s civil war.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

A memo newly filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office depicts concerns a former Massey Energy employee, and key witness in the prosecution’s case, had over safety within Massey’s mines, warning the company needed to “change the way we do business.”

West Virginia Legislature

Martin "Rick" Atkinson III of Reedy has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Atkinson's appointment to the 11th District seat on Sunday. The 11th District covers Roane County.

Atkinson replaces former Delegate Bob Ashley, who was appointed to the West Virginia Senate on Sept. 15.

West Virginia University's Beckley campus is the new home of former U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall's papers.

Rahall donated 2,000 boxes of testimony, speeches, news releases and other documents to WVU. The documents will be curated and maintained on the WVU Beckley campus.

The university says in a news release that more than 150 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday celebrating Rahall's donation.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former superintendent over her firing.

 The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge's ruling denying its request to dismiss Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

Marple was fired in 2012. She sued the board and a former board president last year, alleging defamation, violation of due process rights and violation of open meetings law.

Andy Todd

Food deserts: it’s more than just an urban issue. Hey, we all have to eat. This week, we’re bringing you an encore presentation from the Inside Appalachia archives about Appalachian food deserts.  In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

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A federal judge has rejected a motion arguing that evidence doesn't support punitive damages for an Ohio woman who says she got cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a DuPont plant.

The case might help settle thousands of similar lawsuits about the chemical giant's dumping of C8 into local drinking water.

Plaintiff Clara Bartlett alleges Delaware-based DuPont didn't inform the public but knew potential risks posed by C8 that was deposited into the Ohio River by a plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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Potential jurors have returned to a Charleston courtroom Friday as Federal District Judge Irene Berger continues to try to seat a jury in the trial of former Massey CEO Don Blankenship.