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A group of 24 high school girls from across West Virginia are spending the week on the campus of WVU Tech in Montgomery, designing shoes and testing mock samples for the AIDS virus.

The girls are participating in WVU Tech’s first ever all girls STEM camp, short for science, technology, engineering and math.

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A state study says it's unlikely that significant amounts of untreated natural gas drilling waste in landfills will get into groundwater or surface water.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the report Wednesday on drill cuttings in landfills.

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After four months of waiting, the National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

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Thirty years ago this week, a Charleston native caused a sensation when she played her first round at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club near London.  In 1985, the 24 year old White wore a body suit.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is piloting the state’s first syringe exchange program, aimed at reducing the risk of spreading diseases.

State DHHR officials will join will local health workers in Huntington Thursday to announce a program that is the first of its kind for West Virginia. The pilot Syringe Exchange Program will launch in Cabell County later this year.

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The National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

The foundation received federal approval in March to purchase the facility from the Canaan Valley Institute. The Charleston Gazette reports that the foundation announced the $20 million acquisition's completion on Tuesday.

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A judge says he's looking to approve a $2.5 million bankruptcy deal involving the company behind a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal bankruptcy court Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson spoke favorably of the plan pushed by Freedom Industries, the state Department of Environmental Protection and creditors.

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West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has retired as president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Tomblin's retirement was effective Tuesday. She had served at the college for 33 years, including the past 15 as president.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is slated to headline an event next month for the West Virginia Republican Party.

The party announced Tuesday that Haslam would attend the GOP's Path to Victory lunch in Charleston on July 24. The event will take place at the Capitol Conference Center.

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A former Arch Coal employee will spend six months in prison for lying to investigators about a kickback scheme at a mine.

Gary Griffith had pleaded guilty in July 2014 to making a materially false statement in a federal matter. The 63-year-old Oceana resident was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.

A commission review board found probable cause that Mayor Bill Pauley used his office for private gain.

On West Virginia Morning, we travel to Moundsville for a visit to the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex to see what the curators are discovering these days.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of West Virginia, buried evidence exists of communities and times gone by. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. The curators there work daily next to a giant Adena Indian burial mound, preserving artifacts found over the years throughout the state.


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West Virginia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations criticized as overly burdensome on farmers and landowners.

On Tuesday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was filed in southern Georgia federal court.

West Virginia's prevailing wage is temporarily disappearing, and Senate President Bill Cole says Republicans could scrap the wage altogether if it's not reconfigured how they envisioned.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration said WorkForce West Virginia couldn't calculate the rate by a new law's deadline Wednesday.

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West Virginia American Water has completed repairs in Dunbar.

Repairs have been made to a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar following two leaks on a newly installed section of pipe. The system relay station in Dunbar has been restarted and normal pumping capacity has resume to areas west of Dunbar. All booster stations except one have been restarted and are beginning to re-pressurize.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's brother has dropped a lawsuit against the West Virginia Democrat and another brother.

Dr. John Manchin III agreed to the lawsuit's dismissal in a filing on Monday in Marion County Circuit Court. The stipulation of voluntary dismissal was signed by lawyers for all three Manchin brothers.

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West Virginia Lottery officials say "casino night" fundraisers conducted by charitable organizations are illegal.

But the Lottery doesn't have any prosecutorial authority in such cases. Lottery director John Musgrave says county prosecutors have shown little interest in pursuing charges against members of local charitable organizations.

On West Virginia Morning, we go back to Wheeling where young professionals are working to revitalize the city.  Today, a tour of East Wheeling as a long time resident reflects on the changes taking place on the traditionally African American neighborhood.  Also, we take a trip to Floyd, Virginia for a Friday night Jamboree.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The Joint Committee on Tax Reform held their final meeting before a July break Monday in Charleston, continuing their comprehensive review of the state’s tax code.

Panels of both county assessors and sheriffs discussed the state’s property tax system. A separate panel of attorneys and an accountant described the nuances of the state’s severance taxes for coal, natural gas and timber.

Still, three months into the process, lawmakers have discussed more problems with the tax code than solutions.

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