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A federal grand jury has indicted a Wayne County couple accused of failing to pay employee payroll taxes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment against Michael and Jeanette Taylor on Wednesday.

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A state agency has informed the developers of two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia that their projects will have to meet specific environmental standards.

Media outlets report the Department of Environmental Quality sent letters last week to Dominion Transmission Inc. and EQT, saying they will be required to meet certain erosion and sedimentation standards, if they build their pipelines.

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  The city of Huntington says a program that allows drug users to trade in dirty syringes for clean ones is showing signs of success.

The program was established in September at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and involves elected officials, health professionals, private businesses and members of the recovery community.

On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on the latest from the special legislative session at the state capitol and Clark Davis reports on Huntington’s quest to become America’s Best Community.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline a Charleston fundraiser for Senate President Bill Cole's Republican bid for West Virginia governor.

Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says it's one of three West Virginia events Perry will attend May 31.

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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

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West Virginia and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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The city of Huntington’s advancement to the finals of the America’s Best Communities competition presents a unique opportunity for a city striving to improve itself.

Huntington was selected by a panel of judges to be one of eight finalists in the national competition for America’s Best Community.

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A day after the failure of the only revenue measure to see any movement during the Legislature’s special session, progress on a budget fix has  come to a screeching halt at the Capitol. Legislators are scrambling to find a  way to fill a $270 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year.

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The state Public Service Commission has set a date for a hearing involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports commissioners issued an order scheduling an evidentiary hearing in the investigation for Nov. 15-17.

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A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Vienna man who sued a mortgage company for refusing to investigate issues he raised about his credit report.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors awarded $2.6 million in punitive damages to David Daugherty on Monday in Beckley after finding that Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC violated the Fair Credit and Report Act.

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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is set to speak at a judicial conference at The Greenbrier resort.

Roberts is scheduled for a question-and-answer session Wednesday in White Sulphur Springs with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on the failure of the House of Delegates to pass an increase in the tobacco tax.  And Roxy Todd reports from Davis and Elkins College as the school graduates its first class of students majoring in old time music. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Last week, Davis and Elkins College graduated its first class of students that includes members of its touring string band and dance ensemble. The Appalachian Ensemble works a lot like a college sports team- the players, in this case musicians and flatfoot dancers, earn scholarships.

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Along with several other senators, Joe Manchin introduced legislation Tuesday designed to help addiction recovery centers across the state.

The Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, or Life BOAT, will place a 1 cent fee on each milligram of opioid-based drugs. Manchin said it’s been estimated that will create $1.5 to $2 billion a year.

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A new drug task force in Clarksburg is taking aim at opioid trafficking in West Virginia.

The State Journal reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the formation of the Tactical Diversion Squad on Monday.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 44-55 Thursday to kill a bill that would have increased a tax on tobacco products. The bill was designed to help fill a $270 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senate Bill 1005, as amended in the House, would have increased the state’s cigarette tax by 45 cents, making it a full $1 per pack.

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As part of an effort to change students' perspectives about using food as medicine, medical students at WVU Charleston took a cooking class yesterday.

“One of the things that we talked about is probably 70 percent of the adults that they'll see in the clinics have some form of metabolic disease that is directly related to nutritional status,” said Doctor Rosemarie Lorenzetti, a professor of family medicine at West Virginia University Medical School. The class was co-led by Lorenzetti and CAMC Executive Chef Bill Dodson.

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An Ohio man accused in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive has waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Twenty-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared in court Tuesday in Lima, Ohio, about 12 hours after his arrest on a first-degree murder warrant.

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Eunice Bellinger has been named the new president of BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the school's Board of Governors voted Monday to select Bellinger as the college's next president.

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