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West Virginia’s 55 schools districts can now apply for state funding to help combat excessive absences in public schools.

 

The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications from county boards of education for funding to hire a local truancy diversion specialist.

Those county level specialists will work directly with students who have the highest number of absences, providing them individual attention to get them back in the classroom.

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The Cabell-Huntington Health department played host to a two-day training session this week. Its goal: to help local health officials get acquainted with conducting a syringe exchange program. 

The first of two trainings conducted by the Harm Reduction Coalition of New York City focused on why a syringe exchange program is right for the Huntington area. The program will allow addicts to exchange their old syringes for new ones.  

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E-filing is expanded again, now to its third county in the state.

West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System, or e-filing for short, started in Marion County in August 2013, and then in April of this year, it expanded for the first time to Jefferson County. On Tuesday, it expanded again to Monroe County.

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Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, prosecutors filed the request for former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern's hearing.

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Dozens of Girl Scouts are heading to the Summit in West Virginia for five days of mountain biking, rock climbing and other outdoor challenges.

The Girl Scout Jamboree gets under way Wednesday at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County. The Jamboree is expected to welcome about 240 girls and adults through Sunday.

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For the 13th consecutive year, West Virginia Lottery sales have topped the $1 billion mark.

Director John Musgrave said Tuesday the lottery posted $1.16 billion in total sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Of that sum, Musgrave said more than $500 million went to state coffers.

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West Virginia's unemployment rate has risen for the fifth consecutive month.

According to The Exponent Telegram, WorkForce West Virginia on Tuesday announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.4 percent in June.

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The founder of a Hampshire County company faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a tax charge.

Jolin Concrete Industries, Inc. founder and majority owner Joseph H. Frye admitted in federal court that he understated the company's taxable income on an income tax return filed for the 2012 tax year.

Yeager Airport is monitoring a creek partially obstructed by debris from a recent hillside slip.

Airport spokesman Mike Plante says the airport opened its emergency operations Center around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  On West Virginia Morning, signing up for Americorps is very popular among citizens here.  Today, we meet a member who helps veterans find housing, education and employment.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story. 

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In this story, we meet an AmeriCorps volunteer who helps veterans find housing, education and employment. AmeriCorps is an anti-poverty volunteer service program, like the Peace Corps, except members serve in the United States. They work on projects that range from tutoring children to helping restore flood damaged homes to helping people in need find healthy food. 

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts are looking for opinions on arts in local communities.

The State arts agency and commission are inviting the public to complete a survey that explores the services and support they deliver to arts communities across the state. The information collected will guide the groups in reviewing the current programs, planning upcoming activities and preparing annual reports for the governor, legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.

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An ethics complaint filed against a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice has been dismissed after the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission found there was “no evidence to support a finding of probable cause” supporting the claim.

Morgantown resident and two-time failed gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney filed the complaint on April 16 claiming Davis violated the judicial code of ethics by not recusing herself from a wrongful death case that came before the state’s highest court.

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The West Virginia Housing Development Fund's home mortgage interest rate has dropped below 2.81 percent, the lowest level in the fund's history.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the fund announced the rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan on Tuesday in a news release. They attribute the low rate to a $15 million bond issue by the fund.

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CSX has invited the public to attend a meeting to discuss the cleanup of a February oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia.

The meeting is set for Tuesday evening at the Glen Ferris Inn.

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg is joining a statewide effort to bring more veterans into farming or a related agribusiness.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says Parkersburg is the first college to participate in the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture project.

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is taking steps to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state's deer population.

The division says it has broadened Eastern Panhandle restrictions on the baiting and artificial feeding of deer. Effective this month, the restrictions were extended to the following counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan.

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Work has begun on shoring up a runway safety embankment at Charleston's Yeager Airport.

Heavy rains had caused some slippage on the so-called overrun area in recent days. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that the months-long project got under way on Monday.

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A new report says more than one in four West Virginiachildren are living in poverty.

The annual KIDS Count report says the number of children living in poverty grew from 87,000 in 2008 to 100,000 in 2013, an increase of nearly 15 percent.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with a media business analyst about Charleston losing its status as a two newspaper town.  Also, Jesse Wright takes to Chestnut Ridge Park in Morgantown to listen to its annual summer concert series. 

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


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