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The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education at Shepherd University will host a special screening of WVPB’s documentary Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey, Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.).

The film, which examines the life and public career of John D. Rockefeller, IV, explores why the heir to one of the nation’s largest family fortunes would come to one of the poorest states in the nation – and stay.

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One of the nation's largest coal companies is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final ruling that the agency's 2014 mercury and air toxics standards will stay in place even after a new consideration of costs.

The State Journal reports that Murray Energy filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday, challenging the EPA's supplemental finding that was submitted earlier in the day.

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A new policy that'll assign police dogs to another handler has sparked protest from some Martinsburg residents.

The Journal reports Martinsburg police said in a statement Saturday that supervisors will no longer be assigned as canine handlers.

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Environmental groups are taking legal action to require the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to treat water pollution at bankrupt coal mines in Barbour, Nicholas and Preston counties.

News outlets report that West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club filed two lawsuits in two federal courts on April 20. The plaintiffs accuse West Virginia of violating the Clean Water Act by allowing excessive amounts of pollutants to discharge from the abandoned coal mine sites.

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Berkeley Springs High School has been singled out for its environmentally friendly practices.

The U.S. Department of Education named the school as a Green Ribbon School.

Watch the 2016 West Virginia History Bowl

Eighth graders in public, private and home school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional tournament winners and the runner-up team move forward to the state tournament held in on April 26, 2016, in the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston.

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.  

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world. She speaks with Beth Vorhees.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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Wells Fargo will pay $8 million to West Virginia as part of a settlement of a decade-long dispute involving marketing practices.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday that Wells Fargo will pay the money to the Office of the Attorney General on the state's behalf.

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  With primary elections taking place in other states, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is heading to West Virginia for a rally Tuesday.

The U.S. senator from Vermont will speak in Huntington at 8:30 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

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More than 24,000 doctors across West Virginia who accept Medicaid were put on alert Monday that the state may not be able to "continue to process claims at the same consistent level."  

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito stopped in Hedgesville to spotlight a unique program that uses bee-keeping to help veterans with post-traumatic stress.

Capito visited Geezer Ridge Farm in Hedgesville Monday. The farm is home to thousands of honey producing bees, and gives community members and veterans a chance to learn about bee-keeping. For many of those veterans the practice is also a form of therapy. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting for a hazardous waste site in Clarksburg that could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list.

The Exponent Telegram reports city manager Martin Howe says the May 24 meeting will be at the North View Fire Station.

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West Virginia Senate Republican leaders were billed almost $21,000 in state money for outside attorneys in a legal case that threatened their majority.

An invoice sent to GOP Senate President Bill Cole shows the upper chamber retained Flaherty, Sensabaugh and Bonasso, PLLC for about $20,700 for the case in January.

A West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world.

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 West Virginia’s former Democratic U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has announced his pick for the next President of the United States.

Rockefeller announced his endorsement of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in an editorial printed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

An electric utility company that serves more than 500,000 customers throughout northern West Virginia says its proposed energy plan doesn't need a public hearing.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports First Energy, the parent company of MonPower and Potomac Edison, asked the Public Service Commission to reject calls for a public hearing on its 15-year resource plan.

Officials say more than 1,000 West Virginians will lose their food stamp benefits starting next month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced last year that it would reinstate a requirement calling on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to meet a monthly work or training requirement of 20 hours per week or lose benefits.

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West Virginia University has created an Institute of Water Security and Science to promote research on stewardship, management, human health and other issues.

Water researcher Jason Hubbart will lead the institute. He says pressure on water resources is at record levels.

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and natural gas industry executives have met with Japanese business leaders to discuss investment opportunities.

A Tomblin news release says executives from Energy Corporation of America and MarkWest Energy Partners joined for the meeting Friday in New York City.

On this West Virginia Morning, Soldiers in West Virginia’s Reserve 363 Military Police Company came home last month from Afghanistan and Kosovo in time to celebrate the Medical Reserve Corps's 108 birthday. Chip Hitchcock interviewed the Reserve unit’s commanding officer last year and brings us this report.

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