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West Virginia State University (WVSU) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) announce the creation of a one-year, paid media fellowship program called the West Virginia Media Diversity Fellowship.

Congress will return to session after Labor Day to a full schedule. They will consider long term funding for the nation’s roadways, the Iran nuclear deal and an education bill replacing No Child Left Behind.

The full schedule has the conservation community worried about the impending expiration of a little-known program for buying park and forest land. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has generated almost $17 billion during its 50-year history.

About $10.5 billion of that has been spent to buy 5 million acres of public land, mainly out West, but West Virginia has also benefited from the fund. Think Harpers Ferry, the New River Gorge and the Monongahela National Forest. 

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A Roman Catholic priest who also is a teacher has asked school officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.

The Rev. George Nedeff is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. He recently was hired as a substitute teacher in Wood County, West Virginia.

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A three day racial justice workshop will kick-off Friday in Charleston.

American Friends Service Committee will host the West Virginia Freedom School, a three-day racial justice workshop that runs from Friday to Sunday at the East End Family Resource Center on the East End of Charleston. Students from Clay, Kanawha, Pocahontas, Marshall, Logan, Boone and Mingo counties will attend the meeting. They’ll combine with college students from Wesleyan University, Bridge ValleyTech and West Virginia State University.

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West Virginia University is helping Harpers Ferry recover from a fire that damaged four buildings and nine businesses.

WVU Extension Service program coordinator Chad Proudfoot is working to match local needs with the university's resources. He spends about three days a week in the historic town.

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Wheeling Hospital plans to replace its continuous care center with a new $22 million facility.

The hospital has filed a notice of intent with the West Virginia Health Care Authority that it plans to seek a certificate of need for the project.

Two companies have been cited by West Virginia regulators in separate fatal mine accidents.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training issued two citations to Rogers Petroleum Services Inc. and eight citations to Murray Energy.

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The unincorporated town of Comfort, West Virginia, is made up of two gas stations and an elementary school. All three sit along a winding, two lane road that on any given day is peppered with trucks carry loads of coal. Coal they picked up at the Kanawha Eagle mining complex a few hundred feet down the road, but the last several years have been tough for the industry and now fewer and fewer of those trucks roll through. 

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Ten years ago, Jennifer Hill was trying to figure out how she, her mother and brother could survive Hurricane Katrina.

As the price of coal has declined over the past four years, no one state may be feeling the financial impact more than our own. West Virginia once relied heavily on coal and related industries for jobs, but now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. As part of our partnership with Pittsburgh’s the Allegheny Front looking at the future of coal in Appalachia, we zero in on how the decline of coal prices are impacting how West Virginia governments pay the bills.

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The general manager of a TV station in Virginia says two crew members were fatally shot on air in central Virginia.

Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Parker was 24, Ward 27.

 The station says in tweets and in a story on its website that the incident happened Wednesday morning at a shopping center on a lake in Moneta.

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A change in pay periods for state employees has prompted grievances from workers who say they won't receive their full salaries during the switchover.

The state began switching pay periods in June from twice monthly to biweekly. Pay periods will increase from 24 to 26.

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Some students at New River Community and Technical College who complete two-year degrees can transfer into a four-year program at West Virginia State University.

Officials from both schools announced an agreement Tuesday involving online and evening classes at West Virginia State.

It lets New River graduates in business administration, law enforcement and corrections complete their bachelor's degrees in business or criminal justice.

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The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced the funding on Tuesday.

The money is designated for enhancing psychological and social health care services for people with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

WVU Celebrates Opening of Art Museum

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After waiting for over six years, Morgantown art lovers flooded the halls of the WVU Art Museum Tuesday to see the university’s diverse collection of modernist and contemporary art.

The ABC and Fox affiliates in the Charleston-Huntington market are no longer available on Dish Network.

WCHS and WVAH are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, which did not reach an agreement with the satellite provider Dish Network. The stations were no longer available on Dish as of late Tuesday evening.

153 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets have been blacked out on Dish Network because they failed to reach a new, long-term deal on broadcast retransmission licensing.. 

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West Virginia State Police say a suspect has been arrested after a report of someone with a gun inside a high school.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School.

Baylous says the incident began as a "hostage-type situation" at the school.

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  Former Vice President Dick Cheney will give the keynote speech at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and business summit.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is suing the state Parole Board to obtain records regarding its denial of parole to an HIV-positive inmate.

The lawsuit says the board hasn't responded to the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act request for the information.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that ACLU attorney Jamie Lynn Crofts filed the lawsuit last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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A judge has recused himself from a hazing case stemming from a West Virginia University student's death.

The Dominion Post reports that Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Philip Gaujot said he was member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity when he was a college student.

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