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A West Virginia Supreme Court justice will speak this week in Welch during the McDowell County Law Day event.

Justice Allen H. Loughry II will be the main speaker at the event, set for 10 a.m. Friday at the McDowell County Courthouse.

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A panel discussion on sex trafficking in West Virginia is scheduled next week at Marshall University.

Democratic House of Delegates member Barbara Evans Fleischauer of Monongalia is among those taking part in the panel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the university's Memorial Student Center.

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West Virginia voters can begin heading to the polls to cast votes ahead of the May 10 primary election.

Early voting began Wednesday and runs through May 7. Polls will be open on Saturdays.

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An estimated 6,000 Bernie Sanders supporters attended the Tuesday rally in Huntington, standing in line for hours to see the Democratic candidate for president. 

The results Tuesday evening, however, showed Sanders lagging even further behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, winning only one of five state primary elections, but neither Sanders nor his supporters are ready to back out of the race just yet. 

Still, Clinton's nomination appears to be more and more inevitable as voters across the country continue to cast ballots. So, should their candidate lose the race, how will West Virginia's Sanders supporters vote in November?

On this West Virginia Morning, Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders encouraged West Virginia voters to join his political revolution during a campaign rally in Huntington Tuesday night. 

In his hour long speech, Sanders spoke about ending income inequality in the nation by increasing the minimum wage and fighting for equal pay for women. Sanders also touched on what he said was a controversial subject in West Virginia-- climate change

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Minutes after the polls closed in five states, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the stage in Huntington calling on West Virginia voters to join his "political revolution."

By the end of the night, only one of the five states-- Rhode Island-- had swung in Sanders's favor, allowing front runner Hillary Clinton to pull even further ahead in the race to the Democratic Party's nomination.

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Editor's Note: For live coverage of the Bernie Sanders rally and more on West Virginia's May 10 primary, visit elections.wvpublic.org.

Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters were already in line at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington by early afternoon Tuesday. Supporters of the democratic presidential hopeful came from all over West Virginia to see the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is scheduled to speak at 8:30 p.m.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he's transferring $10 million from his office's consumer protection fund to the state's general fund for substance abuse treatment efforts and to reduce a backlog of state police crime lab drug tests.

Morrisey announced the transfer Tuesday.

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Almost a half-million dollars in outside interest group money is influencing West Virginia's five-way Supreme Court race through advertising.

Disclosures with the secretary of state show the Republican State Leadership Committee bought $269,200 in ads against Bill Wooton and Darrell McGraw, both former Democratic elected officials.

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  The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Tuesday the end of Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Bureau for Children and Families Commissioner Nancy Exline said in a release that application will no longer be accepted after 5 p.m. Friday April 29th due to funds running out.

The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills. The program requires residents using either gas or electricity for heat to provide shut-off notices when applying. People using other sources or bulk fuel must show their heating fuel is at a low level during the application period.

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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.

Bernie Sanders
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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.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

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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