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West Virginia State University is receiving $1.8 million in federal grants to support teaching, research and extension activities.

The grants are part of 53 grants totaling more than $18 million announced Monday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

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  About 430 West Virginia students won't have to pay nearly $446,000 in outstanding loans for online courses of a Pittsburgh firm that runs for-profit trade schools and colleges.

  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced West Virginia's portion of the settlement Monday with Education Management Corporation.

Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
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Elkins and Harpers Ferry have gained a larger say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board granted both municipalities home rule status on Monday. The program shifts power from the state to the local level.

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On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the State Capitol where lawmakers discussed two contentious issues from the session earlier this year -- forced pooling in natural gas drilling and charter

That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting -- telling West Virginia's story.

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Two bills that both died on the final night of the 2015 legislative session, resurfaced Monday during interim meetings - forced pooling and public charter schools. Both ideas erupted in debate in 2015, but Monday’s discussions were calm and reflective – but not without some concerns.

The separate discussions Monday on forced pooling and charter schools were mostly on how to make these controversial pieces of legislation work for lawmakers and interested parties on both sides of the issues.


West Virginia has awarded a $7,478,000 contract to demolish and rebuild four floors in two office towers that are part of the state Capitol complex.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Department of Administration awarded the contract to Maynard C. Smith Construction Co., of Charleston, from among eight bidders for the contract to renovate Buildings 5 and 6.

A Bluefield auto dealership owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole has asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office to investigate a state agency's recent release of the names, salaries and social security numbers of more than 200 employees who work for Cole.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the state Division of Labor's released the employees' confidential information last month, in response to a request from the newspaper for a story about wage complaints filed against businesses owned by candidates for governor in West Virginia.

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About a dozen education officials from around the state addressed the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability in an interim meeting Monday.

Budget cuts for higher education has been a topic many in the state find frustrating, and this feeling was no different at Monday’s interim meeting.

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Defense attorneys chose to rest their case Monday morning without calling a single witness to aid in their defense of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

In a special edition of the podcast "Blankenship on Trial," host Scott Finn discusses the surprising turn of events with reporter Ashton Marra and Charleston attorney Mike Hissam. 

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Jurors in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will soon be asked to deliver a verdict.

At 10:10 a.m. Monday, the prosecution rested its case. In a surprising move just moments after a bench conference, the defense also rested without calling any witnesses to the stand.

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Food banks across the state are getting help from the West Virginia Lottery.

The Lottery's Given and Win Food Drive begins Monday at 441 retailers across West Virginia. Anyone who donates five non-perishable food items at a participating store will have a chance to win a pack of 100 instant lottery tickets.

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  Deer hunters are being encouraged to get their Division of Natural Resources identification number before West Virginia's buck firearms season opens.

Hunters will need the ID number to use the state's new electronic game checking system to report deer they have killed. Use of the electronic system is required.

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State regulators will review public comments on proposed changes to West Virginia's water quality standards at a meeting this week.

A quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Water Quality Standards Program is set for Nov. 17 at the DEP's headquarters in Charleston.

West Virginia State Police says troopers will begin to carry a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. 

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports there's no time frame for when troopers will start carrying naloxone.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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A Jackson County meat wholesaler has been ordered to comply with a subpoena in an investigation by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office.

  Morrisey's office has been investigating complaints that Thaxton Wholesale Meats LLC coerced elderly customers into buying products.

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Nov. 20 marks the anniversary of the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster, which killed 78 men. It was the worst U.S. mine disaster in 50 years. On Sunday, a crowd of about 150 people gathered at the memorial of the Farmington Mine Disaster.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a report from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol about a Right to Work law.  And lawmakers react to the new education standards recommended by the state superintendent of schools on Friday. 

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

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Interim meetings at the state capitol are usually laid back. Lawmakers attend their meetings and sometimes meet with a spare group of lobbyists and constituents.

Sunday, however, the House Government Organization Committee Room was overflowing. Men and women in union t-shirts filled the audience seats, the hallway and even the stairwells outside. What drew the crowd? A proposed piece of legislation that would make West Virginia a Right to Work state.

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House Speaker Tim Armstead said he was surprised to hear West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano had proposed repealing the state's Common Core-based education standards, but is skeptical of the new set of standards backed by the schools chief. 

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A Morgantown theater organization has released its paid staff and canceled its holiday show to stay afloat.

West Virginia Public Theatre outgoing board president Ray Prendergast told The Dominion Post that the organization is having financial difficulties and is taking steps necessary to move forward.