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An Eastern Panhandle company has been fined $10,000 for distributing medical products without federal approval.

Rebuilder Medical Technologies, Inc. also must spend a year on probation. The Jefferson County company was sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

Rebuilder Medical Technologies had pleaded guilty in May to one count of introducing an unapproved drug into interstate commerce.

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An executive charged in a chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply is expected to plead guilty.

Former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell is expected to enter the plea Tuesday morning in Charleston federal court in front of Judge Thomas Johnston.

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At least one person was injured in West Virginia after a gas line exploded near Winfield.

The pension and health care benefits of thousands of coal miners could be at risk. That’s if a Virginia bankruptcy judge allows Patriot Coal to end a collective bargaining agreement with the United Mine Workers of America, but members of the union made it clear Monday, they’re not going to lose those benefits without a fight.

 

A new type of learning will be the focus of a consolidated elementary school in Cabell County. Although they won't be in their new building until spring, parents and teachers say expeditionary learning will make a difference for their students.

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Some 2,000 active and retired coal miners gathered in the parking lot of the movie theater in Scott Depot Monday afternoon, looking up at their leader United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts.

"If you think this crowd is big, you try to mine one lump of coal without us," Roberts shouted. “We won't just stand in front of your offices. We'll stand in front of your coal mines. We'll stand in front of your cleaning plants. We'll block the roads and nobody will have a job."


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Some Cabell County students took part in their first full day of classes Monday at the Explorer Academy. 

It’s the first Expeditionary Learning School in the state of West Virginia. It’s an undertaking of the Cabell County School Board. Peyton Elementary and Geneva Kent Elementary were closed and consolidated to form the academy. 

Jefferson County held its 23rd annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival over the weekend with parades, live music and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown's raid. Organized by the NAACP of the county, the weekend was meant to bring people together to remember the history of the area that helped shape the country.

The City of Morgantown has teamed up with environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies to create an innovative way to cut carbon emissions while making a profit. 

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Traditionally, electricity is turned on and off on a demand-only basis, with physical power plants only generating electricity when it’s needed for use. However, a Maryland-based power brokerage company, Mosaic Power, has come up with a way to make our energy consumption more efficient without changing our lifestyle.

West Virginia Lottery

After initially defending a decision to award a more than seven and a half million dollar West Virginia Lottery building renovation project to a contractor that didn't submit the lowest bid, state officials now say they made serious errors.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that a lawyer for the Lottery Commission recently told the West Virginia Supreme Court the documents state officials had released for the construction companies were flawed and had been confusing.

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Two colleges in West Virginia will receive federal grants to help students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $23.4 million to more than 100 institutions in 36 states. That's in addition to $270 million for 968 institutions in similar grants announced a month ago.

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A discussion on personal and business income taxes will dominate a state legislative committee meeting in Charleston.

The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform is set to meet Monday at the state Capitol.

Department of Revenue deputy secretary Mark Muchow and state tax division general counsel Mark Morton are scheduled to give an overview of personal and business income taxes and later discuss tax credits.

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The United Mine Workers of America is planning to protest Patriot Coal's intentions to eliminate its union contract that includes pension contributions.

The union says hundreds of miners are set to rally on Monday afternoon outside the company's headquarters in Scott Depot.

Patriot filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 12. The company wants permission from a federal bankruptcy judge in Virginia to reject the company's collective bargaining agreement with union miners and change retirees' health care benefits.

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Republican state Sen. Kent Leonhardt is expected to announce another bid for West Virginia agriculture commissioner.

GOP consultant Kent Gates says Leonhardt will make an announcement Monday at the Capitol.

In 2012, Leonhardt lost to Democrat Walt Helmick, the current first-term agriculture commissioner.

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The 23rd Annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival took place in Jefferson County over the weekend. From a parade to live music, and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown’s Fort – the festival offered a variety of events for visitors.

A northern West Virginia call center says it is adding nearly 300 workers after signing a contract with a company in the health care industry.

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A review of West Virginia's pension system has found that 165 recipients are paid more than $80,000 in annual benefits.

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Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says in a statement that Bond died Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness.

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Four women at a private West Virginia university say their former assistant basketball coach secretly photographed them nude.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the women have filed separate lawsuits in Barbour County Circuit Court against Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi and Collins Murphy.

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Attorneys for former coal executive Don Blankenship are pressing for documents related to the deadly Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in 2010.

They want the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to turn over what the attorneys say are previously undisclosed documents. They include any records about a meeting and a phone call between the former Massey Energy CEO and MSHA's chief Joe Main in the two months before the mining disaster.

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Authorities say a pilot was injured when a small plane crashed in northern West Virginia.

Marion County emergency management director Chris McIntire says the plane crashed upon landing Friday afternoon at the Fairmont Municipal Airport.

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