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Bridge Day organizers have approved an optional security measure to address privacy concerns about fingerprint scans.

The Bridge Day Commission plans to require BASE jumpers, rappellers and vendors to submit to the scans. The fingerprints will be checked against a terrorism watch list.

The Register-Herald reports that the commission on Wednesday added the option of a paid background check. The fingerprint scans will be free.

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  Natalie Tennant is eyeing another term as West Virginia's secretary of state.

On Tuesday, the Democrat filed pre-candidacy paperwork to run for a third term as secretary of state.

In a crushing 2014 election for Democrats across the state and country, Tennant lost a U.S. Senate bid against Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

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Gus Douglass, who was the nation's longest-serving agriculture chief, has died at age 88.

Douglass' family says in a statement that he died Thursday morning after a fall at his home in Mason County.

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a budget that relies on almost $23 million in reserves.

  The Republican-led Legislature voted Wednesday on the House-Senate budget agreement. Some votes crossed party lines.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the State Capital where lawmakers approved the state’s budget for fiscal year 2016.  And Roxy Todd continues her series about service and therapy dogs.  Today, we visit a prison where inmates train the dogs and how the dogs impact the prisoners who work with them. 

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

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St. Mary's Correctional Center is one of five state prisons in West Virginia where inmates help train service dogs. The program is a partnership between the paws4people foundation and the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

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Two former employees at Freedom Industries have pleaded guilty to a pollution charge in last year's chemical spill into a river in West Virginia.

Ex-plant manager Michael Burdette and environmental consultant Robert Reynolds entered the pleas to negligent discharge of a pollutant Wednesday during separate hearings in federal court in Charleston. They each face up to a year in prison when they are sentenced June 24.

The January 2014 spill of a coal-cleaning agent into the Elk River contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days.

  A misdemeanor charge against former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles has been dismissed.

Giles had been charged with failing to immediately report a sexual assault at the school.

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The U.S. Forest Service is issuing a permit to survey a 12.6-mile segment of the George Washington National Forest for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Highland and Augusta counties, in Virginia.

 The Morgantown fire marshal has cited four residences, including a fraternity, for overcrowding.

The Dominion Post reports that Capt. Ken Tennant with the fire marshal's office outlined the violations in an email to West Virginia University officials and the president of the InterFraternity Council.

WLU biology professor, Dr. Zach Loughman, is shown accepting his award in Charleston.
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A West Liberty University researcher has been named the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's Professor of the Year.

On West Virginia Morning, the Heritage Farm and Museum in Huntington will become an affiliate of the famed Smithsonian Institution in Washington.  And we’ll go into a Charleston school and meet the service dog that helps children there.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Paca is an English Black Labrador who works with elementary school students at the Mary C. Snow School on Charleston's West Side.

One of Paca's roles is to help children who are emotionally in need of some extra love.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Since news broke about fraternity members using a racist chant in Oklahoma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon has come under fire nationwide. University officials say they haven’t had any trouble with the fraternity’s chapters in West Virginia.

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A museum sits just outside of Huntington that many in the state would consider a hidden gem.

The Heritage Farm Museum and Village has been named the state of West Virginia’s first Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The affiliation will allow the museum to use the resources and learning opportunities that the Smithsonian provides.

  The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period on proposed stricter ozone standards closes this week. Many health and medical professionals across the country are urging the EPA to adopt the standard. Meanwhile, West Virginia’s senator Joe Manchin introduced legislation that would block the measure.

If your name isn't traditionally white-sounding, there's a good chance it's been misspelled by a coffeehouse barista. It's awkward when that happens, but is it the perfect time to engage in a dialogue about race and ethnicity? Starbucks seems to think so.

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In Charleston on Monday, about 200 people gathered in front of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters to demand a moratorium on mountaintop removal mining permits.

Protesters cited several health studies that show a direct link between high rates of cancer and mountaintop removal mining. One of the six environmental groups that organized the rally was Coal River Mountain Watch. Vernon Haltom is the group’s executive director.

A truck driver has died following an accident at an Alpha Natural Resources surface mine in Southern West Virginia.

Alpha says in a news release that the fuel truck overturned Tuesday morning on a haul road on the Republic Energy surface mine property in Raleigh County.

Former West Liberty University President Robin Capehart will earn the same salary in his new role as a legislative liaison and consultant.

Capehart resigned last week following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate. He will remain with the university through 2015.