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A new circuit judge in northern West Virginia is set to be sworn in.

A ceremony for James W. Courrier Jr. is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Mineral County Courthouse in Keyser.

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On this West Virginia Morning, new security checkpoints are being installed at the capital for the 2016 legislative session.

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Former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw wants one of his old jobs back.

According to the West Virginia secretary of state's website, the 79-year-old McGraw filed on Saturday to run for the state Supreme Court.

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Six former Freedom Industries officials are set to be sentenced this month on pollution charges two years after a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

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A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge has refused to grant an emergency motion to stop West Virginia University from moving WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley.

 

The lawsuit claims the move violates a state law requiring WVU Tech's headquarters to remain in Montgomery.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re talking about food and some of the food we southern Appalachians are  famous for.

We’ll travel to explore stories and the roots of some southern food, visit a historic salt mine in West Virginia that’s being revived and we’ll head over to a fried chicken festival in Virginia.

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The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Friday that would make West Virginia a right-to-work state.  

The committee began debating Senate Bill 1 Friday morning and continued the discussion into the afternoon lasting more than 6 hours.

 A House Committee takes up the contentious Right to Work legislation for the first time, which causes House Democrats cause sparks on the floor as the attempt to fund state employee healthcare benefits with money from the Rainy Fund.

Also, a special report tonight on new security measures and construction on the state Capitol complex.

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On the House floor Friday, Delegates were set to consider a bill recently approved by the Senate - a bill to help balance the 2016 budget. Senate Bill 364 was on second reading until members of the GOP majority made a tactical move to block a Democratic amendment.

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The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a committee substitute Friday to Senate Bill 16, a bill that would provide up to one million dollars in tax credits to any company delivering broadband service to certain hard-to-reach rural areas.


Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protect religious expression, or allow people to discriminate against certain groups?

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Marshall University’s Dietetics program recently moved to Huntington’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

For those of you who don’t know, Huntington’s Kitchen is the community kitchen that Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution helped create.

"They’re learning about weighing and measuring, learning the differences between using a measurement, a dry and liquid measurement and actually measuring ingredients in terms of grams in ounces," said Amy Gannon, Assistant Professor of Dietetics. 

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West Virginia democrats officially have a third candidate for governor after Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler officially filed paperwork Friday.

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Federal prosecutors say they likely will not try to collect any criminal fine that Freedom Industries is ordered to pay unless the company responsible for the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill is first somehow able to pay off other creditors.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto and Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Wright say in a new court filing that the federal government "has no intention of attempting to execute on any judgment of a fine to the detriment of Freedom's creditors."

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The Central West Virginia Transit Authority board of directors has adopted a revised drug and alcohol policy that is more stringent than federal guidelines.

The Exponent Telegram reports the policy, adopted Thursday, combines regulations from the Federal Transit Administration and Department of Transportation with local rules allowing CENTRA to test employees for more drugs.

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Federal inspectors issued 163 citations and five orders at U.S. mine operations in December.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the inspections were conducted at 10 coal mines and seven other mines in 13 states.

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Four people are accused of selling synthetic marijuana to customers from a western Pennsylvania tobacco shops.

The state's Attorney General's Office says the Butler County shop owner imported drugs from New York and Massachusetts to the businesses that he operates with his girlfriend and repackaged the drugs for retail sale.

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The City of Oak Hill has developed a trail concept which will connect its Main Street with more than 100 miles of trails within the New River Gorge National River.

The Register-Herald reports the proposed trail would pick up the White Oak Rail Trail, go up Central Avenue to Main Street, cross the U.S. 19 bridge and cut through a field along the downtown exit.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll look into The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and a new program in the eastern panhandle that is saving lives by reversing the effects of an overdose.

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As lawmakers from the House and Senate pass bills across the rotunda, members of the public are also passing through new security checkpoints installed at the Capitol for the 2016 session.


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