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A former coal company executive is asking an appeals court if he can remain free while appealing a case that dealt him a prison sentence.

Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Tuesday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let him remain free on $1 million bond, pending appeal. Otherwise, Blankenship's attorneys say he may serve much, or all, of his one-year sentence before a larger appellate decision is reached.

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  Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner, is seeking bankruptcy protection.

The filing comes less than three months after another from Arch Coal, the country's second-largest miner, which followed bankruptcy filings from Alpha Natural Resources.

Due to limitations of their investigation, West Virginia health officials say they cannot conclude that drinking raw milk got anyone sick at the state Capitol.

The Bureau for Public Health's investigation found that Del. Scott Cadle clearly violated state law by handing out raw milk at the Capitol on March 3.

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The West Virginia University College of Law is assuming exclusive management of the legal education program for lawyers in the state.

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals requires West Virginia lawyers to earn 24 continuing legal education credits every two years. Until this month, the College of Law and the West Virginia State Bar worked together to provide the program.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers to work at Burnsville Lake.

The corps says volunteer jobs could include giving tours, mowing, cleaning the grounds and facilities, string trimming and staffing a visitor center.

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West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in March at 6.5 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said in a news release Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents increased by 600 last month to 51,400.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling where Central Catholic High School is celebrating 150 years.  And from Pennsylvania, a report about the fate of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in that state. 

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

Central Catholic High School

This year Central Catholic High School in Ohio County is celebrating roots that stretch 150 years  back. The school has weathered many changes since the end of the Civil War. Student populations have swelled and declined along with the population of the Northern Panhandle. Today the school is looking to the future. Alums and foundations have made investments in new technologically infused learning environments, changing the shape of classrooms, and school officials hope, students’ minds.


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Lawmakers have until June 30 to come up with a state budget for next year, and lawmakers in the Eastern Panhandle are eager to see a solution soon.

Eight Eastern Panhandle lawmakers met with members of the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce to recap the 2016 legislative session Tuesday during a wrap-up breakfast in Martinsburg.

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A group in Parkersburg has launched a campaign to pass a city ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the group met with representatives from civil rights organization Fairness West Virginia on Monday to discuss how to get the city to pass such an ordinance.

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West Virginia health and research organizations have partnered to increase access to specialty treatment for Hepatitis-C in rural and underserved areas through telemedicine. A kickoff event for the project will be held today at The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute in Morgantown.

The idea behind the project – named ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes – is to increase patients' access to specialists without having to physically leave their local communities.  It is a national model.

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Time is running out for West Virginians to register to vote in the May 10 primary election.

The deadline to register is April 19.

Early voting begins April 27 and runs through May 7. Early voting is open during regular business hours at each county courthouse or annex. Early voting also is available each Saturday.

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A federal judge in Washington has ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Monday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a motion for summary judgment sought by groups that challenged a 2009 decision that Blair Mountain should be delisted.

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  The former corporate headquarters of Patriot Coal in Scott Depot has been sold.

Marshall Health expects to start converting the three-story office building into medical offices this summer. Marshall Health is the faculty practice plan of Marshall University's medical school.

On West Virginia Morning, a special report – “Autism: A West Virginia Story.”  Health reporter Kara Lofton talks with families about the challenges of getting needed therapies for their children.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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A West Virginia water agency manager has been ordered to remove from his office wall a large Gadsen flag depicting a rattlesnake and the words, "Don't tread on me."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Mike Duminiak, who works at the state Water Development Authority, put up the Gadsden flag following a grievance hearing during which he said his fellow employees harassed him.

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The Regional Jail Authority annual report says incarceration rates at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg continue to decrease.

The Journal reports the annual report focuses on the performance and inmate statistics of all adult regional jails in the state from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Joni Deutsch

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last Thursday's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at The Grove @ Secret Sandwich Society. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for you.

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A plan to switch thousands of state employees from twice-monthly to biweekly pay could resume soon.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the change to biweekly pay is pending the outcome of a vote Wednesday by the Enterprise Resource Planning board. Approval by the board — made up of the governor, treasurer and auditor — would permit the transfer of most state employees to biweekly pay beginning in May.

Jessica Lilly

This story has been updated.

Twenty-six families say that a coal company is responsible for damaging their water supply. Trial for 16 of those families begins Monday, April 11, in Wyoming County Circuit Court.

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