Rubberlite has proposed building a research, development and light manufacturing center at a brownfield site in Huntington.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Rubberlite President Alan Letton provided details of the proposal to the Huntington Municipal Development Authority on Tuesday. Letton asked the authority to buy the 27-acre site along the Ohio River.

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  According to a recently conducted survey by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, at least six of 55 county commissions in West Virginia start their meetings with a prayer.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Tuesday that Jackson, Mineral, Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler county commissioners say a prayer at meetings, while the Berkeley County Commission opens its meetings with a prayer by a clergy member or commissioner.

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Weirton City Council plans to establish a city sales tax under the state's home rule program.

The City Council plans to ask the West Virginia Home Rule Board to approve an amendment to Weirton's home rule plan implementing a 1 percent sales tax.

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  A judge has scheduled a guilty plea hearing for the last executive charged in a chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply.

In Charleston federal court Wednesday, Judge Thomas Johnston set an Aug. 18 hearing for former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says prosecutors generally file for guilty plea hearings when a defendant has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge or charges.

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Natural gas utilities are seeking state approval to reduce what they charge customers to recover their fuel costs.

Mountaineer Gas, Bluefield Gas, Dominion Hope Gas and Peoples Gas each have filed requests with the West Virginia Public Service Commission to reduce the purchased gas portion of their rates.

Together, the PSC says the utilities serve more than 99 percent of natural gas customers in West Virginia.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on a bill to allow gas companies to force mineral owners to sell their gas rights.  The bill failed on a tie vote in the house during the final night of the legislative session earlier this year.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Prosecutors are asking a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the final executive charged in a chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal court Tuesday, prosecutors filed the request for former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell's hearing.

West Virginia environmental regulators say Patriot Coal's bankruptcy plan would leave the company with no assets to cover hundreds of millions of dollars in mine pollution cleanup.

In a Monday filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia, attorneys for the Department of Environmental Protection wrote that Patriot's plan would expose people to public health and safety risks. / WV Legislature

 Republican state Del. JB McCuskey will challenge Democratic West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer in 2016.

McCuskey announced his auditor bid Tuesday at the Capitol.

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WesBanco says fraudulent activity following a security breach at an ATM in Ohio appears to be isolated.

WesBanco says a device was used to capture data from transactions at an ATM at the Ohio Valley Plaza in St. Clairsville, Ohio, from July 25 through Aug. 3.

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A federal judge has dismissed charges against Sophia in a police brutality lawsuit, but allowed a lawsuit seeking punitive damages to proceed against the patrolman accused of beating and kicking a handcuffed man.

The Register-Herald reports that U.S. District Court Judge Irene Burger last week in Beckley dismissed numerous charges against Sophia and its police department. Burger ruled that the town and police department cannot be sued because they are legal entities.

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Record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager and former astronaut Jon McBride are among eight people inducted into the West Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The other inductees are former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Kemp McLaughlin, Irene Crum, Bill Pancake, Donald Judy and Angelo Koukoulis.

On West Virginia Morning, a representative of the American Cancer Society is urging the state legislature to increase the tax on cigarettes to promote cancer prevention.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

A judge has ruled against ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in motions over documents in his criminal case.

In Beckley federal court Monday, Judge Irene Berger issued four orders that don't favor Blankenship.

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Kids in Wayne County are already back in school. State Superintendent Michael Martirano joined them today to emphasize the importance of good attendance.

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Former Marshall University football standout and assistant coach Phil Ratliff passed away on Sunday.

The Charlotte 49ers, where Ratliff has been coaching the past three years, made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

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A Nitro police officer who fatally shot a man says he had no other choice.

Sgt. T.A. Jarrell tells WSAZ-TV that 52-year-old David Lane Cooke of Nitro fired a gun at him as he approached the man. He says they then exchanged gunfire.

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A state wildlife official says urban deer hunts have succeeded at thinning local whitetail populations.

Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Paul Johansen tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the hunts don't necessarily solve a city or town's deer problems. But he says the hunts help achieve that goal.

On West Virginia Morning, seven years ago Huntington was named the nation’s unhealthiest city.  Since then, many there have been trying to improve residents’ health…but is it working?  And we’ll go to Parkersburg where a church has been growing fresh food to give out for free.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

  Hancock County and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort have settled a lawsuit over hotel occupancy tax collections.

The Weirton Daily Times reports that Mountaineer must pay the county at least $225,000 annually in hotel occupancy taxes for the next five years.