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Ohio County Schools plan to hire a new superintendent next month.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports board of education members approved a time frame Monday for hiring the next superintendent. The final selection will take place at the board's Feb. 22 meeting.

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Alpha Natural Resources says it plans to lay off 831 miners and dozens more support staff in southern West Virginia as a result of the downturn in the coal industry.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha announced Monday it has sent 60-day layoff warning notices to Boone and Raleigh counties.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is set to speak at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Gingrich's speech about the 2016 presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday at the school's Troy Theater in Wheeling.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we look at a positive outcome for a situation that had the potential to turn deadly at a Philippi school where faculty, a pastor and a state trooper were able to convince student to surrender his weapon.

At the legislature today, members of the West Virginia Senate welcome a new member to the chamber after Supreme Court ruling Friday, a ruling that called for a Republican to be appointed. We focus in on fracking tonight with a special report detailing the updated version of a bill that died in a rare tie on the final night in 2015, and General James Hoyer joins us to discuss the latest after the weekend’s winter storm.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is facing some criticism after the Charleston Gazette-Mail ran an article saying he paid an outside law firm $600,000 more than his policy on paying legal fees dictates.

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Dr. Joseph Beckett, Director of Marshall University’s athletic training program, is the only West Virginian to be awarded the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association for 2016.

The MAATA District includes universities and organizations in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

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As state road crews continue to clear snow and debris from secondary routes, for many, digging out from under as much as a foot of snow or more has just begun. The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health is reminding residents shoveling snow could put some at risk for heart-attacks or other health related problems.

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State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he won't seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court in a Clarksburg man's 2001 rape case.

In November, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Joseph Buffey's due process rights were violated when prosecutors failed to disclose that DNA tests exonerated him in the rape and robbery of an 83-year-old woman. They sent the case back to a judge to allow Buffey to withdraw his guilty pleas.

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You may have heard about the August 2015 Philippi school shooting that never was. A state trooper and a pastor talked a boy who had taken his class hostage into surrendering his weapon. No one was harmed.

In a way, the experience was a success - an affirmation that school violence can be prevented. At least that’s the hope of Project AWARE, a federal grant awarded to three West Virginia counties last year. This is the first year of implementation.

Sen. Joe Manchin says legislation he's introducing would create an enforceable program for states to oversee the disposal of coal ash.

The West Virginia Democrat has introduced the bill with a Republican Senate colleague. The proposal is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against the Logan County Board of Education by the mother of a teenager who was told to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out when he came to school.

The lawsuit claimed the woman's son's constitutional rights had been violated.

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Moundsville officials are tackling the issue of all-terrain vehicles with a new city ordinance.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports that Moundsville police Lt. Steve Kosek says the ordinance took effect this month, completely banning ATV use on city streets and alleys.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at the challenges Marshall University’s new president; Jerome Gilbert plans to overcome in the coming year.

In light of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, this week on Inside Appalachia we remember the West Virginia water crisis from 2014. We’ll also hear from people in the coalfields who don’t have access to clean water, day in and day out. And we’ll honor the traditional “Appalachian” way of coming together to lean on each other.

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Warming stations and shelters are open in counties across West Virginia in preparation for expected power outages as Winter Storm Jonas continues to drop heavy snow on the southern and western regions of the state. Shelter locations are listed below by county. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Brenton, W.Va., resident Sue Cline to fill the vacancy left in the West Virginia Senate after Daniel Hall's resignation.

Cline's appointment comes after a decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Friday ordering Tomblin to appoint a Republican to the seat. 

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Former prison employee Scotty Rose has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for witness tampering.

Acting United States Attorney Carol Castro says in a news release that Rose was sentenced Thursday.

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Snow kayaking, stuck snowplows and scenes that belong in a snow globe -- these are just some of the images and videos being shared here in West Virginia during Blizzard 2016.

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The West Virginia Legislature sent its members home early Friday because of the inclement weather in the Kanawha Valley.

Both the House and Senate chambers met earlier than usual Friday morning. The House at 9:00 a.m. and the Senate at 10:00 a.m. Normally, both chambers would meet for a floor session at 11:00 a.m., but this weekend’s storm has all members taking extra precautionary measures.

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