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West Virginia’s representatives gave their support to a U.S. House bill that authorizes spending up to $325 billion on transportation projects during the next six years.

After three days of debate and some 100 amendments considered, House Resolution 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, passed on a vote of 363 to 64. The bill approves more than $300 billion in spending on the country’s transportation projects. It includes $261 billion for roads and bridges.

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College basketball season has begun in West Virginia.

The West Virginia University men’s team tips off its season in exhibition play Friday night against Glenville State. Last year, the Mountaineers made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was the most successful season since an appearance in the final four in 2009. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said the key to last year was adopting a full-court press on defense, where defenders guard their player all over the floor. 

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A filmmaker with West Virginia connections is the subject of a documentary about his work in India.

A native of Ohio, Ellis Dungan moved to Wheeling in 1958 where he produced and directed industrial, business and public relations films many of which are in the West Virginia Film archives today.

But before moving to Wheeling, Dungan was fresh out of film school in southern California, who went on to become a pioneer in the Tamil film industry in southern India from 1935 to 1950.

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The March of Dimes gives West Virginia low marks for preventing premature births.

West Virignia earned a D on the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The report card compares the state's preterm birth rate with the March of Dimes' goal of 8.1 percent by 2020.

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West Virginia Women Work is an organization that wants to help women in the state achieve economic self-sufficiency. They’ve been at it for 15 years. About 1000 women are better for it, so far. But the organization runs on a shoestring budget, with only five full-time staff to organize six 11-week courses each year. It’s now looking to the state to stay afloat.

 Morgantown police who responded to reports of a kidnapping say the incident was actually a prank by a West Virginia University fraternity.

Now seven members of Phi Gamma Delta are facing charges of disorderly conduct.

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State police say a Bluefield High School student brought an unloaded handgun to the school.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says school personnel found the gun on Wednesday following an altercation between the female student and another student.

Marion County's commissioners have frozen new hires in response to the state's budget problems.

The Tims West Virginian reports that the freeze approved on Wednesday was effective immediately.

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On West Virginia Morning, a report from Martinsburg where Governor Tomblin held a summit about substance abuse.  And from Wheeling, Glynis Board reports on an organization that is working to help women achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

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

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Two weeks after President Obama’s visit to West Virginia, aimed at putting the spotlight on substance abuse issues across the country, the state’s leaders are still talking about ways to combat the issue.

At a forum in Martinsburg, Governor Tomblin met with those struggling with the disease and others trying to provide assistance in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Jurors heard emotional testimony from former Massey Energy safety official Bill Ross who broke down on the stand Wednesday morning as he discussed his 2009 recommendations to improve safety at the mining company.

Ross began his second day of testimony Wednesday in the trial of ex-Massey CEO Don Blankenship.

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Three finalists have been chosen for the president's job at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Southern's Board of Governors and presidential search committee say James Buyea, Robert Gunter and Alton Scales will visit the college's campuses in Logan and Williamson next week.

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Members of the Kanawha County Community gathered at West Virginia State University earlier this week to discuss race and the ongoing battle for equality.

Community members, officials and students took part in a discussion at West Virginia State looking at different racial issues effecting West Virginia and Kanawha County. The discussion was organized by students and the American Friends Service Committee. 

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Governor Earl Tomblin will hold a summit in Martinsburg Wednesday to address the state's ongoing efforts to combat substance abuse. Tomblin will be joined by medical professionals, education leaders, law enforcement officials, and individuals directly affected by substance abuse as they discuss reforms and new programs to help those struggling with addiction.

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States suing Volkswagen are focusing on the car maker's advertisements dating back to the 2009 model year describing its vehicles as "clean diesel."

As part of their legal strategy, attorneys general say each ad that aired or was published represents a deceptive or misleading business practice. Each carries a fine of $5,000 or more.

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A developer has donated 10 acres for a proposed minor league baseball stadium in Parkersburg.

Pat Minnite announced his donation on Tuesday. He says the next step is to determine how to fund the project and who will be involved.

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Two people have been sentenced on federal charges stemming from a crackdown on prescription drug trafficking in southern West Virginia. 

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 20-year-old Aree Lumpkins of Princeton received a two-year sentence on Tuesday. Lumpkins pleaded guilty in July to using a telephone to arrange a drug deal.

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Hard Rock Exploration has received a state permit to drill a test well into the Rogersville Shale in Putnam County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Department of Environmental Protection approved the permit for the vertical test well on Monday.

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Alderson Broaddus University says it will hold a service in memory of former President Richard Shearer this weekend.

The "Service of Remembrance" is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Wilcox Campus on the university's campus in Philippi.

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On West Virginia Morning, a look back at the flood of 1985 from a reporter who covered the devastation in Pocahontas County.  That’s  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.