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West Virginia has been plagued for the past few years with budget deficits. To deal with the shortfalls, the governor has cut state agency budgets across the board, implemented hiring freezes and dipped into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

This year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the House and Senate approved budget by an additional $11 million, leaving some service programs to wonder how they’ll keep their doors open. The Charleston Health Right is just one of those service programs.

The West Virginia Health Right clinic located in Charleston's East End is a free and charitable clinic that provides medical, dental and vision services to more than 15,000 uninsured and underinsured West Virginians each year. 

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The West Virginia Division of Highways is asking the public for help in finding the grave of a soldier who served in three wars.

Highways crews found William H. Moore's headstone in a ditch in Summers County about two years ago. The DOH's Summers County headquarters has been trying since then to find Moore's grave or his family.

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The National Park Service plans to update the fire management plan for three parks in Southern West Virginia.

The plan would cover New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra visits a free health clinic in Charleston – one of many across the state that are facing budget cuts.  And, you will no  longer be allowed to have outdoor upholstered furniture in Morgantown.  These stories  on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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In response to the many street fires following big football and basketball games, Morgantown unanimously passed a law Tuesday, April 7, that bans upholstered furniture outdoors.

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Huntington City officials and concerned citizens held a public forum Tuesday night to discuss their growing concerns over drug abuse and the crimes that accompany it.

Panel members represented law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and recovery organizations and neighborhood groups. They all were there to discuss the same thing, drug crimes, those that are addicted to the substances and how to protect neighborhoods. The idea for the forum came from discussion that was already occurring on social media.

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Policy changes are on the way after former state Sen. Truman Chafin sought more than $34,000 in reimbursed expenses.

State Senate Clerk Clark Barnes tells The Charleston Daily Mail that he wants his office to review expense reports from legislative officials.

Barnes says currently, the Senate's bookkeeping office hands the reports direc

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Patriot Coal is being sued by environmental groups who say the company's Hobet 21 mountaintop removal mine in Southern West Virginia is polluting the Mud River watershed.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and the Sierra Club say they have identified multiple violations of water quality standards at the Boone County mine. The groups say streams in the watershed are no longer healthy ecosystems because of pollution from more than 20 valley fills.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says it's "about a 50-50 toss-up" whether he'll run for governor next year.

The West Virginia Democrat told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he'll make his decision by Memorial Day at the latest.

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State regulators say a discharge of water from an old mine is the likely cause of orange rocks in the Cheat River.

Boaters reported seeing orange rocks at the mouth of Muddy Creek. The DEP says it believes something happened inside the old mine near Valley Point that created a temporary blockage, such as a roof collapse.

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Wyoming County Schools has canceled its free summer school program because of funding cuts and a harsh winter.

Schools Superintendent Frank Blackwell tells The Register-Herald that the county's tax revenue has declined and federal funds for such programs have been cut.

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Environmental groups and Pocahontas Land Corp. have settled a lawsuit over pollution at two former coal mines in Mingo County.

Under a consent decree, Pocahontas agreed to apply for a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that would cover discharges of pollutants from valley fills at the sites.

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A new study out of West Virginia University finds that lead poisoning in vultures is way more prevalent than expected. Researchers say the source of the lead is ammunition and coal-fired power plant emissions - prompting one researcher to liken vultures to the canaries miners once used to gauge if a coal mine was safe or not.


On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees sits down with the NPR Diversity Team to talk about NPR’s initiative to bring a variety of voices to its coverage.  And Glynis Board reports on a new study from WVU about power plant emissions and it’s effect on vultures. 

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West Virginia’s Senators have scheduled events across the state this week while Congress is in recess.

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen explosives that authorities said he planned to use to blow up a federal courthouse. 

Jonathan Schrader of Elkins entered the plea Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Elkins.

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  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding two crayfish species to the Endangered Species list.

The agency said Monday in a news release that the Big Sandy crayfish and the Guyandotte River crayfish are at risk of extinction.

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Sunday marked five years since a tragedy in southern West Virginia that still fills headlines across the state. Five years ago, April 5, 2010, an explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch Mine near Montcoal in Raleigh County killed 29 men.

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Department of Environmental Protection

A deadline looms for volunteers to register for West Virginia's annual spring highway cleanup.

The Department of Environmental Protection will accept registrations through Friday. The Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup will be held April 25.

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West Virginia is making it easier for hunters and trappers to check in their game.

A new electronic system allows hunters to check game in by phone or computers.

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