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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.

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  County officials are concerned about the potential impact of a recent West Virginia Supreme Court ruling regarding county administrators.

The court upheld a circuit court decision that found the Nicholas County Commission illegally created a county administrator position. The court said the commission didn't follow procedures established by the Legislature in a 2008 law.

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Seven years ago, an Associated Press article labeled the city of Huntington, West Virginia the unhealthiest in the nation.

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The family of a West Virginia woman killed in a police shooting wants the U.S. Justice Department to step in.

The Dominion Post reports that Christie Cathers' family members say they have had few questions answered since the June 5 killing. They have made their appeal to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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A downtown Wheeling beautification effort aims to create a window to history in a space city leaders hope will be a vital part of the future.

The tall, wooden frames that recently appeared along the wall at the north end of the city-owned property represent the start of Reinvent Wheeling's latest project.

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A section of Weirton's Main Street is open again after a chemical spill from a steel plant closed it for most of Friday.

Media reports say the Fire Department reopened Main Street late Friday afternoon after the spill from the ArcelorMittal Steel plant.

The government wants a judge to reject a former coal executive from traveling to North Carolina ahead of his trial on criminal charges stemming from the deadly Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.

Prosecutors filed their terse objection Friday to Don Blankenship's planned business trip. They declined to elaborate on their objection, according the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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The Hatfield and McCoy descendants came armed — with digging tools. Working together as volunteers, they helped archaeologists unearth artifacts from one of the bloodiest sites in America's most famous feud.

The leader of the dig says they have pinpointed the place where Randolph McCoy's home was set ablaze in the woods of eastern Kentucky during a murderous New Year's attack by the Hatfield clan. Two McCoys were gunned down in the 1888 ambush. It marked a turning point in the families' cross-border feud in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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This week, Inside Appalachia is featuring some incredible stories about dogs that help people heal. Like Paca, who helps children overcome emotional trauma and even helps encourage them to read. And we'll travel to a special cemetery, reserved only for coonhound dogs.

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  The property owners of a Fayette County injection well site are terminating their lease agreement with the site operator and are asking the state Department of Environmental Protection to also withdraw its permit application.

The North Hills Group owns the Lochgelly site in Fayette County that Danny Webb Construction has been operating two injection wells on. The site collects waste from the natural gas industry and disposes of it underground.

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The West Virginia Royalty Owner’s Association will begin a round of public meetings across the state next week to talk about a piece of controversial legislation.

The meetings held across West Virginia will focus on forced pooling or lease unitization. It’s a practice in the natural gas industry where gas companies parcel of groups of land in an attempt to drill a well.

Under current state law, if a royalty owner refuses to sell their rights to the company, it can’t drill the gas well, but lawmakers attempted to change that during the last legislative session. 

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More than $1.5 million has been awarded to child advocacy centers in West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the funds will go to 20 projects across the state. The money will assist local non-profit child advocacy centers in addressing child abuse and neglect.

A West Virginia judge has dismissed first-degree murder charges against two men in a 1999 cold case.

Media outlets report that Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Jake Reger on Thursday granted a special prosecutor's motion to dismiss the charges against 40-year-old Joseph Edward Metz of Horner and 52-year-old Charles Stephen Freeman of Archbold, Ohio.

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State officials say arson was the cause of a fire at a former high school that gained national attention from the movie "October Sky."

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire.

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