On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers at the state capitol are discussing the best way to raise revenue to support road building and maintenance.  Also, children’s advocates are meeting at the capitol as well to go over what the legislative priorities for the Our Children, Our Future campaign will be.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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  The nonprofit behind the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic says it wasn't informed until after the tournament its insurance wouldn't cover cash prizes for holes-in-one on holes deemed too short.

In a third-party complaint in Charleston federal court, Old White Charities says the PGA controls the distance and location of golf pins. It says the insurance application notes that.

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The University of Charleston has reported record enrollment this fall.

University President Ed Welch says 2,327 full-time students are enrolled. That's up 10 percent from a year ago.

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A legislative committee reviewing West Virginia's tax code will discuss taxation of minerals, alcohol, tobacco and other items during meetings this week.

The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform is scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday at the Capitol.

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Starett's Well Service has been acquired by Basin Energy Group.

Bridgeport-based Basin Energy says in a news release that Starett's is a specialty roustabout services firm focusing on well site and midstream natural gas infrastructure in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions.

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A former Charleston Police officer who resigned last year after being investigated for destruction of property is being accused in a lawsuit of unnecessarily using force against a man during an arrest.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that patrolman Brian Lightner is accused of battery after the lawsuit says Lightner deployed his stun gun five times on Diarra J. Boddy on Sept. 10, 2013. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

On West Virginia Morning, a new state pay system could mean some state workers will get pay raises and others won’t.  Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.  And Glynis Board talks with U.S. District Attorney for northern West Virginia about his addiction action plan.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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A legislative review of the state’s new employee pay schedule found the state will be paying an additional $50 million over the next ten years to salaried employees because of a computing error.

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An audit of the Department of Education’s handling of the state funding formula for public schools says the Department is miscalculating funds and has actually been underpaying some counties for the past six years.

State lawmakers approved a recalculation of the state school aid formula in 2008.

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U.S. District Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, just announced the launch of an organized effort to combat addiction problems in Marion, Monongalia and Harrison counties: an Addiction Action Plan. It’s an extension of an initiative that began in the Northern Panhandle late last year in response to a resurgence of heroin use in the region.

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Attorneys for former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship are asking a judge to delay his criminal trial.

You’re probably well aware that in places like southern West Virginia, it’s really tough right now for coal miners, their families and many communities. So many miners have been laid off these past few years, and those who have a job don’t have a lot of hope that they will be able to keep what they have for much longer.

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  Marshall University is requiring its fraternity and sorority chapters to undergo training for risk management and party hosting after hundreds of students had to be dispersed by police last month.

Marshall says in a news release the training must be completed before the chapters can host social events.

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Whitewater outfitters are offering customers the rides of their lives during the fall rafting season on the Gauley River.

The season started Friday when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the valves at Summersville Lake Dam to start lowering the lake from its summertime pool to its winter level.

The extra flows that give the Gauley its punch will continue on weekends until Oct. 18.

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Charleston attorney David Higgins has opened a fundraising account for a possible 2016 bid against Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The Democrat filed pre-candidacy papers Friday. He is a founding member of Robinson & McElwee, PLLC. Higgins was a Charleston city councilman from 2003 to 2011. He spent $188,400 in a losing state Senate bid in the 2006 Democratic primary. He loaned his campaign almost $100,000.

Justice Brent Benjamin at a community forum earlier this year.
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A West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals candidate has officially announced he will use public campaign financing in his re-election bid.

Justice Brent Benjamin is only the second candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court to use the public campaign finance program put in place by lawmakers in 2010. Justice Allen Loughry was the first to use the funding and won his seat in 2012.

Gov. Tomblin lays a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the West Virginia Capitol.
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and members of the State Police, National Guard, Air National Guard and others rang the ceremonial bell on the state Capitol’s north courtyard Friday after laying a wreath at the memorial for fallen firefighters.

Monongalia County Superintendent Frank Devono at the state Board of Education.
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The Monongalia County Board of Education is asking the state school board to join them in the appeal of a lawsuit that said the county could not allocate funds to their regional education office to hire classroom teachers at hourly rates.

The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit in 2011 claiming the county board was circumventing state hiring practices by using its RESA, or Regional Educational Service Agency, to hire interventionists, certified classroom teachers who are shared between classrooms and schools working one-on-one with low performing students. 

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  A Wayne County high school is closed after a bed bug was found in a classroom.

Tolsia High Principal Reva Sanders-Wallace says students were dismissed early Thursday after a teacher and students discovered the insect in a classroom. The school was closed Friday so an exterminator could treat the building, according to media reports.

Sanders-Wallace says the discovery of the bed bug does not mean the school is infested with the pest, but she said she wanted to aggressively deal with the problem.

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 The algae that turned the waters of the Ohio River a bluish green is dissipating amid cooler temperatures and rain.

While a health advisory remains in effect, an official with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department says the river is showing clearing and considerably less algae.

Administrator Howard Gamble told the Wheeling Intelligencer-News-Register the river continues to be monitored by several organizations, including Ohio and West Virginia environmental officials.