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A federal judge in Washington has ruled that the U.S. Interior Department was wrong when it removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from the National Register of Historic Places.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Monday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a motion for summary judgment sought by groups that challenged a 2009 decision that Blair Mountain should be delisted.

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  The former corporate headquarters of Patriot Coal in Scott Depot has been sold.

Marshall Health expects to start converting the three-story office building into medical offices this summer. Marshall Health is the faculty practice plan of Marshall University's medical school.

On West Virginia Morning, a special report – “Autism: A West Virginia Story.”  Health reporter Kara Lofton talks with families about the challenges of getting needed therapies for their children.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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A West Virginia water agency manager has been ordered to remove from his office wall a large Gadsen flag depicting a rattlesnake and the words, "Don't tread on me."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Mike Duminiak, who works at the state Water Development Authority, put up the Gadsden flag following a grievance hearing during which he said his fellow employees harassed him.

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The Regional Jail Authority annual report says incarceration rates at the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg continue to decrease.

The Journal reports the annual report focuses on the performance and inmate statistics of all adult regional jails in the state from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

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A plan to switch thousands of state employees from twice-monthly to biweekly pay could resume soon.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the change to biweekly pay is pending the outcome of a vote Wednesday by the Enterprise Resource Planning board. Approval by the board — made up of the governor, treasurer and auditor — would permit the transfer of most state employees to biweekly pay beginning in May.

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Twenty-six families say that a coal company is responsible for damaging their water supply. Trial for 16 of those families begins Monday, April 11, in Wyoming County Circuit Court.

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The New River Gorge National River is restoring 28 miles of land in Fayette County that was used for illegal off-road vehicle trails.

Park spokeswoman Julena Campbell says in a news release that the work includes planting trees and using native seed mixes to restore vegetation.

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Voters in Jefferson County will get to decide whether to allow restaurants and other businesses to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings.

The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission decided to put the topic on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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  The public can comment on Cabell Huntington Hospital's proposed acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the public comment period runs through April 18. The attorney general's office will review the comments in conjunction with the state Health Care Authority.

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Volunteers will take to the highways of West Virginia later this month for spring litter cleanup with the Adopt-A-Highway program.

The program is a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Department of Transportation's Division of Highways.

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Wildflower enthusiasts and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel will guide hikers through some of the trails at Chief Logan State Park during an event later this month.

The park has 14 trails, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History says the Sue Browning Wildflower Hike next Saturday will offer different paths for hikers to choose from, depending on their experience and endurance level.

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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Charleston native Alec Ross about this new book “The Industries of the Future,” a guidebook for young West Virginians seeking job opportunities.  That’s coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia launches its first inpatient substance abuse treatment program in a regional jail today. The 28-bed unit will serve male inmates at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County who are awaiting transfer to prison.

The Logan County program is the ninth treatment facility overseen by the state's Division of Corrections, but the first at a regional jail.

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The chapters of two more fraternities at West Virginia University have been suspended.

Multiple news outlets report Sigma Chi's local chapter was indefinitely suspended by its national office and the WVU Office of Student Conduct due to an April 2 social activity that violated fraternity and university regulations.

The suspension is effective immediately, pending an investigation.

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A judge says he wants more information before he'll approve a class-action settlement stemming from a 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated drinking water supplies.

The case involves Kanawha Valley residents and businesses and two former top officials from Freedom Industries.

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Shepherd University is teaming up with a wind farm in Greenbrier County to teach students about renewable energies through an internship program.

Shepherd University held a symposium on renewable energy Friday as part of the inauguration of the school’s 16th president, Dr. Mary Hendrix. The symposium featured three speakers Hendrix referred to as “all-star experts” in energy.

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While he appeals a decision that served him a one-year prison sentence, former coal company executive Don Blankenship has paid his $250,000 fine.

According to a U.S. District Court filing, the wealthy ex-Massey Energy CEO paid the fine in Charleston on Friday, plus a $25 court fee.

Blankenship was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum prison time and fine for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine.

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Boone County Schools is in the process of closing and consolidating three community elementary schools. That coupled with a decline in student enrollment lead the county to announce earlier this year they would lay off some 70 employees, including dozens of teachers. 

Many of those teachers attended a job fair Friday to find opportunities in other West Virginia counties.

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