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Berkeley County health officials are looking at implementing a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users.

The program would be part of a larger harm reduction strategy that health officials want to establish.

Cliffs Natural Resources has cut its workforce in half at two coal mines in Alabama and West Virginia.

Both the Oak Grove Mine in Alabama and the Pinnacle Mine in West Virginia produce metallurgical coal, which is used for steel production.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a new scam involving bank card customer service numbers.

Morrisey says scammers are buying phone numbers similar to those of actual customer service numbers used by debit and credit card companies. They place ads online promoting the number as a customer service hotline to trick people who are looking for help with their account. Callers hear a recorded message promoting them to enter their personal information.

Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit
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A building at Marshall University has been renamed in honor of the president and CEO of Intuit.

The former Marshall University Foundation Hall is now the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall. Smith is a 1986 graduate of Marshall.

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The attorneys general of Ohio and West Virginia are leading an effort to oppose new federal rules that clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — along with their counterparts from a dozen other states — signed a letter to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement this week saying that the rules will hurt coal mining operations.

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The prosecution wrapped their redirect examination of former Performance Coal President and Upper Big Branch mine operator Chris Blanchard late Friday afternoon, but the unconventional witness may not be done on the stand just yet. Defense attorneys Friday moved to “take another crack” at Blanchard.

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West Liberty University announced the selection of a new president this week. Dr. Stephen Greiner is currently the president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky, but he will take over as president at West Liberty in January.

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West Virginia has some of the best settings for scary stories, including dark underground coal mines and remote forests. There are hundreds of remarkably bizarre, mysterious ghost tales that take place here in West Virginia. And maybe the most fascinating part is, for some of these tales, there’s historical evidence that says they might have actually happened.

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An assistant prosecutor in West Virginia has been suspended after pulling a gun and threatening to shoot fake spiders scattered around the office as Halloween decorations.

Prosecuting Attorney John Bennett tells media outlets that Chris White informed other employees that he is "deathly afraid of spiders" before threatening to shoot. Bennett says he was out of the office at the time but was told about the incident by shaken employees.

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West Virginia State University is partnering with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to help students seeking degrees in criminal justice.

Officials say the agreement will enable Blue Ridge students who complete an associate's degree in criminal justice to transfer into a four-year criminal justice program at West Virginia State in Institute.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority will reconsider a request by Fayette County officials for funding for a school consolidation plan.

Media outlets report the School Building Authority will take up the matter at a Nov. 9 meeting in Charleston. The school district's request will be presented as an amendment to its educational facilities plan.

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Police in Huntington will begin using an electronic billboard to display the faces of people convicted of soliciting prostitutes.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli says he hopes the billboard helps in the battle against prostitution. Ciccarelli says research suggests publicly outing those who solicit prostitution instead of the prostitutes themselves is an effective tool in addressing the prostitution issue.

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry says this weekend offers the last good opportunity for viewing fall foliage across the state.

The State Journal reports that the division released its final fall foliage report of 2015 Thursday.

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A Marshall University fraternity has been suspended after investigations into alleged hazing.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that The Delta Chi Fraternity Inc. said Thursday that the Marshall chapter's charter has been suspended. The university also has suspended the chapter.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, the latest form the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.  Also, some spooky ghost stories and our Mountain Stage song of the week. 

That’s all on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia Penitentiary,  Mothman...our region has a long list of haunts and haints.

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After a week on the stand and nearly five days of cross examination by the defense, prosecutors are attempting to save their case set off track by former Performance Coal President Chris Blanchard. In this week's episode of the podcast "Blankenship on Trial," host Dave Mistich discusses Blanchard's testimony with West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Ashton Marra and Charleston attorney Mike Hissam. 

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A company official says a burst pipe caused an ammonia leak at a northern West Virginia factory that makes frozen treats.

Wednesday's leak at the Ziegenfelder plant in Wheeling prompted the factory to be evacuated. WTOV-TV reports at least three workers who had breathing problems were treated at a hospital and released.

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Prosecutors are dissecting a key government witness' testimony that helped ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's attorneys argue his company prioritized safety.

In federal court Thursday, the prosecution questioned former Massey subsidiary president Christopher Blanchard, who told the defense he didn't break any laws or conspire with Blankenship to break laws.

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The Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University hosted a panel discussion this week about the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The new rule seeks to reduce carbon emissions in the US by 37 percent by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.