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The Secretary of State’s office is warning business owners about a scam that has surfaced in the state.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says business owners are receiving postcards from a firm called “Business Compliance Division” with an official looking logo.  The cards ask owners to call a number to fix a potential compliance violation and are told they need to pay a fee of up to 85 dollars to apply for a certificate of existence.

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A Marshall University program has been awarded nearly $5 million to expand its apprenticeship program nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the money to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

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A Logan County Spanish teacher has been named West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The Department of Education says Andrea Santos received the award on Wednesday night during a ceremony in Charleston. County teachers of the year also were recognized.

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Holiday travelers kept toll workers on the West Virginia Turnpike busy over the Labor Day weekend.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that toll workers handled about 32,000 more transactions that they did during the same four-day period in 2014. That's an increase of 7.4 percent.

On West Virginia Morning, the state Board of Education is moving forward with a controversial plan to close and consolidate some schools in Fayette County.  Also, there’s a new program being considered at West Virginia University to teach music therapy as a part of medical treatment.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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U.S. District Attorney J. William Ihlendfeld II will be discussing the latest efforts to come from his office to combat the addiction epidemic in West Virginia. Ihlenfeld’s office is expanding his established Addiction Action Plan from the northern panhandle into Monongalia, Marion, and Harrison counties.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to consolidate multiple schools in Fayette County. 

Fayette County is the only county in the state fully controlled by the West Virginia Board of Education. Wednesday the board approved a change to the county’s ten year facilities plan that would consolidate four of the six high schools by the fall of 2018.

The vote, however, was close at 6 to 3.

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A West Virginia company is opening a $2 million facility expected to draw 18 new jobs related to the natural gas industry.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin attended Conley Fabrication's new facility opening Wednesday.

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Three community coalitions in West Virginia have been awarded grants to reduce youth substance abuse.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program on Wednesday.

The program will provide annual $125,000 grants for the next five years to Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Morgan County Partnership and the Strong Through Our Plan, or STOP, Coalition.

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Charleston and Kanawha County officials are open to a public takeover of the region's drinking water system.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones say they are very dissatisfied with West Virginia American Water Co.

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Wheeling Jesuit University has scheduled a series of events this month to mark Pope Frances' first visit to the United States.

The first event is scheduled Sept. 14 with an address by the parish social ministry coordinator for Catholic Charities of West Virginia. Kate Kosydar will discuss the papal encyclical and its impact on West Virginians.

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More than two dozen neglected horses and cattle that were seized from a farm have found new homes.

Media outlets report that 22 horses and 10 cattle were sold at a public auction on Tuesday at the Marshall County Courthouse.

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The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded a $230,000 grant for a hiking and biking trail that will link downtown Fayetteville to trails in the New River Gorge National River.

Work on the 4-mile trail is expected to begin in 2017.

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A former Mount Hope police officer's certification was not revoked after he was charged with domestic battery.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the charges were dropped in an agreement with the Mason County prosecutor.

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Although cooler weather and rain have led to some progress in recent days, there are more than 1,000 firefighters still battling seven major fires in Oregon. The Canyon Creek Complex fire is the biggest of those, with about 110,000 acres burning and more than 550 firefighters working on it.  Firefighters from the West Virginia Division of Forestry were recently in Oregon, lending assistance in fighting the massive fires there.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Jeremy Jones, a member of the state division of forestry’s firefighting team and his supervisor Walt Jackson.  Jones was one of 20 state crew members who went to Oregon to assist in fighting forest fires there.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory in response to the blue-green algae blooms in the Ohio River and in some of its tributaries.

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A lawmaker says Pendleton County will lose several hundred jobs as a result of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to turn down the federal government's offer to transfer a Navy base to the state.

State corrections officials had suggested converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a prison. Female inmates would have been transferred to Sugar Grove from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.

At a time when West Virginia’s GOP legislators are maneuvering to resend the state’s obligation to use Common Core Curricular Standards for reading and math,  Beth Vorhees speaks with Trey Kay, host of WVPB’s Us & Them podcast about his latest program about New Math.  

New Math was a method for teaching math introduced into public schools in the late 1950s and 1960s – a curricular answer to the Cold War fears of American intellectual inadequacy. In the age of Sputnik and increasingly sophisticated technological systems and machines, math class came to be viewed as a crucial component of the education of intelligent, virtuous citizens who would be able to compete on a global scale. New Math ultimately became a political football used in culture war battles over education.

Us & Them: New Math

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Kind of like the controversial Common Core Curriculum Standards for Mathematics today, “New Math” was the raspberry seed in many people’s dentures back in the '60s and '70s.