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Wheeling Jesuit University has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the federal government to settle claims that it misused grant funding.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the settlement Monday. He said the agreement ends an investigation into allegations that the university misused funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation from 2003 to 2010. A NASA audit led to the allegations.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood.

Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group.

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Patrick Ryan has been named chief executive officer of William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling said Monday that Ryan's appointment is effective Aug. 17.

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Police are cracking down on violators of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge's 2-ton weight limit.

Wheeling police Corp. Ulrich Utt says he has written 20 citations within 30 days.

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State police in Virginia and West Virginia have formed a special detail to reduce speeding on Interstate 77.

West Virginia senior trooper D.C. Graham says he'll patrol a nine-mile section of the interstate in the Princeton detachment's territory. Virginia senior trooper P.J. Deel plans to focus on I-77 in Bland and Wythe counties in Virginia.

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Development officials say downtown Hinton is expected to benefit from a new electric vehicle charging station at the Hinton Technology Center.

A recent announcement by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority says the station is within walking distance of retailers and restaurants.

Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years.

The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming.

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A state agency spokesman says a fire in Harpers Ferry's commercial area began on the rear patio of a business.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina tells The Herald-Mail  that the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

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State police data show more than 13,000 permits to carry concealed guns were issued in West Virginia during the first three months of 2015.

If this pace continues, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state could end the year with the highest total of permits issued since 2009. That's when the West Virginia State Police began maintaining records.

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Police say an officer fatally shot a man in a Charleston, West Virginia, suburb after the man fired a gun at him.

Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley tells media outlets that the officer was responding to a domestic violence complaint when the shooting occurred Saturday night.

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A West Virginia airport is beginning to offer weekly flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Prosecutors say in court documents that evidence about the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster is a necessary part of the government's criminal case against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship wants a judge to let him take a business trip to North Carolina.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says employers in the state will see an estimated $43 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year.

Tomblin says employers have saved more than $323 million since the program was privatized in 2006.

According to the governor, the National Council on Compensation Insurance recently filed a proposed 12.1 percent reduction in workers' compensation loss cost rates with the Offices of the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner. It's the 11th reduction in 11 years.

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West Virginia's Department of Transportation has purchased its second drone.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the $3,500 drone will be used to help provide views of hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas. Department spokeswoman Carrie Bly says it will be used for situations like rockslides and to assess flooding damage.

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A Morgantown developer and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled a lawsuit that alleged accessibility violations at 23 rental properties.

Under the settlement, Biafora's Inc., doing business as Metro Property Management, will build a new 100-unit apartment complex and retrofit existing properties to bring them into compliance.

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A new political committee can raise unlimited amounts of cash to support Bill Cole's Republican bid for governor.

The independent expenditure-only group Accelerate West Virginia formed Tuesday in South Charleston. A news release Thursday announced the group's support of Cole, the state Senate president.

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Two Huntington children have been injured after a homemade explosive was thrown into their living room.

Christy Cabell tells WCHS-TV that her children were taken to the hospital after a crudely constructed bomb made from a liquor bottle stuffed with fireworks was thrown through their home's window Tuesday night.

Cabell's 13-year-old son needed 13 stitches in his chest. The 2-year-old girl has several cuts on her face.

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Another prescription drug collection effort will be held in September.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and other Senate colleagues had asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to reinstate the national initiative after it was discontinued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Police say an Ohio County man has admitted to having grown marijuana on his property for about 40 years.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that 66-year-old Ronald H. Tominack of Triadelphia was arrested Monday and charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

According to a criminal complaint, authorities say a state police airplane spotted what appeared to be marijuana plants growing on Tominack's property while Tominack was sitting in a hot tub behind his residence.

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