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West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael is criticizing a teachers union that won a pay raise earlier this year over what he called its "Obama style socialist agenda."

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Melody Potter has been unanimously re-elected as chairwoman of West Virginia’s Republican Party.

The state GOP says in a news release that Potter was elected Saturday by the 125 members of the Republican State Executive Committee at their summer meeting in Wheeling.

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West Virginia health officials say 540 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in the state.

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President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in West Virginia after flooding, mudslides and high winds ravaged parts of the state.

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West Virginia lawmakers have met again to discuss an embattled housing program aimed at helping 2016 flood victims.

The meeting on the RISE West Virginia program was held Thursday, July 12, at the state Capitol, in Charleston.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has approved a rule change requiring drugmakers to identify a legitimate need for opioids to justify their production in an attempt to rein in their diversion for illicit purposes.

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Residential treatment services for substance abuse will be offered in five additional West Virginia counties.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources announced the availability of $1 million in funding to expand treatment services in Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane counties.

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A lawsuit charges that two coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice breached a contract with an exporting company.

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An interim chancellor has been appointed for West Virginia's higher education system as it undergoes a review.

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News organizations are pushing for the public release of data detailing the distribution of prescription opioids throughout the U.S., information that could show how drug manufacturers and distributors contributed to the nation’s addiction and overdose crisis.

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County EMS records show Cabell County's overdose totals fell by 41 percent in the first six months of 2018 compared with the same period a year ago.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the use of naloxone — the drug first responders use to reverse an opioid-induced overdose — decreased by 49 percent in the West Virginia county compared to the first half of 2017.

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West Virginia State University says it will establish a learning center for students in the education department after receiving a significant financial commitment from a 1950 alumnus.

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A report looking at higher education in West Virginia has recommended merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.

The report labels those four schools "medium risk to high risk" in sustainability. It says the four are "sustainable in the short-term, but their futures are uncertain." The report recommended the move, in the short term, for Bluefield and Concord, and in the long term for Glenville and WVSU.

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The fire marshal in West Virginia says a fire that heavily damaged the Point Pleasant River Museum was likely accidental.

News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday in the Point Pleasant community. No injuries were reported.

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The housing authority of a West Virginia city has banned smoking at all its properties, including public housing units.

Daniel W. Greear shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice during a press conference on July 2, 2018.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Daniel W. Greear to a vacant judicial position.

Greear fills a vacancy in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court created when Judge James Stucky retired. Greear most recently served as chief of staff for House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead. He lives in Kanawha County with his wife and two sons.

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A coal waste plant at risk of shutting down in West Virginia is hoping to stay open through state proceedings.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Grant Town Power Plant's owner, American Bituminous Power Partners, has teetered on the verge of bankruptcy, according to company filings.

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A West Virginia county is getting new voting machines that officials say will speed up the voting process and provide better security.

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The Governor's Mansion in West Virginia has hosted seven private receptions, luncheons or dinners since Jan. 1, according to a newspaper report.

That works out to one event every 25 days so far this year, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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An organizer says the U.S. Rafting Association's national whitewater championships will be held this fall on the New and Gauley rivers in West Virginia.

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Several West Virginia locations will be visited by a mobile mammography vehicle this month.

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West Virginia will start taking applications for school clothing allowance on Monday, July 2.

The allowance is for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources' Division of Family Assistance.

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A five-year contract extension has been approved for West Virginia State University's president.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports President Anthony L. Jenkins' new contract goes into effect July 1 and ends in 2023. The contract was approved Friday by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He was first hired on a two-year contract in July 2016.

W.Va. First Lady Cathy Justice unveils a doll in her likeness on June 27, 2018.
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West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice has unveiled a doll in her likeness.

The doll introduced at a ceremony Wednesday will become part of the First Ladies of West Virginia Collection at the state Culture Center in Charleston. It was made by Washington D.C.-based artist Ping Lau and features Justice in her inaugural ball gown.

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Health officials in West Virginia say they've identified five more hepatitis A cases in food service workers.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says a McDonald's on Patrick Street in Charleston, a Pizza Hut on Third Street in Saint Albans, Paul's Poplar Park Drive Inn in Scott Depot, Sakura on Nitro Place in Cross Lanes and Sam's Club on Mountaineer Boulevard in South Charleston each had one worker identified.

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A stone wool insulation producer has broken ground on a $150 million manufacturing facility in West Virginia.

Rockwool North America held a ceremony Tuesday in Ranson. The company says in a news release the 460,000-square-foot facility will employ about 150 people. Production is expected to start in early 2020.

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West Virginia lawmakers have begun the rare process of deciding whether impeachment proceedings are necessary just days after a state Supreme Court justice was charged in a 22-count criminal indictment.

The House Judiciary Committee met without taking action Tuesday. Earlier the House of Delegates voted to have the committee investigate any justice but decided against setting a deadline.

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FanDuel will provide interactive sports wagering services at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

The Greenbrier announced Tuesday that New York-based FanDuel will handle retail, online and mobile sports wagering for the resort in White Sulphur Springs.

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An advisory panel has sent a list of recommendations to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice for a vacant judicial position.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports eight people applied this month to be appointed to the vacant Kanawha County Circuit Court judge position following the retirement of James Stucky in April. Stucky spent 21 years presiding over cases in Kanawha County.

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West Virginia officials have placed restrictions on the disposal and transport of deer carcasses in two more counties in response to a disease.

The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release the restrictions start July 1 in Berkeley and Mineral counties. The restrictions are already in Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan counties.

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