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An Ohio man has been arraigned in the fatal shooting of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia.

Twenty-year-old Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in Mingo County Circuit Court in Williamson.

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West Virginia is gearing up for its 40th annual Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.

The yearly celebration of traditional arts, music, dance and more will kick off Friday at the Culture Center Theater with an awards ceremony and the presentation of the Vandalia Award, the state's highest folk-life honor.

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A federal grand jury has indicted a Wayne County couple accused of failing to pay employee payroll taxes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment against Michael and Jeanette Taylor on Wednesday.

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A state agency has informed the developers of two multibillion dollar natural pipelines proposed in Virginia and West Virginia that their projects will have to meet specific environmental standards.

Media outlets report the Department of Environmental Quality sent letters last week to Dominion Transmission Inc. and EQT, saying they will be required to meet certain erosion and sedimentation standards, if they build their pipelines.

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  The city of Huntington says a program that allows drug users to trade in dirty syringes for clean ones is showing signs of success.

The program was established in September at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department and involves elected officials, health professionals, private businesses and members of the recovery community.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will headline a Charleston fundraiser for Senate President Bill Cole's Republican bid for West Virginia governor.

Cole campaign spokesman Kent Gates says it's one of three West Virginia events Perry will attend May 31.

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West Virginia and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Maine, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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The state Public Service Commission has set a date for a hearing involving a lawsuit filed against a water company and a manufacturer that sold a chemical to a company involved in a massive spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports commissioners issued an order scheduling an evidentiary hearing in the investigation for Nov. 15-17.

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A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Vienna man who sued a mortgage company for refusing to investigate issues he raised about his credit report.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors awarded $2.6 million in punitive damages to David Daugherty on Monday in Beckley after finding that Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC violated the Fair Credit and Report Act.

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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is set to speak at a judicial conference at The Greenbrier resort.

Roberts is scheduled for a question-and-answer session Wednesday in White Sulphur Springs with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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A new drug task force in Clarksburg is taking aim at opioid trafficking in West Virginia.

The State Journal reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the formation of the Tactical Diversion Squad on Monday.

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Allen County Sheriff's Ofice

An Ohio man accused in the fatal shooting of a former coal chief executive has waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Twenty-year-old Anthony Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared in court Tuesday in Lima, Ohio, about 12 hours after his arrest on a first-degree murder warrant.

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Eunice Bellinger has been named the new president of BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the school's Board of Governors voted Monday to select Bellinger as the college's next president.

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Information about pill shipments that prescription drug distributors being sued by the state had sought to keep secret show that the firms flooded rural West Virginia with hundreds of thousands of painkillers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a Boone County judge on Monday ordered the release of previously sealed court documents about prescription pain pill shipments to the state.

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A cable TV miniseries predominantly filmed in West Virginia is set to debut next month.

"The American West" is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. June 11 on AMC.

The West Virginia Film Office says in a news release that the eight-part series was filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, along with Prickett's Fort State Park in Marion County.

The series focuses on the years 1865 to 1890. It looks at the transformation of America's frontier lands following the Civil War, and notables such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp.

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Three West Virginia fire departments will receive more than $887,000 in federal grants for equipment upgrades.

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the grants Monday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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West Virginia now lets people 21 years old and up carry hidden guns without permits or training.

The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature took effect Tuesday.

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A camp for environmental education is now open to the public in Summers County, West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports that Camp Brookside celebrated its opening Saturday afternoon.

  West Virginians are now allowed to drink raw milk through animal-sharing agreements.

The law that was passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin went into effect Monday.

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A jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a South Charleston motorcyclist who was injured in a lumber spill wreck.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors reached the verdict last week in Larry Keeling Jr.'s case.

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