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Health services company Optum has acquired walk-in medical care provider MedExpress.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Optum announced the sale earlier this month. It is a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer.

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The Board of Governors at West Virginia State University has approved tuition and fee increases of approximately 7 percent for in-state undergraduates.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the board approved the increases Thursday, sending the proposed hikes to the state Higher Education Policy Commission for final approval.

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A Fairmont farm will plant 38 trees Saturday representing the West Virginians who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Times West Virginian reports that the tree planting is a cooperative effort between Zion Heritage Farm and Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is also participating.

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Developers say they're considering a site in eastern Ohio for a multibillion-dollar ethane plant.

State and local leaders announced Wednesday that developers envision a site in Belmont County near the Ohio River for a new ethane cracker plant, which takes ethane and breaks it down into a substance used to make chemicals and plastic.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort plans to build an outdoor smoking patio that would have video lottery slot machines and gaming tables.

A countywide ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces goes into effect July 1. The ban adopted by the Hancock County Board of Health includes restaurants, bars, gaming facilities, hotels, public parks and concert venues.

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  Authorities are investigating a cyberattack that briefly disrupted a state public education network. 

Department of Education chief technology officer Sterling Beane tells media outlets that the denial-of-service attack caused a 20-minute disruption of the network's computing services last week.

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A former high school that was the Rocket Boys' alma mater is going to be torn down.

McDowell County Schools Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells The Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the former Big Creek High School is expected to be demolished this summer. However, the gymnasium will remain.

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Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice says he expects to make a decision in two to three weeks on whether he'll run for governor in West Virginia in 2016.

He told The Associated Press on Wednesday his interest is based largely on helping West Virginia's economy.

The 63-year-old Democrat says he's also been a registered Republican and an independent voter.

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 An investigation has found the Beckley VA Medical Center improperly substituted mental health treatments with older drugs to save money.

In a Wednesday news release, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel says it informed the White House and Congress that the hospital put patients at risk and violated VA policy.

A whistleblower reported issues, and the VA Office of Medical Inspector investigated.

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Brazilian petrochemical company Odebrecht and plastics maker Braskem say they will re-evaluate an ethane cracker they proposed to build in West Virginia.

In a statement to media outlets, the companies say a re-evaluation of the project's configuration is needed under current energy scenarios.

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Former Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall has joined the board of directors for the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C.

The council announced Rahall's addition on Wednesday in a news release. The group also has added former Republican U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan group offers a variety of progra

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A former James Monroe High School teacher has pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Jamie Lynn Snider was accused of buying beer for a minor in February.

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Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by Martinsburg police.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld notified Berkeley County NAACP President Hubert J. Smith of the review in a letter sent last week. Smith read the letter at a Martinsburg City Council meeting on Tuesday.

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Republican Congressman Alex Mooney has a contender within his party eyeing his seat.

Last week, Republican pharmacist Ken Reed opened a pre-candidacy account to run for the U.S. House.

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 A Murray Energy subsidiary says it has temporarily idled an underground coal mine in Ohio County because of high water levels on the Ohio River.

WTRF-TV reports that Ohio County Coal Company, LLC announced the move on Tuesday.

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West Virginia will received $5 million in emergency funds from the federal government to fix storm-damaged roads.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the funding Tuesday from the Federal Highway Administration.

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Crews are excavating the site of an underground mine fire in Marion County that has burned for several months.

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells The Times West Virginian that the project is expected to be completed within the next 30 days.

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Procter & Gamble says the state's figures for its planned manufacturing facility in the Eastern Panhandle are wrong.

Procter & Gamble spokesman Jeff LeRoy tells media outlets that the company stands by the numbers it announced on Feb. 10. The Cincinnati-based company said then that the plant would be 1 million square feet and would create an estimated 700 full-time jobs.

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A new U.S. 219 bridge connecting two counties in West Virginia and Virginia is expected to be completed in May.

The $1.7 million replacement bridge spans Rich Creek at Petersburg. It's expected to improve travel between Monroe County in West Virginia and Giles County in Virginia.

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Students at Fairmont State University will pay higher tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year.

In-state undergraduate students will pay an additional $157 per semester. Tuition for non-resident undergraduate students will increase by $332 per semester.

Graduate tuition will increase by $170 per semester for in-state students and $351 per semester for non-resident studen

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