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The West Virginia University Board of Governors has begun establishing new employee policies under increased autonomy granted by the state Legislature.

Revisions will be posted for public comment for 30 days later this month.

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With 15 months to go until Election Day, yet another candidate has added his name to the list of those vying for Democrat Joe Manchin's seat in the U.S. Senate.

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West Virginia's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has scheduled a political event Monday where he's expected to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

The West Virginia fire marshal's office is conducting a campaign to encourage use of smoke alarms.

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West Virginia and Tennessee are among the states receiving part of $7.2 million in grants to help identify, preserve and protect historic battlefields.

The announcement was made by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has ventured into a stronghold for President Donald Trump to urge West Virginia's Republican senator to resist efforts to repeal much of Barack Obama's health care law.

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Health officials say more than 8,300 new syringes have been distributed in the nearly two years that a needle exchange program has been operated in a West Virginia city.

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A federal judge in West Virginia has declined to grant preliminary approval of a $151 million settlement of class-action litigation stemming from the January 2014 water crisis, saying he wanted changes made to the deal.

The West Virginia Department of Education has launched an online survey for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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West Virginia University says two men have been recently appointed to its board of governors.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Wednesday that a university news release says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Elmer F. Coppoolse and Tim Bailey to the board. WVU president Gordon Gee says both will be key leaders, continuing their predecessors' momentum.

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The bridge that provides the only road access to the Camp Brookside area of New River Gorge National River in West Virginia has been closed for repairs.

The National Park Service says the shutdown began Thursday and is expected to last five weeks.

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After touring one of the few recently built coal-fired power plants in the U.S., Energy Secretary Rick Perry says they're important for the country's future.

Perry says a stable baseload of electricity is important and this technology provides "the ability to deliver a secure, economical and environmentally good source of energy."

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West Virginia community health centers are getting $19 million in federal grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grants are to fund primary care services.

West Virginia's attorney general has announced a settlement with a debt collection company resulting in more than $150,000 in debt cancelled for consumers in the state.

The settlement settles allegations that Northwood Asset Management Group LLC collected debts for Alliant Capital Management LLC without a license to do that in West Virginia.

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Appalachian Power is seeking approval for two wind generation projects.

The utility says in a news release that it has asked regulators to approve its requests to acquire projects currently under development by Invenergy LLC.

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West Virginia Business College will remain open as a judge's last-minute reprieve has allowed it while the school appeals state officials' order to close.

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Water service has been turned off for more than 1,000 homes as the Huntington Sanitary Board has sent thousands of shut-off requests to West Virginia American Water as it pursues customers more than 30 days late on paying their sewer bill.

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Officials say the Memorial Bridge in Parkersburg will be closed for about two weeks for construction.

Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce says the bridge will be closed from Monday July 10 to July 23. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that two-thirds of the bridge's surface is set to be overlaid, cracks will be fixed, and other structural repairs are scheduled to be made.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says his office will assess any request it receives for information on the state's voter rolls but is limited by law in what it can provide. Warner, a Republican, said in a statement that his office had not received a request as of Friday afternoon from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Warner said West Virginians' privacy was of "paramount importance" and that his office would abide by state law.

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A health system has planned to begin charging patients up-front co-pays for non-emergency visits to a West Virginia hospital's emergency room.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Thomas Memorial Hospital's administration says starting Wednesday staff will inform patients of the change and explain other options for their non-urgent care. Thomas Health System president and CEO Dan Lauffer says the charges will begin in about a month.

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