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This photo provided by Smithburg Fire Department shows emergency personnel responding after oil tanks exploded in West Union, W.Va. on Friday, May 25, 2018.
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Four people have been hospitalized after oil tanks exploded in West Virginia.

News outlets report a company was removing three oil tanks in West Union on Friday when the tanks exploded. State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Jake Glance said workers were dismantling the tanks with some type of torch. But the tanks were not entirely empty and caught fire.

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The first death in West Virginia related to an outbreak of hepatitis A has occurred in Kanawha County, health officials said Thursday, May 24.

The state Bureau for Public Health said in a news release that a 33-year-old Kanawha County resident died Wednesday. The statement said the victim had several conditions that contributed to the death.

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A lawyer for West Virginia residents affected by a 2014 chemical spill says they will not receive settlements until a judge's final approval, and administrators finish processing the over 95,000 claims.

West Virginia's Sagaba Konate sets to shoot during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Boston, Thursday, March 22, 2018. West Virginia faces Villanova in a regional semifinal.
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West Virginia men’s basketball team forward Sagaba Konate has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school for the 2018-19 season.

West Virginia announced Konate’s intentions Thursday, May 24.

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Health officials in West Virginia are urging restaurant and food service employees to get hepatitis A vaccinations if they work in Kanawha and Putnam counties. 

Eight food establishments in Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties have been identified as having a worker confirmed with hepatitis A. 

Supporters talk with former Massey CEO and West Virginia Republican Senatorial candidate, Don Blankenship, center, prior to a town hall to kick off his campaign in Logan, W.Va., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
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Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.

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Following heavy rains, construction at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in Virginia has been suspended until erosion control measures are established.

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An audit has looked further into West Virginia Supreme Court employees' travel expenses.

The audit was released Sunday during legislative interim meetings in Charleston.

Anthony Correctional Center

The West Virginia Division of Corrections is relocating inmates and some staff from the Anthony Correctional Center in White Sulphur Springs after black mold was found.

The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety says in a news release that the transfers started Friday after Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen received initial findings from an ongoing inspection of the facility.

The statement says black mold was found in the Anthony Center's main building, which includes administrative offices, the facility's kitchen, gym and some housing units.

The Opequon Creek that borders Berkeley and Jefferson Counties has completely flooded a bridge in Martinsburg near Grapevine Road. Photo taken on May 17, 2018 at 7:22 p.m.
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This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

 

Final Update on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.

 

After several days of continuous rainfall, the Eastern Panhandle is no longer under a flood warning or flood watch by the National Weather Service.


Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, W.Va.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History

The Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new owner, medical provider Valley Health, will then take over the property. Eighty-three-year-old Larry Stephens has managed the bluegrass hotspot since 1991. He says the Opry House has to be off the property by June 19.

Dr. Christopher Gilmer of Vicksburg, Mississippi; new President of West Virginia University Parkersburg.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president.

A university news release says the campus board of governors voted this week to recommend Gilmer. The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education would still need to approve the pick at its June 5 meeting.

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The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia.

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A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third Kanawha County hepatitis A investigation involving a restaurant since a number of cases began to arise in February.

A No Pipeline sign is posted next to a property line marker only a few feet from the center line of the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va.
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A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species.

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Thousands of customers remain without power in West Virginia a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through the state.

FirstEnergy says on its website that about 7,500 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday afternoon. That includes 2,400 customers in Pendleton County, 1,800 in Harrison County and 1,200 in Jefferson County.

West Virginia's Bureau for Public Health has officially suspended the certification of a harm reduction program following concerns over its needle exchange component.

Huntington Police Department

Huntington interim police chief Hank Dial has been recommended for the job on a permanent basis.

Huntington Mayor Steve William announced the move Monday. The City Council must vote on the appointment May 28.

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Flags are being lowered throughout West Virginia in honor of peace officers.

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Officials in West Virginia are set to introduce 50 elk that were captured in Arizona.

Gov. Jim Justice and the state Division of Natural Resources are scheduled to hold a ceremony Tuesday at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area near Logan.

needle exchange sign
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An audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program's certification.

C-130 Hercules airplanes at Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV. 130th Airlift Wing.
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Updated on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

West Virginia officials welcomed a military contingent from Qatar as part of a security and economic partnership Monday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said in a statement the Qatar officials toured the West Virginia National Guard's 130th Air Wing in Charleston.

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People who want to walk for exercise are invited to join a program that offers a chance to get their steps in while talking with physicians.

West Virginia University Medicine, Healthy Berkeley and the Martinsburg Farmers Market are sponsoring the program called Walk with a Doc. The next walk is set for May 18, with participants meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the square in downtown Martinsburg.

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West Virginia's Supreme Court says children cannot inherit from a biological parent's estate if that parent has no will and had their rights terminated.

A West Virginia city attorney has been authorized to file a claim against the federal government for the alleged chemical contamination of a plant by the Air National Guard.

The Journal reports the Martinsburg Council authorized Kin Sayre to file the claim Thursday.

In 2016, Martinsburg had to shut down its Big Springs Water Filtration Plant because of high PFOA and PFOS levels became detectable in its water supply.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved a plan to replace several Nicholas County schools after 2016 floods.

Media outlets report the board Wednesday, May 9, passed the proposal offered by a mediation team.

In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, beekeeper Constantine Chlepas sits on a section of downed trees on the route of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline near his property in Lindside, W.Va.
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George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start.

The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never considered signing an easement agreement with the developers, because he thought the whole thing seemed an affront to his property rights. But state law meant he couldn’t even keep surveyors out.

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A federal appeals court was urged Tuesday to overturn a ruling by a judge who found that the state of West Virginia has abandoned its responsibility to write cleanup plans for streams harmed by pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining.

Officials from various drugmakers answer questions on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
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Lawmakers of both parties accused wholesale pharmaceutical distributors on Tuesday of missing signs of suspicious activity that resulted in hundreds of millions of prescription opioid pills being shipped to West Virginia, a state disproportionately ravaged by deaths caused by the addictive drugs.

Bonnie's Bus
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A mobile mammography center known as Bonnie’s Bus is on the road again and taking appointments in West Virginia this month.

The bus will visit Martinsburg in the Eastern Panhandle May 17 and 18.

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