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A West Virginia city council has passed a bill allowing people to perform community service at nonprofit organizations and public entities in lieu of incarceration or paying fines to municipal court.

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The White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery set to receive $213,000 in federal funds to repair damage from last year's flooding.

A firetruck outside Smithers, WV, warns travelers of a mudslide that obscured half the road.
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Firefighter training and certification are being offered during the West Virginia State Fire School next month.

The school runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 and will be held in the Morgantown area. It is hosted by the West Virginia University Fire Extension Service.

A bond that would build a new school has been rejected for the second time this year by voters in West Virginia.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Monroe County voters rejected the $5.8 million bond with Saturday's unofficial total of 1,223 to 877. The bond would've helped build a new school for Peterstown elementary and middle school students.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has fired the superintendent that runs the state's schools for blind and deaf students. Martin Keller Jr.'s attorney says Keller is planning to file a federal lawsuit to get his job back and seek punitive damages.

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The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has cleared another key regulatory hurdle. 

The U.S. Forest Service granted approval Friday for the natural gas pipeline to run through the George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest.

About 21 miles (33 kilometers) of the 600-mile-long (965 kilometers) project are located on National Forest Service lands, including where it will cross the Appalachian Trail.

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The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has authorized more than $29 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to a company planning to build a synthetic fuel plant.

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Appalachian Power Co. is asking for a reduced property tax assessment in West Virginia for the 2018 tax year, citing a combination of a mild summer and winter that has hurt business.

Thomas Johnson, of Appalachian Power's parent company, told the state Board of Public Works on Thursday, "The utility business tends to be a weather business."

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The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office is presenting a training session on a tax credit program and changes that become effective in January.

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An organization opposing a West Virginia city's newly reinstated human rights commission ordinance has obtained enough signatures on a petition to place the issue back on the city council's agenda.

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Regular disclosures to investors about publicly traded mining companies' safety violations and worker deaths would no longer be required under legislation sponsored by West Virginia Republican Rep. Alex Mooney.

The bill was advanced this week by the House Financial Services Committee.

Pipeline ready for construction.
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A federal judge tells developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline he won't order all landowners in its West Virginia lawsuit to respond by Dec. 4 to motions for summary judgment for rights of way available under federal regulations.

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A group of teachers, public employees and retirees in West Virginia is objecting to proposed health insurance benefits cuts.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the group expressed its concerns Wednesday evening to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board at the last of five public hearings on the latest proposed cuts.

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A new mobile mammography vehicle will be offering screenings in West Virginia later this week.

The 45-foot vehicle called Bonnie's Bus will visit Ritchie County on Friday, a service of West Virginia University Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute. The bus will be at the Ritchie Regional Health Center in Harrisville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (304) 699-0947 for an appointment.

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Mitch Woodrum has been appointed as West Virginia's labor commissioner.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Woodrum's appointment Wednesday.

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The West Virginia Parkways Authority is seeking corporate sponsors for the West Virginia Turnpike.

The agency announced plans Tuesday to launch the program for the 88-mile toll road in southern West Virginia.

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At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they're notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such as Morgantown, West Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama.

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Course grading scales in West Virginia public schools would get tweaked and graduation credit requirements would get reduced under changes proposed by the state Board of Education.

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The National Science Foundation is evaluating options for West Virginia's Green Bank Observatory, ranging from collaboration with outside partners to continue its science and education mission to demolishing it.

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One of the major developments out of President Trump’s visit to Asia: A deal with China to invest $250 billion in the U.S.  The largest portion of investment comes from the world’s biggest power company, which plans to invest in West Virginia’s natural gas industry.

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