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The West Virginia Department of Education plans a series of public meetings starting next week as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act.

States must submit their plans this year to the U.S. Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed into law in December 2015 and replaces No Child Left Behind. The state Department of Education's plan will be submitted in September.

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School board members in a West Virginia county ravaged by the 2016 floods have voted to take legal action to contest the state board's rejection of a plan to consolidate five schools onto one campus.

The Register-Herald reports the West Virginia Board of Education voted 7-1 on Tuesday to reject Nicholas County's proposed change to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

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West Virginia has restricted a union at hospitals after it called for the ousting of the state health and human resources department secretary.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state bureau for behavioral health and facilities informed the West Virginia Public Workers Union, UE Local 170, on June 8 that out of respect for patients, residents and visitors' privacy, it would no longer be allowed to set up tables at certain facilities. Since 2008, the union has organized in front lobbies and break rooms of public hospitals and health care facilities to sign up employees, distribute information and address grievances.

West Virginia's U.S. senators say the state will get $11.6 million in federal funding for its wildlife programs.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will receive $8.1 million for wildlife restoration and $3.5 million for sport fish restoration from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the state's housing programs will get more than $28 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say the money will enable communities to improve public housing and help some of the state's most vulnerable people get access to safe and stable living conditions.

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A pharmaceuticals distributor has asked a federal judge to dismiss lawsuits filed by six West Virginia counties over the opioid crisis, arguing that they were filed too late and the matter was already addressed in a state suit.

Cardinal Health says the counties were on notice in 2012, when then-Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued the company, alleging it flooded the state with painkillers.

Authorities say a 32-year-old miner has been killed at a mine in southern West Virginia.

The Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says the incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockwell Mining LLC Gateway Eagle Mine.

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West Virginia University and the state Department of Health and Human Resources have provided park rangers at New River Gorge National River with overdose rescue kits.

The university says in the last decade, there have been five overdoses at the park, none of them fatal. More than a million people visit annually.

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has set a Sept. 1 deadline for applications for the second round of cultural facilities grants open to nonprofit arts and history groups and municipal agencies including school boards.

Grants can be used for renovation, construction and acquisition of property, including modifications to accommodate disabled individuals, for projects that will be completed between Oct. 1 and June 30, 2018.

Guidelines are posted online.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a month-long sampling of water and soil for PCB chemicals in West Virginia.

The testing in Minden until Friday is for polychlorinated biphenyls, which were commonly used as an electrical equipment insulator. The EPA lists PCBs as a "possible" carcinogen and in 1977 banned their used except in totally enclosed systems.

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An award-winning Marshall University professor has admitted his role in a kickback scheme that included former West Virginia Division of Highways engineers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 38-year-old Andrew P. Nichols pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to impede the IRS on Monday.

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A needle exchange program designed to curb the spread of disease and help addicts overcome their substance abuse is seeking funding.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Community Connection Executive Director Greg Puckett is seeking grant funding for needle exchanges in Mercer County.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators have introduced legislation intended to help establish a major natural gas storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region.

 

Their legislation would designate it a "critical energy infrastructure" project, which they say would make it eligible for expedited federal permits.

West Virginia's top court says a debt collector didn't violate state consumer protection law by making 250 phone calls to a man who denied owing $1,349.

The Supreme Court, divided 3-2, says Valentine & Kerabatis bought Gary Lenahan's consumer account from security systems provider ADT in 2012.

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A West Virginia county has designated three new water trails that follow segments of the Ohio River and two tributaries.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Pleasants County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the three St. Marys-area trails on Friday. The Middle Island Creek Water Trail, French Creek Water Trail and Ohio River Wildlife Refuge Water Trail join more than a dozen such trails in West Virginia.

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Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled.

The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' compensation to a work release inmate named William F. Crawford, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Crawford's hand was severely injured in a wood chipper in 2013 while he was working on a road crew for the state Division of Highways.

An independent candidate has announced he is running for mayor of West Virginia's capital city.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Sunday that Andrew "Andy" Backus filed for precandidacy in Charleston's 2018 mayoral race. State code requires possible candidates for public office to register a committee to accept campaign contributions, and through that process the Committee to Elect Andy Backus was filed.

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The third annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes has been set for next month to benefit the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, families of Fallen West Virginia Service Members and establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia issued a news release about the event and said he will serve as Special Guest Road Captain for the event July 8.

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West Virginia University is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and events are planned this month to mark the occasion.

The university says WVU Libraries and the West Virginia & Regional History Center will help celebrate as part of this year's West Virginia Day program on June 20.

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Marshall University is offering young students the chance to learn about developing video games at a camp this week.

The university's Center for Continuing Education says the camp is for students ages 10 to 17. It will be held Monday through Friday in Prichard Hall on Marshall's campus in Huntington. The cost is $125 per student.

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