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A bill that would exempt the mass release of West Virginia hunters' contact information to the public is making its way through the state Legislature.

With little debate, the Senate Natural Resources Committee forwarded the bill Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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West Virginia's Senate has passed a bill to deny parental rights to rapists whose victims consequently have babies.

The amendment approved 33-0 Monday would define a child conceived in a sexual assault as an abused child under the state law intended to protect them from abusive parents.

A woman who reported her 3-year-old daughter missing in West Virginia in 2011 has been indicted in her death.

A grand jury on Monday indicted 34-year-old Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway.

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State revenue figures show West Virginia's tax collections for February exceeded estimates by $10 million but still leave the government's estimated shortfall for the fiscal year at $123 million.

Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy notes the Justice administration has identified unspent funds to use and avoid tapping the state's rainy day fund.

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Charleston airport officials have proposed a $290 million emergency infrastructure project for rebuilding and extending Yeager Airport's runway following a 2015 landslide at the safety-overrun area.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the proposal calls for lengthening the runway from about 6,800 feet to 8,000 feet, and adding 1,000-foot safety zones at each end.

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The Huntington City Council has agreed to transfer $325,000 from a police overtime budget to use for regular salaries for the next fiscal year.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Saturday's move will allow for the hiring of five police officers.

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West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt is kicking off International Maple Month in the state with a ceremonial maple tapping this week in Guthrie.

The Agriculture Department says the event is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Gus R. Douglass Agriculture Center.

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State funding to pay for indigent burials in West Virginia has run out five months before the end of the fiscal year, an official for a funeral directors group said.

Frederick Kitchen, West Virginia Funeral Directors Association president, told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that an increase in drug overdose deaths is to blame.

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A West Virginia tax official says staff shortages driven by low salaries make it difficult for the state Tax Department to perform its duties.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that assistant tax commissioner Danny Morgan told a legislative panel Friday that the department has lost 18 percent of its personnel since 2013.

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Gov. Jim Justice says his administration's review of state finances has identified about $120 million available to help close the budget gap in the current fiscal year.

The first-year Democrat says that includes using about $60 million from special revenue accounts and $60 million in re-appropriated funds, meaning unspent money from the last five years for the governor's office, Legislature, insurance commissioner and other state agencies.

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The West Virginia House has voted to permit political signs and other electioneering closer to voting sites, one of several bills advanced by the House or Senate this week.

Sponsors say the measure, which applies to early voting as well as Election Day, would reduce the required distance for campaign activity to 100 feet from the entrance to a polling place.

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The Division of Natural Resources says it will save the state more than a half-million dollars by cutting 84 vehicles from its fleet.

Director Stephen McDaniel said in a news release Thursday that the cuts, which will start immediately and continue through the year, represent a 14 percent reduction in the fleet.

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  The Coast Guard says the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington has reopened to vessel traffic after a barge breakaway.

No injuries or spills were reported.

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West Virginia's Ethics Commission has approved an agreement establishing a blind trust for two of Gov. Jim Justice's many businesses — majority interests in the Glade Springs resort in West Virginia, and Wintergreen Resort in Virginia.

The trust gives management control to Howard Burnette, an engineer, attorney and chief executive of The Daniel Group, a management company in Danville, Virginia.

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Bishop Michael Bransfield of the Wheeling-Charleston has released a letter elaborating on the decision to close Bishop Donahue High School at the end of the academic year.

    

In a letter published Thursday in The Intelligencer of Wheeling, Bransfield said issues that led to the decision to close the school included shrinking enrollment and the resulting financial burden to the diocese.

A drug-addicted gambler who left a West Virginia casino, robbed a bank, then returned to the blackjack table was sentenced Thursday to between five and 18 years in prison.

Kerry Johnson had been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro for hours Aug. 2 when he put down a $25 chip to hold his spot. Prosecutors said Johnson then drove 13 miles to a Charleston bank and gave tellers a note saying he had a bomb and a weapon and robbed it of about $5,000.

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The Coast Guard says the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington is closed after a barge breakaway.

No injuries or spills were reported.

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A utility sent helicopters to survey damage from severe thunderstorms that left tens of thousands of homes and businesses in West Virginia without power. In some hard-hit areas, residents were told it would be days before their power was restored.

Appalachian Power said on its website that more than 55,000 customers were without electricity late Thursday morning in southern West Virginia. That included nearly 11,000 in Fayette County and 9,000 in Kanawha County.

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The West Virginia House has approved legislation to establish stiffer prison sentences for trafficking in fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid sometimes added to heroin and blamed for many recent overdoses in the state.

Under the bill, trafficking in less than 5 grams of the narcotic could mean a felony with a minimum of two years and up to 10 years in prison.

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in West Virginia remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through the state.

Appalachian Power says on its website that more than 76,000 customers were without electricity Thursday in southern West Virginia. That includes 16,000 in Fayette County and nearly 9,000 in Logan County.

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