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A lawsuit filed by a miner’s widow says the Mine Safety and Health Administration didn’t do enough to stop the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.

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The West Virginia Parkways Authority has given initial approval to a plan to double the single tolls on the turnpike and create a flat-fee discount program.

National Weather Service precipitation forecast for Saturday, April 7, 2018.
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Another blast of winter is forecast for this weekend in West Virginia. West Virginia University has cancelled the annual Gold-Blue spring football game because of the impending storm.

The National Weather Service says southern and western sections of the state could get 4 inches or more of snow starting Friday night.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 323 West Virginia consumers are entitled to $1.5 million in a debt collection settlement with a Virginia bank.

Morrisey says in a news release Wednesday the settlement resolves allegations that First Sentinel Bank of Richlands, Virginia, engaged in unfair, deceptive or abusive practices in violation of state and federal law.

Morrisey says First Sentinel representatives allegedly visited customers at their homes or businesses to collect debts and had third-party vendors without a state license repossess vehicles.

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West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says the state is returning unclaimed property at a record clip.

Perdue says in a news release that the treasurer's office's paid out more than $14 million in more than 8,000 claims through March. The record for a fiscal year, which ends in June, is $15.4 million paid out in 2008-09.

Perdue's office says it plans to publish newspaper inserts over the next three weeks listing about 15,000 names of unclaimed property owners.

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers protest outside of Gov. Matt Bevin's office on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky.
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Hundreds of teachers crammed into the Oklahoma Capitol for a second day Tuesday, April 4, to press demands for additional funding for the state’s public schools, and many of those schools remained closed amid a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country.

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A nonprofit group has been ordered to make good on unpaid bills for rental equipment and services for a canceled golf tournament at a West Virginia resort owned by Gov. Jim Justice.

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West Virginia Republican Congressman Evan Jenkins said President Donald Trump will visit West Virginia for the second time this year.

Jenkins said he’ll join the president for a scheduled roundtable in Greenbrier County on Thursday, April 5. A statement released by Jenkins’ office didn’t disclose the location or reason for the president’s visit.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has created a new  webpage designed to help the public navigate maps and information about the five major natural gas pipelines in West Virginia that have been proposed or are under construction.

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A civil trial that started in January in West Virginia has ended in an undisclosed settlement in a lawsuit accusing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and local church officials of covering up years of sexual abuse by one man.

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West Virginia’s state treasurer says he’s seeking guidance from the U.S. Treasury secretary as he seeks solutions for collecting funds from the state’s medical marijuana program.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed calling a special legislative session in May to deal with creating a Department of Arts and Culture and History.

A study shows that McDowell County led West Virginia in the number of people hospitalized for opioid-related reasons in 2014.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a ratio of about 750 residents per 100,000 in McDowell County stayed at a hospital because of opioid abuse, including overdoses.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a stop on his 2017 Save our State tour at Fairmont State University.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill that sought to limit fellow Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's use of money from lawsuit settlements.

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A health department in West Virginia wants an attorney to review new rules that a police chief established for a needle exchange program.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a stop on his 2017 Save our State tour at Fairmont State University.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts.

The governor’s office said in a news release that he noted that no programs would have federal funding reduced. The release said the legislation will place all education operations under the Department of Education while saving money.

Downed trees mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. Work is progressing on clearing a path for the pipeline.
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A federal commission denied a request Wednesday from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats.

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West Virginia’s governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain.

Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed the bill that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending on who writes them.

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A West Virginia police department has tightened rules for a health department's needle exchange program.

Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said Monday participants must present a government-issued identification before receiving any needles from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. He also ordered only retractable needles to be issued and for participants to undergo blood tests and be offered drug counseling.

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Appalachian Power says it will take a few days for crews to restore electricity to thousands of West Virginia customers who lost power during a winter storm.

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A union representative said a tentative contract agreement has been reached with Frontier Communications to end a three-week strike by about 1,400 workers in West Virginia and parts of Virginia.

The Communications Workers of America’s District 2-13 said on its Facebook page that the agreement was reached Sunday.

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West Virginia's capital could soon be home to a spirited new attraction.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals approved a conditional use permit for a downtown microdistillery Thursday. Jeff Arthur's proposed Mountain State Distillery would allow visitors to witness the entire process of distilling alcoholic beverages, including whiskey, rum, vodka and moonshine.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he has formed a new unit and a hotline to fight elder abuse.

Morrisey said in a statement that the civil litigation unit will be dedicated to holding accountable anyone who abuses, exploits or neglects senior citizens. He said the unit will use a new hotline, email address and scam alert database to connect seniors with services.

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The new owner of the Charleston Gazette-Mail says the newspaper's vice president of circulation is being promoted to publisher.

HD Media announced Thursday that 64-year-old Jim Heady would take over the role on April 1.

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Drivers in one West Virginia city are being told to watch out for fraudulent parking tickets.

Morgantown Parking Authority director Dana McKenzie says in a news release the agency received several calls about the tickets Thursday.

West Virginia House of Delegates, January 2018.
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Republican Sharon Lewis Malcolm has been appointed to a West Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Malcolm's appointment Thursday. The 39th District seat represents Kanawha County.

West Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Donald Trump to approve Gov. Jim Justice's request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in the state in February.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Congressmen David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins wrote to Trump on Wednesday.

Capitol, West Virginia State Capitol
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The West Virginia Women's Commission is honoring eight women next week with the Legacy of Women Awards.

The commission said Christine Weiss Daugherty is being given the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Award for lifetime achievement.

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A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia.

News outlets report Judge Robert Irons denied the injunction, reversing course less than two weeks after granting Mountain Valley Pipeline a 10-day restraining order against the protesters.

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Police say a BB gun has been found on the campus of a West Virginia elementary school.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial told The Herald-Dispatch the weapon and a student at Central City Elementary School were taken into custody. He told the paper that "the gun was taken very quickly."

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