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In June of 2007, Victoria Snyder, then age-nine, attended a week-long church camp. During the week she began to feel sick – muscle aches, lethargy, headaches. A doctor at the camp thought it might be the flu, but she didn’t get better. So after camp, her mother, Christine, took her to see a pediatrician.

“The pediatrician found a bullseye ring on her stomach,” said Christine. “I felt a lot of relief when they put her on antibiotics because with Lyme disease, we knew what we were dealing with.”

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Representatives from Google made a stop in Berkeley Springs Monday to speak with middle schoolers about staying safe online.

Here at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs, 470 sixth, seventh and eighth-graders sit in the bleachers of their gymnasium listening to two representatives from Google.

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A judge has recused himself from a former deputy's domestic assault case because he received Facebook messages from the officer's wife.

Former Berkeley County sheriff's deputy Robert Lippman is charged with assaulting his wife and threatening to shoot her.

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Two weeks after President Obama’s visit to West Virginia, aimed at putting the spotlight on substance abuse issues across the country, the state’s leaders are still talking about ways to combat the issue.

At a forum in Martinsburg, Governor Tomblin met with those struggling with the disease and others trying to provide assistance in the Eastern Panhandle.

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With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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State regulators say a Berkeley County cement plant's dust emissions have exceeded the permitted limit.

The Herald-Mail reports that the Division of Air Quality issued a notice of violation to the Essroc plant on Monday.

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Berkeley County health officials are looking at implementing a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users.

The program would be part of a larger harm reduction strategy that health officials want to establish.

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The MBA program at Shepherd University hosted a panel discussion in Martinsburg Wednesday night that drew in a large crowd. The topic – the Affordable Care Act. The goal of the discussion was to look at the good, the bad, and the unknown and discuss how it directly affects West Virginians.

Dozens of people attended the event at the historic McFarland House in Martinsburg. Like most controversial pieces of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has received plenty of attention since it was first enacted in 2010 – good and bad.

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Update: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

Current models estimate the diluted discharge will reach Hagerstown, Maryland by October 3 and Harpers Ferry by October 10. Rain may alter the projections. The discharge is expected to continue to flow downstream and become diluted.

Washington's Top News reports the spill is not expected to impact the Washington, DC area's water supply. The full impact of the spill is still being investigated by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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The 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg celebrates the official opening of its C-17 Training System Facility Thursday, September 24, 2015.

At this new training facility, C-17 pilots, loadmasters, and maintenance engine run technicians from the 167th Airlift Wing will receive a combination of classroom instruction and simulator training.

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Proctor and Gamble manufacturing site in Berkeley County.  And Roxy Todd talks with novelist Glenn Taylor about his book “A Hanging at Cinder Bottom” set in McDowell County at the turn of the 19th century.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The highly anticipated Procter and Gamble site in Berkeley County broke ground Friday. And starting October 1, 2015 job applications will be available online.

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A former Martinsburg High School quarterback who pleaded guilty to several criminal charges will spend five years on probation.

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Berkeley County voters will decide next year whether to allow hunting on Sunday on private land in the county.

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Honey bees pollinate about a third of the crops in the U.S. - that's about $15 billion of the agricultural economy. But honeybees have had a tough time lately: a combination of diseases, stress, parasites and pesticides have all hurt the honeybee population. Now, scientists are starting to look at how other species of bees could help pick up the slack.

The Berkeley County Fire Service Board received a federal grant last week to help recruit and train more volunteer firefighters, who protect a majority of the state.

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The Berkeley County Fire Service Board received a federal grant last week to help recruit and train more volunteer firefighters.

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The Martinsburg City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in both housing and employment. The state of West Virginia does not provide these protections to the LGBT community although lawmakers have introduced bills for several years that would do so.

Because of the lack of support at the state level, members of Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights group, have spent the past year or so calling on cities to pass these protections. At the Martinsburg meeting Wednesday night, members of the community were heavily divided.

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Members of the Martinsburg City Council are expected to take up an ordinance Wednesday that will prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in their city.

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A Maryland countertop company plans to move its operations to West Virginia.

Countertop Solutions employs about 22 people in Washington County, Maryland. Owner Jason Singer tells The Herald-Mail that he plans to move the company to the Falling Waters Industrial Center in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia.

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports on another shale discovery, this one in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  And producer Catherine Moore reports from Berkeley County where citizens are asking “what’s next?”  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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