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On September 13, 1862, Charleston residents awoke to the sound of artillery. It was part of a Confederate push to take control of the region after 5,000 Union troops had been transferred from the Kanawha Valley to defend Washington. This left the remaining Union forces, led Joseph A. J. Lightburn, badly outnumbered.

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Ten people are being hired to staff two new security entrances to the state Capitol.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Division of Protective Services will initially hire five Capitol Police officers at $30,000 a year each and five part-time screeners at $15 an hour. That was part of the initial proposal to have one public entrance open year-round and another open only during legislative sessions.

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On December 4, 1876, West Virginia’s third capitol building was dedicated in Wheeling. The stone building was four stories tall with two wings and topped by a cupola.

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A tree that had grown too big at a home in Randolph County is coming to West Virginia's state Capitol for a holiday display.

The 30-foot blue spruce has been in the front yard of Ed and Ginny Dumire's Beverly home for more than two decades. The couple donated it for public viewing at the Capitol complex in Charleston.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event at the state Capitol.

The event is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday near the East Rotunda. Morrisey is asking residents to look through their medicine cabinets and bring any unused, unwanted or expired medications to the event for safe disposal.

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Lawmakers met at the Capitol in Charleston Monday to show support for US Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s proposed legislation that will roll back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in West Virginia.

Senator Capito’s proposed legislation is called ARENA, or the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act. Co-sponsored by US Senator Joe Manchin, the bill would provide a way for a state’s governor to opt out of a state or federal plan that could negatively impact economic growth or electricity ratepayers.

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Over 300 teens will be at the Capitol this weekend for a mock legislative session. Teenagers from all over the state who are part of the Youth Leadership Association: Youth in Government will travel to Charleston to hold a student led, mock legislative session for three days.