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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Medicare has halted payments to a West Virginia psychiatric hospital because it is not in compliance with the program's requirements for a psychiatric hospital.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Medicare will not make payments for beneficiaries who are admitted to William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital effective Wednesday. Officials say it will continue to make payments for up to 30 days for beneficiaries admitted before Wednesday.

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A judge has delayed the trial for one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Miki Thompson granted a motion from the attorney for 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga asking for the delay. The trial is now set to start on Oct. 16.

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The head of the West Virginia National Guard says the state needs to set standards to make sure water and sewer plants located in flood plains can withstand flooding.

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BB&T has announced it is cutting 56 jobs from its processing service center in West Virginia's capital city.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the financial services company announced on Tuesday the layoffs will come from a company center in Charleston that focuses on operations such as the processing of loans, credit cards and mortgages.

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West Virginia State University is planning to freeze the cost of tuition for a portion of its student body starting next fall.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the university announced Monday afternoon that students who participate in the Yellow Jacket Connection program, which allows high school students to earn credit toward a diploma and a college degree, will be eligible for the new tuition loyalty program.

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Landowners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the reversal by West Virginia's highest court concluding natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from the royalties paid landowners for mineral rights.

In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court reversed its November ruling in the case after Justice Beth Walker was elected and replaced Justice Brent Benjamin.

The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed lowering some requirements to become a public school teacher.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that among the proposed changes are exempting education bachelor's degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass a basic knowledge test.

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A West Virginia city has installed two new electric chargers to get increased spending from interstate travelers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the city of South Charleston recently installed two Level 2 electric vehicle chargers, which are believed to be the first in the state to have been installed by a municipality. The stations are free of charge and opened to the public.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

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West Virginia's most used airport will receive a $13.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to rebuild the runway safety overrun area that collapsed after a 2015 landslide.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state's U.S. congressmen announced the allocation Wednesday for Yeager Airport. Replacing the area allows Yeager to restore 500 feet (150 meters) of runway for operational use.

A West Virginia magistrate is facing state judicial misconduct charges.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Judicial Investigation Commission has charged Kanawha County Magistrate Jack Pauley with 12 violations of judicial conduct.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission says state employees can attend a business conference at a resort owned by the Republican governor.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission says state workers can attend the conference at The Greenbrier, but they can't spend state money on food and lodging at the upscale resort.

A Republican U.S. senator from one of Donald Trump's most popular states says the president's comments about the violent white supremacist rally in Virginia has created a firestorm and that he should unite the country against racism.

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About 1,000 iPad tablet computers have not been recovered by a school system in West Virginia over the past three school years.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Kanawha County Board of Education learned Thursday that 1,269 out of just over 15,000 iPads were not recovered. Officials say the county sees about a 2.8 percent annual loss, with the largest source coming from student transfers.

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A department store is reopening next month at a West Virginia shopping center that was marooned and shuttered after flooding last summer washed away an access bridge.

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A year after flooding severely damaged the Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia, all 78 miles of it has reopened.

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Two men are headed to trial in the fatal shooting of a former coal executive in southern West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 22-year-old Anthony Raheem Arriaga of Ohio will head to trial Sept. 5 in the May 2016 death of Bennett Hatfield.

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A West Virginia city's lawsuit against a drug company has led to a dispute over which is at fault in the opioid epidemic.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Wednesday that one of the nation's largest drug wholesalers is attempting to dilute responsibility for the opioid crisis after Huntington filed a lawsuit against it.

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A West Virginia board of education is listening to public comments on a policy revision that would ban e-cigarettes and all substances containing nicotine from property that the school system owns or operates.

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A top official in Gov. Jim Justice's administration says most of West Virginia's government agencies submitted needed audit information late, which has resulted in financial sanctions on the state's colleges and universities.

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