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Charleston's annual urban deer hunt has set record numbers this season.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the hunt saw its largest kill to date this season. According to City Manager David Molgaard, of the 105 deer killed between Sept. 2 and December, 85 were does and 23 were bucks.

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Authorities say a Charleston nurse faces charges after falsifying medical records to obtain narcotics.

Charleston police say 62-year-old Elissa F. Smith has been booked on charges including obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

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President Barack Obama says prescription drug abuse is exacting a terrible toll across the country and causing pain for millions of families.

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Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships will be on display this week in Charleston.

Reproductions of the Pinta and the Nina are expected to arrive along the Kanawha River on Thursday. They'll be docked at Haddad Riverfront Park until departing on Oct. 26.

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A new bridge has been dedicated at Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the bridge Wednesday.

The bridge is the new public entrance into the Kanawha County-owned park. It connects the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals. Ground was broken on the $6.2 million project last year. The bridge provides a new entryway, connecting the park to U.S. Route 119 in Mink Shoals.

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Money. That’s what both sides arguing the case of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship say his trial boils down to.

For the prosecution, Blankenship employed a top-down leadership style that protected his own financial interests - both his $12 million annual salary and his substantial stock holdings in Massey.

For the defense, it’s that same money that made him a target.

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Charleston City Council has taken a step toward establishing a needle exchange program.

Council members approved an ordinance on Monday decriminalizing possession of hypodermic syringes and needles. The ordinance also allows distribution of needles and syringes that are part of a needle exchange program, so long as such a program is approved or sponsored by the city's police chief.

Have you ever wanted to see inside West Virginia Public Broadcasting's studios? You're invited to "come on in" as we continue our series of Open House days on September 26 at our Charleston studios.

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Charleston and Kanawha County officials are open to a public takeover of the region's drinking water system.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones say they are very dissatisfied with West Virginia American Water Co.

A Bluefield man has pleaded guilty to charges that he used a public computer at the West Virginia Culture Center to access child pornography.

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A petition seeking Charleston Mayor Danny Jones' removal from office has been dismissed.

Multiple media outlets report that a three-judge panel found the petition lacked the required number of valid signatures.

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West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed during a public meeting this week.

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Charleston, West Virginia, is a good place for health care and home affordability.  The capital city was ranked in the top 20 by a national financial information company.

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Get ready, Charleston! Jim Lange, Matt Jackfert, Bill Lynch and Joni Deutsch are coming to town (well, to Live on the Levee, at least).

East End Energy Efficiency Contest Names Winners

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Residents on Nancy and Lewis Streets in Charleston are the big winners of a contest that pitted block against block on Charleston's East End.  The prize was a more energy efficient home. 

The contest is called E4 - Energy efficiency in the east end, a Charleston neighborhood with older homes and apartment buildings.

For two years, homeowners signed up to have their homes undergo an energy audit and make improvements to use less power.  Emmett Pepper, the Executive Director of Energy Efficient West Virginia says the competition was a great success.

July 29, 1918: Novelist Mary Lee Settle Born in Charleston

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Novelist Mary Lee Settle was born in Charleston on July 29, 1918. During World War II, she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She later wrote movingly about this time in her book All the Brave Promises. After the war, Settle worked as an editor and taught fiction writing at Bard College and at the University of Virginia. Even though Settle spent most of her adult life outside West Virginia, her work often drew inspiration from her family’s deep roots in the Mountain State, including ancestors who’d settled in eastern Kanawha County in the 1840s.

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Charleston is considering ending a rule that allows residents to use recycling bins instead of clear plastic bags the city provides.

The Charleston Gazette reports bins were allowed last year. Residents have not had to separate their recyclable items since June 2014.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Governor Tomblin about hosting the National Governors Association summer meeting at the Greenbrier.  The conference opens today.  And Roxy Todd tells us the story of Rabbit Jones, and the nightclub scene in segregated Charleston.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Work is scheduled to begin Monday on removing part of a manmade hillside at Yeager Airport that collapsed earlier this year.

Live on the Levee

Get ready, Charleston! Jim Lange, Bill Lynch and Joni Deutsch are coming to town (well, to Live on the Levee, at least).

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A water company had to delay repairs to a water main and retracted a statement for Charleston residents to limit water use.

The Charleston Gazette reports West Virginia American Water sent a request Wednesday morning to its customers to restrict water usage while the company made repairs to a 36-inch water main. A sinkhole appeared in the area May 18.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population over 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state's third-largest city.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That's down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

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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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A 27-year-old Charleston man has been charged with first-degree murder in the heroin overdose death of a 43-year-old woman.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Steven Craig Coleman was charged over the weekend after Charleston police received the final state medical examiner's report on the Feb. 14 death of Melody Ann Oxley.

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  A judge has rejected a $6.7 million bankruptcy plan by the company behind a January 2014 chemical spill.

In a Charleston federal bankruptcy court filing Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson said Freedom Industries and state environmental regulators haven't agreed on cleanup terms at the Charleston spill site. Pearson ordered Freedom to comply with state cleanup orders.

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West Virginia State Police say one of its vehicles along with two guns and an officer's badge were stolen during a traffic stop.

State Police issued an advisory Tuesday saying the blue-and-gold marked 2014 Ford Explorer was taken about 9 a.m. on U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs.

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A report says infractions found at a pain clinic closed by the state included unsecured guns and medication errors.

The Charleston Gazette obtained the state inspection report through a Freedom of Information Act request. The newspaper says the report shows that Hope Clinic's Charleston facility employed former police officers who routinely carried concealed weapons.

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State police may soon crack down on reckless drivers going past Charleston work zones.

Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker tells the Charleston Daily Mail that reckless driving and excessive speeding through interstates have become a growing problem. Although no timetable exists yet for the increased enforcement, Walker says State Police will be addressing the issue soon.

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Acoustic folk duo The Sea The Sea are coming back to the Mountain State this month to play a couple shows. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because they've played a couple times on NPR's Mountain Stage, or because one of the band members is a Charleston native or because they just play great music. 

Decades before same-sex marriage became legal, the Reverand Jim Lewis of Charleston, West Virginia, sparked outrage by blessing the unions of gay men and lesbians. 

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