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 Local leaders say the state could complete Corridor H by 2020 if it used a public-private partnership to finance the work.

Business, community and economic development officials urged Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the Department of Transportation on Tuesday to implement a public-private partnership plan. They issued the call at a roadside news conference near Kerns.

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Several dozen people marched in Martinsburg on Tuesday to protest the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in 2013.

  The Journal reports that the protesters called for accountability for the officers' actions.

Amid public pressure, state officials are scaling back proposed changes to the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver program.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says changes Tuesday will address public concerns.

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey testified in front of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Tuesday saying the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is illegal.

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A state agency spokesman says authorities are investigating the sickening of two inmates at the Western Regional Jail.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says the inmates had an adverse reaction to an unknown substance. He tells WSAZ-TV TV that both inmates were taken to a hospital for treatment.

A former Barboursville pharmacy owner has pleaded guilty to avoiding federal cash reporting requirements.

Kofi Ohene Agyekum faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 3.

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Marshall University's presidential search committee will continue looking for candidates following an initial round of interviews.

Marshall Board of Governors chairman Michael G. Sellards says the committee interviewed six candidates off campus. While the candidates are qualified, Sellards says the committee decided it's not yet prepared to invite them for on-campus interviews.

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Delegate Eric Nelson says there are three main goals for the Joint Committee on Tax Reform: to ensure West Virginia’s tax code is fair, simple and structured to promote economic growth. The House Finance Chair also serves as the co-chair of the special interim committee.

Members held their second meeting in Charleston Monday as they move forward with the first study of the state’s tax code in 9 years. The most recent study came in 2006 under Gov. Joe Manchin. Before that, the system hadn’t been reviewed since 1999 under Gov. Cecil Underwood.

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Two West Virginia high school students have received a national award honoring achievement in academics or the arts.

Robert C. Byrd High School senior Kelsey D. Lanz and Shady Spring High School senior Josef C. Heller are among 141 students who are part of the 51st class of U.S. Presidential Scholarships.

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A $4 million project on the Boone and Lincoln County border will soon bring public drinking water to some 215 homes in the area. The Morrisvale-Woodville expansion is expected to go to bid this fall and be completed by November of 2016.

A partnership between the two county Public Service Districts, County Commissions and West Virginia American Water, the extension, which will begin in Boone County, will cross the county line to pick up some 40 residents the Lincoln County PSD has not been able to serve.

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Eleven pharmaceutical drug distributors have asked a judge to deny the state's request to unseal a court filing containing information about their shipments to West Virginia pharmacies.

The companies are being sued in Boone County Circuit Court by the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The lawsuit alleges that the companies shipped excessive amounts of prescription painkillers to southern West Virginia pharmacies.

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Members of the search committee at Marshall University tasked with hiring a new president will begin interviewing candidates over the weekend.

The closed door sessions of the search committee begin Saturday and will continue Sunday.

The committee was appointed after the University’s former president, Dr. Stephen Kopp, passed away suddenly in December.

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After several accidents involving trains carrying crude oil in the past few years, including one in southern West Virginia, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced new rules to make rail shipping safer.

The new rules apply to rail shipments of flammable and hazardous materials, like crude oil and ethanol. 

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The West Virginia University's Board of Governors approved a tuition increase Friday of nearly 10 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for those who live out of state.

Only the student representative on the board voted against the proposal.


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Freedom Industries is proposing paying $6.7 million to various parties, including victims of the company's January 2014 chemical spill.

In Charleston federal bankruptcy court Thursday, the company proposed a plan to offer spill victims $2.7 million.

The January 2014 spill contaminated 300,000 residents' tap water for days. Businesses that couldn't operate without water, including restaurants, and individuals are seeking compensation.

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The state tourism division's record keeper has been subpoenaed in the criminal cases over a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal court Thursday, the subpoena says the Division of Tourism records custodian must attend the May 6 hearing for Freedom Industries officials facing federal charges.

The subpoena requires producing correspondence involving Tourism Commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin's office about the January 2014 chemical spill.

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West Virginia's biggest water utility wants to increase its rates by 28 percent.

On Thursday, West Virginia American Water announced a $25.5 million case to increase rates with the Public Service Commission.

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A Preston County natural gas pipeline project that's expected to create 25 jobs is receiving a $250,000 state grant.

On Thursday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited the Allegheny Wood Products site in Hazelton to announce the grant.

The money will help extend a natural gas pipeline to the company. It's expected to help increase lumber production there by 50 percent, from 20 million board feet annually to 30 million board feet.

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Offenders looking for treatment and rehabilitation within their communities now have a new home in a Charleston facility that celebrated its opening today. 

Dozens of Division of Corrections employees joined with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the Charleston Correctional Center on the city’s East End Thursday.


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West Virginia Lottery revenue is down from the previous fiscal year, despite an 8 increase in March.

A report to the Lottery Commission shows lottery revenue totaled about $871 million for the first nine months of the 2014-2015 fiscal year. That's down $39.5 million from the same point in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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