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David Delk

West Virginia’s Secretary of State has made it very clear, West Virginia voters cannot take photos while in the voting booth. In fact, Secretary Natalie Tennant says you can’t take your phone into the voting booth at all. But some people don’t think state code is clear on the matter. 

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A lawsuit filed by miners who say they were unlawfully laid off in Wyoming County has been certified as a class action.

The Register-Herald reports Judge Irene Berger granted the certification Tuesday in Beckley federal court.

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Officials say Clay County schools will be closed for the rest of the week during an ongoing school threat investigation.

On its website, the school district told media outlets in a statement Tuesday that the decision was made to close the schools Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after additional information was obtained in the investigation. Officials have not said what that additional information was.

U.S. Sens. Angus King and Shelley Moore Capito are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase broadband speed definitions for a grant program that serves rural communities.

The senators sent a letter to the USDA requesting that the agency modernize the Community Connect Grant Program with increased broadband speed and service definitions.

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  The city of Huntington says medication that can reverse the effect of opiates in case of an overdose is now stocked on all of the city fire department emergency response vehicles.

The Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy said in a news release that all firefighters have completed training and educational sessions on the medication, naloxone, and how to administer it. The office said five lives have been saved with the medication since the Cabell-Huntington Health Department received a supply of naloxone in February.

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Former U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller has set up a public service scholarship in his name at West Virginia University.

A WVU news release says the Democrat gave $100,000 to the WVU Foundation to start the scholarship at the new John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics.

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Brent Benjamin was first elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2004 during a race that became known for the influence of outside spending.

At the time, Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship funneled big bucks into the race attacking Benjamin's opponent, incumbent Justice Warren McGraw, and now Benjamin, the conservative lawyer turned centrist judge, is attempting to move past his former political ties in 2016's nonpartisan race.

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Coming off of big wins in Indiana's primary Tuesday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders announced scheduled stops in West Virginia.

Both candidates will visit the state Thursday.

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A recent poll shows Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the republican primary and Bernie Sanders is edging out Hillary Clinton in the democratic race in West Virginia. Democrat Jim Justice is showing a lead in the primary and general election race for West Virginia governor.

According to a Tuesday news release from Public Policy Polling, billionaire Trump leads the state with 61 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz has 22 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich is trailing with 14 percent.

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Thousands of voters across North Central West Virginia have already cast their ballots during the first five days of the state's early voting period for next week's primary.

Harrison County clerk Susan Thomas tells The Exponent-Telegram of Clarksburg that an average of more than 265 residents have cast their ballots each day in the county ahead of the May 10 primary.

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West Virginia American Water is asking state regulators to approve a 1.9 percent surcharge on customers' bills to fund infrastructure replacement projects.

The water utility said in a news release that it filed an application Friday with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia seeking approval for the rate hike.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make at least three more stops in West Virginia before the state's May 10 primary elections, according to his campaign's national press secretary.

Simone Sanders announced during a conference call with reporters Tuesday the Vermont Senator would hold events in Charleston, Morgantown and McDowell County this week, but didn't release any further details.

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Republican candidate for West Virginia governor Bill Cole is supporting Donald Trump for president.

The current state Senate president made his announcement in a news release Tuesday.

Cole said Trump understands business and economics, knows how to create jobs and has spoken out for revitalizing the coal industry.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made her second West Virginia stop Tuesday morning on the campus of the University of Charleston. Clinton hosted a roundtable discussion focused on the state’s substance abuse epidemic. But she said it’s not just West Virginia that’s suffering.

“We have to treat this as an epidemic,” Clinton said. “This is a public health challenge.”

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The West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission has admonished a Brooke County magistrate who posted her granddaughter's bond.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that vice chairwoman of the judicial commission Gail C. Boober wrote in a public admonishment last week that Linda J.R. Viderman disregarded state law which states that a magistrate cannot post bond for any other individual, including a family member.

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Fallen law enforcement officers will be honored at the state Capitol Complex.

A ceremony is scheduled Tuesday in the Culture Center in Charleston. A procession will include the placing of a wreath at the Fallen Partner Memorial on the Culture Center plaza.

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Wayne King is an attorney from Clay County and one of five candidates running for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals. King is known for being outspoken on many issues, but perhaps most for his opposition to public campaign financing.

Wayne King grew up in Belle, West Virginia, but has lived in Clay for the last 45 years. At age 71, he’s still working as a full-time attorney since graduating from West Virginia University College of Law in 1971. Now, he’s running for the West Virginia Supreme Court. King says he’s been contemplating a run for the last twelve years.

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While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton preached a message of friendship and promised progress for southern West Virginia inside a campaign event in downtown Williamson Monday, dozens of protestors filled the streets outside chanting messages that made it clear Clinton was not welcome in their community.

“Hillary is a crook!” one man chanted just feet from the event’s entrance. Others yelled loudly, “Remember Benghazi!”

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If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says it's forbidden.

Tennant said in a news release Friday that it's illegal to photograph any part of the voting process, and no electronic devices or cellphones are allowed in the voting booth.

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Charleston police say a man is facing charges after his gun accidentally discharged during a children's swimming lesson. No one was injured.

Chief of Detectives Steve Cooper tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that 41-year-old Lloyd Simms was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a school after turning himself in to police Saturday.

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