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A Raleigh County school official says counties need more flexibility to meet the state's instructional time requirement.

Board of Education President Rick Snuffer says the current system isn't equitable.

The state requires counties to provide 180 days of instruction. Snuffer says counties should be allowed to count minutes and hours as instructional time.

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Federal disaster loans are available in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia for weather-related damage in March.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says Aug. 3 is the deadline to apply for loans for physical damage caused by storms and low temperatures from March 3 to March 14.

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Businesses and homeowners in Morgantown have a variety of inexpensive options to significantly reduce their energy costs while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released on Monday, June 29.

 

Morgantown-based environmental consulting company Downstream Strategies compiled the report as part of a three-phase project. Commissioned by the Morgantown City Council’s Green Team, the project is funded by the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation and aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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A group of 24 high school girls from across West Virginia are spending the week on the campus of WVU Tech in Montgomery, designing shoes and testing mock samples for the AIDS virus.

The girls are participating in WVU Tech’s first ever all girls STEM camp, short for science, technology, engineering and math.

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A state study says it's unlikely that significant amounts of untreated natural gas drilling waste in landfills will get into groundwater or surface water.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the report Wednesday on drill cuttings in landfills.

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After four months of waiting, the National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is piloting the state’s first syringe exchange program, aimed at reducing the risk of spreading diseases.

State DHHR officials will join will local health workers in Huntington Thursday to announce a program that is the first of its kind for West Virginia. The pilot Syringe Exchange Program will launch in Cabell County later this year.

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The National Youth Science Foundation has acquired a research and education center in Tucker County.

The foundation received federal approval in March to purchase the facility from the Canaan Valley Institute. The Charleston Gazette reports that the foundation announced the $20 million acquisition's completion on Tuesday.

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A judge says he's looking to approve a $2.5 million bankruptcy deal involving the company behind a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal bankruptcy court Wednesday, Judge Ronald Pearson spoke favorably of the plan pushed by Freedom Industries, the state Department of Environmental Protection and creditors.

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West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has retired as president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Tomblin's retirement was effective Tuesday. She had served at the college for 33 years, including the past 15 as president.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is slated to headline an event next month for the West Virginia Republican Party.

The party announced Tuesday that Haslam would attend the GOP's Path to Victory lunch in Charleston on July 24. The event will take place at the Capitol Conference Center.

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A former Arch Coal employee will spend six months in prison for lying to investigators about a kickback scheme at a mine.

Gary Griffith had pleaded guilty in July 2014 to making a materially false statement in a federal matter. The 63-year-old Oceana resident was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.

A commission review board found probable cause that Mayor Bill Pauley used his office for private gain.

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West Virginia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations criticized as overly burdensome on farmers and landowners.

On Tuesday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was filed in southern Georgia federal court.

West Virginia's prevailing wage is temporarily disappearing, and Senate President Bill Cole says Republicans could scrap the wage altogether if it's not reconfigured how they envisioned.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration said WorkForce West Virginia couldn't calculate the rate by a new law's deadline Wednesday.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's brother has dropped a lawsuit against the West Virginia Democrat and another brother.

Dr. John Manchin III agreed to the lawsuit's dismissal in a filing on Monday in Marion County Circuit Court. The stipulation of voluntary dismissal was signed by lawyers for all three Manchin brothers.

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West Virginia Lottery officials say "casino night" fundraisers conducted by charitable organizations are illegal.

But the Lottery doesn't have any prosecutorial authority in such cases. Lottery director John Musgrave says county prosecutors have shown little interest in pursuing charges against members of local charitable organizations.

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The Joint Committee on Tax Reform held their final meeting before a July break Monday in Charleston, continuing their comprehensive review of the state’s tax code.

Panels of both county assessors and sheriffs discussed the state’s property tax system. A separate panel of attorneys and an accountant described the nuances of the state’s severance taxes for coal, natural gas and timber.

Still, three months into the process, lawmakers have discussed more problems with the tax code than solutions.

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The state Public Service Commission is allowing a group of county commissioners to intervene in a nearly 30 percent proposed rate hike for water customers in southern and central West Virginia. 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission says the Kanawha County Commission can intervene in a rate increase proposed by West Virginia American Water. The largest water utility in the state proposed a rate hike of just over 28 percent in April. 

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Businesses in Parkersburg and Vienna will begin charging an additional penny on the dollar for taxable items and services this week.

Each city has implemented a 1 percent municipal sales tax under West Virginia'sMunicipal Home Rule Pilot Program. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the municipal taxes will be added to the state's 6 percent sales tax on Wednesday.

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