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West Virginia prescribers and pharmacists have a new tool to track how potent a patient's combination of prescriptions is.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the state Board of Pharmacy announced the state's launch of the morphine equivalency calculator in an effort to address the state's opioid abuse problem.

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Beckley leaders are trying to make the city friendlier to foot traffic and bicyclists.

WVVA-TV reports the move by Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold comes as students at WVU Tech get ready for the upcoming semester.

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 A 123-acre former Navy installation in Pendleton County has sold at auction.

The Charleston Gazette reports the online auction for the former Navy Information Operations Command installation ended Monday night, after a bid of $11.2 million went unchallenged for a 24-hour period.

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West Virginians who are running into issues related to last month's deadly floods might be eligible for free legal services.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that Disaster Legal Services will provide legal help to low-income people who can't pay for lawyers because of a major disaster. The lawyers have volunteered to provide limited assistance.

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West Virginia residents told federal officials that the state's lack of high-speed internet access is hurting their quality of life and damaging the state's ability to attract tourists.

The Register-Herald reports that business owners, residents and county officials aired their frustrations at a discussion Tuesday at Lansing's Adventures on the Gorge resort.

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West Virginia is projecting state and federal savings of $1.2 million over the next few years from the first six months operation of a new disability fraud unit.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the Charleston Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit is a partnership between the attorney general and the Social Security Administration. Similar units operate in 31 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Panel Discusses Issues of Race in Wake of Shootings

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During the week of July 4, 2016, two police shootings took the lives of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castle in Falcon Heights, Minnesota in a matter of two days. The next day, five police officers were killed in a mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. Those incidents sparked protests and discussions about race across the nation, one movement that gained national attention is the Black Lives Matter movement.

The following week, West Virginia Public Broadcasting news intern and West Virginia University student Aaliyah Brown sat down with two leaders in West Virginia’s black communities to talk about the shootings and their effect on the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Authorities say an Elkview man has been arrested after posting a video on Facebook calling for police officers to be killed.

Citing court records, media outlets report that 26-year-old Matthew Lane Furby was taken into custody Monday and charged with making threats of terroristic acts.

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The Department of the Interior is dropping its appeal of a ruling that said the agency shouldn't have removed the site of the Blair Mountain labor battle from a list of historic places.

In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, the department and Secretary Sally Jewell filed a motion to drop the appeal.

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Congressman Evan Jenkins was in Huntington Tuesday at Lily’s Place – an infant recovery center that inspired a federal bill helping others to create facilities like it.

The Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act is part of a larger set of bills known as the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, or CARA, and it addresses the national opioid crisis. . Both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed the bill a few weeks ago. In just the last few days – CARA was signed by President Barack Obama.

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Elkview residents will have to wait at least two more months for a shopping center to reopen after an access bridge collapsed earlier last month during massive flash-flooding.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a new bridge to Crossings Mall isn't expected to be completed for at least another eight weeks.

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Authorities say that almost all of Clendenin Elementary School has sustained flood damage.

Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy tells local media about 97 percent of the school was damaged during last month's floods.

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West Virginians who are out of work due to recent deadly floods are facing a deadline to apply for unemployment benefits.

The deadline to file a claim for employees or residents of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is Wednesday.

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The state is making millions of dollars in minigrants available for small businesses damaged by deadly floods last month.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to small businesses through the RISE West Virginia public-private partnership.

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West Virginia's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking details related to the death of a 23-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that attorneys with the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests last week with both Weirton police and State Police in connection with the May 6 shooting death of Ronald Williams Jr.

A West Virginia county is spending at least $1 million to clean up after deadly, damaging floods last month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha County Commission is allocating another $500,000 to flood recovery, bringing the total to $1 million.

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Health officials, law enforcement officers and other specialists are gathering for a summit on addiction issues in West Virginia.

The event will take place Monday evening at the Dr. Lisa Curry Annex in Chesapeake.

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Since Wednesday, a rockslide has covered a portion of Railroad Yard Road, blocking some residents in Iaeger from leaving their homes.

 

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According to Iaeger Mayor Joe Ford, local coal operator, Eddie Asbury, is on the scene of the rockslide and is in the process of removing the debris.

 

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McDowell County resident, Deedra Blevins, says she plans to climb boulders Saturday evening so she can bring supplies to her 70-year-old mother, Dorothy Frost, who is one of those trapped behind the slide.

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West Virginia University is suing over a leaky roof.

The Dominion Post of Morgantown reports that the state's flagship public university has filed the lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court over problems with the construction of student recreation center.

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State government jobs have dropped by more than 2 percent since Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin imposed a hiring freeze in 2013.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the number full-time positions has dropped by 917 since West Virginia's freeze went into effect.

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