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Women's March, Donald Trump, Inauguration
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the Capitol in Charleston on Saturday, Jan. 21, to show their support for women’s equality one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.


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The Kanawha County Commission is considering seeking damages from opioid wholesalers, who they say helped to fuel the area's drug epidemic by shipping millions of painkillers to the county.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that commissioners on Thursday hired a law firm to represent them in a potential lawsuit against the wholesalers.

Carter G. Woodson
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Marshall University announced Friday the launch of the Carter G. Woodson Lyceum. Named after the Huntington native and “Father of Black History Month,” the program will strive to teach about the history of black history month and Woodson.

The lyceum will be operated as a collaboration between the Drinko Academy and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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It's clear many of the adults living in Appalachia are focused on what the new president can do for the economy here, but they're not alone. Young people also have their own concerns about Trump.

Students from Frankfort High School in Mineral County marched in the inaugural parade Friday in Washington, but before they left, they shared their thoughts about President Trump and their role in performing at his inauguration.

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  Marshall University is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to train community health workers in coal counties in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and parts of West Virginia.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia announced the grant in a news release Thursday for the Marshall University Research Corporation.

Deer
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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has requested original color wildlife paintings for the 2018 edition of its wildlife calendar.

According to the division, paintings may depict popular fish or game or West Virginia's other wildlife, such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds and small mammals.

College students in Kentucky and West Virginia who train for the rapidly growing drone industry are getting some financial backing from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia says in a news release that students from Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will benefit from the $1.3 million grant.

The Raleigh County school board is set to cut nearly 100 positions within the school system.

WVVA-TV reports that at a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday, officials said Raleigh County is facing an $8.9 million budget deficit after a decline in county, state and federal funding. As a result, 94 employees will be laid off for the 2017-2018 school year.

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The city of Wheeling is going to spend $35,000 to demolish a row of houses on Wheeling Island that were damaged in a fire earlier this month.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that the City Council unanimously approved the expenditure this week to demolish the five homes.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice waves to the crowd as he delivers his inauguration speech, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's cutting five vehicles that were previously used by the governor's staff.

According to the governor's office, that's intended to set an example for every department in the state government now facing a budget crisis.

Don Blankenship
Joel Ebert / The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A panel of appellate judges has affirmed a ruling that sent former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to prison.  The decision means he’ll serve out the remainder of his one-year prison term in a California penitentiary. 

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A former water testing lab employee has been sentenced to two years in prison for participating in a false sampling scheme for southern West Virginia coal mines.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge Irene Berger sentenced John Brewer on Wednesday to the maximum penalty allowed. Brewer pleaded guilty in September to one count of falsifying water sample reports under the Clean Water Act.

Elk River
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A group of Kanawha Valley residents is demanding a full investigation of West Virginia American Water's role in a 2014 chemical spill and a resulting water crisis. 

Thousands of gallons of a coal-cleaning agent leaked from a Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River in January 2014, leaving 300,000 people without water for nine days.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 17 Republican counterparts from other states urging Congress adopt stop federal regulation overreach.

In a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional leaders, they are calling for job-impact and cost-benefit analyses, greater congressional oversight and its approval of major rules changes.

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West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he supports new Gov. Jim Justice's proposal to cut the state government's education bureaucracy.

Carmichael, leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, says it's "encouraging" to see a governor ready to make wholesale changes to the education system, something he says legislators have been trying for.

West Virginia Lottery

A Princeton husband and wife have won a $2 million prize in a Powerball drawing.

Martha and Tom Robinson claimed their winnings Tuesday at a news conference at West Virginia Lottery headquarters in Charleston.

oxycontin
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A major California-based drug wholesaler has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that it failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The settlement commits San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. to a multi-year suspension of sales of controlled substances from distribution centers in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. It also imposes new and enhanced compliance requirements on McKesson's distribution system.

Nearly eight years after a car wreck claimed the lives of a mother and two teens in Cabell County, a trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Subaru.

The trial is slated for Jan. 23 in Kanawha County, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Purple Heart
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The son of new West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has received a Purple Heart, more than six years after he was injured in Afghanistan.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register report that retired Army captain Steven Warner received the honor during a ceremony Monday at the state capitol in Charleston, hours after his father was sworn in as the new secretary of state.

Charleston Police Car
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Charleston police have not asked any outside agency to investigate a wreck in which a woman died after her car collided with a city police cruiser that apparently did not have its sirens on.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in an email that investigators have been working with the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office to objectively review details of the Jan. 4 collision.

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