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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

The Robinson Grand, or Rose Garden Theater in downtown Clarksburg.
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A public hearing on the planned restoration of the Robinson Grand Theater is set in Clarksburg.

The Exponent Telegram reports Tuesday's hearing will give citizens an opportunity to learn more about the city's plans to put the downtown landmark back into use.

Federal court officials in the Southern District of West Virginia are warning residents about a scam involving jury service.

Officials say residents have reported being called by someone claiming to represent the court. The caller says the resident failed to report for grand jury duty, that an arrest warrant has been issued, and there will be a fine.

The Higher Education Policy Commission approve presidents at three state universities Friday.

The West Virginia Higher Education policy Commission voted unanimously to grant final approval of three presidential selections. Jerome Gilbert at Marshall University, Mary Hendrix at Shepherd University and Stephen Greiner at West Liberty University.

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West Virginia's attorney general has filed lawsuits against two pharmacies that he's seeking to block from doing business in the state.

  Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office filed the lawsuits against David Pharmacy LLC and Rock City Pharmacy LLC in the Raleigh Circuit Court Thursday. His office says both pharmacies are based in Utah.

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The Kanawha County school board has approved policy changes meant to protect prospective and current lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from discrimination.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the board approved the changes at a meeting Thursday. Among the changes was adding "ancestry and sexual orientation" to the equal opportunity section of the school system's cultural diversity and human relations policy.

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A salvage yard business has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for failure to obtain a water pollution-control permit.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports USA Parts Supply will make the payment in increments of $616.

FirstEnergy customers in West Virginia could see their monthly bills go up $9 if the Public Service Commission approves two proposed settlement agreements.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the FirstEnergy could get an additional $133.6 million in revenue from customers next year under the agreements.

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A former West Virginia state trooper will go on trial Feb. 2 on charges that he arranged to have his mobile home burned down.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul T. Ferrell set the trial date for 26-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula during a hearing Tuesday.

Mountwest Community and Technical College

  Marshall University is partnering with Mountwest Community and Technical College to help students who earn an associate degree in graphic design to obtain a four-year degree in visual arts.

Officials also say Mountwest students who complete two-year degrees in animation and game development can earn bachelor's degrees in computer and information technology at Marshall.

State lawmakers want the Division of Highways to change the way it replaces older road signs in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Legislature Joint Committee on Government Organization is recommending that only deteriorated signs that have lost reflectivity along four-lane highways be replaced.

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An 81-year-old senator who is an avid pilot is trying to loosen medical exam requirements so that private pilots don't have to make so many doctors' visits to show they are fit to fly.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe had quadruple heart bypass surgery two years ago, but still flies.

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West Virginia's natural gas counties are the winners and coalfield counties are the losers in the state's latest assessment of the value of properties owned by public utilities.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail  says a report presented to the Board of Public Works on Tuesday shows utility property values increased by 36 percent in Doddridge County in the past year. Ritchie and Tyler counties each saw a 16 percent increase, while property values in Taylor County rose by 9 percent.

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Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Ashton Marra and Charleston attorney Mike Hissam detail the closing arguments in the case with host Beth Vorhees in this special episode of the podcast recorded as a part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's morning news show, West Virginia Morning.

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Officials with West Virginia University at Parkersburg have taken responsibility for problems found in a Legislative Audit report regarding purchasing practices and bidding procedures, and have assured lawmakers the problems have been handled.

The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg reports university officials were in Charleston on Monday to address the audit report to the legislative oversight committee.

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Lead defense attorney Bill Taylor said the government has provided no solid evidence to back its claim that former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship conspired to violate federal mine safety laws and lied about his company's safety records to investors and securities officials.

"Paper is what the government has brought you," Taylor said in the first half of his closing argument Tuesday morning. "No witnesses, no proof."

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As jurors begin to deliberate a verdict in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, all eyes in West Virginia turn to Charleston.

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In his closing argument Tuesday morning, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin called former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship an "outlaw" who ran a massive criminal conspiracy at the company's Upper Big Branch mine. 

An April 2010 explosion at that mine killed 29 men and sparked a federal investigation into Massey and Blankenship himself. 

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A Charleston woman has pleaded guilty to falsely obtaining benefits meant for residents forced out of their homes by a landslide at Yeager Airport.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 28-year-old Lindsey Marie Meadows pleaded guilty on Monday to obtaining under false pretenses. She's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22 in Kanawha County Circuit Court.