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A Roman Catholic priest who also is a teacher has asked school officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.

The Rev. George Nedeff is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. He recently was hired as a substitute teacher in Wood County, West Virginia.

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Wheeling Hospital plans to replace its continuous care center with a new $22 million facility.

The hospital has filed a notice of intent with the West Virginia Health Care Authority that it plans to seek a certificate of need for the project.

Two companies have been cited by West Virginia regulators in separate fatal mine accidents.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training issued two citations to Rogers Petroleum Services Inc. and eight citations to Murray Energy.

As the price of coal has declined over the past four years, no one state may be feeling the financial impact more than our own. West Virginia once relied heavily on coal and related industries for jobs, but now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. As part of our partnership with Pittsburgh’s the Allegheny Front looking at the future of coal in Appalachia, we zero in on how the decline of coal prices are impacting how West Virginia governments pay the bills.

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The general manager of a TV station in Virginia says two crew members were fatally shot on air in central Virginia.

Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Parker was 24, Ward 27.

 The station says in tweets and in a story on its website that the incident happened Wednesday morning at a shopping center on a lake in Moneta.

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A change in pay periods for state employees has prompted grievances from workers who say they won't receive their full salaries during the switchover.

The state began switching pay periods in June from twice monthly to biweekly. Pay periods will increase from 24 to 26.

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Some students at New River Community and Technical College who complete two-year degrees can transfer into a four-year program at West Virginia State University.

Officials from both schools announced an agreement Tuesday involving online and evening classes at West Virginia State.

It lets New River graduates in business administration, law enforcement and corrections complete their bachelor's degrees in business or criminal justice.

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The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced the funding on Tuesday.

The money is designated for enhancing psychological and social health care services for people with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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West Virginia State Police say a suspect has been arrested after a report of someone with a gun inside a high school.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at Philip Barbour High School.

Baylous says the incident began as a "hostage-type situation" at the school.

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  Former Vice President Dick Cheney will give the keynote speech at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and business summit.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is suing the state Parole Board to obtain records regarding its denial of parole to an HIV-positive inmate.

The lawsuit says the board hasn't responded to the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act request for the information.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that ACLU attorney Jamie Lynn Crofts filed the lawsuit last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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A judge has recused himself from a hazing case stemming from a West Virginia University student's death.

The Dominion Post reports that Monongalia County Circuit Court Judge Philip Gaujot said he was member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity when he was a college student.

Huntington City Council has announced a two-year strategic plan to combat drug abuse and disease management in three West Virginia counties.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the council outlined the 2015 Strategic Plan for Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties on Monday.

The plan, which is led by the Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy, was established to eradicate addiction and treat addicted residents with proper health care, strengthen law enforcement and opportunities throughout treatment and recovery.

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Marshall University says its accreditation is up for its 10-year review.

According to the university, a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will visit the Huntington campus in October.

The team will review Marshall's ongoing ability to meet the commission's criteria for accreditation. 

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  West Virginia is about to get federal help for small businesses in the state.

Governor Tomblin announced Monday that West Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to receive $200,000 in State Trade and Export grant funding. It’ll help develop a new export assistance program under the West Virginia Development Office  called West Virginia First STEP – Next STEP.

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A petition seeking Charleston Mayor Danny Jones' removal from office has been dismissed.

Multiple media outlets report that a three-judge panel found the petition lacked the required number of valid signatures.

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The West Virginia Division of Tourism has ordered another 50,000 copies of the state travel guide from a vendor to keep up with demand.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that more than 8,000 people requested a copy of the "Wild Wonderful West Virginia" travel guide in July alone.

State Police figures show arrests on charges of child pornography or online solicitation of minors have increased in West Virginia this decade.

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A federal grant will enable West Virginia University to continue to offer advanced training to physicians and engineering students.

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Three West Virginia fire departments have been awarded federal grants to improve safety and fire prevention operations.

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