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The West Virginia State Tax Department will be closing three satellite offices and one regional office next month in an effort to save money in the face of budget cuts.

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An Akron, Ohio man is in Federal Custody in connection with a rash of overdoses in Huntington earlier this month.

Twenty-two-year-old Bruce Lamar Griggs was arrested in Ohio and is being held on a federal criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of West Virginia. According to United States Attorney Carol Casto and Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli, Griggs is charged with distribution of heroin.

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Volunteers can sign up for next month's litter cleanup along West Virginia highways.

The Adopt-A-Highway program is a partnership between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Highways.

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A spokeswoman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has lost her job after being identified in a white supremacist YouTube video titled “The Stop White Genocide Video.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Thursday that Morrisey's assistant communications director Carrie Bowe appeared in the video first uploaded in December 2012.

The video shows Bowe and other women dressed in all white clothing reciting lines such as “anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.” 

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he's concerned about skyrocketing prices for life-saving allergy injection pens made by a company headed by his daughter.

In a news release Thursday, the West Virginia Democrat says he plans a detailed review of drugmaker Mylan's response to criticism about the cost of EpiPens.

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A group of teachers in Dunbar has filed a grievance against Kanawha County Schools over heating and air conditioning issues.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the teachers from Benjamin Franklin Career and Technical Education Center filed the grievance last week.

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More than 8,000 West Virginia households have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal assistance since June’s flooding.

FEMA officials say 8,732 West Virginians have contacted the agency for help after high waters damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses on June 30. That number is expected to increase, though, because the deadline to apply for assistance does not expire until September 7.

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One year into a long-term study of the state’s universal pre-K system, researchers say the program is improving achievement for students. 

The West Virginia Department of Education announced the longitudinal study of the state’s pre-K system a year ago, partnering with Marshall University and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

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A former hotel employee in West Virginia has admitted to embezzling more than $955,000.

U.S. Attorney Carol Casto says in a news release that 52-year-old Mark Kuhn of Milton pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.

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The state Juvenile Justice Commission is accusing the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources of operating under a "cloak of secrecy" while negotiating new contracts to place youths in residential psychiatric facilities.

The commission released a report Monday saying that the DHHR intended to "unilaterally" overhaul the residential placement system without consulting key figures in the juvenile justice system or considering how the changes would affect residential centers' finances.

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We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

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As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum.

The Democratic West Virginia senator's daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens.

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Officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration visited Huntington this week to announce millions of dollars in funding for Appalachian communities struggling with the effects of coal’s decline.

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Hemp, known in the scientific community as cannabis sativa, is a cousin to the more commonly known marijuana, but unlike its medicinally and recreationally used relative, hemp does not contain any THC- a mind-altering ingredient. 

So, throughout the nation's history, hemp has been used more practically. It's often turned into fibers used in fabrics or rope or pressed into oils, but the plant itself is still considered a schedule one drug, meaning law enforcement treats it just like they would heroin or Ecstasy.

Arthur Quattrocchi stands in front of his son's house Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Follansbee, W.Va., joking about having a yard sale. The town was flooded during severe storms that hit West Virginia's Northern Panhandle on Saturday, July 30.
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Both home and business owners in the Follansbee area are now eligible for federal assistance after flooding in late July.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday his request for aid for the July 29 and 30 floods in three counties was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A new analysis of West Virginia educator data shows school administrators have a higher rate of turnover than classroom teachers in the state. 

The analysis is part of regional study focused on the retention and attrition rates of West Virginia educators.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities there.

The Register-Herald reports the board passed the resolution Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities.

The Register-Herald reports that the board passed the resolution on Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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In the first part of 2015, the percentage of uninsured Americans dropped almost 12 percent due to the Affordable Care Act, but even though more Americans are insured than ever before, deductibles – the amount of money you have to pay before insurance kicks in – have skyrocketed, going up by almost 70 percent since 2010. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is maintaining a state of emergency for eight West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

On Monday, Tomblin announced the extension until Sept. 21 for eight of the 12 counties that have been under a state of emergency. The declaration was scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

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