West Virginia's top court says a debt collector didn't violate state consumer protection law by making 250 phone calls to a man who denied owing $1,349.

The Supreme Court, divided 3-2, says Valentine & Kerabatis bought Gary Lenahan's consumer account from security systems provider ADT in 2012.

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Gov. Jim Justice sat the head of a long table in his conference room Monday afternoon, surrounded by reporters and members of his staff. It’s the same room that nearly three months ago Justice declared his budget war room, inviting members of the Legislature to join him and his staff each morning to hammer out a deal.

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Inmates participating in work-release programs do not quality for workers' compensation benefits, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled has ruled.

The court on Thursday unanimously affirmed a Workers' Compensation Board of Review's 2015 decision to not grant workers' compensation to a work release inmate named William F. Crawford, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. Crawford's hand was severely injured in a wood chipper in 2013 while he was working on a road crew for the state Division of Highways.

An independent candidate has announced he is running for mayor of West Virginia's capital city.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Sunday that Andrew "Andy" Backus filed for precandidacy in Charleston's 2018 mayoral race. State code requires possible candidates for public office to register a committee to accept campaign contributions, and through that process the Committee to Elect Andy Backus was filed.

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The third annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes has been set for next month to benefit the West Virginia National Guard Foundation, families of Fallen West Virginia Service Members and establishment of a new Gold Star monument in West Virginia.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia issued a news release about the event and said he will serve as Special Guest Road Captain for the event July 8.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier brings us the story of a Pennsylvania metallurgical coal mine slated to reopen soon.

We'll also hear from the Ohio Valley ReSource about how some infrastructure experts fear the President Trump's new infrastructure plan for new projects might not hold water.

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Concord University’s Upward Bound Program has been awarded more than $660,000 per year for five years.

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Application mistakes have cost two universities federal funding for programs that benefit low-income college students in West Virginia.

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John Yoder, a West Virginia circuit court judge and former state senator, died on Friday, according to a statement from the state Supreme Court.

Yoder, a native of Kansas, was circuit judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit, which includes Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports he practiced law in Harpers Ferry for 23 years.

Yoder was elected to two separate terms in the state Senate as a Republican in 1992 and 2004. He left the state Senate to run for the circuit court seat in 2008.

West Virginia’s highest court has ruled that evidence of illicit drugs in a newborn’s umbilical cord is sufficient to bring a child abuse proceeding against the mother and the father who knew about her drug use.

The Supreme Court says state law clearly seeks to protect a threatened or harmed child from the person inflicting the injury or one failing to meet the child’s needs.

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Members of a legislative conference committee will continue their work Monday, trying to come to an agreement over tax reform. The conference committee was assembled Wednesday and, according to Legislative rules, must finish their work by Saturday, but lawmakers voted to suspend those rules Friday, allowing the committee to meet over the weekend. 

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Three plantations owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family are going on the auction block shortly — historic properties near Richmond Virginia, each with a manor house and hundreds of acres of working farmland.

Jay Justice, leading the Justice Companies while his father is governor, says the investment properties are for sale because farming was his father's main focus, while his is coal mining.

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Federal authorities in northern West Virginia have charged 33 people following an investigation into the illicit distribution of the painkiller oxycodone.

According to prosecutors, the 129-count indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that the group from Michigan and West Virginia conspired to operate the trafficking ring.

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On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers working on a tax-reform plan heard from Gov. Jim Justice. Ashton Marra s following budget negotiations at the Capitol and brings us the latest on discussions between the governor and legislative leaders.

We also preview this week's Inside Appalachia episode and Mountain Stage's Song of the Week.

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The West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Child Nutrition kicked-off their Summer Food Program today at Elk Center Elementary in Kanawha County.

An average of 178,000 West Virginia school children depend on free and reduced-price meals at school throughout the year. But those meals end when school breaks for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during summer break. Its funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program.

Seven U.S. coal miners died in accidents so far this year, most of them with less than a year of experience at that particular job and mine, according to federal officials. In all of last year, eight miners died.

Tim Watkins, deputy administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, said Thursday they're launching an initiative as soon as possible to talk to miners and try to determine if there are training deficiencies.

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Gov. Jim Justice took questions from a legislative conference committee Thursday that is working on a compromised version of his tax reform plan, a rare appearance at the statehouse.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we'll hear more from the state Capitol, where lawmakers appear to be getting closer to a revenue plan that could lead to a budget deal.

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Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall.

The efforts were detailed in a recently leaked report attributed to the U.S. National Security Agency.

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A West Virginia man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for assaulting a state Senate candidate last year.

Jonathan Porter of Holden was sentenced Wednesday in Logan County Circuit Court in the May 2016 attack on Richard Ojeda.