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West Virginia tax officials say collections of nearly $560 million so far this fiscal year are 3.9 percent higher than last year, though August receipts of almost $307 million were lower than budget estimates.

Treasury Secretary Dave Hardy says the boost in collections is good news for the state two months into its new year.

The West Virginia Board of Education has proposed lowering some requirements to become a public school teacher.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday that among the proposed changes are exempting education bachelor's degree holders who meet minimum grade point averages from having to pass a basic knowledge test.

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A West Virginia city has installed two new electric chargers to get increased spending from interstate travelers.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the city of South Charleston recently installed two Level 2 electric vehicle chargers, which are believed to be the first in the state to have been installed by a municipality. The stations are free of charge and opened to the public.

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A former West Virginia Republican Party chairman has been selected to become the top federal prosecutor in the southern half of the state.

President Donald Trump nominated Mike Stuart to be U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

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West Virginia's state school board has approved a federal Every Student Succeeds Act compliance plan that includes a new public accountability system to replace the one that assigned A-F grades to entire schools.

Media reports say Gov. Jim Justice will decide whether to sign the plan approved by the state Board of Education on Friday. The U.S. Education Department also must review it and decide whether to sign off.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has conditionally approved a school consolidation plan in Nicholas County.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the plan by Nicholas County's school board would consolidate schools in Richwood, Summersville and Craigsville into a campus near Summersville.

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West Virginia environmental regulators are rescinding approval for building the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles.

In a letter Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection said it's vacating the water quality certification issued in March, which followed review of the projected impact on the state's waters and public hearings.

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Several organizations throughout Appalachia will see federal grant money. Funds are designed to help strengthen coal-impacted economies.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced nearly $2 million additional dollars this week for regions in Appalachia that have been affected by job losses related to the declining coal industry.

 

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Nearly 1,000 new or foreign businesses registered to do business in West Virginia during the month of August, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

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West Virginia's most used airport will receive a $13.5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to rebuild the runway safety overrun area that collapsed after a 2015 landslide.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state's U.S. congressmen announced the allocation Wednesday for Yeager Airport. Replacing the area allows Yeager to restore 500 feet (150 meters) of runway for operational use.

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West Virginia officials are warning farmers about the possibility that their hay could be contaminated by recent flooding.

The state Agriculture Department said in a news release feeding contaminated hay to animals can be dangerous.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has urged voters to support a roads referendum during a town hall meeting in Beckley.

Residents will vote Oct. 7 on his plan to issue bonds to support about $3 billion in projects to repair and rebuild state highways and bridges.

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Charges have been dropped against a journalist who was arrested in May during a visit from members of the Trump Administration at the West Virginia state capitol. 

A criminal complaint by West Virginia’s Capitol police said Dan Heyman of Public News Service caused a disturbance on May 9 with his persistent questions to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Heyman was asking whether domestic violence would be considered a preexisting condition under a then-GOP proposal to slash the Affordable Care Act.

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On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announced change to Obama-era immigration policy, West Virginia’s Attorney General and those in nine other states say they will drop a lawsuit against the federal government.

In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he applauds Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, and called the Obama Administration’s immigration action “unconstitutional” and “unlawful.”

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West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner says his office is partnering with the West Virginia Air National Guard to protect state election systems from potential computer threats.

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A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates says she is resigning to tend to her family and her business.According to a release, House Delegate Nancy Reagan Foster announced Sept. 1 that she is stepping down.

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All summer long, pipeline protesters have been camped along the Potomac River in Maryland and West Virginia. They don’t want to see a 3.5 mile long TransCanada natural gas pipeline built underneath the river. Supporters argue the line is critical to expanding natural gas resources to businesses and homes in the growing Eastern Panhandle. 

 

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With National Voter Registration Month in September coming just ahead of a statewide special election, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is encouraging voters to make sure their registration makes them eligible to head to the polls in early October. 

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On this West Virginia Morning, as rain continues to fall throughout southeastern Texas from hurricane Harvey, Glynis Board reports that federal aid workers are still assisting West Virginians struggling after July 2017 flooding in the northern part of the state.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Human Trafficking hotline reports there were 19 cases of trafficking throughout West Virginia in 2016, but what about the cases undiscovered? Caroline Carey has more on new laws in the state and new programs to train officers on how to improve their ability to detect trafficking. 

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