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West Virginia prison officials have tapped a career law enforcement officer to crack down on illegal drug smuggling.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy has named Jack Luikart as director of correctional substance abuse control.

Pipeline ready for construction.
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A lawsuit filed Thursday is challenging the company that wants to build a 300-mile pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia, and the federal agency that oversees it.

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va.
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The Boy Scouts’ chief executive apologized Thursday, July 27, to members of the scouting community who were offended by the aggressive political rhetoric in President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Scouts’ national jamboree.

The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, three days after Trump’s speech to nearly 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia.

West Virginia Morning
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On the West Virginia Morning, in 2016, about 15 thousand people were killed by gun violence in the U.S. About 3 thousand teenagers were either injured or killed. In Charleston, West Virginia, there were 11 murders in 2016 -- eight of them occurred on the West Side of town and many of them were teens.

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West Virginia’s Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she’ll vote for the Senate to go forward and debate legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Capito, in a statement Tuesday, says she’ll make decisions that are “in the best interests of West Virginians.”

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump brought Washington politics to West Virginia Monday, speaking to a crowd of about 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, in Glen Jean. Trump spoke at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree about what he says are the keys to success. But as Ashton Marra reports, the advice came between jabs aimed at everyone from Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to the national media.

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President Donald Trump brought Washington politics to West Virginia Monday, speaking to a crowd of about 40,000 boy scouts and volunteers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. 

Trump is the eigth president to attend a jamboree, which occurs every four years, and the first to attend the event since it found a permanent home in West Virginia, in 2013. 

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One person is dead and two are missing after heavy rains caused flooding in areas of West Virginia and Kentucky, authorities said.

In West Virginia, Ohio County Emergency Management Agency Director Lou Vargo said a van with two people inside rolled into a stream that flows into Wheeling Creek on Sunday. He says a man was recovered from the floodwater and taken to Wheeling Hospital, where he died.

Justice: Liens Will Be Paid Once Disputes Are Settled

Jul 20, 2017
Jim Justice
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says the tax liens against his family-owned businesses will be paid once disputes over them are resolved.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The Grandview Sandbar and River Access Area of New River Gorge National River will close for a few days to prepare for upgrades.

Jim Justice
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Gov. Jim Justice named five members to the newly reconstituted West Virginia Health Care Authority, which a new law places under the Department of Health and Human Resources.

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West Virginia’s Capitol Building Commission has approved a project to repair water leakage issues in the Capitol dome and an engineer has advised the commission that repairs also are needed for its suspension system.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Rex Cyphers, an engineer with WDP and Associates of Charlottesville, says metal cables that suspend the interior dome from the superstructure have failed.

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office says its unit targeting Social Security disability fraud helped save nearly $1.3 million in improper claims during the second quarter of this year.

Two investigators and an analyst have been working with the Social Security Administration to review suspicious or questionable disability claims.

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West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith says the Justice administration's road and bridge reconstruction initiative will start with about $350 million of road resurfacing in the next few months originally scheduled for 2018 and 2019.

Boy Scout Jamboree Begins after Years of Preparation

Jul 19, 2017
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Tens of thousands of boy scouts are making their way to southern West Virginia Wednesday for the start of their national jamboree, but preparations began long before a single scout sets foot on site.

Planning for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree began almost four years ago, immediately following the first jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel National Reserve. 

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Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he’ll use a portion of his own contingency fund to pay for a service program conducted by the Boy Scouts of America during their upcoming Jamboree, but is blaming lawmakers for not including the money in the 2018 budget.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to approve all but one of a county's proposed public school closures.

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Uniforms, artillery and weapons from World War I are included in a new exhibit at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Culture Center in Charleston.

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West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she'll review the new Senate Republican leadership proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act but still has "serious concerns" about the Medicaid provisions.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, running for re-election next year, says his campaign raised more than $1.4 million in the most recent quarter and has nearly $3.5 million on hand.

The Democrat, seeking a second, full six-year term, says Thursday that the total includes $250,000 in contributions from West Virginians in June.

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