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The West Virginia Department of Education has launched an online survey for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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West Virginia University says two men have been recently appointed to its board of governors.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on Wednesday that a university news release says West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Elmer F. Coppoolse and Tim Bailey to the board. WVU president Gordon Gee says both will be key leaders, continuing their predecessors' momentum.

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A new manufacturing plant will set up shop in the Eastern Panhandle. Gov. Jim Justice announced it will create up to 150 new jobs in the state.

The new plant will produce stone wool insulation. This type of product is used in buildings, industrial applications, and in acoustic ceilings.

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The bridge that provides the only road access to the Camp Brookside area of New River Gorge National River in West Virginia has been closed for repairs.

The National Park Service says the shutdown began Thursday and is expected to last five weeks.

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West Virginia community health centers are getting $19 million in federal grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The grants are to fund primary care services.

West Virginia's attorney general has announced a settlement with a debt collection company resulting in more than $150,000 in debt cancelled for consumers in the state.

The settlement settles allegations that Northwood Asset Management Group LLC collected debts for Alliant Capital Management LLC without a license to do that in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Business College will remain open as a judge's last-minute reprieve has allowed it while the school appeals state officials' order to close.

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Water service has been turned off for more than 1,000 homes as the Huntington Sanitary Board has sent thousands of shut-off requests to West Virginia American Water as it pursues customers more than 30 days late on paying their sewer bill.

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On this West Virginia Morning, a week ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban could take effect, temporarily limiting travel of some people from six countries in the middle east to the United States.  While the Trump Administration argues the travel ban is in the interest of national security, opponents argue its purpose is to discriminate against Muslim nations.

First Elk Calf Since Reintroduction of Elk to State, Born

Jun 30, 2017
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The first elk calf has been born to an elk reintroduced to Logan County in December.

The West Virginia Division of Natural resources announced Thursday the birth of an elk calf at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area. It’s the first elk birth since the reintroduction of the animals to the state last December.

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An advisory board that will help develop a medical marijuana program in West Virginia has been announced, with state Bureau for Public Health Commissioner and State Health Officer Rahul Gupta serving as chairman.

A dozen others were also named to the board, including physicians, pharmacists, social worker, prosecutor, patient advocate and horticulturalist.

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A West Virginia county school board has sued the state over allegations that Gov. Jim Justice used intermediaries to pressure officials into arbitrarily denying a school consolidation plan.

According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail , the Nicholas County school board filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the state Board of Education and Schools Superintendent Steve Paine.

WVU to Increase Tuition 5 Percent after $9M Cut

Jun 29, 2017
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West Virginia University is joining other colleges and universities in the state that are raising tuition to deal with state budget cuts.

WVU’s Board of Governors voted Thursday to increase tuition for both in- and out-of-state students by about 5 percent in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Republican senators in Washington are delaying a vote on their version of a health care overhaul bill. A number of Republican Senators have come out against leadership’s most recent proposal, including West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. Capito says now she will offer her own changes to the bill. Ashton Marra reports.

We also hear from the Ohio Valley ReSource about the proposed bill's potential effects on the disabilities community.

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A day after announcing she could not support the Senate Republican-backed healthcare overhaul plan, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Wednesday she will offer her own changes to the bill which she thinks could make it more palatable in West Virginia.

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Two West Virginia universities will be increasing tuition for students after significant cuts from the state Legislature.

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The FBI is investigating the hacking of the computer system at a West Virginia hospital.

Employees at Princeton Community Hospital were hit by a ransomware attack Tuesday morning and were unable to access files. It is unclear if patient records were compromised.

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The board of West Virginia's School Building Authority has voted to distribute about $6.7 million to 10 county public school systems that requested the "major improvement project" grant money.

  

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board gave final approval after discussion in voice votes on Monday with no "nays" heard for the funding in the selected counties: Fayette, Randolph, Webster, Pocahontas, Taylor, Lincoln, Pendleton, Mason, Mercer and Monongalia.

A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement between prosecutors and a West Virginia man, citing the state's deadly drug crisis.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Judge Joseph R. Goodwin rejected the deal on Monday between prosecutors and 38-year-old Charles York Walker Jr. A federal grand jury indicted Walker in September 2016 on multiple charges including heroin and fentanyl distribution.

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West Virginia's attorney general has asked a state judge to shut down a charter bus company saying it failed to refund nearly $18,000 for two canceled field trips.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Cav's Coach Company LLC, based in Cross Lanes, and owner Christopher Todd Cavender defaulted on refund agreements for the field trips meant to celebrate eighth-grade graduations.

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