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As the poll results came in the evening of Election Day, it was clear Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler would not take the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Some members of the Wheeling Symphony stopped in at a juvenile detention center in Wheeling last week to bring some musical education to the kids there.


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The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request this week to freeze implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan while the broader lawsuit moves forward.


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West Virginia University and officials for the city of Morgantown have reached an agreement over policing the school's fraternity and sorority houses.

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Fayette County Commission will meet next week to consider banning the storage, disposal, or use of oil and natural gas waste. 

Community members will present a petition with 5,000 hand-written signatures that support what would be the first county-wide ban on oil and gas waste in West Virginia. It will be the second and final reading of the ordinance. If passed, violations will be punishable by civil and criminal penalties.

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A string of armed robberies in Monongalia County is frustrating law enforcement officials and putting some residents on edge.

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In the U.S., for every 100,000 people, 710 will be incarcerated - that’s more than twice the rate of incarceration in any other developed country. And certain demographics fare significantly worse than others.

But social disparities aside, it’s prison overcrowding that is motivating changes in the justice system. Thousands of federal inmates across the country are seeing reduced sentences in light of new guidelines for non-violent drug offenders. U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld spoke about the implications and challenges here in West Virginia.

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U.S. District Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, just announced the launch of an organized effort to combat addiction problems in Marion, Monongalia and Harrison counties: an Addiction Action Plan. It’s an extension of an initiative that began in the Northern Panhandle late last year in response to a resurgence of heroin use in the region.


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U.S. District Attorney J. William Ihlendfeld II will be discussing the latest efforts to come from his office to combat the addiction epidemic in West Virginia. Ihlenfeld’s office is expanding his established Addiction Action Plan from the northern panhandle into Monongalia, Marion, and Harrison counties.

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A state agency spokesman says a fire in Harpers Ferry's commercial area began on the rear patio of a business.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina tells The Herald-Mail  that the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

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State police data show more than 13,000 permits to carry concealed guns were issued in West Virginia during the first three months of 2015.

If this pace continues, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state could end the year with the highest total of permits issued since 2009. That's when the West Virginia State Police began maintaining records.

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Police say an officer fatally shot a man in a Charleston, West Virginia, suburb after the man fired a gun at him.

Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley tells media outlets that the officer was responding to a domestic violence complaint when the shooting occurred Saturday night.

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  Entering an election year, state officials aren't thrilled by suggestions to raise taxes, tolls and fees for roads.

As federal money keeps fizzling, some aren't dismissing the idea.

West Virginia's problems appear to be about upkeep, not necessarily congestion.

U.S. Census data from 2013 shows Charleston and Huntington metro areas had commute times about two minutes lower than the national average, almost 26 minutes. The Martinsburg-Hagerstown, Maryland, area exceeds the average by four minutes but includes Washington commuters.

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 The interim chief of the state's regional jail agency has gotten the job permanently: David Farmer.

The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority's board promoted David Farmer to executive director on this week.

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  Prosecutors oppose a motion by former executives asking a judge to move their criminal case over a chemical spill.

In Charleston federal court Thursday, prosecutors wrote that ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell didn't sufficiently prove that public sentiment over a water crisis is so prejudiced that fair and impartial jurors can't be found in southern West Virginia.

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's task forces on substance abuse are slated to meet in Romney and Morgantown.

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Both of West Virginia’s Senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, are co-sponsors of a piece of legislation that would rewrite the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. 

January 2nd of 2014 the Lisby Pad explosion spilled an unknown amount of "black sludge" associated with a horizontal drilling site in Tyler County into a feeder stream of a local municipality's source water stream.
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State senators in Charleston took action this week to roll back aboveground tank regulations put in place after last year’s chemical spill which contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

  When you hear the word “ginseng” you might think about a wild plant that grows in the hills of Appalachia … and you would be right, that’s the good stuff. But there’s another way ginseng grows that’s a little less wild. Basically, we’re talking about ginseng farming in the forest, which can yield roots as valuable as the wild stuff. So is it a viable business for West Virginians? Well, there are some rules and regulations that might be hindering growth, but experts say there are ways to promote the industry.


There’s a new federal drug court program in Wheeling, West Virginia, for drug offenders and veterans in the northern panhandle. The program offers an alternative to sending offenders to jail right away, and one veteran probation officer says the program will save lives.

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