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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

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A 27-year-old Windsor, Maryland, man faces up to 20 years in prison for his leading role in a heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug in West Virginia, Virginia and elsewhere.

The government says Brian Alexander Hall entered a guilty plea to a conspiracy count Thursday in federal court in Martinsburg. Besides a prison term, he also could be fined up to $1 million.

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With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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The MBA program at Shepherd University hosted a panel discussion in Martinsburg Wednesday night that drew in a large crowd. The topic – the Affordable Care Act. The goal of the discussion was to look at the good, the bad, and the unknown and discuss how it directly affects West Virginians.

Dozens of people attended the event at the historic McFarland House in Martinsburg. Like most controversial pieces of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has received plenty of attention since it was first enacted in 2010 – good and bad.

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Martinsburg City Council is considering a proposal that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's nondiscrimination law.

Multiple media outlets report that a 30-day public comment period on the proposed amendment began Thursday.

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Federal safety regulators say a Martinsburg construction company faces more than $44,000 in fines for exposing workers to safety hazards at a Morgantown townhouse project.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed fines Tuesday for K&F Construction Inc.

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The 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg celebrates the official opening of its C-17 Training System Facility Thursday, September 24, 2015.

At this new training facility, C-17 pilots, loadmasters, and maintenance engine run technicians from the 167th Airlift Wing will receive a combination of classroom instruction and simulator training.

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A Macy's spokesman says the retailer expects to hire about 2,900 seasonal workers at its Martinsburg eCommerce Fulfillment Center.

The hiring plan for the holiday season is down from an estimated 3,600 seasonal workers in 2014. Macy's spokesman Jim Sluzewksi tells The Journal that the fulfillment center has a larger than anticipated year-round staff.

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The highly anticipated Procter and Gamble site in Berkeley County broke ground Friday. And starting October 1, 2015 job applications will be available online.

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A Martinsburg man faces charges of embezzling more than $170,000 from his employer.

The Journal reports that 65-year-old Joseph William Pugh Jr. was arraigned on Thursday on a felonious embezzlement count.

Pugh is accused of embezzling the money over a seven-year period from Heiston Supply Company.

West Virginia State Police say the investigation began after the company's president discovered $400 was missing from a business deposit on July 31.

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Procter & Gamble's planned manufacturing facility in the Eastern Panhandle is due to break ground soon.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports that the Berkeley County plant is due to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Sept. 18, with construction expected to begin in October.

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Berkeley County voters will decide next year whether to allow hunting on Sunday on private land in the county.

Martinsburg residents and businesses have lined up to oppose a planned downtown drug recovery center for men.

Media outlets report more than a dozen people spoke out against the proposed 60-bed facility before a Martinsburg City Council meeting Thursday night.

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A trash-to-fuel project in Martinsburg will be funded with a $25 million bond.

The state Economic Development Authority board in Charleston unanimously authorized the bond Thursday to finance Entsorga West Virginia's facility.

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VA Hospitals across the country have been criticized for long wait times and not being accessible enough to veterans. But officials at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg say they are serving veterans in a timely manner.

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A former loan officer at The Bank of Romney will spend a year in federal prison for bank fraud.

Kimberly Haslacker had pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May. The 39-year-old Romney resident was sentenced on Monday in U.S District Court in Martinsburg.

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The Martinsburg City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in both housing and employment. The state of West Virginia does not provide these protections to the LGBT community although lawmakers have introduced bills for several years that would do so.

Because of the lack of support at the state level, members of Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights group, have spent the past year or so calling on cities to pass these protections. At the Martinsburg meeting Wednesday night, members of the community were heavily divided.

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Members of the Martinsburg City Council are expected to take up an ordinance Wednesday that will prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in their city.

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When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

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More than three dozen people have been indicted on charges stemming from a multistate heroin trafficking operation.

The 163-count indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.