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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

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A new policy that'll assign police dogs to another handler has sparked protest from some Martinsburg residents.

The Journal reports Martinsburg police said in a statement Saturday that supervisors will no longer be assigned as canine handlers.

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The Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police led the state in felony arrests in fiscal year 2015.

Citing the agency's annual report, The Journal reports that the detachment made a total of 1,135 arrests.

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Despite having been barred from marching down Martinsburg's streets, West Virginia's Sons of Confederate Veterans members say they will gather in the city and celebrate Southern heritage and the Confederate flag this weekend.

Paul Williams, commander of the state's division of the group, tells The Journal that his group will be appealing the city council's decision next week, but members will still assemble in Martinsburg on Saturday to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the first official flag of the Confederate States of America.

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The West Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is seeking permission to parade through downtown Martinsburg.

Media outlets report that the group has requested to use portions of Queen and Race streets on March 5 for the procession, which the group says will be in celebration of southern heritage and the birth of the Confederate flag 155 years ago. The Martinsburg City Council will consider the request Thursday.

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Martinsburg City Council members are expected to cast the final vote on an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that would define public buildings in a way that would prevent the Berkley County Council from opening a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the city.

The Journal reports the proposed amendment was approved by the City Council in January.

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A Martinsburg man has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison for his role in the 2013 home-invasion robbery of former NFL player Fulton Walker Jr.

A Berkeley County Circuit Court judge on Monday sentenced 29-year-old Roger C. Doleman Jr.to 12 years in prison for armed robbery, followed by between two and 10 years for assault, to be served concurrently with a one- to five-year sentence for failing to appear for trial.

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A groundbreaking is set for a trash-to-fuel facility in West Virginia. 

A ceremony is set for Wednesday for Entsorga West Virginia's facility in Martinsburg.

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The family of a Virginia man killed during a confrontation with Martinsburg police is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a $200 million federal lawsuit against the West Virginia city and the officers.

Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia, was shot more than 20 times in March 2013 after police said the 50-year-old shrugged off two jolts from a stun gun, fought with officers and stabbed one of them.

December 25, 1937: Statesman Newton Baker Dies at 66 in Cleveland

Dec 25, 2015
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Statesman Newton Baker died in Cleveland on Christmas Day 1937 at age 66. The Martinsburg native earned a law degree in 1894 and practiced law briefly in his home town. In 1896, he became private secretary to U.S. Postmaster General William L. Wilson, a native of Charles Town and former president of West Virginia University. After a year in Washington, Baker resumed his Martinsburg law practice before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as city solicitor and mayor. 

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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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