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  Some signature goodies are up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of West Virginia and Kentucky ahead of the Sweet 16 matchup between the states' two flagship universities.

West Virginia's Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he's wagering a small basket of Mountain State favorites, including pepperoni rolls, while his Kentucky counterpart, Gov. Steve Beshear, is offering a selection of bourbons.

On West Virginia Morning, the Heritage Farm and Museum in Huntington will become an affiliate of the famed Smithsonian Institution in Washington.  And we’ll go into a Charleston school and meet the service dog that helps children there.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Since news broke about fraternity members using a racist chant in Oklahoma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon has come under fire nationwide. University officials say they haven’t had any trouble with the fraternity’s chapters in West Virginia.

West Virginia University is warning students about a phone scam in which the caller impersonates police.

The Dominion Post reports that the Charleston Police Department appears on the caller ID, and the caller asks for personal information.

WVU Police Chief Rob Roberts says his agency has received about 15 reports of the scam. Students who received the calls were told that warrants were issued for their arrest and their scholarship funds are in jeopardy if personal information is not immediately provided.

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West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot will get to serve another year.

Michael Garcia was chosen from among four finalists Tuesday night as the WVU mascot for the 2015-16 academic year. The senior political science major from Fairmont served for the past year.

Besides the musket and buckskins, the job comes with some other benefits. As the Mountaineer mascot, he's traveled across the country making hundreds of appearances and attending athletic events on and off campus.

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 Four finalists are competing to be the next musket-toting Mountaineer mascot.

The four will compete in a cheer-off Monday during the West Virginia University basketball game in Morgantown.

The finalists are junior Reed Andrews, a chemical engineering major from Morgantown; freshman Ethan Ball, a business marketing major from Princeton; junior Troy Clemons, a sport management major from Maxwelton; and senior Michael Garcia, a political science major from Fairmont.

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from President of WVU Gordan Gee about WVU’s Day at the Legislature. And Roxy Todd brings us a story about a small town in West Virginia and their special Valentine’s Day gift. We also have out Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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In his first year back as president of West Virginia University, Gordon Gee faced shrinking state funding and a high-profile student death on campus. He spoke recently with us about those challenges, and about his time serving on the board of directors for coal company Massey Energy.

Gee served as chairman of the Safety, Environmental and Public Policy Committee of Massey Energy's board of directors before he resigned in 2009. Less than a year later, an explosion killed 29 men at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.

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Morgantown fire marshals say party rooms at two suspended West Virginia University fraternities exceeded occupancy limits by more than double.

The university's Office of Student Activities suspended Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Alpha for the violations.

Fire marshal Ken Tennant tells The Dominion Post that the limit for the Kappa Alpha house's party room is 70 people. During regular checks this past weekend, fire marshals counted 176 people in the room.

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West Virginia University has agreed to pay a $24,769 fine to resolve hazardous waste violations.

The fine is part of a proposed consent order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The order says the violations were discovered during an inspection of a WVU Engineering facility on the Evansdale campus in August 2014.

Violations included failure to keep a hazardous waste container closed, failure to properly label a container of waste and failure to properly respond to a spill of used oil.

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  Police say a West Virginia University fraternity pledge drank a large amount of alcohol shortly before he died.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Tuesday that medical tests showed 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch's blood alcohol level was 0.493. That's more than six times the legal limit of 0.08.

Preston says Burch was among 20 pledges who participated in a Kappa Sigma initiation function on Nov. 12, 2014. Each pledge received a bottle of liquor from a senior member or alumnus of the fraternity.

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Mountain State University's sale of campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg has been approved by a three-judge panel.

The school's Beckley campus has been sold to West Virginia University for $8 million, while its Martinsburg campus is going to a Virginia limited liability company called Viking Way Holdings, according to media reports.

Judges on a mass litigation panel approved the sales on Friday, pending a 30-day appeal period. They postponed a ruling on a larger settlement that would distribute $8.5 million of those sales to as many as 14,000 MSU students.

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  The dean is resigning at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

WVU President Gordon Gee announced Tuesday that Dr. Arthur J. Ross informed him of his decision to leave at the end of June. Gee did not cite a reason for Ross' resignation.

Ross has been in Morgantown for nearly five years. A pediatric surgeon, he came to WVU after serving as dean of Chicago Medical School and as vice president for medical affairs at Rosalind Franklin University.

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  West Virginia University is partially lifting a ban on Greek activity.

Effective Monday, Dean of Students Corey Farris tells the Charleston Daily Mail that fraternities and sororities can restart pledging and initiation procedures.

A moratorium on social events will remain in effect. Students are developing a course of action to address hazing and other issues regarding the Greek organizations.

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Officials with the former Mountain State University are shifting their attention to a lawsuit against an accrediting body.

Trustee Elmer Coppoolse tells The Register-Herald that Mountain State officials wanted to ensure the campus was in good hands before focusing on the lawsuit.

Last week, West Virginia University announced that it plans to buy Mountain State's campus in Beckley.

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West Virginia University is planning to buy Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

WVU President Gordon Gee said Wednesday that the school has extended an $8 million offer to purchase the campus and that Mountain State University has indicated it intends to accept the offer.

The Beckley private school's accreditation was revoked by the state Higher Education Policy Commission in June 2012 because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues.

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West Virginia University's new Advanced Engineering Research Building is on track to open in the fall of 2015.

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West Virginia University is getting a nearly $2 million grant to help improve health care statewide.

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West Virginia University's governing board is taking an additional week to decide whether to retain exclusive rights to purchase Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

On West Virginia Morning, a natural gas drilling company is teaming up with researchers as ti prepares to drill more wells near Morgantown.  Also, women are making their mark in the meat industry as butchers.