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Application mistakes have cost two universities federal funding for programs that benefit low-income college students in West Virginia.

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West Virginia University wants to increase its enrollment of international students.

The Dominion Post reports the university recently released a bid request as it seeks companies to help with an overseas marketing effort. Companies have until May 19 to submit bids.

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 A new video board measuring 37 feet high by 97 feet long is planned for installation this summer at West Virginia University's Milan Puskar Stadium.

The board will be installed in the north end zone in time for the fall football season.

Gee delivers his 2017 State of the University address.
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In the midst of struggling with proposed state budget cuts, West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee gave his State of the University address yesterday, emphasizing the university’s importance to the state as a whole as well as its dedication to free speech. 

Gee used the address on Wednesday, March 22, to emphasize his stance that the university is an investment for the state, and not an item to be cut by state lawmakers.

WVU Rifle athletes taught fans the basic of competitive shooting at their rifle range in Morgantown.
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The West Virginia University rifle team held an open house on Tuesday to celebrate a successful year by teaching their fans to shoot. 

WVU Rifle won its fifth consecutive NCAA championship this season, which is its 19th win overall. Two freshmen on the team, Morgan Phillips and Milica Babic, won both individual NCAA titles.

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Potential and current students at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology have gotten their first look at the school's new campus in Beckley.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports dozens of students walked around campus and toured classroom buildings and residence halls at an open house on Saturday.

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The state legislature established West Virginia University on February 7, 1867. Morgantown was selected as the site for the federal land-grant institution.

The land-grant movement originated in Civil War-era legislation to support an agriculture college in each state. For a brief time in its beginning, WVU was officially named the Agricultural College of West Virginia.

Christine Jacobs, administrative assistant at the LGBTQ+ Center/Women's Resource Center at WVU, leads a moment of silence for the victims of the mosque shooting in Quebec and for Arthur Bagenda, a WVU student who passed away recently.
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Laila Sakkal, a senior pre-med student at West Virginia University who was born in Charleston, held back tears as she talked about her Syrian grandmother, who can no longer join Sakkal's family in the United States as planned. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily barred non-U.S. citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. - though the details of the order are still unclear. 

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A phone scam that's circulating in the U.S. is also targeting parts of West Virginia.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office says the scam involves the recipient of an unsolicited phone call being asked "Can you hear me now?" Morrisey's office said in a news release that answering "yes" allows the caller to record the word and misuse it as the consumer agreeing to pay for a product or service.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the university will meet with international faculty and students to address concerns about President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Gee says in a statement that the meeting will be held Monday in the Mountainlair.

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors voted Friday afternoon to shut down Arnold Hall and Apartments, one of its older residence halls, and to add beds to University Place, a public-private apartment that the university has been struggling to fill. 

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Childcare costs are high no matter where you are in the country. But in West Virginia, it's even worse - according to a 2016 report by the think tank New America and Care.com, parents in the Mountain State shoulder the highest cost burden, spending about 45 percent of the state's median household income on childcare.

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In a state with above-average unemployment, the state's premier hospital system is booming.

WVU Medicine hired 2,228 staff last year, has openings for 699 more and expects further expansion in its high-level specialties.

A New Disease Strikes Oak Trees in W.Va.

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Danielle Martin, U.S. Forest Service, Coopers Rock State Forest, oak trees, oak
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Last fall, Danielle Martin, a forest pathologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Morgantown, and her colleagues noticed something different about the oak trees in Seneca State Forest. The trees secreted an amber-colored sap, and bore cankers - which look like canker sores - underneath their bark. 

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Construction is under way on WVU Medicine's latest project — a new clinic being built in Marion County.

The Dominion-Post reports the $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center will be owned and operated by University Health Associates. WVA Medicine says the center will include 39 exam rooms and three procedure rooms.

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West Virginia University's College of Education and Human Services has received a $1 million donation to support the school's Child Development Laboratory.

The university said in a news release that the gift is the largest single private donation the college has ever received.

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors has authorized the university's administration to proceed with working with other community partners on a new athletic and recreation complex.

WVU Women's Soccer
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West Virginia University’s Women’s Soccer team will make its debut in the Women’s College Cup Friday. It’s the team’s first trip to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four.

West Virginia University is hoping to continue a season of firsts after the Mountaineer Women’s soccer team spent most of the year at the top of national polls and is the number 1 seed in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. They’ll meet the University of North Carolina in the first of two games Friday in San Jose, California, in the College Cup. WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said it’s not time to admire they’re successful season just yet.

First WVU Football Game: November 28, 1891

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Early football equipment
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On November 28, 1891, West Virginia University played its first football game ever. The contest didn’t go as hoped. About 250 fans showed up at a field south of Morgantown to watch Washington and Jefferson shut out WVU 72 to 0.

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