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Controversial list of dangerous animals revised, clarified at meeting in South Charleston, WV Video included

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Committee also clarified the guidance for caging requirements and lowered some of the registration fees.

West Virginia to receive federal funding for studies on long-term health effects

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 West Virginia will receive federal funding to understand the health effects of the January 9 chemical spill, which tainted the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people.

Park Service assesses impact of WV attractions

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights.
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Four National Park Service attractions in West Virginia drew a total of 1.5 million visitors last year, and visitors spent more than $63 million, directly supporting 839 jobs, a report found.

UPDATE: WV one of 26 states to receive money for dam rehabilitation projects

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced watershed management projects in four West Virginia communities will receive about $14 million.

New CASE homes in Bluefield, WV are almost ready for move-in day

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The $1.2 million for the project came from the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

Meningitis diagnosis prompted McMechen, WV clinic probe

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Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections.

West Virginia Fire Marshal's office files felony charges against Wharton-Barrett VFD officers

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The State Fire Marshal has filed felony charges against the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer fire chief and one of his officers for allegedly falsifying training records.

Lottery Revenues Down, But Commission Remains Optimistic

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At its July monthly commission meeting, West Virginia Lottery director John C. Musgrave reported $1.21 billion in lottery revenues in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

WV Senator continues efforts to help employees of WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind

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One West Virginia Senator is looking to work with legislative staff members to draft a bill that aims to protect the jobs of the current child care workers of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

West Virginia national park one of 28 grant recipients

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights.
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The National Park Foundation awarded $504,000 in grants to 28 national parks across the United States and the Virgin Islands, including one in West Virginia, through its Park Stewards Program.

Public input sought for WV preservation plan

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The proposed work program is posted on the division's website, www.wvculture.org/shpo . Copies also are available at public libraries around the state.

Ohio rakes in $45 million in online taxes

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Local governments say even though the state is collecting more online sales taxes than ever, the municipalities still are missing out on taxes that could help pay for paving crumbling roads and prosecuting criminals.

Libertarian claims to be ‘clear’ choice

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While Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were campaigning in Charleston, Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was in the Eastern Panhandle with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Jacqueline Proctor accepts position as Deputy Commissioner with WV Bureau of Senior Services

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Commissioner Robert E. Roswall announced Jacqueline Proctor has accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner with the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, effective immediately.

WV Senator questions GM's CEO on vehicle safety

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One West Virginia Senator is taking it upon himself to question the CEO of General Motors on behalf of a Mountain State family.

WVSU prepares for training exercise

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At West Virginia State University on July 25, a training exercise, the scope of which has never been conducted at WVSU before, will take place. 

Intergovernmental task force formed to study juvenile justice system in West Virginia

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An intergovernmental task force has been formed to study the juvenile justice system in West Virginia, the first step in what Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling a landmark, comprehensive review of the Mountain State's juvenile justice system.

Planned Parenthood praises WV leaders for protecting women's access to birth control

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A group from Planned Parenthood praised two West Virginia leaders for voting July 16 to “protect women’s access to no-copay birth control no matter where they work."

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U.S. Postal Service Reducing Retail Service Hours in Rural Community Post Offices

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Lorentz is one of many small communities in Upshur County that relies on its post office. Now this post office and several other locations are facing a reduction in hours, and residents are concerned.

WV Fire Commission Responds to City of Clarksburg: Municipalities Can Issue Permits for Building, Construction Video included

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 The West Virginia Fire Commission has responded to Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings in a letter dated July 11 following complaints that the city's code enforcement office had told residents it was unable to grant building permits.

UPDATE: Court sides with EPA in mining permit process, WV lawmakers fight back

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After several-year battle in the court system, the Environmental Protection Agency came out with a victory July 11 when a federal appeals court panel upheld the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining.

West Virginian to help develop materials for motor carrier safety program

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Reggie Bunner, a manager in the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s Transportation Enforcement Division, is one of 13 experts chosen to help create new materials for the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program, used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to measure motor carrier and driver performance.

WV Representatives help pass Highway Transportation Funding Act

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On July 15, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in passing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help keep American workers on the job building the nation’s transportation network. 

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announces departure of long-time aide, Travis Mollohan

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced July 15 his long-time aide, Travis Mollohan, is leaving his office to work for West Virginia University. Mollohan’s final day will be July 18.

Freedom Industries gets green light for tank demolition

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has given the green light to Freedom Industries for tank demolition.

Officials: Gasoline-tainted groundwater caused mystery odor in Philadelphia homes

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Officials don't know how the gas got into the groundwater, but Fire Chief Haydn Marriott said residents' health was not in danger. He also noted the substance was found in a system with sealed pipes, creating little chance of contamination to the surrounding area's water supply.

Campaigning brings big names to Mountain State for US Senate race

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Campaign efforts will be in full swing July 14 while two leaders vying for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat in the Senate are joined by big names in the Mountain State.

US Transportation chief to speak in WV at transportation summit

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will be in West Virginia to discuss local and national transportation and infrastructure issues.

West Virginians to talk policy

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Through the collective effort of WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, West Virginia Community Development Hub and West Virginia Center on Budget Policy, the “Our Children Our Future Policy Workshop Campaign” offers West Virginians a chance to have their voices heard at the Legislature.

Groups disagree on classification of state’s bat population

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Experts say the number of insects might be increasing each year due to the decreasing population of several species of bats.

WV Gov. Tomblin joins other governors to discuss jobs, economy

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On July 11, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined other political and business leaders to discuss the creation of jobs and growing state economies.

Dan Dilly selected as superintendent of Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Tucker County, WV

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Dan Dilly has been named superintendent of the Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center in Tucker County, West Virginia, effective Aug. 1.

Preserving West Virginia: Arthurdale Schools

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A school system in Preston County was way ahead of it's time thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt but now, it needs updating. 

WV Ethics Commission discusses, delays action on lawmakers' mailing question

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission discussed at its July 10 board meeting the question of state lawmakers mailing letters to constituents. Commissioner Michael Greer said he would not be for putting code on the books that could allow legislators to send mail to their constituents.

WV School Board returns local control of Preston County Schools

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted July 9 to return local control to Preston County schools.

Just over 6 percent of WV population lacks health insurance; sixth lowest in country

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A new report released by a company focusing on “financial decisions and saving money” shows West Virginia is the sixth lowest in the country when it comes to lack of health insurance. According to the study, done by Wallet Hub, said 6.59 percent of the population in the Mountain State lacks health insurance.

WV State Police Hundred detachment to remain open, for now

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A branch of the state police will remain open, thanks to a little help from state lawmakers.The West Virginia State Police detachment in Hundred will stay open, in part by efforts of Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and other lawmakers.

Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes; West Virginia one of only 7 states currently racing dogs

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Last year, West Virginia lawmakers rejected a bill pushed by one of the state's two dog tracks to cut its licensing fees by more than half and to reduce the minimum number of race days.

West Virginia students learning to help provide fresh produce to schools

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Many high school aged children in West Virginia are interested in being a part of a growing movement to help provide fresh produce to their school cafeterias.

WV Turnpike traffic up more than 2 percent during July 4 holiday

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Parkways Authority general manager Greg Barr says the heaviest traffic was on Sunday. Toll booths recorded about 164,000 transactions on Sunday.

Freedom Industries fined $11K in West Virginia chemical spill

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A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.

Connecticut Democrats call on House GOP to back Ex-Im bank

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Connecticut Democrats are pushing back against tea party Republicans who want to eliminate federal funding for a banking agency that helps finance U.S. exports.

Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland schools advancing urban forestry

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The project aims to examine the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devise strategies for advancing the profession.

Traveling sports exhibit on WV tour

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Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host the exhibit and provide public programs about their local sports culture.

Annual Health Sciences and Technology Academy Summer Institute set for July 13-18 on the Marshall University campus

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The 10th annual Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) Summer Institute, a collaboration between Marshall University and West Virginia University, will be July 13-18 on Marshall's campus in Huntington.

West Virginia State Parks offer hikes, historic tours this holiday weekend

Hikers and a park ranger enjoy a walk along the Bluestone River. National Park Service photo. Hikers and a park ranger enjoy a walk along the Bluestone River. National Park Service photo.
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This holiday weekend, families can enjoy ranger-guided tours and hikes along the Bluestone River hosted by the National Park Service on July 5 and 6.

Marshall professor, student 'giving back' to veterans

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A Marshall University associate professor and senior music education major are giving back to local veterans. Julio Alves, associate professor, and Jonathan Thorne, a senior music education major, are doing so through the Guitars for Vets (G4V) program at the VA Medical Center in Spring Valley.

WV Treasurer’s Office reaches $5 million in e-claims program

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West Virginia’s State Treasurer’s Office e-claims program has reached $5 million in returned unclaimed property since its inception in 2009.

WV SOS: Wyoming County sees highest increase in business growth for June

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According to a new tool provided by the Secretary of State’s Office, Wyoming County has seen the highest increase in new businesses for the month of June. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office created the Big Industry Growth Map last February. 

WV governor to maintain freeze on hiring

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Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss says a freeze on state government hiring will remain in effect indefinitely.