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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Fairmont is interested in joining the state's "home rule" pilot program if the Legislature extends and expands it.

Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers tells The Times-West Virginian that the program has benefited the municipalities that have participated in the program.

Rogers says uncertainty, personnel changes and other factors prevented the city from applying for the program when it began in 2007. Those obstacles have since been removed.

The program allows municipalities to pursue increased governing powers. A draft bill would extend the pilot until 2018 and allow another four municipalities with at least 2,000 people to participate.

Huntington, Wheeling, Bridgeport and Charleston took part in the initial five-year phase.

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Information from: Times West Virginian

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