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LAWRENCE MESSINA, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — Another judge has ruled against West Virginia retirement officials over their handling of pension credits meant to reward public employees for military service.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib has ordered the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to increase the years of service recorded for five state employees.

The board has sparred repeatedly with veterans who go to work for the state over these service credits. Board officials argue that they apply only for service during armed conflicts. They cite a roster of conflicts identified in state law.

But Zakaib agreed with the five veterans that the law does not limit service credits to those listed conflicts. He called the board's process unacceptable. But Zakaib stopped short of allowing the case to become a class-action lawsuit.