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Huntington detectives seek links in recent violence
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Huntington detectives seek links in recent violence

By BISHOP NASH The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Anyone who has picked up a phone, looked at a newspaper, turned on the television or otherwise heard the local news recently seems to be asking themselves and their neighbors the same question: What in the world is going on in Huntington? Although the city’s violent crime rate […]

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Justice orders WV National Guard support to Huntington

By LACIE PIERSON and JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Amid a week when each new day seems to bring a new homicide in Huntington, Friday will bring a new boost in resources among city, state and federal law enforcement officers. Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday ordered the West Virginia National Guard to provide […]

Gov. Justice proposes nearly tripling WV tourism budget to $20 million
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Gov. Justice proposes nearly tripling WV tourism budget to $20 million

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — In a rare gubernatorial appearance before the state Tourism Commission, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he plans to up the division’s $15 million 2018-19 budget request to $20 million — an amount nearly triple the division’s current budget. “I don’t think it’s enough money, so I changed […]

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Trump regulatory initiative targets black lung protections

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.V.A. — As part of a government-wide effort to eliminate regulations, the Trump administration indicated Thursday that the Labor Department would revisit a 3-year-old rule meant to reduce exposure to coal dust that causes deadly black lung disease. Plans for the re-examination of the rule were outlined in […]

West Virginia House leaders back bill amending Ethics Act to include volunteers
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West Virginia House leaders back bill amending Ethics Act to include volunteers

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders from both parties in the West Virginia House of Delegates are backing legislation to counter Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to bring on a sitting board member of EQT Corp., a publicly traded natural gas driller, onto his senior staff as a volunteer. House Speaker Tim Armstead, […]

West Virginia native Morgan Spurlock: “I am part of the problem … but I am also part of the solution”
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West Virginia native Morgan Spurlock: “I am part of the problem … but I am also part of the solution”

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Beckley native best known for his documentary “Super Size Me” shared online his own history of sexual misconduct. Morgan Spurlock, a 47-year-old filmmaker and producer, issued a letter on his social media accounts titled, “I am Part of the Problem.” He recounted an experience in college […]

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West Virginia psychiatrist weighs in on reasons why rural adolescent suicide rates nearly twice that of urban areas

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — Recently released data show the suicide rate among adolescents in rural counties is nearly twice that of their urban counterparts. In 2015, the suicide rate among adolescents age 15 to 19 was 7.4 per 100,000 in large central counties. The rate was 14.3 in rural counties. “There […]

West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns: Budget woes will give way to reform
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West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns: Budget woes will give way to reform

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns said unlike the last two years, budget concerns shouldn’t consume the time and energy of state lawmakers when they return to Charleston next month — but they still could have a taxing time reforming the state’s tax […]

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West Virginia ranks among bottom five states in annual health report

Staff reports The Preston County News and Journal CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — West Virginia is ranked 46th nationally in terms of overall health, according to the United Health Foundation’s annual report “America’s Health Rankings” for 2017. This is a three-rank drop for the state, which ranked 43rd in 2016. The state summary for West Virginia in […]

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Coal train derails, spills coal into West Fork tributary

By CHARLES YOUNG, DARLENE J. SWIGER AND KIRSTEN RENEAU West Virginia News HAYWOOD, W.Va.  — Nine coal cars in a freight train derailed at 9:15 a.m. Thursday on Harrison Power Plant property, with two of the cars going into Robinson Run and spilling coal into the stream, which is a tributary of the West Fork […]

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