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Kathy Mattea performs at the George Jones Tribute - Playin' Possum: The Final No Show, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Kathy Mattea Named WVU Distinguished Artist in Residence

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Country singer Kathy Mattea will be coaching music students at West Virginia University. The university says in a news release that the Cross Lanes native has been named a distinguished artist in residence in the School of Music for the 2019-20 academic year. The statement says the two-time Grammy Award winner… Read More

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Free School Lunches in WV at Risk Under New Trump Proposal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia education officials are warning that many students could become ineligible for free school lunches under a new Trump administration proposal that’s expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. The West Virginia Department of Education on Monday said kids in more than 120,000 households in the… Read More

This photo released by the West Virginia National Guard shows a landslide Thursday, March 12, 2015 near Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.

Funding Helps W.Va. Airport Recover Costs of Landslide Cleanup

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal funding will help a West Virginia airport recover the costs of cleaning up after a 2015 landslide. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the $3.2 million grant Monday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Yeager Airport in Charleston. A safety overrun area near the end of… Read More

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Kentucky College Degrees Climbing While Enrollment Drops

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The number of Kentucky college and university students receiving undergraduate degrees and certificates is continuing to climb, but preliminary enrollment figures are falling. The state Council on Postsecondary Education said Monday the continuing increase in degrees and credentials despite enrollment challenges indicates a strong commitment on Kentucky campuses to college completion…. Read More

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Ohio High Court Again Refuses to Hear Abortion Clinic Appeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Dayton area’s last abortion clinic is trying to avoid closure by pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court after the Ohio Supreme Court again refused to hear its appeal. That court decision Tuesday meant Women’s Med Center faced losing its license for not meeting certain state… Read More

West Virginia on a map

WV Names Ombudsman for Overwhelmed Foster Care System

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has appointed an ombudsman for its overwhelmed foster care system. The state health department announced Monday that Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler has been named to the newly-created position. Her job will be to investigate complaints and collect data about the state’s foster care system. The number of children under state… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Orders Review of Parole Board Policies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a review of the state parole system following the alleged involvement of a recently released offender in a crash that killed two 6-year-old-cousins. Defendant Raymond Walters has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 22 charges including murder in the August crash. Police say… Read More

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear participate in a debate at the Singletary Center

Bevin, Beshear Square Off in Combative Televised Debate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin aggressively pushed back against Democratic challenger Andy Beshear’s plan to legalize casino gambling, while the incumbent declared he regretted nothing he’s said about teachers as they met in a high-stakes debate Monday night. The bitter rivals, sitting next to each other, didn’t hide their mutual animosity during… Read More

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray speaks at the EnVision Forum

Ohio-Based Coal Giant Murray Energy Declares Bankruptcy

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Murray Energy Corp., the largest underground coal mining company in America with a substantial footprint across the Ohio Valley, has filed for bankruptcy protection. “Although a bankruptcy filing is not an easy decision, it became necessary to access liquidity and best position Murray Energy and its affiliates for the future of our employees and customers… Read More