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PEIA Finance Board Members Approve Benefits Plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members have approved a benefits plan with no premium increases or cuts in benefits. However, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports they didn’t roll back a proposal to eliminate penalties for insurees who seek care from out-of-state providers to apply only to counties bordering West Virginia. As… Read More

Land In 7 W. Va. Counties Acquired For Wildlife Management Efforts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A nonprofit has bought nearly 19,000 acres of forest land in seven West Virginia counties aimed at increasing public access for hunting and wildlife-associated recreation. The Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation Fund announced the land purchase Thursday. A statement by the organization says the land was bought at the request of the state… Read More

West Virginia Population Drops For 6th Straight Year

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia’s population has dropped for the sixth straight year. Estimates released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population shrank by 11,216 residents. It was among nine states to lose population. As of July 1, the state’s population was estimated at about 1.81 million residents. West Virginia’s population… Read More

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Crews In West Virginia Mine Rescue Honored

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recognized those who rescued several adults from an inactive coal mine. Justice gave certificates of recognition to state Miners’ Health, Safety and Training office director Eugene White and more than a dozen others Wednesday during a news conference at the Capitol in Charleston. Justice called… Read More

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Official Suspended After Incident Involving Transgender Student At West Virginia School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on a West Virginia high school assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student in a school bathroom (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A West Virginia assistant principal has been suspended after a complaint that he harassed a transgender male student inside a high school bathroom. News outlets report… Read More

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State Settles Final 2 Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The state of West Virginia has settled the final two of 12 wrongful-termination lawsuits filed against the Secretary of State’s office. Charleston attorney Mark Atkinson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Thursday that fired investigators Thomas Ranson and Jeff Shriner settled their lawsuits for $50,000 each. The lawsuits were filed against Republican… Read More

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West Va. Gov. Appoints Raleigh Judge To Supreme Court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court. Justice announced on Wednesday he has appointed John A. Hutchison of Beckley to the high court. The court had a vacancy after the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Hutchison will… Read More