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A U.S. attorney is suing a West Virginia hemp farm and others, saying they violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday.

Judge Paul Farrell, presides over the Senate as senators are sworn in during a pre-trial impeachment conference for four impeached Supreme Court justices in the West Virginia State Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, Sept. 11, 2018
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A group of judicial stand-ins representing West Virginia’s Supreme Court was hearing challenges Monday, Sept. 24, to GOP Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments of two Republican politicians to replace two departed justices.

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West Virginia is receiving $1 million from the federal government for state parks and outdoor recreation projects.

The award from the Land and Water Conservation Fund is part of a $100 million distribution to all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It was announced in a news release Tuesday.

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A Democratic West Virginia lawmaker has refiled a legal challenge of Republican Gov. Jim Justice's residency.

News outlets report Delegate Isaac Sponaugle of Pendleton filed a petition Tuesday for writ of mandamus against Justice, asking the court to require the governor to live at the seat of government, as the West Virginia Constitution and state code require.

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Four people who sued West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner last year accusing him of wrongful termination have settled outside court for nearly $1 million total.

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A West Virginia resort is offering shelter for people who have had to leave their homes because of Hurricane Florence.

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West Virginia election officials have approved more than $6.5 million in federal grants to make upgrades to voting equipment and security across the state.

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Health officials in a northern West Virginia community are expressing concern about an increase in HIV cases.

The Intelligencer reports Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble said six cases of the human immunodeficiency virus have been reported in Ohio County so far this year.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission will hear public comment next month on a Mountaineer Gas Co. natural gas line proposal.

In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 file photo, Lt. Dennis Feazell, of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, watches for debris as he and a co-worker search flooded homes in Rainelle, W.Va.
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Hours inland from the U.S. East Coast in mountain communities and narrow river valleys of Appalachia, angst is building with the approach of Hurricane Florence.

A series of thunderstorms pelted a wide swath of West Virginia two years ago. Nine inches of rain fell in 36 hours in some areas in June 2016, leaving 23 dead statewide and destroying thousands of homes, businesses and infrastructure.

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North Carolina State's home game against No. 14 West Virginia won't take place Saturday with Hurricane Florence approaching the state.

The schools announced the change Tuesday afternoon, citing the "increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions." The school said the decision came after discussions with West Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management officials.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.
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Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other dangerous conditions in places that don’t usually get much tropical weather.

Gov. Jim Justice during the State of the State Address in January 2018.
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A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Democratic state delegate against Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanding that he live in the county where West Virginia’s capital city is located.

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Complaints filed with a West Virginia state agency say ResCare Agency facilities are struggling with staffing shortages, causing problems such as missed doctors' appointments and incorrectly administered medication.

The company provides care for people with extreme physical and mental disabilities, among other services.

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A Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Virginia has changed its name to honor a 95-year-old veteran.

News outlets report the VA Medical Center in Huntington held a ceremony Sunday to officially rename the center after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, a retired Marine and Department of Veterans Affairs service officer. The VA said Williams is a longtime advocate for veterans and their families.

A large crowd stood and applauded and several Marines gave a hearty "hoorah" when officials unveiled a sign and new plaque.

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Beaver County officials say an early morning methane gas pipeline explosion in Pennsylvania destroyed one home and prompted an evacuation of others.

The blast in Center Township was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. Officials say a home, two garages and several vehicles were destroyed by fires stemming from the explosion.

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President Donald Trump's campaign has announced support for Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District race.

The Trump Campaign said in a statement this week that Miller is "pro-coal, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-Trump" and encouraged people to vote for her.

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A contestant in the Miss America pageant says President Trump "has caused a lot of division" in the nation.

Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, was asked an onstage question Friday night about what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation.

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People affected by a 2014 chemical spill into a West Virginia river will soon receive their first batch of settlement checks from a class-action lawsuit.

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More than $1.1 million in federal funding has been announced for a West Virginia water project planned to replace outdated systems and improve service in several communities.

People wait in line to bet on the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Westgate Superbook sports book Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. Sports Betting.
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The West Virginia Lottery says the first official tax week of legal sports betting in the state will yield around $29,000 in tax revenue.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says state tax collections in August were $33.4 million above estimates.

Justice says collections of $352.3 million last month were about 15 percent above those from August 2017.

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An attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan that killed one American was carried out by a member of the Afghan national police who is now in Afghan government custody, a U.S. official said Tuesday. It was the second so-called insider attack there this summer.

Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the American was killed in eastern Afghanistan by an Afghan policeman. Another U.S. service member was wounded; O’Donnell said that person’s wounds are not life-threatening.

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President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he'd roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn't mention that coal country would be hit the hardest by the health impacts.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission says more than one-fourth of West Virginia's counties are considered economically distressed.

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New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's most recent data also shows 870 deaths involved an opioid. That's about 86 percent of the 1,011 recorded so far for 2017. In 2016, 759 people out of 890 people suffered fatal opioid-related overdoses.

Marshall University

A proposal to rename a building at Marshall University that's named after a Confederate general is gaining attention.

Former coal executive Don Blankenship waits outside the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, after the Capitol was evacuated due to a fire alarm in Charleston, W.Va. The alarm interrupted Blankenship's hearing in the state Supreme Court.
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The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-minute bid by former coal CEO Don Blankenship to get his name on the ballot in November’s U.S. Senate race in West Virginia.

The court upheld a decision by the secretary of state denying Blankenship’s application for a third-party candidacy.

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West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday.

Six of Johnson's grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State campus in Institute.

The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson's name to two students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.

Johnson turned 100 on Sunday. She graduated from the school in 1937 at age 18 with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and French.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency says a West Virginia site is being deleted from the Superfund National Priorities List after being added to it in 1986.

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