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West Virginia's attorney general discounted an effort Thursday by the state's Catholic diocese and its former bishop to quash his lawsuit claiming they knowingly employed pedophiles.

The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed last week by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Bishop Michael Bransfield.

Morrisey brought the suit last month under the state's consumer credit and protection act. The lawsuit alleges that the diocese employed admitted sexual abusers and priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse without adequate background checks.

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West Virginia officials say staffing issues are slowing road repairs and they're seeking ways to hire more to increase fixes and maintenance.

A section of Interstate 77 where officials have proposed lowering the speed limit from 70 mph to 60 mph.
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West Virginia officials say they hope some new measures will make a dangerous section of Interstate 77 safer to travel.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports West Virginia Parkways Authority said it would lower the speed limit from 70 to 60 by the end of April, increase patrols, and check tractor-trailers' equipment more often.

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There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time.

Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her brother's place just to enter grades into a database.

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Public roundtable forums on education in West Virginia are complete and now state officials will examine the information to offer for a special legislative session to address school issues.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., checks out the stage before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is running for reelection.

The West Virginia Republican announced the 2020 bid Thursday in a radio interview and on social media.

Outgoing W.Va. Senator Ed Gaunch, R-Kanawha (right), shakes hands with Gov. Jim Justice on Dec. 4, 2018 as he accepts the position of Secretary of Commerce.
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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday he has nothing to hide and respects the federal grand jury process after a subpoena was issued targeting state commerce records related to a posh resort he owns and a PGA golf tournament held there.

Baylor's Matt Ritchey (45) stands by the Big 12 Conference logo on the field during an NCAA college football game against TCU in Waco, Texas.
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The Big 12 has agreed to a deal that gives ESPN the rights to all football championship game through 2024 and makes the league the first Power Five conference to provide exclusive content to ESPN+, the cable giant’s online subscription streaming service.

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West Virginia revenue collections are $191 million ahead of estimates with three months left in the fiscal year.

Gov. Jim Justice says tax collections in March were $3.8 million lower than estimates. He says the performance reflected an anticipated slowdown in winter construction.

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Robert Burton has been named president of West Virginia American Water.

The utility announced Burton's hiring Monday. Burton most recently was senior director of operations for Pennsylvania American Water, where he oversaw operations for more than 50 water plants and 10 wastewaters systems serving 200 municipalities.

Burton replaces Brian Bruce, who recently left the company after serving as president for two years.

West Virginia American Water serves about 530,000 state residents.

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An attorney says an Egyptian man who authorities say was falsely accused of trying to kidnap a young girl at a West Virginia shopping mall has returned home.

Public defender Michelle Protzman told The Herald-Dispatch Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan returned to his home in Alexandria, Egypt, on Sunday. The 54-year-old engineer had been in West Virginia for work.

Protzman says Barboursville police drove Zayan to the Charleston airport Saturday as a courtesy.

On Friday, Santana Renee Adams was charged with falsely reporting an emergency incident.

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A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice at the center of an impeachment scandal has reported to federal prison for his two-year sentence.

The Bureau of Prisons says Allen Loughry reported to a South Carolina prison on Friday.

Loughry was sentenced earlier this year after being found guilty on charges including mail and wire fraud connected to his personal use of state cars and fuel cards.

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A woman will be criminally charged for falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall, a police detective told The Associated Press on Friday.

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A charge is being dismissed against a man who was arrested after a woman told police in West Virginia that he tried to abduct her young daughter but later said she might have been overreacting, a prosecutor said Thursday.

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The governing body for high school sports in West Virginia has passed a proposal to expand the number of classes in basketball to four.

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A Republican committee in West Virginia's largest county has approved a resolution of no confidence in GOP Gov. Jim Justice.

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A West Virginia city is getting a new task force to combat drug trafficking organizations.

The Huntington Police Department on Tuesday announced a partnership with the federally-funded Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.

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A former West Virginia pharmacist convicted in state court of improperly dispensing medications has been fined $336,000 in federal court.

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A sensational case of an attempted child kidnapping in a West Virginia shopping mall may have been nothing more than a man being friendly to a little girl.

Quilts hung in the Culture Center in Charleston during Vandalia Gathering 2018.
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Entries are being accepted for an annual quilt and wall hangings competition in West Virginia.

The state Division of Culture and History says in a news release it is accepting entries for the West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition until April 26.

Glenville State College President Tracy Pellet.
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The president of Glenville State College is leaving the post this year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports President Tracy Pellett is resigning effective June 30.

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The makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks are bringing 200 to 500 jobs to West Virginia.

News outlets report Intuit Inc. has announced it's building a "prosperity hub" in Bluefield. The Mountain View, California-based information technology company produces the consumer tax preparation application, the accounting program and other products.

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A former minor league baseball player in West Virginia who spent more than 25 years in prison has reached a $175,000 wrongful conviction settlement with the city of Charleston.

News outlets report the city agreed to pay the amount to 52-year-old Jimmie Gardner, an ex-member of the Charleston Wheelers who filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit in the 1987 case. Gardner served more than two decades in prison for a sexual assault conviction, before his sentence was vacated.

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Greenbrier County commissioners are looking at options to help families who were hoping for federal money to rebuild homes lost in the 2016 flood.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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The mayor, police chief and former clerk of a West Virginia city have been charged with embezzlement.

West Virginia Department of Transportation

Jimmy Wriston has been appointed acting West Virginia highways commissioner.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Wriston's appointment Tuesday. Wriston also will serve as deputy transportation secretary.

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It's pronounced "app-uh-latch-uh," not "app-uh-lay-sha."

Lawmakers give the pronunciation lesson in a resolution calling for an official state manual called the Tennessee Blue Book to discuss how people in Appalachia talk. A Senate panel advanced the proposal Tuesday.

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West Virginia officials have released lists naming secondary roads across the state that need maintenance.

Gov. Jim Justice ordered Division of Highways district managers last week to compile lists of secondary roads that are most in need of repair. He also asked them to suggest projects that need continuous "aggressive" maintenance.

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye
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A West Virginia University professor has won a $500,000 grant to work on cybersecurity techniques.

The college announced Monday that Yanfang Ye has won the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

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A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student is appealing a decision to remove him from his job after this school year.

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