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People rally in support of the LQBTQ+ community outside the Morgantown Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 16, following the cancellation of a Drag Queen event.
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A West Virginia library says violent threats prompted it to cancel an event where drag queens were going to read to children.

The Morgantown Public Library System announced it was canceling its Drag Queen Story Time event in a Facebook post Friday.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back for another special legislative session.

WVPB will televise live  coverage of the Special Session Monday on The West Virginia Channel on  November 18 beginning at Noon. A live stream will also be available on on our YouTube channel and at wvpublic.org.

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A West Virginia state senator has asked Gov. Jim Justice to end sales of flavored e-cigarette products.

Monongalia County Democrat Bob Beach asked Justice in a letter to issue an executive order declaring vaping to be a public health emergency.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is set to discuss charter schools this week.

The board will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston. A board policy proposal on charter schools is on Thursday's agenda.

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An annual memorial service is set this week to honor the 75 lives lost in a 1970 plane crash involving Marshall University's football team.

The service is set for noon Thursday in Huntington, West Virginia. Each year, the water at the Marshall Memorial Student Center's fountain is turned off to remain silent until spring.

In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.
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A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday agreed to keep nearly 2,700 lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and hundreds more against the family members who own the company on hold until at least April so the sides can keep working toward a settlement.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill with West Virginia's two U.S. senators and others aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners, as well as the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners.

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West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso says he won’t run for re-election in 2020.

The Exponent Telegram reports the 70-year-old Marion County Democrat made the announcement Monday.

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A former West Virginia horse racing commissioner says photos posted online of a euthanized thoroughbred racing horse surrounded by trash in a landfill should be a wakeup call for state leaders.

Bill Phillips served for years on the commission before being replaced by Gov. Jim Justice in 2017. He told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the commission is underfunded and understaffed.

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 A West Virginia senator charged with soliciting a prostitute is going to trial.

A Marshall County court clerk says a judge on Wednesday set a Dec. 13 jury trial date for Sen. Mike Maroney.

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Wayne County, West Virginia, Republican Sen. Mark Maynard has been chosen to lead a state Senate committee on government organization.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael on Wednesday named Maynard chairman of the Senate Government Organization Committee.

Maynard is currently the chairman of committees on economic development and natural resources. He was elected to the state Senate in 2014.

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An 11-foot python that was on the loose in West Virginia was found Tuesday, about a month after it got out of its tank, broke through a window screen and slithered outside.

Richwood Police Chief Charles Burkhamer says a letter carrier saw the snake laying out in the sun next to a roadway Tuesday, about a block away from where it escaped a month ago.

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West Virginia transportation officials have rejected a mayor’s request to reopen a suspension bridge.

Officials closed the Wheeling Suspension Bridge indefinitely last month due to vehicles crossing that exceeded the weight limit.

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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.

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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.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice talks about his budget proposal during a stop on his Save Our State Tour on Thursday, March 3, 2017, at Fairmont State University.
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A lawsuit over whether West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice must live in the state capital may be headed to the state Supreme Court.

News outlets report Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King last week defended the lawsuit by Democratic Del. Isaac Sponaugle.

Fireworks go off during ceremonies at the start of Game 3 of baseball World Series between Houston Astros and Washington Nationals Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Washington.
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 Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets.

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Inmates in West Virginia prisons now have access to specially designed tablet computers.

The tablets give the prisoners access to email, video visitation, electronic books, music, games and movies. They lack a normal Internet browser but do allow access to select websites, including educational and career sites.

Glasses given to attendees of the Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on June 9, 2018.
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Gov. Jim Justice said he wants to expand West Virginia's winemaking industry. On Wednesday, Justice said he is asking officials in the state's commerce and agricultural agencies to look into growing the wine business in the eastern panhandle. Having more vineyards and wineries in West Virginia will boost tourism and local economies, according to Justice. He noted that Virginia has benefited from promoting its winemaking industry where the state borders West Virginia's eastern panhandle.

Republicans Disrupt Impeachment Deposition

Oct 24, 2019
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Republicans brought House Democrats’ impeachment investigation to a halt on Wednesday as around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security as some of them brought electronic devices into a secure room.

Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, being sworn-in as a member of the W.Va. House of Delegates. Jan. 4, 2019.
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Indiana's Supreme Court is weighing whether to take up a lawsuit by West Virginia Del. Eric Porterfield over the 2006 parking lot brawl that left him blinded years before he was elected to office.

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A West Virginia hospital has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Williamson Memorial Hospital made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in federal bankruptcy court.

Health officials say a restaurant worker in northern West Virginia has contracted hepatitis A.

The Monongalia County Health Department says in a news release the worker at the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Morgantown was potentially contagious between Sept. 30 and Oct. 16.

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A legislative audit says West Virginia's Division of Labor cited more than 500 violations of a jobs act intended to give local laborers the majority of roles on state-funded public works projects.

Billionaire Governor's Family Farms Get Subsidy

Oct 17, 2019
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A farming business owned by the family of West Virginia's billionaire governor has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies, the maximum allowed from a federal program meant to help American farmers through the U.S. trade war with China.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Salango says he's divesting from the parent company of The Charleston Gazette-Mail ahead of the 2020 election.

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Federal regulators are putting a temporary stop to most construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline amid litigation over key project permits.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says small businesses in three West Virginia counties are eligible for economic injury disaster loans as a result of excessive rain and flooding earlier this year.

The agency said Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties in the Northern Panhandle are eligible because they’re contiguous to one or more primary counties in Ohio. The loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations.

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Public forums will be held starting this week on a statewide response to substance abuse in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Department of Education data says more than half of the state's teachers missed more than 10 days of school last year.

WSAZ-TV reports that 52.75 percent of teachers missed more than 10 days, according to research of data from the education department.

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