The Intelligencer

Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wis., attend the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Jan. 30.
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Updated on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:22 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence has used a stop in West Virginia to boast about border security, the economy and conservative judges and plug the state's GOP congressional delegation and lend support to the Republican nominee seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.

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A West Virginia county has planned to combine seven primary schools into four next year to avoid deficit spending.

The Intelligencer reports the Brooke County Board of Education unanimously approved the consolidation on Monday.

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A West Virginia superintendent has received criticism and support for apologizing to a largely black high school for a football game banner that read "Trump Perry."

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Health officials say more than 8,300 new syringes have been distributed in the nearly two years that a needle exchange program has been operated in a West Virginia city.

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West Virginia Business College will remain open as a judge's last-minute reprieve has allowed it while the school appeals state officials' order to close.

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A West Virginia city has filed a federal lawsuit seeking a $20 million insurance claim to cover damages at its hydroelectric plant.

The Intelligencer reports that the lawsuit was filed this month in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

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A plan to relocate a Civil War monument from Wheeling Park to a grassy area at West Virginia Independence Hall has been postponed.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports a monument committee met last week to discuss the relocation, which was announced last year.

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A National Weather Service meteorologist called it a "1-in-1,000-year" storm. By the time it was over, 23 West Virginians were dead.

Flooding that ravaged the state in late June was voted the No. 1 news story in 2016 in West Virginia by Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.

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Members of the United Mineworkers of America have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that covers five northern West Virginia mines.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports 60.3 percent of union members voted in favor of the new contract with the Bituminous Coal Operators of America. The deal runs through 2021.

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Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley plans a $1 million expansion of its long-term acute care facility in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued a certificate of need for the project. The certificate allows Acuity to add 16 beds to its 13-bed facility within Wheeling Hospital.

A date for the expansion hasn't been set. Acuity director Joe Garcuccio told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the project is in the planning stage.

Energy companies will pay $18 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died in a flash fire at a natural gas station in Tyler County.

The settlement involves the April 2013 death of Bruce Phipps. Karen Phipps filed the lawsuit in Ohio County Circuit Court after her husband and two other workers were severely burned at the Eureka Hunter Pipeline facility in the town of Wick. The other workers survived.

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Beginning next year, burglar alarm owners in Wheeling will face fines when their devices send police false alerts.

A new false alarm ordinance also requires residences and businesses with burglar alarms to register with the city.

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The city of Wheeling plans to boost its backup well water system's capacity by drilling two additional wells.

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood.