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Getting schooled on the history of the American polling place

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If you cast your ballot on Election Day, there’s a strong chance are you did it in a school or other public building. Schools and churches in the Mountain State are the most common locations for setting up polling places. And it’s been that way for a long time.

Auditor’s post up for grabs in race without incumbent

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West Virginia voters will pick from among three candidates — Republican J.B. McCuskey, Democrat Mary Ann Claytor and Libertarian Brenton Ricketts — when they cast their ballots for the office of state auditor Nov. 8.

WV Agriculture candidates tout experience

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is responsible for monitoring and regulating meat and poultry production in the state, monitoring and protecting crops and aspects of the state’s food supply, training farmers, promoting agriculture and coming up with new agricultural programs for the state.

Secretary of State candidates mull job’s varied duties

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West Virginia’s secretary of state has numerous duties, including registering and keeping track of thousands of state businesses as well as overseeing the state’s election process.

WV high school graduation rate nears 90 percent

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The high school graduation rate in West Virginia continues to increase and is close to 90 percent, according to data released Oct. 25 by State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano.

WATCH: West Virginia hopefuls for governor slated for 1st debate tonight

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Watch the first West Virginia Governor's debate and post-debate analysis here starting at 7 p.m.

Addiction hits home when treatment moves next door

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Sometimes, when people learn drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are moving into their communities, they try to stop them. It’s not new, it’s not uncommon and it’s not unique to a particular region. It’s not even limited to substance abuse.

Exposed: WV law enforcement keeping an eye on new concealed carry law

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More than two months after a law went into effect allowing West Virginia residents to carry concealed weapons without training or a permit, law enforcement officers all over the state are waiting to see if the law will have any impact on the number of shootings or the state’s crime rate.

Recovering with Red Tape: The city of Richwood, devastated by flooding but tangled up in red tape, tries to go it alone in recovery

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When an inspector from the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Karen Griffith’s Richwood home, he looked around and told her she didn’t have significant damage from June 23 floods that raced through Richwood and several other West Virginia communities. Griffith would not be eligible for assistance from FEMA, she was told.

2016 West Virginia Primary Election News and Results

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2016 West Virginia Primary Election

Jim Justice keeps promise to pay taxes

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A release from the McDowell County Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 29, 2016 announced that taxes due from the Jim Justice Corporation have been paid. 

WV Senate advances bill prohibiting gun bans in county parks

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Members of the Senate Government Organization Committee have recommended passage of a bill that would prohibit county parks commissions from banning guns in county parks.

Former Wheeling, WV legislator Blatnik dies at age 96

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Wheeling resident Thais Francis O’Donnell Blatnik, who spent 16 years in the West Virginia Legislature, died Dec. 9 at age 96.

UPDATE: WV Council for Community and Technical College Education appoints first female chancellor

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Tucker will be West Virginia's first female chancellor, according to a news release from the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia.

Shinnston City Manager Resigns

Travis Blosser Travis Blosser
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Shinnston City Council met as whole Monday evening, where City Manager Travis Blosser,23, announced he plans to leave. 

Website Seeks Public's Contribution to Study on University Avenue in Morgantown

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An organization in Monongalia County wants your take on how to make University Avenue better. 

National Youth Science Foundation Finalizes Acquisition For Stem Education Center in Tucker County

Canaan Valley Institute Canaan Valley Institute
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The foundation announced the $20 million acquisitions completion on Tuesday.

WV Congressional delegation disagrees with EPA Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out a plan to protect the country's waterways. According to EPA, the rule is meant to clarify the definitions of waters protected under the existing Clean Water Act.

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