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  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- If American agriculture is going to meet the challenges of the next 40 years, it's going to need more schools like West Virginia University producing people who see careers in the field and have a passion for science. Rexroad is an associate administrator of the Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Century Aluminum Co.' s shuttered West Virginia plant would pay a special electricity rate for up to 10 years if it reopens, but ultimately must cover its entire energy costs from that time, the state's utility regulator ruled Thursday.

  • The steroid medication suspected in an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis was shipped to 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The specialty pharmacy that made the steroid, New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the drug last week and has shut down operations.

  • The outbreak was first reported in Tennessee, where three people have died and 25 of the cases have been reported. "We do know there were over 700 patients in Tennessee who were exposed," said Dr.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 4- A steroid medication linked to the death of at least five people from rare fungal meningitis may have been administered to patients in 23 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Thursday, raising fears the rare outbreak could spread.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.-- A study ranks Wyoming among the least energy-efficient states in the nation. The study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Wyoming 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Fall has brought falling gas prices to West Virginia. AAA East Central says the average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline dropped 4.8 cents over the past week to $3.82. Prices range from about $3.73 in Parkersburg to more than $3.95 in Martinsburg.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- State regulators in West Virginia have ordered Argus Energy to repair a water treatment system at a Lincoln County mine site after a blackwater spill killed fish. The Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the fish kill was discovered Tuesday along about a quarter-mile of Copley Trace Branch.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio-- For decades, one tiny county in the rolling hills of Ohio's rural reaches was a depressed farm community saddled with double-digit unemployment. Now, Carroll County boasts more active oil and gas wells than any other in the state, and the tax dollars are flowing right along with the crude and natural gas.

  • _ ALASKA: Governor's proposed oil tax cuts failed to gain approval. _ FLORIDA: Oil production taxes reduced to offset technological costs of extraction. _ IDAHO: Replaced an existing oil tax with a 2.5 percent conservation tax on the market value of all oil and gas produced.

  • Jim Nash is such a big Yankees fan that he named his son George Mattingly Nash, combining two of his favorite players: George Herman Ruth and Don Mattingly. Now, power up the computer and get a prize from the likes of R.A. Dickey, Cliff Lee, Andrew McCutchen and Clayton Kershaw.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The United Mine Workers of America says it's eager to meet with Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and negotiate a contract for 85 workers that the former Massey Energy refused to hire.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University School of Dentistry students are being offered a financial incentive to stay in the state after they graduate. David Felton says 35 percent of West Virginia's dental workforce will retire in the next decade. The loan reimbursement program will help WVU graduates fill that void.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia's monthly tax collections have exceeded their estimate for the first time since the budget year began in July. September's general revenues topped $400 million, or nearly $12 million more than expected. West Virginia expected $993 million in general revenue by this point in the budget year.

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    With Mitt Romney expected to coast to victory in three GOP presidential primaries, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar's re-election fight is the highest-profile contest in four states.

  • The unemployment rate was lower in February than at the same time last year in 344 of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 372 metropolitan statistical areas, according to an  In other words, the vast majority of U.S. cities jobs continued to add jobs.Using the BLS data, CNBC.com ranked the ten U.S. metropolitan areas that showed the greatest job growth between February 2011 and February 2012. Catherine Varner, economist for BLS Current Employment Statistics State and Area Division, offered her

    CNBC.com ranked the ten places in the U.S. that showed the most job growth between February 2011 and February 2012. Read ahead to see which cities topped our list.

  • In 2010, a study by the National Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census Bureau was released. It calculated the number of divorces by state, and it found that married couples in Massachusetts stayed together the most, with only 1.8 marriages dissolved for every 1,000 people.As for the states whose rates of divorce were the highest, some of the results might be surprising. Many are in areas of the country traditionally believed to be socially conservative. However, a closer look at the data s

    A study by the National Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census Bureau calculated the number of divorces by state. Click for the results.