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  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia agriculture officials are hosting a delegation from China. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is teaming up with the state's Nursery and Landscape Association to host the delegation. A reception was held Monday night in Charleston following a tour of a nursery operation in Mason County.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- The Institute for Community and Rural Health at West Virginia University is getting $400,000 for programs designed to help reduce obesity and curb deaths from stroke and heart disease.

  • HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Job creation in southern West Virginia is the focus of a discussion in Huntington that will bring together federal and regional officials. Nick Rahall will be joined by federal agriculture and commerce officials on Tuesday at a discussion promoted by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

  • Attorneys met in Franklin County Circuit Court to discuss the status of the case, which began in 2010 when environmentalists pointed out questionable water quality monitoring practices by Frasure Creek and another coal company, International Coal Group.

  • One of the reports adds that the Marcellus reserves that lie below parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York are far larger than recent government estimates, while another said the powerful combination of resource, cost and location is altering natural gas prices and market trends across the nation.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- Drive through the coalfields of Central Appalachia, and signs of the siege are everywhere. Only a few generations ago, coal miners were literally at war with their employers, spilling and shedding blood on West Virginia's Blair Mountain in a historic battle for union representation and fair treatment.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded $217,000 in federal grants to eight projects in West Virginia. State Agriculture Commissioner says one of the recipients of a specialty crop block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The Sierra Club along with environmental groups in Kentucky and West Virginia are attempting to block permitting at two mountaintop surface mines, alleging in federal lawsuits that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not consider potential health impacts on residents.

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal inspectors must share the blame _ and therefore face a lawsuit _ for a 2006 West Virginia coal mine fire that killed two miners, a lawyer for their widows argued at the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Gasoline prices have fallen nearly 3 cents per gallon on average in West Virginia over the past week. AAA East Central says the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in the state is $3.87. Prices range from $3.80 in Weirton to $3.96 in Martinsburg.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Labor statistics show the percentage of West Virginia workers paid an hourly wage at or below the federal minimum standard declined in 2011.. There were 462,000 workers being paid hourly rates in West Virginia last year.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Pennsylvania's Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a natural gas case that could create chaos for major energy companies and thousands of leaseholders. The Powers estate claims that the reference to "minerals" in the old deed gives them part ownership of the natural gas locked in the Marcellus Shale under the property.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in September. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that total employment fell by 3,200. The job losses included 2,100 in the service-providing sector and 1,100 in the goods-producing sector.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia Gov. In September, FEMA approved individual assistance for residents in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties after Tomblin appealed the agency's initial denial of aid.

  • ABINGDON, Va.-- A grand jury in Virginia has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers. In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. "Dot" McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University is getting more than $476,000 in federal funding for a mental and behavioral health training program.