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MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.
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Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beefed up security Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach. Dozens of military police, including members of a special forces battalion, moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, which is also not far from the well-heeled Ipanema district, an AFP journalist reported. The security operation comes after protests late Tuesday by residents over the death of a dancer who residents say was the victim of police brutality. The deadly unrest was another blow for Rio's public...
By Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home. U.S., U.N. and Afghan finance ministry officials have discussed ways to resolve what they say has become a critical situation for the budget, with civil projects most at risk as international assistance starts to taper off. "If the political situation of the country does not become normal and businesses do not start again...


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Patriot Coal plans to cut production at two mining complexes in southern West Virginia and potentially lay off workers. St. Louis-based Patriot announced Wednesday that it has issued 60-day layoff notices ...
Scientists have found a sister planet to this big, floaty rock we all live on, and it's about 500 light years away. The planet is the size of Earth, and it's orbiting a star in what NASA is calling a "habitable zone"—a distance where water could be on the planet's surface in a liquid state. "We know of just one planet where life exists—Earth," said Elisa Quintana, a NASA researcher. "Finding a ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular ...
West Virginia's unemployment rate inched up in March to 6.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted rate is up two-tenths of a percentage point from February. WorkForce West Virginia reported Tuesday that the ...
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston. The Water Resources ...

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown businessman John Raese has sent a letter to West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee critical of the recent termination of long-time WVU Wrestling Coach Craig Turnbull by Athletic Director Oliver Luck. (Read Raese letter to Gee here) In newspaper articles after the firing, Turnbull has been quoted as saying that Luck said he “was too old to coach”.  Turnbull was told to turn in his keys along with his cell phone and was informed that he was not allowed to return to the facility when he was fired in March. In his letter to the new WVU President,...
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – Construction could be underway by this time next year on a planned $615 million natural gas-fired power plant in Marshall County — a plant located along Route 2 that will generate electricity to be sold on the wholesale power grid. The goal is for the plant to go into operation by 2018. “There’s a tremendous need, right now, in the PJM grid for additional power,” said Andrew Dorn, managing partner for Moundsville Energy.  The resources and pipeline infrastructure needed to generate that power, he said, are close at hand in the Moundsville area. “The big benefit is we’re going to...
ST. LOUIS, MO — Patriot Coal announced plans Wednesday for what could be major layoffs at two large operations in southern West Virginia. Patriot issued 60-day WARN Act notices for its Wells mining complex near Wharton and its Corridor G mining complex near Danville, both in Boone County. “These actions are an unfortunate but necessary step to align Patriot’s production with expected sales,” said Patriot President and Chief Executive Officer Bennett K. Hatfield aid in a prepared release. “Both metallurgical and thermal coal markets continue to be challenging, with pricing at levels well below production costs at many Central Appalachian mines. Despite...
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s new president is a familiar face on campus. The university’s Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the school’s 12th president, pending approval by the state Higher Education Policy Commission. Boggess has been serving as the school’s interim p resident since last July, and before that she was associate dean and interim vice president.   If approved by the HEPC, she will officially become the Athens school’s new President July 1st. Presidential Search Committee Chairman David Barnette said Boggess was chosen after a nationwide search.  “We were lucky to have three very highly qualified candidates,”...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and state flags and state facilities to fly at half staff Wednesday in honor of the life of former Congressman Mick Staton who died last week. Staton served one term in the House from 1981 to 1983.  
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — A Fayette County man is going to prison for putting several live cats into a box and throwing them into a fire. Michael Ford, 56, of Hico, was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison Tuesday. The incident—that killed three kittens happened last fall. Ford pleaded guilty earlier this year.

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Charleston, WVa – November 25, 2013 — Thousands of West Virginians will be preparing meals and traveling in inclement weather throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The American Red Cross has safety tips for the kitchen and for the highway.  more... (pdf)


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