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Ex-cop waved off bystanders before shooting
The ex-police officer who opened fire on a federal courthouse in West Virginia was a trained shooter who knew how to kill, yet federal officials said Thursday that he waved people away moments before he started spraying bullets into the glass facade and was later shot dead by law enforcement.
Ex-cop killed after firing at U.S. courthouse in Wheeling
A retired police officer armed with an assault weapon and a handgun fired up to two dozen shots at a U.S. courthouse in West Virginia on Wednesday before police returned fire and killed him, authorities said.
Mingo judge resigns, pleads guilty to conspiracy
Suspended Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy in a scheme to protect the reputation of the county sheriff who later was slain in an unrelated shooting.
Shutdown takes half U.S. mine inspectors off the job
Fewer than half of the inspectors with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are working during the continuing federal government shutdown, and they’re focused mainly on mines the agency already knows have a history of hazards.
W.Va. launches health care exchange
An advocacy group that’s worked to spread the word about Tuesday’s rollout of a health insurance marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act says West Virginia has passed up millions of dollars in federal advertising money that could have helped.
Group challenges West Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban
A national gay rights organization sued the state of West Virginia over its ban on same-sex marriages Tuesday, declaring its Defense of Marriage Act a violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
W.Va. HEPC considers campus safety rule
West Virginia higher education officials are considering a campus safety rule that establishes policies and procedures addressing four-year institutions’ planning and response to natural disasters, shootings or other emergencies.
‘Low public understanding’ on health care
West Virginia is ready to launch a health insurance marketplace born of the Affordable Care Act, but a state official overseeing it says enrolling the average uninsured person will be a challenge because the federal government has failed to adequately explain what’s happening.
Key questions answered about health care exchange
Starting Tuesday, people in West Virginia who currently have no health insurance can sign up for coverage under a health care exchange — a state and federal partnership.
Coverage will kick in Jan. 1, 2014, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts that six in 10 people will be able to find at least some level of coverage for $100 or less per month, after tax credits.
‘Coal Caucus’ to oppose new emission limits
Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Tom Marino and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers have formed a “Coal Caucus” to oppose new strict federal emission limits on coal plants in Pennsylvania and other states.
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