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Beckley students perform in 'High School Musical'

Wendy Holdren-Herald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 11:41am

Bright and early on the morning of Feb. 4 inside Stephen Wilson's classroom at Woodrow Wilson High School, more than a dozen students of all grade levels and all social cliques stood on a wooden platform dancing and singing, "We're All in This Together."

1st year schools chief brings stability to Wyoming education

Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 11:31am

Order has been restored in Wyoming K-12 education during state schools Superintendent Jillian Balow's first year, officials involved with state education say.

Jennifer Lawrence donating $2 million to hometown hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 10:00am

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home.

As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:12am

As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

Historic Kearsarge Peg Co. destroyed by fire after 121 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 8:40am

A historic mill in Bartlett, New Hampshire, was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon after more than a century in operation.

Feds: New traceability rules would cut down illegal seafood

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 8:31am

Federal authorities say they want feedback from the public about proposed rules they hope would take a bite out of illegal fishing imports that jeopardize the country's multibillion dollar commercial fishing industry.

NC high court to decide if teaching vets earned job security

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 7:51am

A North Carolina law that sought to strip job protections from public school teachers is being attacked by groups representing police officers and state government retirees.

Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 7:30am

Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don't work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.

Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 6:21am

Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:00pm

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:21pm

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

US senator calls for backup proof when gas leak sealed

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20pm

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called Friday for third-party air quality testing to confirm that a massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles has been permanently sealed and it's safe for residents to return home.

US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20pm

The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday.

Hawaii bill seeks to allow growing marijuana outdoors

Marina Riker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:41pm

Some Hawaii lawmakers and advocates say medical marijuana dispensary applicants could be at a disadvantage because health department rules don't allow greenhouses.

Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:10pm

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved — a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels.

Drew Lewis, Reagan transport secretary during strike, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:42pm

Drew Lewis, a businessman who served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike, has died at age 84.

Head of LeafLine to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:41pm

The head of one of Minnesota's two medical marijuana providers is leaving the company, just eight months after moving there from his oversight role with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards' talk of shuttered hospitals, college closures and a canceled football season for the LSU Tigers drew attention Friday to Louisiana's deep budget woes, mixed with criticism that the Democratic governor was fear-mongering.

Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30pm

A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.