WELCH, W.Va. (AP) - A Virginia man convicted of killing War Mayor Thomas Hatcher in 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison with mercy. Twenty-seven-year-old Earl Click of Grundy, Va., was sentenced today in McDowell County Circuit Court on a first-degree murder conviction. He'll be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State officials blame miscommunication for denying a high school student's plan to recite a poem about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion at a state event. Grace Pritt received an email from the Division of Culture and History saying she couldn't read the poem because it dealt with coal and state representatives would be attending.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police have charged a Martinsburg man with first-degree murder in the slaying of an elderly woman whose bound body was found in her home. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old William Jackson was arrested yesterday after investigators developed evidence that he possessed the victim's bank card.
RUCKERSVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia wood products company is moving its manufacturing operations to West Virginia. Ruckersville-based Mountain Lumber Co. merged with Renick Millworks in Renick, W.Va., in 2013. Mountain Lumber CEO Bill Stone says the company will maintain its headquarters, sales and administration in Ruckersville.
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