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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals opposes plans to conduct animal testing of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply in January. The group sent a letter Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stating animal tests are often inconclusive and irrelevant to humans.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers. Mayor Steve Williams says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out of city neighborhoods. Williams says the hope is to have the new officers in place by the end of the year.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants, who has been charged with domestic battery. Plants and his office have been barred from handling cases involving crimes of domestic violence, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - It's graduation day at West Virginia State University for the 19th Junior Trooper Academy. Fifty-seven junior troopers were trained in firearms, Internet safety, crime scene investigation and other related classes this week.

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