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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) - A former public service official is leading calls for a mountaintop lake to be created in Charleston to serve as a backup drinking water source. After a chemical spill in Charleston in January contaminated the local water supply for days, the Legislature required water providers to study alternative supply options.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, filling a vacancy on the court created when Judge Andre Davis took senior status in February. Harris is a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and has served in a post at the Department of Justice.

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - Transportation officials say motorists should expect significant delays on the East River Mountain Tunnel route on Interstate 77 at West Virginia's line with Virginia. A truck fire on Friday sent black smoke belching through the tunnel and now workers are busy on some repairs that will continue through Wednesday morning.

MAXWELL, W.Va. (AP) - Severe storms that walloped several East Coast states recently also touched off a confirmed tornado touched down in Pleasant and Ritchie counties over the weekend. No one was hurt but the weather service confirms an EF1 tornado with winds up to 100 mph uprooted trees when it was on the ground for 15 minutes.

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