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Audit findings turned over to feds
A typical audit request by a newly-elected state official has led to a federal investigation.
Activities in the Department of Agriculture prior to 2013 are the subject of that audit, which Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, have turned over to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Miley said current Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick asked for the audit shortly after taking office last year.
“To date, the audit has revealed very troubling activities and management practices by the Agriculture Department’s previous administration, including questionable accounting methods, expense reimbursements and loans administered by the agency,” Miley said in the release.
In an e-mail response, Helmick confirmed that he requested the audit, and that he supports the decision to turn over the audit findings to federal authorities.
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Clements named president of Clemson University
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Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins announced the board’s selection Monday. Clements has been president of West Virginia University since 2009
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A fire tore through several businesses and at least one apartment building in Marlinton early Sunday morning, according to reports from Pocahontas County’s 911 Center. By Sunday evening, reports said the fire was under control.
Texas passes on making Luck its AD
The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.
Deal reached to avoid default and open government
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A man armed with what federal marshals described as an assault-type rifle fired up to two dozen rounds at a West Virginia federal courthouse Wednesday until police returned fire and killed him, state police said.
Shots fired outside U.S. Capitol; one injury reported
A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.
The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.
"Then I heard the gunfire" and hit the ground, he said.
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