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Capito, Tennant to compete in chamber Senate forum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito will attend a U.S. Senate candidate forum next week.

State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts says they'll participate in the Aug. 28 event as part of the chamber's annual meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney will participate in a chamber forum Aug 29. The same day, Democrat Glen Gainer and Republican Congressman David McKinley will attend a 1st District forum.

Roberts says Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall won't join next Thursday's 3rd District event. Republican Evan Jenkins did RSVP.

Third-party candidates won't be involved.

Tennant and Capito will also debate Oct. 7 in Charleston. The West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP are organizing.


W.Va. state Sen. John Unger to lead 3rd church

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) - Eastern Panhandle state lawmaker John Unger is adding to his responsibilities as a church minister.

Unger is already the pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church and Bolivar United Methodist Church, both in Harpers Ferry.

The Spirit of Jefferson and Farmer's Advocate reports Unger will be installed Sunday as pastor at St. John's Episcopal Church, also in Harpers Ferry.

The Berkeley County Democrat has served in the state Senate since 1999 and became Senate majority leader in 2011.


Woman killed in fire in Cottageville

COTTAGEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities say a fatal fire in a Jackson County mobile home appears to have started in a kitchen.

Media outlets report that the fire occurred Wednesday morning in the Cottageville area. An adult female living in the mobile home was killed. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic says evidence shows a stove was on at the time, although the fire remains under investigation.


Barboursville police seek marble vandal

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Barboursville police are looking for a suspect who used marbles to cause thousands of dollars of damage to businesses along U.S. 60.

Media outlets report that investigators believe the vandal used either a slingshot or a paint ball gun to shoot out storefront windows with marbles. Damage was reported at several businesses between Barboursville and Huntington.

The vandalism occurred early Sunday morning.

Laz-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries owner David Little says seven windows were broken at his business. Little says repairs will cost nearly $12,000.


Overall ACT scores unchanged in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The average score of West Virginia students taking the ACT college entrance exam remained the same for the fourth straight year.

The state Department of Education says overall test scores in West Virginia this year averaged 20.6.

Students showed a slight improvement in reading scores at 21.4. Scores were unchanged in science at 20.6 and math at 19.5, while English scores dipped slightly to 20.4.

Nearly 11,200 high school graduates in West Virginia took the test.

Nationally, average overall ACT scores increased slightly to 21.0.


Democratic women teaming up in key Senate states

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Democratic women are teaming up to raise campaign cash in key states that will help decide the Senate majority.

Incumbent senators and hopefuls formed the Blue Senate 2014 joint fundraising committee on Aug. 13.

The candidates involved are Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Natalie Tennant in West Virginia and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

In 2012, President Barack Obama lost four of the women's five states. Obama won New Hampshire by about 6 percentage points.

Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats to take the majority from Democrats.

Hagan has been the best fundraiser of the bunch. She raised $12.7 million and had $8.7 million in her campaign account through June. Hagan faces Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker.

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