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

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The federal government is reducing the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in a bid to curb cases of black lung disease among miners. Top Labor Department officials are unveiling the long-awaited rule Wednesday at an event in Morgantown.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is seeking more data about the impact on the skin and respiratory system of a chemical that spilled into the Elk River last January, tainting the water supply of 300,000 people. The Republican congresswoman has sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information.

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. A Wheeling judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited on a warrant that the man's lawyer called a sham.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A nonprofit coalition is exhorting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to restore $1 million in state funding for early childhood and family resource programs. Tomblin's spokeswoman didn't immediately comment on the request made by a group called Our Children, Our Future.

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