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SHIRT COMPLAINT

Bible verse on Parkersburg S. T-shirts questioned

PARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Wood County school officials have asked their lawyers to review a wrestling team's T-shirts that bear a Bible verse on the back.

Superintendent Pat Law tells media outlets that the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about the Parkersburg South High School team's T-shirts to school officials.

The verse states, "I can do all things through Him that strengthens me."

Law says the group's complaint alleges that the shirts violate the federal separation of church and state.

Law says school officials don't want to infringe on anyone's right to practice their religion. But he says courts repeatedly have said public institutions such as schools can't promote a religion.

Attorney Bill Merriman represents one of the wrestlers and his parents. He says wrestlers' parents bought the T-shirts.

ELECTION LAWSUIT

Former Upshur sheriff candidate's suit dismissed

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a former Upshur County sheriff candidate's lawsuit against the County Commission.

David Taylor's lawsuit alleged that current and former commissioners conspired to violate his rights in the 2012 Republican primary election.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey granted the County Commission's motion to dismiss the case earlier this month. The commission argued that Taylor's lawsuit failed to state a claim upon which the court could grant relief.

Taylor tells The Inter-Mountain that he's disappointed. But he respects the court's decision. He says he won't pursue the matter.

The County Commission says it's pleased with the decision.

Taylor lost to Mike Kelley in the 2012 GOP primary. Kelley later withdrew from the race. Taylor alleged that he was denied due process after he contested the election.

TANK RUPTURES

Antero cited for tank ruptures at 2 W.Va. sites

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - State regulators have ordered Antero Resources to suspend operations at two drilling pads where water tanks ruptured recently.

Two water tanks ruptured at the company's Marsden Pad in Doddridge County on April 11. On April 15, two tanks ruptured at Antero's Varner-West Pad in Harrison County

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells media outlets that the agency's Office of Oil and Gas issued two imminent danger notices of violation in response to each incident.

The office also issued a pollution notice of violation regarding the Doddridge County incident.

Gillenwater says pressure buildup in the tanks caused the ruptures.

The DEP ordered Antero to suspend operations at both sites until it provides detailed information related to the cause of the pressure buildup and a plan to prevent such incidents.

WVA CORRUPTION CHARGES

Ex-Mingo County prosecutor set for sentencing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Mingo County prosecutor will soon learn his fate in a federal corruption investigation.

Michael Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charleston. He faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Sparks and former circuit judge Michael Thornsbury were accused of protecting the late Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations that Crum bought drugs from a campaign sign maker. Crum was killed in an unrelated shooting last April.

Sparks pleaded guilty last year to depriving sign maker George White of his constitutional rights. Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive White of his rights. Charges against White were dismissed in February.

Thornsbury is scheduled to be sentenced June 9.

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