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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) - The company behind a chemical spill last January that tainted the water supply of 300,000 people wants to use $2.9 million from a bankruptcy settlement to fund projects on behalf of those same residents. But a utility is opposing that move, saying creditors have a right to that money.

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) - The state Democratic Party says it will halt its efforts to have a candidate for a state House seat dropped from the ballot. The move means Melissa Lewis, who has switched from the Democratic to the Republican party, will be allowed to run against Democratic Delegate Larry Williams in November.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Police say an Ohio man has been charged with murder in connection with the death 16-year-old Erika Brown of Cross Lanes, West Virginia. Brown was reported missing Aug. 10 and authorities now say Ernest M. Roach of Racine, Ohio has been arrested in the case.

CHATTAROY, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities have removed 7 tons of trash from an illegal open dump along U.S. 52 near Chattaroy in Mingo County. Officials say several citations have been issued for those suspected of dumping at the site and now the property owners are going to bar public access to the area.

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