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

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A retired West Virginia coal miner has appeared before a Senate panel in Washington, urging Congress to clear a backlog of claims by fellow miners suffering from blacklung disease. Robert Bailey of Princeton appeared before a panel of lawmakers investigating claims that many miners with black lung disease have to wait years to have their benefits cases resolved.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia health official says a patient who developed bacterial meningitis led investigators to a pain management clinic where authorities say they found syringes were being reused. Health officials in have asked patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen (muhk-MAY'-kuhn) to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases as a precaution.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A report out Tuesday finds West Virginia ranks 37th in the nation in children's well-being. The report by the private Annie E. Casey Foundation found the well-being of children in the state has improved over the past 20 years but more needs to be done.

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Silver Airways has announced it will begin offering nonstop flights from Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport in October. Mid-Ohio Valley manager Jeff McDougle says the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Silver Airways to provide the new service.

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