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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Organizers hope West Virginia's inauguration ceremony and related festivities will be all about the Mountain State.

West Virginia First is the theme for Jan. 14, when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin takes his oath after winning a full term.

The 1 p.m. ceremony is scheduled for the south steps of the state Capitol. The state's five other elected executive branch officials will also be sworn in.

A public reception will follow at the nearby Culture Center. There's also a more formal gala slated for 7 p.m. at the Clay Center in downtown Charleston.

That reception will feature 10 musical acts from around the state. Most of the reception's tickets will be invitation-only. But around 500 are available for $75 each through the Clay Center box office. Its phone number is 304-561-3570.

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