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West Virginia set to celebrate 150 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia residents will have dozens of events to choose from as the state celebrates its 150th birthday.

West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863.

The Legislature will hold interim meetings starting Wednesday in Wheeling, the state's first capital. A Thursday night concert at Heritage Point will include performances by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Johnny Staats, Kathy Mattea, and Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

A statewide bell ringing will take place at 1:50 p.m. Thursday. That evening in Charleston starts the first of three straight nights of fireworks at the state Capitol. A 3-D movie will be projected onto the Capitol all three nights.

The West Virginia Symphony and the Appalachian Children's Chorus will perform Thursday night, and Lonestar and Ronnie Milsap are on tap for Saturday night.

For a full list of events visit www.wv150.com.

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