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West Virginia merchandise a big hit during 150th celebration

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Mugs, hats, T-shirts and other merchandise celebrating West Virginia's 150th anniversary are a hit.

The state Department of Commerce sold 1,863 T-shirts, 1,000 key chains, 750 coffee mugs, 396 water bottles and 256 hats at a tent set up at the Capitol during last week's three-day celebration.

Another 30 shirts, 20 hats and 25 coffee mugs have been sold on the website www.wvscenics.com since it came online earlier this week.

Commerce spokeswoman Andrea Bond tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the merchandise likely will be collector's items in the future.

Division of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Natalie Harvey says 9,000 West Virginians have signed up so far for the state's sesquicentennial license plate. The DMV ordered 70,000 plates.

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