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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says a contractor for projects at federal buildings in Kentucky and West Virginia has paid more than $213,000 in back wages to seven employees. The Labor Department says in a news release that B&F Contracting Inc. made the payments to resolve violations of federal law. The company agreed to hire an accountant to oversee its compliance with the law and to provide copies of payroll and work time records.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review. Federal mining regulators indicated Thursday that they are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust _ the cause of black lung _ and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said that's "a very bad signal."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The University of Charleston has chosen a university dean from Connecticut to succeed President Edwin Welch when he retires at the end of June. According to the university, Martin Roth is currently dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - All five of West Virginia's ski resorts will be open this weekend in one of the earliest starts to the state's winter sports season. The West Virginia Ski Areas Association tells news outlets that this week's cold temperatures and natural snowfall have helped resorts' snow-making efforts, allowing one of their best season debuts in recent history. Canaan Valley, Timberline Four Seasons, Winterplace and Oglebay will all be open by Saturday. Snowshoe Mountain had opened for Thanksgiving.

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