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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - It might be spring, but areas of West Virginia and Kentucky look more like winter with forecasters predicting up to 8 inches of snow in parts of both states. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the western half of West Virginia until 11 p.m. Wednesday and in areas around Louisville, Kentucky, until 2 p.m. Much of the rest of both states were under a winter storm advisory.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Forecasters say an early spring storm could dump more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia. The National Weather Service says eastern and southeastern sections of the state will be the hardest hit with up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) forecast by Tuesday night. Additional amounts are possible Wednesday. The weather service says heavy, wet snow combined with gusty winds could cause power outages.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in southern West Virginia say multiple agencies are forming a unit to investigate public corruption and suspected violations of campaign and election laws. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart and other agencies on Tuesday announced the formation of a Public Integrity Special Investigations Unit. Among the agencies involved are the FBI, the IRS, the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense and Homeland Security, state police and the state auditor's office.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent in February. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,200. Total unemployment was up 2,200 over the year. Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in February.

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