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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Melody Potter has been re-elected as chairwoman of West Virginia's Republican Party. The state GOP says in a news release that Potter was elected Saturday by members of the Republican State Executive Committee at their summer meeting in Wheeling. She's the first woman to lead the state GOP.

INEZ, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky jail inmate accused of assaulting a deputy jailer and escaping in a stolen police car has been captured in West Virginia. News outlets reported Saturday that authorities said Mark Allen Crouch was apprehended in Wayne County, West Virginia. The sheriff's office in Martin County, Kentucky, said Crouch escaped from a jail transport on July 9.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Lawmakers considering whether to recommend impeachment for indicted West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry have recessed for six days. News outlets report the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Friday from the court's former technology director Scott Harvey and former assistant administrator Fletcher Adkins, who handled facilities and furniture for the court.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia health officials say 540 confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in the state. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Department of Health and Human Resources said 297 of the cases are in Kanawha County. The totals are from Friday. In Cabell County, the number of cases rose 21 percent this week to 114, up from 94 the previous week.

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