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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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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The Kroger Co., which donated nearly 1.3 million meals through West Virginia food banks last year, says its new national effort is aimed at ending hunger and eliminating waste across the grocery company by 2025. Chief Executive Rodney McMullen says more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. isn't consumed and an estimated 72 billion pounds goes to landfills annually.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Airport officials say a small plane with three people on board encountered a landing gear problem and had to make an emergency landing in West Virginia. Yeager Airport in Charleston says in a news release that the twin-engine aircraft landed Tuesday and those on board exited the plane safely. The statement says the plane had left from Frederick, Maryland, to complete an aerial surveying job in West Virginia when it encountered a problem with its front landing gear.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged a Morgantown businessman with campaign finance fraud, alleging he used employees and their spouses to front donations to federal candidates that exceeded donation limits. According to authorities, 57-year-old James Laurita Jr., former chief executive of Mepco LLC, faces six federal charges from 2010 to 2013.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Unemployment rates increased in 49 of West Virginia's 55 counties in August. WorkForce West Virginia says the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate dropped in Hardy and McDowell counties and did not change in four others. Jefferson County's unemployment rate of 3.4 percent was the lowest in the state. Mingo County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.1 percent.

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