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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia public school teachers have launched a statewide walkout, forcing classes to be canceled in all 55 counties in protest over pay hikes recently signed by the governor they say don't go far enough. Thousands of teachers gathered Thursday at the Capitol in Charleston, seeking to pressure lawmakers who are still considering other proposals.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A man has been charged in the 1981 slaying of 7-year-old Conrad Roger "C.R." Diaz. News outlets report convicted sex offender William Clyde Jeffries said at his Wednesday hearing that he doesn't want a life sentence and wants to get treatment.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - With striking teachers filling its galleries, the West Virginia House has unanimously voted to use part of annual budget surpluses to help fund their health insurance. The bill, which needs Senate approval, would dedicate 20 percent of general revenue surpluses to stabilize the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Senate is advancing legislation to allow using leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear. The bill, headed to a floor vote Friday, would revise the current law that prohibits using dogs to hunt or chase deer.

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