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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says Solicitor General Elbert Lin is leaving soon to return to the private sector. Morrisey announced Lin's impending departure Thursday. Morrisey, a Republican, is running in next year's U.S. Senate race, seeking the seat now held by Democrat Joe Manchin.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University freshmen enrollment has hit a record 6,224 as classes started at its three campuses. The university said there were 5,241 first-day, first-time freshmen in Morgantown, up 55 from last year; 364 at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, an increase of 49 from last year; and 619 at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, down 46.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Jim Johnson has been named director of the West Virginia's new Office of Drug Control Policy. Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch announced Johnson's appointment Thursday. The Office of Drug Control Policy will combat substance abuse and will be overseen by the Bureau for Public Health. West Virginia has the nation's highest drug overdose death rate.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Six West Virginia educators have been chosen for Teacher of the Year award. The West Virginia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the finalists are Teresa Thorne of Hampshire County, Tammy Ann Spangler of Jackson County, Kaitlin Thorsell of Jefferson County, Tammy J. Bittorf of Morgan County, Adriane L. Manning of Ohio County and Leslie Lively of Wetzel County. The Teacher of the Year will be announced Sept. 18.

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