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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says 21 organizations around the state are receiving grants to help protect the quality of the state's rivers and streams. A statement from the agency says $98,360 was divided among the organizations as part of the West Virginia Stream Partners Program, which is also supported by the Division of Natural Resources, the Conservation Agency and the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund says it's accepting grant applications for land-protection projects with up to $1.2 million that may be awarded. According to the fund, projects can include wildlife habitats, working forests and farmlands, as well as hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation areas.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking paintings for its 2019 wildlife calendar. The DNR says in a news release that the deadline for submitting original, color wildlife paintings is Feb. 19. A $200 prize will be awarded for each chosen painting, and the artist whose work is picked for the cover will get an additional $500.

STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) - Federal investigators will try to determine what caused the fatal crash of a helicopter used for inspecting power lines. Both men aboard died Monday. FirstEnergy said both were contractors doing transmission line inspection work in northwest Ohio. The Wood County sheriff's office has identified the pilot as 32-year-old Tyson Snyder of Wooster, Ohio, and his passenger as 62-year-old Jeffrey Fluharty of Fairmont, West Virginia.

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