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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Flood warnings continued Sunday along the Ohio River in West Virginia following recent heavy rains. The National Weather Service says the Ohio River was nearly seven feet above flood stage at Point Pleasant, nearly four feet above flood stage at Parkersburg and about 1.5 feet above flood stage at Huntington. All three cities are protected by flood walls.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Attorney General's office is sponsoring a contest among schoolchildren to promote awareness of prescription painkiller abuse. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says in a news release that the "Kids Kick Opioids" contest is open to elementary and middle school students. Examples of entries can include poems, drawings or letters. The winning entry will be used in Morrisey's next statewide newspaper public service advertisement. The deadline for entries is March 29.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia state police lieutenant has been confirmed as U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the Senate confirmed Michael T. Baylous for the post. He was nominated by President Donald Trump last year. Baylous was the public information officer for the state police. He served the agency since 1994 and was previously in the Marine Corps Reserves in Cross Lanes.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes. Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this Thursday and Friday was announced by the American Federal of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association at a rally at the state Capitol on Saturday.

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