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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Several West Virginia high schools are being visited this week by Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert and former Marshall football coach Bob Pruett. Gilbert and Pruett will visit Poca High School, Nitro High School and Buffalo High School on Friday on the recruitment tour, which kicked off late last month.

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia collected $96 million in property tax revenue from oil and natural gas production during the 2017 tax year, a decline of $38 million from the previous year. News outlets report that Monday news release from the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association says the $96 million will go to county government for local school systems and community services.

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - A woman and man from northern West Virginia have admitted to federal firearms charges involving three guns taken from a store licensed to sell them. Jamie Lynn Huffman of Parsons pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from B.F. Long & Co in Parsons.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia city has confirmed two killings after its number of homicide investigations this year has surpassed all previous records. The Herald-Dispatch quotes Huntington police Capt. Hank Dial as saying more officers are needed. Dial was among officials who spoke within 36 hours of the year's 17th and 18th homicides during a news conference at city hall Tuesday afternoon. City Council Chairman Mark Bates announced a Wednesday meeting to discuss action plans.

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