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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The presidents of most West Virginia colleges and universities have signed a pact to address alcohol and drug abuse on their respective campuses. At a conference Monday at West Virginia University, the pact was ceremonially signed.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia secretary of state's office says more than 47,000 outdated or ineligible voter files have been removed from the state's voter registration system. Secretary of State Mac Warner said in a news release that his office worked with county clerks in every county to remove the files, and he says there's still more work to do.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A 35-year-old murder in Beckley will be one of the first focuses of Crime Stoppers of West Virginia's new cold case task force. The Beckley Register-Herald reports that as part of the new initiative, Beckley Police are seeking information about the 1981 murder of 27-year-old teacher Cynthia Miller.

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) - Small businesses in Hancock County are eligible for disaster loans as a result of drought conditions last year. The U.S. Small Business Administration said Hancock County is eligible because it's contiguous to one or more primary counties in Pennsylvania.

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