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JAMESTOWN, Va. — On a recent afternoon, tour guide Justin Bates pointed to the spot where historic Jamestown's legislature first convened in July 1619. He then gestured toward another nearby spot where some of the first slaves in English North America arrived a few weeks later.

In Brief:

—SUPREME COURT-CONGRESSMAN'S SEAT, from Charleston: A U.S. congressman's seat will remain vacant until January once he resigns to serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

—GOVERNOR'S HOME-LAWSUIT, from Charleston: A West Virginia judge has heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by a Democratic state delegate against Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanding that he live in the county where West Virginia's capital city is located.

—BIBLE CLASSES, from Princeton: After-school Bible clubs are planned at a West Virginia school district that suspended in-school Bible classes after being sued.

—STASH OF SNAKES, from Elkins: Police say 17 rattlesnakes unlawfully captured from a national forest have been found at a man's home in West Virginia.

—SUPREME COURT-WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION-LePAGE, from Augusta, Maine: Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has joined 15 other Republican leaders across the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire their workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

—TROOPER RECRUITMENT, from Dunbar: West Virginia State Police are accepting trooper applications.

—CHOLERA RESEARCH, from Morgantown: A West Virginia University associate professor is part of a team trying to prevent a large outbreak of cholera in war-torn Yemen.

In Sports:


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jeremy Pruitt's dad says his son suffers from the "coaching disease." It's a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a year bug. Tennessee's first-year football coach is good at what he does, and he is used to winning. The Volunteers haven't won nearly enough lately. Something has to give.


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