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In Brief:

FAKED KIDNAPPING, from MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Police say a West Virginia man is accused of faking his own kidnapping in order to get money from his family.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS, from HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A former West Virginia volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to starting a fire, but his sentencing has been placed on hold in a deferral agreement with prosecutors.

LAWSUIT-WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lawsuit charges that two coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice breached a contract with an exporting company.

POPULATION DECLINE, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recent study says West Virginia is one of two states that has seen its population decline over the past decade.

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