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Top Stories:

Asia To Appalachia

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — A slice of Appalachia along the Ohio River still struggling decades after losing manufacturing jobs in the steel, aluminum and glass industries to overseas competition is looking to Asia to revive the region's fortunes with a more pliable product — plastic. A Thai chemical company and, more recently, its new South Korean partner, are taking halting steps toward building a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in eastern Ohio that would "crack" molecules of ethane, a byproduct of natural gas drilling, into the raw material used to produce plastic products.

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Exchange-Rod-Building Hobby

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Randy Hively has built some nice fishing rods, but he's never built a perfect one. "That's what keeps me building them," said Hively, who took up the pastime 11 years ago and hasn't slowed down since. "Every time I build a rod, I look at it and say, 'I can do that better.'"

An AP Member Exchange from the Charleston Gazette-Mail. By John McCoy.

Exchange-Mom-Daughter-Sustainable Farm

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A mother-daughter team in their first year of business said they are dedicated to fostering a "greener" way of life to their surrounding communities. For as long as Josie Martin can remember, her mom, Molly, was always gardening and homesteading on their property out on Opekiska Ridge Road.

An AP Member Exchange from The Times West Virginian of Fairmont. By Kaitlyn Neff.

In Sports:

Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Harold Varner and Kelly Kraft share the lead entering Sunday's final round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. Fifteen golfers were within five strokes of the lead.

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