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Former W.Va. governor dies at 86

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Former West Virginia Gov. Cecil Underwood died Monday in Charleston, his daughter said. He was 86.

Study: $45B savings for lower dropout rate

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. taxpayers would save $45 billion a year if the number of high school dropouts were cut in half, a university study said Thursday.

Ohio River flooding damages homes

PARKERSBURG, W.Va., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Residents of Parkersburg, W.Va., assessed the damage from weekend flooding along the Ohio River that damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

New governors get some tips

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Mark Warner said Friday a weekend West Virginia retreat will let veteran governors pass on some helpful tips to their new colleagues.

Ex-Bush officials win two governors' races

DALLAS, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Two former Bush administration officials were victorious Tuesday in their races for governorships but three other races were still too close to call. Republican Mitch Daniels was elected governor of Indiana and Jon Huntsman, Jr., was elected in Utah.

W. Va. Democrat makes it look easy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- West Virginia Secretary of State Joe Manchin has a healthy lead over GOP developer Monty Warner in the gubernatorial race, a poll out Tuesday indicates.

Manchin cashiers W.Va. Democrat's chairman

CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 31 (UPI) -- Days after winning his party's gubernatorial nomination West Virginia Secretary of State Joe Manchin asked Democrat chairman Mike Callaghan to step aside.

Incest T-shirt riles West Virginians

CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 24 (UPI) -- West Virginia's governor is not amused at an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt that mocks his state by implying it fosters incest.

Feature: In search of affordable insurance

NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Whatever employers like to call it, being laid off, downsized, restructured, rightsized, or de-staffed, the result is the same - you're out of a job.
FRANK SCHNAUE, Special to UPI

Some Oscar voters want ballots back

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (UPI) -- Some Oscar voters are so angry about politicking for Best Director they're demanding their ballots be returned, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

W. Virginia cigarette tax goes to governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 7 (UPI) -- West Virginia smokers can expect to pay more for a pack of their favorite cigarettes.

W. Virginia cigarette tax goes to governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 7 (UPI) -- The West Virginia Senate sent Gov. Bob Wise his proposal Friday to increase the state cigarette tax from 17 cents to 55 cents per pack. The tax increase, which

A bad plan

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- On May 30, 1997, 49-year-old Ruth Millar was stabbed to death from behind while she stood drying the dinner dishes in her Victoria, British Columbia, home. Her
LESLIE CARBONE, A UPI Outside View Commentary

Bush seeks medical malpractice reform

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush Thursday urged the U.S. Congress to approve his proposal to cap medical malpractice awards in his effort to address a national crisis that has seen physicians opting out of providing medical care in high-risk specialties or unable
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

The Peter Principles: First, do no harm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Though the so-called experts may quibble, any person faced with a life-threatening illness knows the United States has the best healthcare anywhere.
PETER ROFF, United Press International
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Robert Ellsworth "Bob" Wise, Jr. (born January 6, 1948) is an American politician. A Democrat, Wise served as the Governor of West Virginia from January 2001 to January 2005.

Wise was born in Washington, D.C.. He received a B.A. from Duke University in 1970 and a law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1975. Wise's political career began in 1980, when he defeated an incumbent senator for election to the state Senate of West Virginia as a Democrat from the state capital, Charleston. On July 28, 1984, he married Sandra Casber.

In 1981, Wise started a career in the West Virginia Senate before being elected in 1982 to the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district. He unseated incumbent Republican Mick Staton in a close race, but was reelected eight times without serious opposition. His district was renumbered the 2nd after West Virginia's declining population cost it a congressional seat after the 1990 United States Census. Wise served as an at-large whip, regional whip, and parliamentarian for the Democratic Party. He also served as ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In December 1998, Representative Bob Wise announced that he was considering forming an exploratory committee to raise money for a campaign for governor.

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