News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days. A consumer survey showed there was a high level of awareness of the spill in West Virginia and surrounding states and some said it would make them less likely to vacation in the state.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - James River Coal Co. intends to sell parts or all of its business at an auction in July. The Richmond-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month as it faced challenges from the weak economy, environmental regulations and competition. The company mines coal used to produce steel and power in Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana.

BURNSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers to work at Burnsville Lake. The corps says jobs could include giving tours, mowing, cleaning the grounds and facilities, string trimming and staffing a visitor center. The 2014 recreation season runs through the fall.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A groundbreaking will be held next month for a bridge that will provide a new entryway to Charleston's Coonskin Park. Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony May 8.

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