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UP: To news out of Gov. Jim Justice’s office that for the second month in a row West Virginia’s tax revenue collections came in above budget estimates. August general revenue fund collections came in at more than $33.4 million above estimates, or $353.2 million — 14.9 percent more than last August. “It doesn’t mean we’re across the finish line,” Justice said. “We have a lot of people who are still hurting that we want to try to help in every way. These revenues enable us to help in every way. It doesn’t mean we’re now on easy street.”

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UP: To this weekend’s Sternwheel Festival in Marietta, yesterday’s Market Street Merchants and Artists walk in Parkersburg, this evening’s Cruze In at Jackson Park in Vienna and many other events proving the Mid-Ohio Valley — on the weekends anyway — isn’t finished with summer just yet. Get out and enjoy, folks.

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UP: To the state Office of Drug Control Policy’s failure to submit a report on a strategic plan to lower the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse by 10 percent, which was to have been turned in by July 1. It is a shame statewide efforts to fight the substance abuse epidemic are moving at the speed of bureaucracy, while in 2017 the number of fatal overdoses in the state surpassed 1,000, for the first time.

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