- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Sixty programs that support the arts and historic preservation have been awarded more than $1.4 million in state grants.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announcing the funding Tuesday.

A dozen grants totaling $724,000 went to long-standing arts groups in seven counties.

Thirty-one grants in 18 counties totaling $294,000 will support projects that offer arts programming to the public or strengthen arts organizations.

An additional $423,000 will go to 17 groups in 14 counties to protect West Virginia’s historic architecture and resources.

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