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A Kanawha circuit judge rebuffed Gov. Jim Justice’s request that legal action filed against him for failing to reside in Charleston be dismissed.

Judge Charles King made the move in an order Wednesday, giving Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, a victory after several losing bouts in the case. King ordered Justice to answer to Sponaugle’s discovery request within 30 days, and to file a response to the petition for a writ of mandamus in 10 days.

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