Former WV Attorney General Chauncey Browning Jr. Dies

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Former West Virginia Attorney General Chauncey Browning Jr. has died. He was 75.

Chauncey died Friday at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

Browning was the state's first four-term attorney general, serving from 1969 to 1985.

Attorney General Darrell McGraw said Browning was a hard worker who made it his job to protect the citizens of the state. Browning sued the Pittston Co. for $100 million for damage caused by the 1972 Buffalo Creek mining disaster. The suit was later settled for $1 million.

Browning returned to private practice after leaving office. He retired in 2008.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home in Charleston.

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