WASHINGTON -- West Virginians narrowly approved a $300 million bond referendum Tuesday that will help fund sewage treatment projects for the 15% of the state's population without adequate facilities, state officials said yesterday.

The measure, the largest bond issue approved by the state's voters since 1973, squeaked by on a 50.8%-to-49.2% vote, officials said. The margin of victory was about 3,600 votes, as only 40% to 45% of registered voters cast ballots, they said.

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