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SHEPHERDSTOWN — According to FBI statistics, there were 11,634 hate-crime incidents committed in 2022.

On Wednesday, four local experts gathered at Shepherd University to discuss the growing issue and its impact on the Eastern Panhandle.

The panel was organized by the Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications, an organization dedicated to studying and promoting civil political discourse. It was broadcast on the Panhandle News Network, as well as several local radio stations.