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National Preparedness Month encourages residents to plan response to weather, other emergencies

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The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is participating in National Preparedness Month, now in its 11th year. National Preparedness Month, celebrated each September, is a nationwide program hosted by the Ready Campaign to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. 
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UPDATE: Two appointments made to commission tasked with studying chemical spill bill

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Senate Bill 373, a bill drafted in response to the Jan. 9 chemical leak, establishes a commission to do studies and report back to the Legislature. Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, made the first appointment to that board on Aug. 29. Kessler appointed Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department. More>>

Treating toxic water may cost New Castle, Delaware $1M

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Officials have focused on the longtime use of fire-fighting foams at the nearby Delaware Air National Guard Base at New Castle Airport. Those foams contain perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, which are an emerging health concern for drinking water supplies nationwide. More>>

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

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The GOP is counting on opposition to Obama to motivate its core voters. To counter that situation, Democrats have dispatched 444 organizers to 48 districts to get out the vote, with another 250-plus ready for the September-to-November sprint as the party typically faces a drop-off in midterm voting. More>>

Firefighters in South Charleston, West Virginia deliver baby girl

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Firefighters arrived at the home, and the mother was going into labor as they were walking through the front door.   More>>

Candidates for US House discuss choices in leadership at WV Business Summit

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Who did all four candidates agree they would not choose for leadership? Nancy Pelosi. More>>

WV candidates take different stances on energy

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Lawmakers running for election and re-election have been fighting over energy policies since filing pre-candidacy paperwork. More>>

Corrections: Bill helps parole board program run efficiently

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The West Virginia Legislature ventured to North-Central West Virginia for its August interim committee meetings, and one of the early presentations praised lawmakers' work. More>>

LATEST: Advocacy groups, Sustainable Business Council opposed to tank bill special session

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Members of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's senior staff, along with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman, met with environmental and industry groups Aug. 26 to discuss implementing Senate Bill 373. More>>

GOP nominees in WV, Va bet on cross-state Beaver-Graham rivalry game

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election.
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Ed Gillespie's campaign says if West Virginia's Bluefield High School beats Virginia's Graham High, he'll send Virginia ham to Shelley Moore Capito. If Graham High wins, the congresswoman will send West Virginia pepperoni rolls to Gillespie. More>>

WV US Senate candidates debate at Chamber of Commerce Business Summit forum

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The discussion between the pair ranged from coal to natural gas, as well as education and what can be done to make the state's business climate competitive with the rest of the country and the world. More>>

WV Secretary of State will not charge additional document fees

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The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office announced Aug. 28 it will not charge additional fees for documents, and a proposal on its website was only to gather public feedback.
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WV legislative audit: $662,000 given to failing farmer's market

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The report follows an audit detailing problems under former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass. The main issue stemmed from alleged mismanagement of money in a $5 million revolving loan program. More>>

Pundits say upcoming WV election won’t be about a single issue

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Julie Roginsky, a FOX News contributor and David Avella, president of GOPAC, spoke on Wednesday at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Business Summit, which is underway at The Greenbrier Resort. More>>

WV health centers to receive federal funding

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West Virginia health systems will be granted over $1 million in federal funding grants, lawmakers said. More>>

Inspector General Critical of Bridge Safety Implementation; Rahall Criticizes Delays

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Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., took issue with the Obama Administration for continuing its slow implementation of critical bridge safety reforms. More>>

Hancock County Smoking Ban Passes in Unanimous 5-0 Vote Video included

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It is now illegal to smoke in public places in Hancock County. More>>

WV GOP taking action to allow candidate on November ballot

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The West Virginia GOP said it is taking action to overturn the ruling made by the State Election Commission to leave a vacancy on the November election ballot. More>>

Several Cities Vie for Open Spaces in WV Home Rule Program Video included

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On Monday Morgantown, Fairmont, Shinnston, Clarksburg and Buckhannon made their presentations. Howe said Home Rule has a lot of appeal. More>>

Group urges WV Gov. Tomblin to pick Commission tasked with overseeing water protection bill

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Advocates for a Safe Water System is a community organization formed in response to the Jan. 9 chemical spill. More>>

Political expert to use ‘crystal ball' on WV politics

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Larry Sabato is not only excited to speak on his extensive knowledge of national politics, but also to visit the beautiful Greenbrier Resort. More>>

Ohio transportation officials blame old mines for sagging SE Ohio highway

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The Ohio Department of Transportation has started a $225,000 project to locate voids created beneath the road as supports for the old mine roof collapse over time.  More>>

Lawmaker left Georgia for a love of the mountains

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Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, is not just a state lawmaker who loves West Virginia's luscious hillsides. She chose to make West Virginia her home. More>>

Romney endorses WV GOP candidates in Beckley; others protest

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Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally endorsed Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, and Republican U.S. House candidate Alex Mooney in Beckley Aug. 20. More>>

History shows forefathers created republic — not a democracy

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As election season nears and campaign messages are rising to a crescendo, a history lesson of how government was formed could come in handy. More>>

WV Firefighting crew returns from California

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A 20-person wild land firefighting crew returned to West Virginia Aug. 21 after serving a 14-day tour of duty in California.  More>>

Upgraded software coming to WV library consortium

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A consortium of West Virginia public libraries plans to upgrade its software in September. More>>

City of Bridgeport to participate in Internet pilot program

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House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, applauded bold steps by the city of Bridgeport to become in providing residents with a huge boost in Internet speed. Miley, in a press release, also urged other West Virginia communities to consider a similar approach. More>>

WV Sen. Manchin applauds DEA decision to reschedule hyrdocodone, related drugs

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moved Aug. 21 to list hydrocodone-combination products as Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substance Act. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., applauded the DEA after the agency officially announced the final rule to reschedule the drugs, which are found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance. More>>

National Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

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The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. More>>

WV state Sen. John Unger to lead 3rd church

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Eastern Panhandle state lawmaker John Unger is adding to his responsibilities as a church minister. More>>

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  • Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:01:40 GMT
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
  • Man accused of selling drugs near school faces jury in Tazewell, VA

    Man accused of selling drugs near school faces jury in Tazewell, VA

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:40:49 GMT
    A trial began in Tazewell County on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 for a man who is accused of selling drugs. Joseph Panagopoulas is charged with Distribution of a Schedule II Drug, Distribution on School Property and Conspiracy.
    A trial began in Tazewell County on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 for a man who is accused of selling drugs. Joseph Panagopoulas is charged with Distribution of a Schedule II Drug, Distribution on School Property and Conspiracy.
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:40:53 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
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  • Shale activity spurs WesBanco growth

    Shale activity spurs WesBanco growth

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:00:29 GMT
    Managing growth has been a problem for some companies in the shale gas region of West Virginia, leading WesBanco to provide services to help them.
    Managing growth has been a problem for some companies in the shale gas region of West Virginia, leading WesBanco to provide services to help them.
  • UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

    UMWA endorses Tennant at annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, WV

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:49:35 GMT
    United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th Annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County on Sept. 1.
    United Mine Workers of America will feature food, entertainment and presentations by political and labor leaders at its 76th Annual Labor Day Celebration in Boone County on Sept. 1.
  • Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy

    Hydraulic fracturing could improve geothermal energy

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:00:21 GMT
    A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”
    A recent issue of The Economist had an article titled “Geothermal Energy, Hot Rocks, Why Geothermal Is the New Fracking.” The month before, a New York Times article titled, “Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling.”