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UPDATE: WV Legislature's top leaders urge Gov. Tomblin for 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.
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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>>

UPDATE: WV American Water Co. issues response after PSC orders limited release of safety plans

PSC Commissioners issued order for limited release of WVAW safety plans PSC Commissioners issued order for limited release of WVAW safety plans
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On Friday, August 22, the West Virginia Public Service Commission issued an order pertaining to its investigation of West Virginia American Water.  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>>

Traveling sports exhibit on tour in WV

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The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams. More>>

WV Lawmakers announce federal funding for local law enforcement

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Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced more than $1.4 million for local law enforcement communities across the state. More>>

US Senate control could rest with well-funded women

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Hagan, Shaheen, Landrieu, Nunn and West Virginia nominee Natalie Tennant created a joint fundraising committee last week to bundle donations. Blue Senate 2014 can now accept one check and then distribute the cash among the five women, making it more efficient for donors to give to women. More>>

NEW INFO: WV Department of Education Shuts Down Miracle Meadows School in Salem

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The revocation comes after a teacher was arrested and accused of choking a student. More>>

UPDATE: GOP appoints Marie Sprouse-McDavid to fill 35th District vacancy

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The State Election Commission decided on Aug. 13 to leave a vacancy in one Republican candidate slot for the House 35th District of West Virginia. More>>

WV plans redesign of school principal programs

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 The Board of Education is seeking public comment on the recommendations.

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Changing family dynamics changes career choices

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Should I have children now or embark on a career and start a family later? That question has evolved yet again from choosing between a family or career to choosing between staying in a career or leaving that career to care for aging and sick parents, or some other unexpected life event. More>>

Comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system kicks off

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A comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system kicked off Friday, Aug. 15, with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joining members of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and representatives from Pew Charitable Trusts.
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WV candidates for U.S. Senate set to debate in October

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Hours after Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito found out they were facing off in the November election for U.S. Senate, they were challenging each other.Capito has now accepted Tennant's offer to debate on Oct. 7. More>>

National Governors Association awards grant funding for WV workforce development

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On Aug. 14, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said West Virginia was selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to receive grant funding and additional support to expand workforce education and training programs as part of a two-year program hosted by the NGA Policy Academy to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies. More>>

No citations in fatal Pennsylvania gas well fire

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said no exact cause was determined for the Feb. 11 fire at the Chevron well in Greene County's Dunkard Township. More>>

Delegates named to WV Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice

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House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, appointed five delegates to serve on the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice. More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. More>>

Toledo, Ohio mayor requests help to avoid water problems

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Toledo's mayor has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and lawmakers imploring them to do whatever it takes financially to get the city through the 2014 algae season without any more water problems. More>>

US agency warns consumers about Bitcoin risks

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Federal regulators are warning consumers about the risks of using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. More>>

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  • UPDATE: Search for suspects in Beckley shooting continues

    UPDATE: Search for suspects in Beckley shooting continues

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:38:57 GMT
    Three people are in the hospital Tuesday night after a shooting along Antonio Avenue in Beckley.Police said around 5 PM two men rushed up to a basketball game on a court near an apartment complex and started firing guns.Three men suffered injuries as a result.The three men were taken to a nearby hospital.Detective Morgan Bragg with Beckley Police said one man was in surgery around 6 PM Tuesday night.The other two men were in stable condition. Surveillance video from a camera near the basketba...
    Three people are in the hospital Tuesday night after a shooting along Antonio Avenue in Beckley.Police said around 5 PM two men rushed up to a basketball game on a court near an apartment complex and started firing guns.Three men suffered injuries as a result.The three men were taken to a nearby hospital.Detective Morgan Bragg with Beckley Police said one man was in surgery around 6 PM Tuesday night.The other two men were in stable condition. Surveillance video from a camera near the basketba...
  • 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival to come to Raleigh County

    3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival to come to Raleigh County

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:22:37 GMT
    The 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival is coming soon.You can celebrate the life of one of the forefathers of bluegrass music,while enjoying the live performances by The Lilly Mountaineers,Johnny Cochran, Idletymes and much more.
    The 3rd annual Everett Lilly Memorial Festival is coming soon.You can celebrate the life of one of the forefathers of bluegrass music,while enjoying the live performances by The Lilly Mountaineers,Johnny Cochran, Idletymes and much more.
  • UPDATE: Residents Without A Home Following Fire

    UPDATE: Residents Without A Home Following Fire

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:19:23 GMT
    Residents in a Shady Spring home are displaced after a fire burnt down their home on Tuesday evening.
    Residents in a Shady Spring home are displaced after a fire burnt down their home on Tuesday evening.