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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>>

WV Senate President Kessler makes first appointment 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>>

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>>

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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    Over 400 Without Power in Raleigh County

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:50:32 GMT
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
    Emergency crews are responding to a downed tree on the 300 block of Stovall Road in Glen Morgan Monday (9/1) morning.
  • Missing Fayette County juveniles found

    Missing Fayette County juveniles found

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:49:43 GMT
    Three juveniles are missing in Fayette CountyThree juveniles are missing in Fayette County
    Crews in Fayette County are searching for three missing juveniles.Dispatchers say a call came in around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.Police are looking in the area of Cunard Road, which is between Fayetteville and Oak Hill.The Fayette County Sheriffs Department, West Virginia State Police, Jan Care Ambulance, Parks Services, and the Fayetteville Fire Department are all on hand searching the area.The kids were last seen around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.If you have any information about these kids whereabout...
    Crews in Fayette County are searching for three missing juveniles.Dispatchers say a call came in around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.Police are looking in the area of Cunard Road, which is between Fayetteville and Oak Hill.The Fayette County Sheriffs Department, West Virginia State Police, Jan Care Ambulance, Parks Services, and the Fayetteville Fire Department are all on hand searching the area.The kids were last seen around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.If you have any information about these kids whereabout...
  • Arrest made in Summers County robberies

    Arrest made in Summers County robberies

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:38 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:38:18 GMT
    Two homes and two businesses in Summers county were taken by surprise early Sunday morning.
    Two homes and two businesses in Summers county were taken by surprise early Sunday morning.
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  • Benwood, WV booming once again, ready for more

    Benwood, WV booming once again, ready for more

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:00:21 GMT
    Photo courtesy of Frank LongwellPhoto courtesy of Frank Longwell
    Frank Longwell doesn't hold back when he describes Benwood as a boom town. In fact, he confidently predicts that economic favor will rest on his beloved hometown for many years — even decades — to come.
    Frank Longwell doesn't hold back when he describes Benwood as a boom town. In fact, he confidently predicts that economic favor will rest on his beloved hometown for many years — even decades — to come.
  • WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

    WV workforce lacks oil and gas expertise — for now

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:00:19 GMT
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.
    Despite the relatively high amount of natural gas production in West Virginia, less than 3 percent of employees in some of the major occupations that make up the sector's workforce live in the Mountain State.
  • UMWA to host annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, West Virginia Sept. 1

    UMWA to host annual Labor Day Celebration in Racine, West Virginia Sept. 1

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:40:41 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.