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WV Voting reminder causes confusion

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A reminder about voting registration send out in the last week has caused some confusion and stir. Americans For Prosperity sent a reminder to unregistered votes to remember to vote for the upcoming elections. More>>

Charleston man with history of drug trafficking, violence facing up to 30 years in federal prison

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Donnell Dwayne Diego, 35, of Charleston faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Diego, a repeat offender, was caught with oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and dozens of guns.
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Pierpont Community and Technical College showcases future Advanced Technology Center

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Pierpont Community and Technical College invited State legislators, county commissioners, and Pierpont staff April 21 to visit the site of their future Advanced Technology Center that is under construction. More>>

West Liberty University practices good planning techniques

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This spring, West Liberty will practice good planning techniques by hosting major safety departments and first responders from three counties at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort. More>>

Patriot Coal issues 60-day notice of potential layoffs at 2 WV mines

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Patriot Coal issued warnings that it could lay off employees at its Wells mining complex near Wharton and its Corridor G complex near Danville. More>>

Marshall Co. makes plans for natural gas combined cycle power plant

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The project still needs to obtain state and federal approvals to develop and build the plant, but organizers anticipate construction to begin in 2015 and operations to begin by 2018. More>>

UPDATE: Endless Wall Trail in New River Gorge closed due to brush fire

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Firefighters are dealing with a brush fire that has spread through the New River Gorge National River. More>>

Number of people showing symptoms during water crisis much higher than previously thought

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Approximately 100,000 people experienced symptoms after the Freedom Industries’ spill into the Elk River, according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the executive director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department. More>>

West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

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Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows.  More>>

Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

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Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer. More>>

Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

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Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation. Now, as temperatures rise, the economy is regaining momentum. More>>

Kanawha County man admits he produced, possessed child porn

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Kanawha County resident Stephen Wayne Laton Jr., 40, admitted he possessed images and videos of children in pornographic situations, including a video of one of his relatives, a minor female relative which he had shot himself. More>>

Huntington housing complex manager admits embezzling more than $150,000 in federal funds

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Former Uptowner Inn housing manager Connie Lynn Whitley, 51, of South Point, Ohio, admits she embezzled more than $150,000 in HUD funds from the public housing complex over a four-year period. More>>

Wastewater from Freedom Industries site going to Belpre, OH

DEP officials say at least 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked from a storage tank at Freedom Industries, contaminating the water supply for nearly 300,000 people. DEP officials say at least 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked from a storage tank at Freedom Industries, contaminating the water supply for nearly 300,000 people.
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Wastewater or stormwater runoff from the Freedom Industries site is being taken to a facility in Belpre, OH according to officials with the Department of Environmental Protection. More>>

WV DEP looking into chemical leak at DuPont Belle plant

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is looking into a brief leak of less than a pound of methylamines, known as DMAC, from the DuPont plant in Belle April 21. The DEP said it could not definitively confirm whether or not the leak would was harmful to the public, but the leak had been stopped. More>>

WV Division of Natural Resources Police Cites Tucker County Woman for Brush Fire

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry has cited a Tucker County woman in connection to a brush fire. Multiple area fire departments responded to a report of a brush fire on the top of Bruni Mountain Road just before 1 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a couple of acres and extinguished the fire before it reached a nearby home. More>>

West Liberty University debuts new Black and Gold Opportunity Plan

West Liberty University debuts new Black and Gold Opportunity Plan

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West Liberty University unveils its Black and Gold Opportunity Plan, to provide guidance for underserved students.
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

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Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.The battle has moved out of viewers' living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop a cassette into a recorder and capture their favorite programs or the sporting event they wouldn't be home to see. More>>

WV DEP Lifts Cease Operations Order to Antero at Harrison, Doddridge Sites

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Oil and Gas have issued violation notices to Antero Resources. More>>

Beware of rental property scam making the rounds, Morrisey advises

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said scammers are posting fake rental advertisements on Craigslist and other classified rental sites for properties that might not exist, aren't  available or are owned by someone else.  More>>

Felman Production, USW negotiate contract modification

Members of the local union lobbied the PSC in Charleston in December to lower Felman's electricity rates. Members of the local union lobbied the PSC in Charleston in December to lower Felman's electricity rates.
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Felman Production and the United Steelworkers of America have reached agreement on contract modifications for workers at the company's silicomanganese plant in New Haven, Chief Executive Officer Mordechai "Motti" Korf said. More>>

Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

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After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking. More>>

Receptionist admits she used prescription pad she stole from former boss to forge oxycodone prescriptions

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Tina Marie Richmond, 41, of Beckley was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for obtaining oxycodone by fraud. Richmond admitted she stole the pad from the doctor's office where she worked as a receptionist, then forged his signature on scripts to obtaining prescription drugs illegally. More>>

Tamarack GM stepping down

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The general manager at Tamarack has announced her retirement, effective June 14. More>>

Jam-band magazine celebrates 2-year anniversary

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Appalachian Jamwich, a Shepherdstown-based print and online magazine dedicated to jam-band music, art and culture in West Virginia and the surrounding region, is celebrating its two-year anniversary this month. More>>

City-wide scavenger hunt in Wheeling

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A new fundraising event in the Upper Ohio Valley to raise funds for Youth Services System is in the works for June 21 in downtown Wheeling. More>>

Barboursville plans to grow its recreation opportunities

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Commercial growth in Barboursville has allowed for improved services, and now village officials plan to build on the village's role in recreational opportunities in the region. More>>

University of Charleston students take time to give back

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At the University of Charleston, Enactus team members Sa Le, Adam DeBriae, Marc Jn-louis, Jordan Wallace and Rhys Batt do much more than merely keep up with their course loads. More>>

Strengthening public education

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The Education Alliance has scheduled the first in a series of discussions about strengthening public education. More>>

Huntington mayor reaches out to Marshall students

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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is reaching out to Marshall University students by scheduling monthly visits to the campus to meet with students and hear what they have to say. More>>

FIFA-certified turf

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The Marshall University soccer program recently became one of only 25 FIFA-certified fields in the U.S. More>>

Engineering, mineral resources program makes connections

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The Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is wrapping up a year of connecting hands-on activities to elementary, middle and high school students. More>>

WV Waterborne coal traffic down

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The amount of coal moved on waterways in West Virginia was down in the first quarter of this year, continuing a long-term trend.  More>>

Bordas & Bordas says appeals court affirmed $10M jury verdict

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The Ohio 7th District Court of Appeals recently upheld the $10 million verdict awarded to two families denied insurance benefits following an April 2003 crash. More>>

Mingo County sign maker is back to work

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George White, a pivotal figure in the 2012 federal investigation into Mingo County political corruption, was released from jail and the charges against him dismissed. More>>

Dutch Miller Kia buys South Charleston dealer

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Chris Miller, who owns the Dutch Miller Kia dealership in Barboursville, has bought White Kia Dodge in South Charleston.  More>>

Musical trio ushers in Davis & Elkins College spring Recital Series

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Ushering in Davis & Elkins College spring Recital Series on April 27 is Nina Assimakopoulos, Carol Beall and Hope Koehler. More>>

Charleston Mayor says city is still against 'gun bill'

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he isn't sure if the city will pursue another lawsuit if the current one regarding a new municipal firearms law is dismissed.


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Supreme Court rules tape of alleged drug buy is admissible

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An audio recording of an alleged drug buy in Attorney Richard Hardison's Raleigh County law office can be introduced against him at trial, the state Supreme Court says. More>>

LATEST: Williamson, WV Mayor Darrin McCormick resigns, charged in federal information Video included

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Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick submitted his resignation letter April 14, effective at the end of April. More>>

Chester, WV resident charged with operating meth lab

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Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher says a tip led to the arrest of Eric Jason Ulbrich, 40, of 300 Arner Road, Chester, charged with operating a meth lab.
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  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man

    Court won't overturn death sentence for Ky. man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:34:40 GMT
    The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
    The Supreme Court says there will be no new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
  • Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

    Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:34:25 GMT
    To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.
    To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.
  • High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

    High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:25:19 GMT
    The Supreme Court has thrown out a nearly $3.4 million judgment against a man convicted of possessing two pornographic images of a child that have been seen by thousands of online viewers.
    The Supreme Court has thrown out a nearly $3.4 million judgment against a man convicted of possessing two pornographic images of a child that have been seen by thousands of online viewers.
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  • LawMore>>

  • Charleston man with history of drug trafficking, violence facing up to 30 years in federal prison

    Charleston man with history of drug trafficking, violence facing up to 30 years in federal prison

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:51:47 GMT
    Donnell Dwayne Diego, 35, of Charleston faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Diego, a repeat offender, was caught with oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and dozens of guns.
    Donnell Dwayne Diego, 35, of Charleston faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Diego, a repeat offender, was caught with oxycodone, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and dozens of guns.
  • West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

    West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows to be honored

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:15:55 GMT
    Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows. 
    Eighteen lawyers, including two judges, demonstrating outstanding dedication to their community and profession have been named 2014 West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows. 
  • Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

    Mercer County man, 29, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:14:04 GMT
    Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer.
    Eric A. Hitt, 29, of Princeton, admitted to Senior U.S. District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield he kept pictures of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts on his personal computer.
  • EducationMore>>

  • WVU Distinguished Speaker Series adds guest

    WVU Distinguished Speaker Series adds guest

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:00:12 GMT
    The Distinguished Speaker Series at West Virginia University's College of Business & Economics has landed a fourth, unanticipated guest — Joao Vale de Almeida.
    The Distinguished Speaker Series at West Virginia University's College of Business & Economics has landed a fourth, unanticipated guest — Joao Vale de Almeida.
  • University of Charleston students take time to give back

    University of Charleston students take time to give back

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:16 GMT
    At the University of Charleston, Enactus team members Sa Le, Adam DeBriae, Marc Jn-louis, Jordan Wallace and Rhys Batt do much more than merely keep up with their course loads.
    At the University of Charleston, Enactus team members Sa Le, Adam DeBriae, Marc Jn-louis, Jordan Wallace and Rhys Batt do much more than merely keep up with their course loads.
  • Strengthening public education

    Strengthening public education

    Saturday, April 19 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:00:17 GMT
    The Education Alliance has scheduled the first in a series of discussions about strengthening public education.
    The Education Alliance has scheduled the first in a series of discussions about strengthening public education.
  • BusinessMore>>

  • Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

    Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:24:58 GMT
    The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
    The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
  • Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:24:55 GMT
    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in seven months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.
    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in seven months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.
  • US stocks edge lower after a six-day rally

    US stocks edge lower after a six-day rally

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:24:52 GMT
    By The Associated Press U.S. stock futures barely budged in pre-market trading Wednesday as positive earnings news from U.S. companies was offset by a disappointing economic report from China.
    The stock market slipped Wednesday after rallying for six straight days as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies. Intuitive Surgical was among those reporting disappointed...
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