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Advocacy groups say litigation concerns shouldn't cloud efforts to understand WVAWCs disaster preparedness

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Three advocacy groups involved in West Virginia Public Service Commission’s general inquiry into West Virginia American Water Company’s disaster preparedness have filed motions to compel the company to answer their questions.  
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WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files new lawsuit

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is filing a new lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.After the threat of thousands of layoffs at Alpha Natural Resources, West Virginia is not the only state taking action. More>>

West Virginians voice opinions at EPA Clean Power Plan meetings in Pittsburgh

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Similar public hearings have been held in Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. More>>

West Virginia to honor highway cleanup volunteers

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West Virginia officials are planning to recognize thousands of volunteers who pick up litter along the state's roadways. More>>

Gas Leak Repaired at Middletown Mall in Fairmont, WV after causing several people to become ill

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A gas leak at Middletown Mall in Fairmont, WV originated at Mi Pueblo’s, according to Betty Schmidt, management and marketing for the mall. More>>

Former Alderson, WV work supervisor sentenced to 10 months in prison for sexual contact with female inmate

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Jeffrey S. Walton, 48, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, a former work supervisor at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson , has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for touching a female inmate's breasts.
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West Virginia Family Health to provide services in 53 WV counties

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West Virginia Family Health announced July 31 it is entering the Medicaid managed care market in 53 West Virginia counties to deliver services to Medicaid members eligible for managed care. More>>

Despite legislation, Kentucky heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

Photo courtesy of Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Photo courtesy of Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force
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A new report from the state Office of Drug Control Policy shows heroin overdose deaths in Kentucky increased 60 percent in 2013. In 2011, 22 people died from heroin overdoses in Kentucky. By 2013, that number has risen to 230. More>>

Federal grand jury in Martinsburg, WV, indicts 14 for dealing drugs in Eastern Panhandle

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Authorities are still searching for two of the 14 people named in a 24-count federal indictment this week charging them with dealing a variety of drugs in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle over the past six years. Twelves have been taken into custody. More>>

Alpha announces 11 possible mine closures, more than 1,000 layoffs in WV

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Alpha Natural Resources announced July 31 that 11 affiliated coal mines and other facilities in West Virginia could be idled by mid-October, potentially causing 1,100 to be laid off.  More>>

14 union representatives arrested at UMWA anti-Clean Power Plan rally in Pittsburgh

UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh. UMWA Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane was one of 14 arrested at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building in Pittsburgh.
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The Environmental Protection Agency held the first of two hearings in Pittsburgh today regarding the June 2 Clean Power Plan; in response, the United Mine Workers of America held a rally in the Steel City, which resulted in 14 arrests. More>>

National Association of Manufacturers claims increased EPA regs could "break us"

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A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers and released July 31 claims that a new ozone regulation from the Obama Administration could cost the United States $270 billion per year and place millions of jobs at risk. More>>

Oklahoma Cell Tower Contractor Cited in Fatal Clarksburg, WV Tower Collapse

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An Oklahoma-based cell phone tower contractor has been cited following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration into a February 2014 tower collapse in Clarksburg that killed two employees and a volunteer firefighter. More>>

Century Aluminum CEO says idled Ravenswood, West Virginia plant 'at the top of our focus list'

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Century Aluminum Company CEO Michael Bless told analysts this week the company is “working hard” on restarting its Ravenswood, West Virginia, plant.
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UPDATE: Revised list of animals WV considers 'dangerous' released after public comment Video included

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The West Virginia Dangerous Wild Animal Board also lowered some of the registration fees. More>>

Major railroad companies with WV operations commended for sustainable efforts

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Inbound Logistics has included Norfolk Southern and CSX, two major railroad companies with major operations in West Virginia, on its 75 Green Supply Chain Partners list for 2014. More>>

Sunoco Logistics' 300-mile Pennsylvania pipeline dealt setback

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The judges said the buildings cannot be exempt because Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East pipeline service does not constitute public utility service. The propane service is to begin later this year, while the ethane service is to begin next year. More>>

U.S. Sen. Rockefeller releases mobile phone billing report

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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a majority staff report on the findings of the Committee’s investigation into wireless cramming – where consumers get charged on their phone bills for goods and services they never agreed to purchase. More>>

Troopers: Philippi, WV Man Stabs Woman After She Throws Box of Meth, Cash Into Woods

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West Virginia State Police have arrested a Philippi man accused of stabbing a woman after she allegedly threw his box of money and meth into the woods.West Virginia State Police said Hull told them the woman had stabbed herself. More>>

FirstEnergy responds to Marcellus expansion, begins building new substation

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As an attempt to keep up with the rapid expansion of the Marcellus Shale gas industry, FirstEnergy announced July 30 that it has begun construction on a new transmission substation near Sherwood in Doddridge County. More>>

Juvenile Drug Court offers gender-specific program to build self-esteem for WV girls in Boone and Lincoln counties

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Girls enrolled in the Boone and Lincoln Juvenile Drug Court participated in a court-supervised, gender-specific self-esteem program recently. Juvenile Drug Court emphasizes positive social activities and role models. 
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West Virginia leaders and coal supporters attend rally in Pittsburgh

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Thousands of pro-coal West Virginians including Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, attended a rally in Pittsburgh on July 30. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke at the coal rally as well. More>>

West Liberty students in SURE program present their research findings July 31

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On July 31, students from the SURE program at West Liberty University will present their individual research projects at Campbell Hall of Health Sciences from 10 a.m.-noon. More>>

WVU to implement Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory thanks to Dominion donation

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Thanks to Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, West Virginia University’s Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering will be building a Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory, WVU announced July 29. More>>

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files lawsuit challenging Obama’s ‘refusal to faithfully execute the law’

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced July 29 the State of West Virginia filed a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s refusal to faithfully execute the law.

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Hundreds in WV prepare to head to Pittsburgh for EPA hearings Video included

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Hundreds of West Virginians are expected to head to Pittsburgh to attend Thursday and Friday's EPA hearings.
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Processing issue delays bar exam submissions

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The company's website lists 15 states that extended their deadlines for submitting the exams. The Boca Raton, Florida-based ExamSoft also has offices in Dallas and administers bar exams in 43 U.S. states. More>>

Fairmont, WV Completes Phase 1 of Automatic Meter Reading Project Video included

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You've heard of smart phones, but what about a smart meter? The city of Fairmont's utility board is bringing that new technology to customers as a way to help them save money and the environment.
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West Virginia Medical Institute awarded government contract to continue health efforts

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a new five-state Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract to a partnership led by the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI). More>>

22 miners killed in first half of 2014, MSHA proposes to impose amend safety regulations

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During the first half of 2014, 22 miners were killed in accidents across the country, representing an increase in the mid-year fatality count, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced July 28. More>>

UPDATE: Tank that contributed to chemical spill demolished

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The tank that contributed to the chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians has been demolished.
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NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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To keep the NCAA from having to hold unwieldy talks with multiple plaintiffs, 10 lawsuits filed nationwide were consolidated into the one case in Chicago, where the first lawsuit was filed in 2011. More>>

WV DEP takes comments on proposed Solid Waste Management Rule revision

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will accept comments this week on a proposed revision to the state’s Solid Waste Management rule, the department announced July 29. More>>

U.S. Rep. Capito speaks at EPA hearing in Washington, DC

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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U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., testified,  along with several other lawmakers and representation from the Sierra Club, a national activism group. More>>

Huntington, WV, resident described as 'enforcer' for local drug gang sentenced to five years in federal prison

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Huntington, West Virginia, resident Kamel Auntae Burris, 31, described as an enforcer for a local drug gang, wore a mask in November 2013 when he robbed a known drug dealer at gunpoint in his apartment on 10th Street in Huntington, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.
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Charleston, WV group plans to deliver clean water to Detroit

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The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation will make a trip from Charleston to Detroit to deliver over 1,000 gallons of water by July 30. More>>

Former Huntington, WV, public housing manager gets 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $150,000 in federal funds

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Connie Lynn Whitley, 51, of Proctorville, Ohio, stole more than $150,000 in federal funds intended to help low income and disabled residents at Huntington's Uptowner Inn pay rent. More>>

Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss

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Arch Coal Inc. (ACI) on July 29 reported a bigger loss in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. More>>

West Virginia union PAC gets $250k check

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The super PAC named Honest West Virginians received the check from the West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council in late June. More>>

DC mayor to sign bill banning Styrofoam

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The District would join cities including Seattle and San Francisco that have banned plastic foam for environmental reasons. The ban will take effect starting in 2016. More>>

NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

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Other places around the country have started using mobile delivery systems for their summer meals programs. In Baltimore, a summer meals program drops meals off at 11 sites, while in Waco, Texas, school buses go to certain designated sites and kids get on the bus to get their meals. More>>

Emergency vehicle stolen from East River Mountain tunnel fire scene

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Troopers from the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police say two people are arrested for allegedly stealing an emergency vehicle from the scene of a vehicle fire.
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UPDATE: Fire at Morris Building in Huntington, WV ruled accidental Video included

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UPDATE: The July 27 fire at the Morris Building in downtown Huntington, WV is now under investigation. Investigators say it started in the elevator, which collapsed onto the 4th floor.  More>>

Three lenders agree to $950,000 settlement to resolve antitrust complaints in WV

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West Virginia will receive $950,000 from a settlement with GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co. LLC and Trinity Funding Co. LLC, to resolve complaints that they'd rigged bids, fixed prices and manipulated the market for municipal derivatives, More>>

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  • Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:59:03 GMT
    A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
    A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
  • Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:31:57 GMT
    The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
    The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
  • Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

    Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:26:38 GMT
    The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented...
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  • Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

    Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:18:53 GMT
    A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of Tesla's unusually secretive site selection process for its $5 billion battery factory, but the...
    A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of Tesla's unusually secretive site selection process for its $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork...
  • Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

    Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:18:14 GMT
    Moody's ratings agency has upgraded Greece's government bond rating , predicting a gradual decline of the national debt.
    Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.
  • Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit jumps 41 percent

    Berkshire Hathaway 2Q profit jumps 41 percent

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:01:10 GMT
    Warren Buffett's company says its second-quarter profit soared 41 percent on a significant investment gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year.
    Warren Buffett's company says its second-quarter profit soared 41 percent on a significant investment gain from a stock-swap deal completed earlier this year.
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