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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>>

U.S. Rep. 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>>

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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  • Adidas issues profit warning on Russia risks

    Adidas issues profit warning on Russia risks

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:10 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:10:03 GMT
    Sports equipment maker Adidas has lowered its full-year profit target, citing risks in the Russian market and weakness at its golf business.
    Sports equipment maker Adidas lowered its full-year profit target on Thursday, citing among other things increasing risk in the Russian market amid mounting political tensions over Ukraine.
  • Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:09 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:09:10 GMT
    Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.
    Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.
  • Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent

    Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:08 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:08:38 GMT
    Official data show the inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone fell further in July, to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent a month earlier.
    Official data show the inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone fell further in July, to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent a month earlier.
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