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LATEST: National Emergency Grant funding secured for workers affected by layoffs in coal industry

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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>>

WV Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver to retire

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West Virginia’s Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver will retire May 31 after nearly 40 years in public service.
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Wheeling Jesuit University partners with the Wheeling Recreation Department

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 Working hand in hand with the Wheeling Recreation Department, Wheeling Jesuit University staff and students will work to care for the city-owned Pleasanton baseball field near the back entrance to the campus and the playground/park on Edgington Lane. More>>

Supreme Court denies Citizens Action Group's appeal of power station deal

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The West Virginia Citizens Action Group lost its bid to prevent Mon Power from buying a power station in Harrison County and passing much of the cost on to consumers in the form of higher rates.
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Marshall University hires Dan D'Antoni as head men's basketball coach

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Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick confirmed via Twitter Thursday that Dan D'Antoni will take over as Marshall's head basketball coach beginning immediately. More>>

Morgantown Officials Approve Mileground Recommendation to Submit to DOH Video included

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The Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMMPO) held a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss future plans to widen Mileground Road. More>>

Raleigh Co. Senator acknowledges end to 'do not use' water advisory in Wyoming Co.

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The Department of Health and Human Resources representatives lifted the boil water advisory April 23 in the area of Wyoming County after more than six months. More>>

Prison Supervisor admits to improperly touching female inmate at Alderson camp

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Jeffrey S. Walton, Ronceverte, a 48-year-old former supervisor at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, has admitted to touching a female inmates breasts in June. More>>

LATEST: New River Gorge brushfire nearly contained

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

Advocates urge WV Gov. Tomblin to restore cuts to children, families

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The campaign report is to urge the governor to include in a special session the restoration of budget cuts to children and family programs throughout the state. More>>

Ramp Feast in Morgantown Canceled Due to Lack of Access for Workers Video included

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Volunteers said the problem began when Monongalia County condensed the committees overseeing the park into one.

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Murray Energy vows legal battle to overturn new coal dust rules

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Murray Energy says it will challenge the Obama administration's new coal dust regulations, calling them "deeply flawed and irrational.
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West Liberty University graphic design students showcase their work

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 From April 23-May 8, nine senior graphic design students from the West Liberty University Art Department will showcase their art in the Nutting Gallery. More>>

29 WV schools make US News rankings

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The annual rankings of the best high schools in America from U.S. News World Report included 29 schools in West Virginia this year. More>>

Council hears pro, con testimony on parks drilling in Western Pa.

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Council members in western Pennsylvania heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park. The Allegheny County Council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties. More>>

LATEST: Plane reported off radar but safely returned to Yeager Airport

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A plane that had been believed to have gone down had dropped off radar and has safely landed at Yeager Airport.
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Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

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The administration first proposed the rule back in 2010, when it said it would fight a resurgence of black lung disease. The Mine Safety and Health Administration held seven public hearings, extended the comment period three times, and got around 2,000 pages of comments. It took 3 ½ years for the rule to be finalized. More>>

Clemency for federal inmates after 10 years in prison under consideration

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The Justice Department will begin considering clemency applications from nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars. More>>

Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

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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. More>>

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>>

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>>

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • DHS sec'y puts ex-watchdog on leave after report

    DHS sec'y puts ex-watchdog on leave after report

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:04:34 GMT
    A Senate subcommittee says the Homeland Security Department's former acting inspector general was too cozy with the White House appointees whose activities he was supposed to oversee.
    The Homeland Security secretary has put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave. This comes after a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly...
  • Keystone XL pipeline part of larger Senate fight

    Keystone XL pipeline part of larger Senate fight

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:34:45 GMT
    Alison Grimes is the latest Democratic Senate candidate to call for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the move hasn't cost her support among some environmentalists as she tries to win the seat now held...
    Alison Grimes is the latest Democratic Senate candidate to call for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the move hasn't cost her support among some environmentalists as she tries to win the seat now held by...
  • Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

    Study: Gene therapy may boost cochlear implants

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:26:09 GMT
    Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.
    Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.
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  • BusinessMore>>

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:04:39 GMT
    Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the fiscal third quarter. The results still beat analyst expectations.
    In Satya Nadella's first quarterly earnings release as chief executive, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations, offering new justification for the CEO's focus on...
  • Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 pct. as payments grow

    Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 pct. as payments grow

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:04:16 GMT
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service...
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue...
  • Gas supplies interrupted by Wyoming plant blast

    Gas supplies interrupted by Wyoming plant blast

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:55:42 GMT
    Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
    It remains to be seen just how much of a lasting natural gas-price spike people in the West will feel after a dramatic explosion and fire at a major gas processing plant in western Wyoming.
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