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UPDATE: WV Legislature's top leaders urge Gov. Tomblin for 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.
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Energy industry leaders, DEP members speak about experiences, WV future, water crisis at Business Summit

Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, speaking at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit on Aug. 27 Randy Huffman, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, speaking at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit on Aug. 27
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During a breakout session titled Energy and the Environment at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit Aug. 27, a small group of attendees listened to various industry leaders and lawmakers speak about their experiences in the industry. More>>

DuPont to pay $1.275 million fine, spend at least $3 million more to correct problems at Belle, WV plant

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E.E. du Pont de Nemours Company will pay a $1.275 million fine and take corrective actions at its Belle, West Virginia plant for releasing harmful levels of hazardous substances on eight occasions between May 2006 and January 2010. More>>

New Graphics Give Mountaineer Field a Facelift for 2014

WVU's home opener is more than a week away and fans can expect a new look when they walk inside Milan Puskar Stadium.  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>>

Professor of psychology at Glenville State College takes teaching to the seas

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When most people envision a college professor in action, the traditional image of people convened in a room in ideally rapt attention more often than not comes to mind. More>>

XTO Energy president explains Marcellus Shale production opportunities, setbacks at West Virginia Business Summit

Randy Cleveland, XTO Energy president at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit Aug. 27 Randy Cleveland, XTO Energy president at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Business Summit Aug. 27
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Following lunch, the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation in The Greenbrier's Colonial Hall at the 78th Annual West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Business Summit Aug. 27, about 800 attendees heard a special presentation about the importance of energy development and production to the state. 

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Greenbrier County man gets probation, house arrest and community service for dealing drugs while delivering US mail

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Jack Edwin McCoy, 30, of White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia was sentenced to probation, home confinement and community service for dealing drugs while he delivered the U.S. mail. McCoy was taken into custody after he sold Suboxone strips to a police informant in Groundcover in February.
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Senior graphic design majors get real-world experience at West Liberty University

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At West Liberty University, senior graphic design majors are ready to lend a helping hand to non-profit groups and startup companies in the Ohio Valley. 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>>

North Carolina moves to fine Duke over coal ash pollution

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Though Duke denies its coal ash dumps pose a public threat, the company agreed in October to pay at least $1.5 million to help cover the cost of running new water lines to a nearby neighborhood where residents relied on well water. More>>

Dominion Resources awards $1.3M in education grants

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Officials say the Dominion's K-12 Education Partnership program will give 77 schools up to $10,000 each to fund projects related to energy and the environment.  More>>

Charleston, WV man admits to scamming timeshare owners of more than $80,000

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David Andrew Glynn, 47, of Charleston, West Virginia, admitted to scamming timeshare owners out of  more than $80,000 through a bogus company, Mountain State Resales, LLC, that was purportedly in the business of brokering timeshare sales. 
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Bridgeport, WV Mayor Mario Blount Set for Federal Plea Deal

Mario Blount Mario Blount
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Blount, 51, a registered pharmacist, and two other defendants, Angela Davis, 51, and April Davis, 23, were indicted in May 2014 by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg. More>>

MarkWest announces expansion of western Pennsylvania processing and fractionation infrastructure

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In an agreement with Rex Energy and EdgeMarc Energy, MarkWest Energy Partners LP will be expanding midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Western Pennsylvania to support growing shale gas production, MarkWest announced Aug. 26. More>>

Consol kicks off natural gas drilling project at Pittsburgh airport

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Consol Energy is spending $500 million to drill oil and gas from a 9,000 acre parcel at the Pittsburgh airport, a project expected to generate another $500 million in up-front bonuses and royalty payments. More>>

Five people, including two from Detroit, charged with drug trafficking after Huntington police raid Adams Avenue residence

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Two Detroit residents were among five people charged with drug trafficking when police found heroin, crack and marijuana during an Aug. 25 raid at a residence on Adams Avenue in Huntington. Complaints from community residents sparked the search. More>>

Valley College scheduled to hold graduation ceremony Sept. 12

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On Friday, September 12, Valley College will hold a graduation ceremony at Cornerstone Family Church in Princeton.
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Monitoring of the Ohio River continues after Duke Energy oil spill

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A spokeswoman for Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy says the company is working closely with federal and state environmental officials on any additional remediation needed. Duke says the spill apparently resulted from a valve left open during an oil transfer. More>>

ASCENT negotiating remediation plan for Wood County, WV plant site

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ASCENT's parent, Odebrecht, announced plans last fall to develop a cracker facility, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure in Wood County. More>>

Ohio County, WV miner who falsely claimed to be certified to perform safety checks sentenced to two years of supervised release

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Sean A. Chase, 32, of Spencer, West Virginia, the coal miner who claimed to be a mine foreman qualified to perform mine safety exam while working at Tunnel Ridge Mine in Ohio County, has been sentenced to two years of supervised release. More>>

Baltimore, MD casino scheduled to open

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The casino set to open Tuesday is the fifth and last of the five casinos initially planned when lawmakers approved slot machine gambling in a 2007 special session, a plan later approved by voters in a statewide vote in 2008. 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>>

WV Attorney General Morrisey says EPA broke its own rules with carbon dioxide emission regulations

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Morrisey pointed out the agency had failed to include “required and critical information in the regulatory dockets of two of the agency's recent proposals for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing and modified power plants. More>>

Professional Baseball is Coming to Morgantown, WV Video included

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The short-season Class-A New York-Penn League franchise will serve as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate and its season will run from mid-June through Labor Day, according to a news release. 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>>

Potomac Edison working to replace utility poles, enhance reliability

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Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooded utility poles so far this year as part of the company's annual inspection program in an attempt to enhance service reliability, the company announced Aug. 25. More>>

WVU Tech and WVU sign 4+1 MBA Pathway agreement

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On Tuesday, August 26, West Virginia University Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and West Virginia University College of Business and Economics are set to sign an agreement establishing 4+1 MBA Pathway. 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>>

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:58:18 GMT
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
  • Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:28:32 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is telling the South Carolina GOP that it's important for Republicans to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.
  • IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:08:36 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
    Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.
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  • EducationMore>>

  • Professor of psychology at Glenville State College takes teaching to the seas

    Professor of psychology at Glenville State College takes teaching to the seas

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:34:28 GMT
    When most people envision a college professor in action, the traditional image of people convened in a room in ideally rapt attention more often than not comes to mind.
    When most people envision a college professor in action, the traditional image of people convened in a room in ideally rapt attention more often than not comes to mind.
  • Valley College scheduled to hold graduation ceremony Sept. 12

    Valley College scheduled to hold graduation ceremony Sept. 12

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:54:04 GMT
    On Friday, September 12, Valley College will hold a graduation ceremony at Cornerstone Family Church in Princeton.
    On Friday, September 12, Valley College will hold a graduation ceremony at Cornerstone Family Church in Princeton.
  • WVU Tech and WVU sign 4+1 MBA Pathway agreement

    WVU Tech and WVU sign 4+1 MBA Pathway agreement

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:42:26 GMT
    On Tuesday, August 26, West Virginia University Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and West Virginia University College of Business and Economics are set to sign an agreement establishing 4+1 MBA Pathway.
    On Tuesday, August 26, West Virginia University Tech Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and West Virginia University College of Business and Economics are set to sign an agreement establishing 4+1 MBA Pathway.
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  • Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

    Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:49:04 GMT
    The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
    The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
  • Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year

    Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:38:45 GMT
    Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) statutory loss for the last fiscal year reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and...
    Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) statutory loss for the last fiscal year reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft...
  • Deal on health care aids port contract talks

    Deal on health care aids port contract talks

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:48:34 GMT
    Negotiators hoping to reach a new contract that would keep hundreds of billions of dollars of cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits.
    Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care...
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