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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>>

WV Senate race firing up thanks to 'war on coal'

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The race for West Virginia representation in the U.S. Senate is firing up, in more ways than one. In the first television advertisement released for the West Virginia Senate race, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant shuts off power to the White House. More>>

Rep. Nick Rahall addresses need for Congress to 'act' on VA legislation

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U.S. Rep.Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said July 25 on the House floor leaders needed to come together and act to complete legislation that addresses shortfalls within the Department of Veterans Affairs. More>>

West Virginia sees high rates of health insurance coverage

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A new report done by Wallet Hub, a company whose motto is to focus on “financial decisions and saving money,” found only 6 percent of West Virginians do not have health insurance coverage.
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Q&A: Michael Martirano

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Amid packing and unpacking boxes, preparing to move across state lines and focusing on the basics of food and shelter, Michael Martirano is looking forward to new opportunities awaiting him in the Mountain State. More>>

WV Film Office aims to prep Eastern Panhandle

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West Virginia Film Office director Pam Haynes is expecting a big turnout for a workforce training workshop coming to Harpers Ferry in mid-August. More>>

UPDATE: Revised list of dangerous animals released; future meetings set Video included

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Committee also clarified the guidance for caging requirements and lowered some of the registration fees. More>>

Day-long workshop to help professionals who encounter human trafficking to be at West Virginia University

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A day-long workshop on human trafficking and related issues for professionals who may encounter it in the field will be held Tuesday, July 29 at West Virginia University. National and in-state experts will provide the latest information on human trafficking, human smuggling and how these forms of exploitation exist in West Virginia. More>>

WV Gov. Tomblin: employers to see about $32 million in workers' compensation premium reductions this year

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On July 24, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said West Virginia employers will see a projected $32 million in workers' compensation premium reductions in the coming year. More>>

Beckley plans to Annex areas outside City limits and nearly double in size

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The City of Beckley is planning to almost double in size. People just outside Beckley city limits are getting a letter from the mayor, addressing the benefits of joining the city.  More>>

West Virginia to receive federal funding for studies on long-term health effects

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 West Virginia will receive federal funding to understand the health effects of the January 9 chemical spill, which tainted the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people.
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Park Service assesses impact of WV attractions

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights.
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Four National Park Service attractions in West Virginia drew a total of 1.5 million visitors last year, and visitors spent more than $63 million, directly supporting 839 jobs, a report found. More>>

UPDATE: WV one of 26 states to receive money for dam rehabilitation projects

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced watershed management projects in four West Virginia communities will receive about $14 million. More>>

New CASE homes in Bluefield, WV are almost ready for move-in day

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The $1.2 million for the project came from the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. More>>

Meningitis diagnosis prompted McMechen, WV clinic probe

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Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infections. More>>

West Virginia Fire Marshal's office files felony charges against Wharton-Barrett VFD officers

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The State Fire Marshal has filed felony charges against the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer fire chief and one of his officers for allegedly falsifying training records.
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Lottery Revenues Down, But Commission Remains Optimistic

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At its July monthly commission meeting, West Virginia Lottery director John C. Musgrave reported $1.21 billion in lottery revenues in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30. More>>

WV Senator continues efforts to help employees of WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind

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One West Virginia Senator is looking to work with legislative staff members to draft a bill that aims to protect the jobs of the current child care workers of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. More>>

West Virginia national park one of 28 grant recipients

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights.
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The National Park Foundation awarded $504,000 in grants to 28 national parks across the United States and the Virgin Islands, including one in West Virginia, through its Park Stewards Program. More>>

Public input sought for WV preservation plan

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The proposed work program is posted on the division's website, www.wvculture.org/shpo . Copies also are available at public libraries around the state. More>>

Ohio rakes in $45 million in online taxes

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Local governments say even though the state is collecting more online sales taxes than ever, the municipalities still are missing out on taxes that could help pay for paving crumbling roads and prosecuting criminals. More>>

Libertarian claims to be ‘clear’ choice

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While Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were campaigning in Charleston, Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant was in the Eastern Panhandle with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. More>>

Jacqueline Proctor accepts position as Deputy Commissioner with WV Bureau of Senior Services

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Commissioner Robert E. Roswall announced Jacqueline Proctor has accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner with the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, effective immediately. More>>

WV Senator questions GM's CEO on vehicle safety

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One West Virginia Senator is taking it upon himself to question the CEO of General Motors on behalf of a Mountain State family. More>>

WVSU prepares for training exercise

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At West Virginia State University on July 25, a training exercise, the scope of which has never been conducted at WVSU before, will take place.  More>>

Intergovernmental task force formed to study juvenile justice system in West Virginia

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An intergovernmental task force has been formed to study the juvenile justice system in West Virginia, the first step in what Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling a landmark, comprehensive review of the Mountain State's juvenile justice system. More>>

Planned Parenthood praises WV leaders for protecting women's access to birth control

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A group from Planned Parenthood praised two West Virginia leaders for voting July 16 to “protect women’s access to no-copay birth control no matter where they work." More>>

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U.S. Postal Service Reducing Retail Service Hours in Rural Community Post Offices

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Lorentz is one of many small communities in Upshur County that relies on its post office. Now this post office and several other locations are facing a reduction in hours, and residents are concerned. More>>

WV Fire Commission Responds to City of Clarksburg: Municipalities Can Issue Permits for Building, Construction Video included

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 The West Virginia Fire Commission has responded to Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings in a letter dated July 11 following complaints that the city's code enforcement office had told residents it was unable to grant building permits. More>>

UPDATE: Court sides with EPA in mining permit process, WV lawmakers fight back

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After several-year battle in the court system, the Environmental Protection Agency came out with a victory July 11 when a federal appeals court panel upheld the Obama administration's efforts to block water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining. More>>

West Virginian to help develop materials for motor carrier safety program

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Reggie Bunner, a manager in the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s Transportation Enforcement Division, is one of 13 experts chosen to help create new materials for the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program, used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to measure motor carrier and driver performance. More>>

WV Representatives help pass Highway Transportation Funding Act

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On July 15, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in passing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help keep American workers on the job building the nation’s transportation network.  More>>

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announces departure of long-time aide, Travis Mollohan

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced July 15 his long-time aide, Travis Mollohan, is leaving his office to work for West Virginia University. Mollohan’s final day will be July 18. More>>

Officials: Gasoline-tainted groundwater caused mystery odor in Philadelphia homes

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Officials don't know how the gas got into the groundwater, but Fire Chief Haydn Marriott said residents' health was not in danger. He also noted the substance was found in a system with sealed pipes, creating little chance of contamination to the surrounding area's water supply. More>>

Campaigning brings big names to Mountain State for US Senate race

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Campaign efforts will be in full swing July 14 while two leaders vying for U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s seat in the Senate are joined by big names in the Mountain State. More>>

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