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Affordable Health Care Not so Affordable for Many West Virginians

Bob Bailey runs a catering and event planning business in Wheeling. He was insured for 21 years through Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield. He had a $250 deductible and paid a monthly rate or premium, of about $500 a month.
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Employees of a Virginia-based utility have gathered thousands of pairs of donated children's shoes for young flood victims in southern West Virginia.

Richmond-based Dominion Resources' Sharing Our Soles campaign gets into high gear Wednesday.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities.

The Register-Herald reports that the board passed the resolution on Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues. You'll also hear performances from Bob Schneider, David Berkeley, Lilly Hiatt, and Jackie Greene.

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Bob Bailey runs a catering and event planning business in Wheeling. He was insured for 21 years through Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield. He had a $250 deductible and paid a monthly rate or premium, of about $500 a month.

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A nonprofit group that restores damaged photos is coming to West Virginia to help flood victims with their precious memories.

Operation Photo Rescue President Margie Hayes says the group is scheduled to be at the Kanawha County Library in downtown Charleston on Friday and Saturday, then head to the Richwood Public Library on Sunday and Monday.

West Virginia Wesleyan's Wesley Chapel, framed by the college's fountain, under a blue September sky.
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Signs and posters are being placed around the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College notifying students arriving for the fall term that tobacco products are now allowed only in designated areas.

The change is a move toward the Buckhannon campus becoming tobacco-free in January.

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Jeremy Rose

Appalachian Power has given more than $100,000 to flood relief efforts in West Virginia, including over $50,000 in personal contributions from employees.

American Electric Power Foundation added a matching gift of $50,000 to raise the total presented to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army on Monday.

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In the first part of 2015, the percentage of uninsured Americans dropped almost 12 percent due to the Affordable Care Act, but even though more Americans are insured than ever before, deductibles – the amount of money you have to pay before insurance kicks in – have skyrocketed, going up by almost 70 percent since 2010. 

Congressman Chester Hubbard
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Congressman, businessman, and state founder Chester Hubbard died in Wheeling on August 23, 1891, at age 76. The Connecticut native moved with his family to Wheeling as a child.

Hubbard joined his father’s lumber mill business and helped develop Wheeling as an iron and steel manufacturing center. He was president of the German Bank of Wheeling; the Pittsburgh, Wheeling & Kentucky Railroad; and C. D. Hubbard and Company.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is maintaining a state of emergency for eight West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

On Monday, Tomblin announced the extension until Sept. 21 for eight of the 12 counties that have been under a state of emergency. The declaration was scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

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