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We Remember Elmer Rich

95-year-old Elmer Rich, a famous old-time fiddler, died this past June 20th, West Virginia Day, at his home in Westover, West Virginia. He’ll be missed throughout these old hills.
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The Joint Committee on Tax Reform held their final meeting before a July break Monday in Charleston, continuing their comprehensive review of the state’s tax code.

Panels of both county assessors and sheriffs discussed the state’s property tax system. A separate panel of attorneys and an accountant described the nuances of the state’s severance taxes for coal, natural gas and timber.

Still, three months into the process, lawmakers have discussed more problems with the tax code than solutions.

West Virginia American Water

West Virginia American Water crews have once again responded to a leak in Dunbar.

Water crews are performing an emergency shutdown on a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar so that repairs can be made to a new leak that developed today. Crews are working to dig up the area and determine the new issue. It’s not yet been determined when the repairs might be finished.

John Hale

Have you ever wanted to see inside West Virginia Public Broadcasting's studios? You're invited to "come on in" as we begin a series of Open House days on July 19 at our most southern location, Beckley. 

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The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote this week that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

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The state Public Service Commission is allowing a group of county commissioners to intervene in a nearly 30 percent proposed rate hike for water customers in southern and central West Virginia. 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission says the Kanawha County Commission can intervene in a rate increase proposed by West Virginia American Water. The largest water utility in the state proposed a rate hike of just over 28 percent in April. 

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Ground is being broken for a stream restoration project in Logan County.

Ecosystem Investment Partners and Canaan Valley Institute have scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the project site on Copperas Mine Fork.

Marshall University

Marshall University has three new degree programs that will go along with the university's new engineering facility, set to open this fall.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Marshall's Board of Governors approved the addition of the three engineering-based degrees, as well as the elimination of a business degree, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Blackhawk Mining LLC says it plans to buy some of Patriot Coal's assets in southern West Virginia.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk says in a news release that it has entered a definitive agreement to purchase Patriot's Panther, Rocklick, Wells, Kanawha Eagle, Paint Creek and Midland Trail complexes. The agreement also includes reserve areas.

An aerial view of downtown Parkersburg.
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Businesses in Parkersburg and Vienna will begin charging an additional penny on the dollar for taxable items and services this week.

Each city has implemented a 1 percent municipal sales tax under West Virginia'sMunicipal Home Rule Pilot Program. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the municipal taxes will be added to the state's 6 percent sales tax on Wednesday.

Young Wheeling

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There’s a movement afoot to reinvent the city of Wheeling, West Virginia, a once vibrant factory town that has since settled into decades of industrial decay. Like most movements for change, it’s beautiful, messy, inspiring, and complicated. And the young people leading the way say: it’s worth it.

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