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West Virginia Officials Respond to Final Rule of Clean Power Plan

West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.
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300 municipal leaders from around the state are meeting this week in Oglebay Park in Wheeling to talk strategies and compare notes this week during the West Virginia Municipal League's annual summer conference.

  

Fayette and Mineral counties have been awarded federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $2 million to Fayette County. Mineral County received about $871,000.

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Work is expected to begin soon on security improvements at the West Virginia Capitol Complex, including installation of a fence surrounding the Governor's Mansion.

The state has awarded a contract worth about $3 million to Wiseman Construction of Charleston for the project.

A former Barboursville pharmacy owner has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for avoiding federal cash reporting requirements.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kofi Ohene Agyekum also will forfeit more than $2 million and a vehicle.

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A former loan officer at The Bank of Romney will spend a year in federal prison for bank fraud.

Kimberly Haslacker had pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May. The 39-year-old Romney resident was sentenced on Monday in U.S District Court in Martinsburg.

Patriot Coal Corp. has issued layoff notices to an unspecified number of workers.

Patriot tells media outlets that the notices issued Monday, known as WARN, are in accordance with the terms of an agreement to sell a majority of its assets to Blackhawk Mining LLC.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins host Beth Vorhees live in our studio to report on the reactions by government officials to the EPA’s new rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  Also, Glynis Board revisits a report issued in June that outlines how the state can comply with the Clean Power Plan.   

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


August 4, 1805: Railroader Ralph Swinburn Born in England

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Railroader Ralph Swinburn was born in England on August 4, 1805. As a boy, he was working on a coal-hauling railway, when he met George Stephenson, a pioneer in steam locomotives. This friendship steered Swinburn toward a career in railway civil engineering—first in England, then in America.

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Just this past June a report was released that projects possible scenarios in West Virginia given the proposed Clean Power Plan.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting revisited the authors now that the final rule is passed.


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Wheeling Jesuit University has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the federal government to settle claims that it misused grant funding.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the settlement Monday. He said the agreement ends an investigation into allegations that the university misused funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation from 2003 to 2010. A NASA audit led to the allegations.

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