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Update: DEP Investigating Mason County Chemical Leak

Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:35 p.m. State environmental officials say a failed gasket could have been the cause of a chemical release at the ICL Chemical Plant in Mason County Wednesday afternoon.
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Additional federal dollars are coming to West Virginia to help combat the state’s opioid epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' announcement was used to mark national Overdose Awareness Day.

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Pop Up Farmers Markets, they’re a unique idea bringing farm fresh fruits and vegetables to people who don’t typically have access to those kinds of foods. One in Wayne County recently focused on expanding access to the youngest of children. 

Stephanie Dawson's two-year old son Luke attends the Playmates of Ceredo Daycare, the site of a new one-day pop up farmer’s market last week.

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Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

State environmental officials say a failed gasket could have been the cause of a chemical release at the ICL Chemical Plant in Mason County Wednesday afternoon. 

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A battlefield preservation group is raising funds to protect 84 acres at three Civil War sites in western Maryland and West Virginia.

Spokeswoman Meg Martin said Monday the Civil War Trust aims to raise about $413,000 by year's end to match about $1.1 million in mostly public funds.

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Kanawha County officials are looking at restoring, or possibly extending, the Yeager Airport runway after a March 2015 landslide.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper would like to double the runway length. He made the comments during a tour of the slide zone Tuesday.

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The Obama administration says it will distribute $53 million to 44 states in an effort to curb opioid abuse.

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On West Virginia Morning, we continue Roxy Todd’s series about food insecurity in one southern West Virginia county and some schools in Kanawha County have had to close due to air conditioning issues, but in may offices, the air conditioning works too well. 

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


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