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3:48 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

What Are the Top 10 West Virginia Stories of 2014? Vote Now!

Collecting water in a parking lot after the Freedom Industries spill of MCHM. Is this the top story of 2014? Let us know.

What do you think was the top West Virginia story of 2014? The Freedom Industries chemical spill? The GOP takeover of the Legislature and Congress? Something else?

We're looking to rank the top stories of 2014 in West Virginia, and we need your help! Take the quick survey below. Come back to wvpublic.org next week and we'll let you know which stories were voted the top ones of 2014!

You can also reach it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HC539G

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Inside Appalachia
6:47 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

It's Christmas in Appalachia, Stories of Goodwill Towards all People

Welcome to a special holiday episode of Inside Appalachia, featuring music by The Sweetback Sisters, with their album Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular, 2012, and Bob Thompson's More Joy to the World, 2007.

Hip Hop from the Hill Top / Calls from Home

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Law & Order
3:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

EPA Rules on Coal Ash

View of the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill, appx. 1 mile from the retention pond. This view is from just off Swan Pond Road. The pile of ash in the photo is 20-25 feet high, and stretches for two miles or so along this inlet (the inlet empties into the Emory River). Appx. coordinates: N 35.92087 W 84.51701
Credit By Brian Stansberry (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] / Wikimedia Commons

The Obama administration has set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity. The regulation treats it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

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Inspiring West Virginians
3:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Ex-Marine Now On A Very Different Mission

Preston County native Jake Harriman heads an organization attempting to eradicate poverty.
Credit Jean Snedegar

Jake Harriman is a Preston County farm boy who grew up to become a leader in the fight against one of the world’s biggest problems:  extreme poverty. 

Harriman is one of three leaders in science and business profiled in the upcoming documentary Inspiring West Virginians, airing Dec. 29 at 8 PM on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Public Service Scholarship
1:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Announces Endowment in His Final Message From Senate Office

On his last day in office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announces an endowment at the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at WVU.
Credit U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

In his final message from his United States Senate office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Friday that he will endow a scholarship to the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University, the location of his Senatorial Archives.

The following is the Senator's announcement:

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West Liberty University
1:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

West Liberty Basketball Striving for National Success

Coach Jim Crutchfield
Credit http://hilltoppersports.com/

A year after falling just one win short of a Division 2 National Championship, West Liberty Basketball is once again one of the best teams in the country.

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Upper Big Branch Mine
1:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

ACLU Brief Backs Media Challenge of WV Gag Order

Credit Brianhayden1980 / wikimedia Commons

The ACLU is supporting news organizations challenging a gag order in an ex-coal executive's criminal case.

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New President
10:15 am
Fri December 19, 2014

W.Va. Northern Community College Names President

Credit http://www.wvncc.edu/

Vicki Riley has been named as president of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Riley has served as the school's vice president of academic affairs since January 2008.

The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education appointed Riley to the president's job on Thursday.

Riley's appointment is effective Jan. 6. She will replace Martin J. Olshinsky, who is retiring.

She previously served as special assistant to the chancellor for the community and technical college council and as president of Marshall Community and Technical College.

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Economic Development
10:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Randox Laboratories Receives Loans to Expand

Credit http://www.randox.com/

The West Virginia Economic Development Authority has approved two loans to help Randox Laboratories expand its facility in Jefferson County.

Ireland-based Randox will receive a $1.6 million loan for the expansion and a $1.1 million loan to help buy new equipment.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the authority approved the loans on Thursday. Authority executive director David Warner says the expansion is expected to create 50 jobs.

Randox's facility in Kearneysville currently employs 27 workers.

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Division of Natural Resources
10:03 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Frank Jezioro, W.Va. Natural Resources Director, to Retire

Credit wvdnr.gov

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro is retiring at the end of the year.

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CIA Torture Report
9:08 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Says CIA Spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

Credit State of West Virginia

U. S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) W. Va. has high praise for former CIA Director Leon Panetta, but harsh words for other CIA Directors he's known.  In discussing the torture report released last week, Rockefeller tells the story of how even the CIA tried to spy on the Senate Intelligence Committee during its investigation of interrogation tactics.  In the reaction to the report's release, the Senator has been accused of giving tacit approval to CIA tactics because he did not object.

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West Virginia Morning
9:04 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Has Harsh Words for Most CIA Directors

On West Virginia Morning, Sen. Jay Rockefeller has harsh words for many of the CIA Directors he’s known.  Beth Vorhees continues her conversation with the senator about the CIA torture report released last week.  Also, a report about the Common Core curriculum.

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Marshall University
4:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Marshall BOG Figures Out Process Moving Forward

Credit marshall.edu

  Marshall University Leadership met Thursday to discuss the next step in finding leadership for the University in the wake of the death of Marshall President Stephen Kopp.

Kopp died Wednesday night. He was 63.

Marshall’s 10-member leadership team met Thursday morning to discuss the process for going forward with operations.

The Board of Governors retains the authority to run the university in Kopp’s place. Thursday morning the Board of Governors directed the senior leadership team to take care of the usual day-to-day operations.

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Chemical Leak
2:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Prosecuters Say Ex-Freedom Industries President A Flight Risk

Gary Southern
Credit WOWK

Federal prosecutors want a former executive charged in a January chemical spill on home confinement with electronic monitoring.

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Oil and Gas Industry
2:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

New York Governor Praised, Scorned Over Fracking Ban

Credit Northeast Natural Energy

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business for a state ban on deep hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his.

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Interstate Widening
9:18 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Widening of I-64 in Huntington to be Complete By Spring

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A widening of Interstate 64 in Huntington to six lanes will be completed next spring.

The $18 million project included replacing an overpass and widening about 4 miles of the in

  terstate in both directions from the 29th Street exit to the Hal Greer Boulevard exit.

Division of Highways spokeswoman Carrie Bly and district engineer Chris Collins tell The Herald-Dispatch the project is "substantially complete." Crews still need to lay a final layer of asphalt and install guardrails.

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University of Charleston
8:58 am
Thu December 18, 2014

University of Charleston to Build New Gym

The new sports and fitness center that will take the place of the Eddie King Gym.
Credit http://www.ucwv.edu/

The University of Charleston plans to build a replacement for its gymnasium.

The Eddie King Gym, built in 1947, is the oldest facility on the university's campus. The university will build a new arena and learning center called The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Innovation Center. Media outlets report it's named after a foundation that donated $5 million toward the project.

The facility also will have locker rooms and offices.

University President Ed Welch said Wednesday the learning center is intended to foster innovation and entrepreneurial thinking on campus.

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Oil and Gas Industry
8:50 am
Thu December 18, 2014

After Living Next to Drilling Activity, 100 W.Va. Residents Sue Companies

Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that's in the middle of construction in Doddridge County.
Credit WV Host Farms

Nuisance and negligence lawsuits have been filed this year throughout West Virginia related to horizontal drilling activities. Noise, air, and water pollution, traffic and debris are among complaints. It’s a new industrial world for many West Virginians living in the growing rural gas fields.  

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Mine Layoffs
8:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Mine Layoffs in McDowell County

Credit http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/

ArcelorMittal has laid off more than 50 workers at three coal mines in Southern West Virginia.

ArcelorMittal spokesman Bill Steers tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the layoffs are necessary because of decreased demand for coal.

The layoffs affect 58 workers at the company's XMV, Concept and Extra Energy mines in McDowell County.

ArcelorMittal/Princeton general manager Greg Jessee tells the newspaper that coal mining in the U.S. has sharply declined in recent years.

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War on Terror
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rockefeller: Crucial Oversight Questions and Problems Need to be Addressed at the CIA

Credit State of West Virginia

The CIA torture report was released last week.  It was a seven year investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into interrogation tactics used during the war on terror.  While the report has left the nation’s headlines in favor of more current news, the report still resonates with West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, a member of that committee.  He spoke to us from Washington earlier this week.

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