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Pulitzer Prize Winner
3:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Year-Long Series Looks at Black Lung in Appalachia

Reporter Chris Hamby
Credit Center for Public Integrity

This week the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration released updated regulations designed to drastically reduce the amount of coal dust miners inhale, hoping to cut back on the prevalence of black lung disease.

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Herd Sports
2:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Dan D'Antoni the Right D'Antoni for Herd?

Credit lakernation.com

Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced this afternoon a Dan D’Antoni will be the new head coach for Herd Men’s Basketball.

Marshall University has announced that Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Dan D’Antoni is the new head basketball coach at Marshall. Dan is the younger brother of Mike, the Head Coach of the Lakers.

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Conviction Reinstated
11:40 am
Thu April 24, 2014

First-Degree Murder Conviction Reinstated

Credit Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court has reinstated a man's first-degree murder convictions for the 1982 slayings of two people in Marion County.

The court ruled that the Ohio County Circuit Court erred when it granted Philip Reese Bush a new trial last year.

Bush was convicted in 1983 of killing Charles Dale Goff and Kathleen Jane Williams. His trial was moved to Ohio County because of pretrial publicity.

Bush's appeal argued that one of the trial court's jury instructions denied him due process.

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Substitute for Plants
11:34 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Special Prosecutor Installed for Plants

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Special prosecutors have been installed to handle child abuse cases in Kanawha County.

The action comes after Circuit Judge Duke Bloom disqualified prosecutor Mark Plants and his staff from handling such cases. Bloom swore in special prosecutors Thursday morning.

Plants is charged with domestic battery for allegedly hitting one of his sons more than 10 times with a leather belt. He has argued in court papers that he was acting within a constitutionally protected right to protect his child.

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Pipeline Explosion
10:56 am
Thu April 24, 2014

No Citations Issued in Marshall Co. Explosion

Credit Williams Energy

Williams Energy won't be cited by state environmental regulators for a natural gas pipeline explosion in Marshall County.

The April 5 explosion and fire scorched trees over a 2-acre area near Moundsville. Several homes were evacuated as a precaution.

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Musuem Break-in
9:48 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Two Men Indicted for Museum Break-in

Credit wvencyclopedia.org

A Cabell County grand jury has indicted two Beckley men on charges stemming from a 2012 break-in at the Huntington Museum of Art.

25-year-old Remington Wright and 26-year-old Deon Staunton are each charged with destruction of property, attempt to commit grand larceny, conspiracy and entering a building other than a dwelling.

The men are accused of breaking into the museum on April 14, 2012, and attempting to take silver antiquities.

Police disrupted the break-in after an alarm company notified the museum's director.

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Black Lung
9:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Coal Dust Regulations Revealed

Credit AllVoices.com

Rulemakers are moving to make good on a 40-year-old promise to end black lung with the announcement of new coal dust regulations. Officials from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Department of Labor, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced new coal dust regulations.


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Podcast
8:43 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Black Lung Rules, Retiring Senator Rockefeller Reflects, and Evolving Digital Evidence

On this West Virginia Morning you can hear about the new rules that aim to drastically reduce the prevalence of Black Lung disease; also, retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller reflects on his political career, and politics in general; and the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its 5th annual conference this week in Huntington.

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State Budget
8:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Child Advocates Seek Funding Restoration

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Credit Office of the Governor

Child advocates are beginning a campaign to convince Governor Tomblin to restore the cuts he made in his line-item veto of the state budget.

When he made his initial budget proposal to the legislature in January, the governor cut over one million dollars in funding for organizations that provide programs to address domestic violence, child abuse prevention, family resource centers, child advocacy centers and in home family education programs.

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Mon Power Merger
5:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds PSC Approved Power Plant Sale

The Harrison Power Station in Haywood, W.Va.
Credit WDTV/5 News

The West Virginia Supreme Court has sided with the state Public Service Commission on a decision to allow the sale of a Harrison County power plant.

The PSC approved the sale of Harrison Power Station in October 2013. In the deal, Mon Power would obtain about 80 percent ownership of the plant from Allegheny Energy Supply and become its sole owner.

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Public Policy Forum
4:03 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Sen. Rockefeller Shares Legacy with Students at WVWC

Sen. Jay Rockefeller sits with journalist Ted Koppel during a forum on West Virginia Wesleyan's campus.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In a packed auditorium on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, Senator Jay Rockefeller took a seat on the stage, joined by Emmy-award winning journalist Ted Koppel, a long-time correspondent for ABC News and former host of their late night news magazine Nightline.

The two sat down as old friends to discuss Rockefeller’s decades in politics, his feelings toward the current atmosphere in Washington and, most importantly to him, to motivate young people on the campus of Wesleyan to get involved in public service.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted
3:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

After Months Without, Wyoming County Community Gets Safe Water

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After months without access to safe water, representatives with the Department of Health and Human Resources say the boil water advisory has been lifted in a Wyoming County community.

Folks in Alpoca/Bud including Herndon Consolidated School have been on a boil water advisory since September 2013 with water running a dark brown at times. The boil water advisory was issued because of the color and because the system did not have a certified water operator.

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Elk River chemical spill
3:06 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Hospital Records Examined to Find Health Effects of MCHM

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A study of hospital records in the nine counties affected by the Elk River Chemical Spill show that 369 people sought treatment at emergency rooms for certain symptoms, but health officials are reluctant to point to MCHM as the cause of the illnesses.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Loretta Haddy said the most common symptoms where nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash and itching, headache, sore throat and cough.

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Digital Evidence
2:19 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Can Social Media be the Key to an Investigation?

Credit appyaide.org

The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is holding its 5th annual conference this week in Huntington and Charleston.

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Reconnecting McDowell
1:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Donation Creates Mentor Program for McDowell Co. Students

Mount View High School Junior and Aspire participant Emily Hicks thanked a crowd during a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A telecommunications firm announced a hefty donation Wednesday to a program designed to improve the educational opportunities for students in one of the poorest counties in the state.

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Extradition
1:39 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Orders Extradition

A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade has been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge. 

A West Virginia judge on Wednesday ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge.

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Inhaling Chemical
1:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Capito Asking Questions About Spill

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is asking federal health officials for more information about skin contact and inhaling a chemical that spilled in January.

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Manufacturing
1:15 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Mason County Manufacturer Close to Resuming Production

Credit fpiwv.com

Felman Production CEO Mordechai Korf says the idled Mason County manufacturer is one step closer to resuming operations.

Members of United Steelworkers Local 5171 approved modifications to their contract with the company last week.

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Ethics Charges
1:09 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Kanawha County Magistrate Faces Ethics Charges

Credit Brian Turner

A Kanawha County magistrate faces ethics charges stemming from his denial of a domestic violence petition against the county's prosecutor.

The Judicial Investigation Commission alleges that Magistrate Ward Harshbarger violated several canons of the judicial code of conduct, including upholding the judiciary's integrity and independence.

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Black Lung
12:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New Rule to Help Black Lung Disease

Credit AllVoices.com

The Obama administration is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

Black lung is an irreversible and potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust. The government estimates that the disease has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968.

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