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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.


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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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State officials announced today a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund research at 3 WV universities. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Congressmen David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evans Jenkins announced the award for West Virginia’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, referred to as EPSCOR. The money will be used to boost research and upgrade infrastructure at West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University and other institutions. EPSCoR is overseen by the state Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research.

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West Virginia lawmakers and other state officials are responding to the filing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power plan.

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood.

Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group.

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Patrick Ryan has been named chief executive officer of William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling said Monday that Ryan's appointment is effective Aug. 17.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is hopeful Congress can approve a long-term funding plan for the nation’s roads and bridges even though senators were forced to approve yet another short-term measure last week. The Senator made a quick stop in Nitro to talk with reporters about the measure Monday.

Members of the U.S. Senate, including Capito and Sen. Joe Manchin, approved a three-year funding bill Thursday that would mean more than $2 billion in road funding for West Virginia over the bill’s duration. 

Senators, however, were forced to also approve a short-term funding expansion through the end of October because members of the House of Representatives had already left town for their August break.

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Police are cracking down on violators of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge's 2-ton weight limit.

Wheeling police Corp. Ulrich Utt says he has written 20 citations within 30 days.

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State police in Virginia and West Virginia have formed a special detail to reduce speeding on Interstate 77.

West Virginia senior trooper D.C. Graham says he'll patrol a nine-mile section of the interstate in the Princeton detachment's territory. Virginia senior trooper P.J. Deel plans to focus on I-77 in Bland and Wythe counties in Virginia.

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Development officials say downtown Hinton is expected to benefit from a new electric vehicle charging station at the Hinton Technology Center.

A recent announcement by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority says the station is within walking distance of retailers and restaurants.

Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years.

The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming.

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For this show, I spoke with journalist Linda K. Wertheimer, the author of Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In an Age of Intolerance.  In her book, she has a chapter titled “The Church Lady,” where she recounts her experience of her family moving from western New York to a town in Ohio.  The Wertheimer’s were the only Jews in that community.  Linda and her brother felt confused and ostracized when a lady came to their classroom each week to lead a class that felt less like social studies and more like Sunday school.  Linda recalls all of her classmates singing, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me,” but she was the only one who didn’t know the words.

The appropriate balance of religion in American public education is something that’s been debated since Horace Mann initiated the first public schools in the 1800s.  In the most recent episode of Us & Them, host Trey Kay hears from Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In an Age of Intolerance

In the 1970s, Wertheimer was a 9-year-old student from the only Jewish family in a small Ohio town.  She was confused and felt very uncomfortable when the “Church Lady” would appear in her class each week to have the kids sing “Yes, Jesus Loves Me.”  Linda was the only kid who didn’t know the words to the song. 

Trey spoke with Beth Vorhees about America’s tense history in addressing religion in public school classrooms.


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