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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.
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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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Budget Woes
4:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Coalition Wants Child, Family Monies Restored

Credit West Virginia Legislature

A nonprofit coalition is urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to restore $1 million in state funding for early childhood and other family resource programs.

The Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty said Wednesday it has requested a meeting with Tomblin and is seeking to have the funding reconsidered at an upcoming legislative special session.

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Patriot Coal Cuts
12:54 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Patriot Coal to Cut Production at Two Mines

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Patriot Coal plans to cut production at two mining complexes in southern West Virginia and potentially lay off workers.Patriot announced today that it has issued 60-day layoff notices to workers at its Wells mining complex near Wharton and its Corridor G complex near Danville. 

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act requires companies to provide notice to employees if large layoffs are possible.

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Shirt Complaint
12:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

W.Va. School Removes Bible Verse from Gym, Shirts

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Wood County school officials have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School's gymnasium and the school wrestling team's website.

The team's use of Philippians 4:13 drew a complaint earlier this month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The verse states, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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World Affairs
10:41 am
Wed April 23, 2014

EU Ambassador to U.S. Visits Morgantown

Joao Vale De Almeida visited Morgantown on Tuesday.
Credit West Virginia University

A native of Portugal, Joao Vale De Almeida is a fan of soccer and port wines. He’s the European Union’s ambassador to the United States and this was his first trip to West Virginia.

De Almeida spoke to several hundred WVU students about the need for collaboration between America’s government and the European Union as the world’s economy continues to move forward following harsh fiscal times in the last several years. The Ukraine-Russian tension is something De Almeida is paying attention to. He says problems there have the ability to inflict problems on the world economy.

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Concord University presidential search
8:28 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Boggess Selected for Concord's Next President

Dr. Kendra Boggess

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president.  According to a release, the board made the decision during a meeting on Tuesday.

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

“We were lucky to have three very highly qualified candidates,” Mr. David Barnette, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said.

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climate change
5:43 am
Wed April 23, 2014

What is Climate Change Doing to the Allegheny Highlands?

The conference will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Blackwater Falls State Park

How is climate change affecting the Allegheny Highlands of West Virginia?  That’s a question that will be posed at a conference at Blackwater Falls State Park in June.

Tom Rodd with the organization the Friends of Blackwater says the one day conference will highlight what is at risk from rising temperatures.

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Chemical Spill
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill

Credit AP

With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.

Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.

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Restructuring
4:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New Deputies Named at W.Va. DHHR

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will have three new deputy secretaries starting next month.

DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced the appointment of three deputy secretaries starting May 1, 2014.

They are Molly Jordan who will oversee the Bureau for Public Health, Harold Clifton who will head the Bureau for Children and Families and the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement and Jeremiah Samples who will be Deputy Secretary of Public Insurance and Strategic Planning.

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CDC benchmark
3:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Gupta Says Exposure Standard Needs Revised

Local health officer believes the CDC needs to adjust its chemical spill safe exposure benchmark.
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When federal officials decided what chemical levels West Virginians could safely consume in water tainted by the January 9 spill at Freedom Industries, their standard assumed people would be exposed for two weeks, not 100-plus days.

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