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Affordable Care Act
9:13 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capito on Obamacare: Keep the Popular Stuff. Ditch the Business Mandate.

The way Rep. Shelley Moore Capito describes her position on Obamacare, it doesn’t seem complicated.

Keep the good stuff, Get rid of the bad stuff. Add a couple of new tweaks.

The question is, if you do what she wants to do, does the health care system still work?

“I don’t think as its being rolled out, the act in and of itself is working for small businesses and individuals,” Capito said in an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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Tech Ed
9:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WVU Hosts Hackathon for Women

WVU Reed College of Media Dean, Maryanne Reed, with Hackathon participants behind her during a Google Hangout with a women leaders in technology symposium at Google.  
Credit David Smith / WVU

Women make up nearly 60 percent of the professional workforce, yet they hold 25 percent of jobs in the area of computer science. That gender gap one reason why West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media hosted a Hackathon that focused on women, media and wearable technology.

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Election 2014
8:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Capito: Coal Decline Caused By “All of the Above” - But Regulations Easiest to Change

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., says that the current decline in coal-related employment is caused by many factors. But she says as a U.S. Senator, she would focus on the one she believes she can influence: environmental regulations.

In an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the candidate for U.S. Senate said the decline in coal jobs was caused by three things:

  1. “A large part of it” is the regulatory environment, “certainly the EPA”

  2. A rise in natural gas available

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Beckley Flights
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Nonstop Flights From Beckley to Charlotte Announced

Airport officials in Beckley have announced new nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida-based ViaAir will begin the flights out of Raleigh County Municipal Airport by early December. The airline plans two flights on weekdays and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Its 30-passenger  turboprop planes will have two pilots and a flight attendant.

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WV Festivals
3:03 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Dogwood Festival Returns to Huntington in April

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Local artists will once again have an opportunity to showcase their talents in Huntington this spring.

The city announced that the Dogwood Arts and Crafts festival will return in the Spring of 2015. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena will host the festival that has made its home in Huntington for more than 40 years. The festival is returning after a one-year hiatus. Huntington resident and ceramic artist Carter Taylor Seaton will organize the festival.

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Energy & Environment
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Radiation Detectors Nearly Set at W.Va. Landfills

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A state Department of Environmental Protection official says the installation of detectors is nearly complete at six West Virginia landfills that will accept low-level radioactive drilling waste from natural gas operations.

Legislation passed earlier this year required radiation monitoring of drill cuttings sent to landfills and overturned tonnage limits for those particular landfills.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

W.Va. Schools to Honor Author Pearl S. Buck

Credit The Dutch National Archives

  West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are honoring award-winning author and Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck.

The schools are hosting an event Thursday in Morgantown along with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.

The event is part of Mountaineer Week - a weeklong celebration of West Virginia's heritage and culture.

Buck's novel "The Good Earth" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Martinsburg Doctors on Ebola Virus: "Stay Calm"

On West Virginia Morning, a special committee of members of the state senate convened its first meeting to find out how citizens in Beckley feel about their economic future and what the legislature can do to improve it.  And we’ll continue our series of reports profiling the third party candidates on your election ballot.  This morning we’ll meet Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate John Buckley.

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Ebola
1:49 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Seminar Helps Ease West Virginians' Worries

Dr. Matthew Simmons, infectious disease specialist at Berkeley Medical Center
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In an open seminar at the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, Ebola preparedness was the focus of discussion. It’s been in the headlines across the country for a while now, but should West Virginians really feel at risk of contracting the disease? Doctors in the state say West Virginians have little to fear.

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Economic Diversification
1:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

What the Beckley Area Thinks of Southern W.Va.'s Economic Future

Eight members of the SCORE committee listen at their first listening tour stop in Beckley.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A special West Virginia Senate committee, known as the Southern Coalfields Revitalizing its Economy or SCORE for short, made its first stop in Beckley Wednesday evening to hear from community members ways lawmakers can help diversify the region's economy and put people back to work. 

More than two dozen people shared their thoughts with the eight panel members in attendance. Here is what some had to say.

Infrastructure:

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Public Education
9:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

W.Va. Gets $9.7 Million Grant to Curb Gun Violence

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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Free Books
4:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Little Libraries Post Up in Mercer County Town

This Little Library is perched on Concord University's campus in Athens, W.Va.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The town of Athens has made it easier for folks to access books in town. The town was one of thousands across the country to open an official Little Library.

There are three “Little Libraries” throughout the town of Athens made possible by the Little Free Library Organization.  Essentially, it’s a box full of books that sits on a pole about 5 feet tall.  

The libraries are intended for residents and students to give a book and/or take a book from the boxes. So far book traffic out of the Little Libraries in Athens has been steady.

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Safety
9:31 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kanawha Student Expelled for Threatening School

  A Kanawha County student has been expelled for threatening to bring a gun to school.

Riverside High School Principal Valery Harper says the student has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Harper says the threat was directed at the entire student body and not any individual student. She says the student made the threat in a conversation with other students, who notified school officials.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the sheriff's department says the incident is under investigation.

Government
9:25 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Two Companies Sue Morgantown, State Over Truck Ban

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / https://www.facebook.com/SafeStreetsMorgantown

  Two trucking companies are challenging the legality of Morgantown's ban on heavy trucks in the downtown business district.

Nuzum Trucking Company of Shinnston and Preston Contractors Inc. of Kingwood have filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the city, the state Department of Transportation and the state Division of Highways.

The lawsuit argues that the ban is unenforceable and usurps the DOH's authority over the state road system.

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Award Nominations
8:23 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Nominations Open for 2015 Living the Dream Awards

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Credit wikimedia commons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission has opened nominations for the 2015 Living the Dream Awards.
 
     Award winners will be recognized as part of an ecumenical service celebrating King's legacy on January 19.
 
     Nomination categories for individuals include Advocate of Peace, Sharing of Self, Human and Civil Rights, Scholarship and the Governor's Living the Dream Award.
 
     Nominated organizations will be placed into the Service Organization Honor Roll category.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

An Old Name for a New Website in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, the Boy Scouts of America would like to rent out their massive facility of Fayette County, but they need a change in the state’s constitution to do it.  Ashton Marra will explain.  In Wheeling, some citizens are re-visiting the city’s history to take it into the future. 

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Black Diamond Power
10:08 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Black Diamond Power Wants Overcharges to be “Customer Contribution"?

Power substation in Mullens, WV.

According to request filed by attorneys at law Hannah and Hanna PLLC back in August, Black Diamond Power admits to overcharging customers $1,686,338 admits to collecting over a five year period.

The document indicates that the company serves about 4,300 so that’s about $385 per customer.

The company proposes to refund $488, 307 to customers over a five year period which would come through a rate reduction.  But Black Diamond Power wants to treat the remaining money, treat the remaining $1.198 million as a “customer contribution.”

It appears that the Staff of the Public Service Commission filed recommendations on October 1. In that document, the staff of PSC recommends about $900,000 be recorded as a customer contribution and a reduction of rate base.


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2014 Elections
5:21 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Boehner to Rally With U.S. House Candidate Mooney

  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is coming to West Virginia to participate in a get-out-the-vote rally with Republican House candidate Alex Mooney.

Mooney's campaign says the one-hour rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paddy's Irish Pub in Charles Town.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also is scheduled to speak at the rally.

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Election 2014
5:21 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Libertarian for Senate: John Buckley

(6/8/14) Greeting voters at WV Pride, building wide coalition of Buckley for Senate supporters.
Credit Buckley campaign

“I’m a candidate for the third party called the Libertarian party. It’s different from the republican and democrats, but I think it takes the best of both: low taxes and small government, but individual freedom, personal freedom and I don’t think either party stands for that combination. So that’s what I’m trying to offer the voters of West Virginia this year. A new choice. We can do something different! Thank you very much.” John Buckley approaches person after person during an outdoor concert in downtown Charleston earlier this summer, shaking hands and presenting each with a pamphlet.


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Election 2014
3:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

How Should You Vote on Amendment One?

The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.
Credit wikimedia commons

When you go to the polls on Election Day, or maybe before if you’re looking to vote early, there will be more than just candidates listed on your ballot. You’ll also be asked to decide whether or not West Virginia’s Constitution needs a change, but that question is not quite so clear. 

Amendment One is titled the “Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment” and in case you don’t think that is self explanatory, here’s what it means.

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