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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.
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“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.
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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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Public WiFi
3:06 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Huntington Unveiling WiFi in Selected Area

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The City of Huntington is making progress in its efforts to roll out free wireless internet to the public.

Huntington’s WiFI initiative is part of a one-year pilot project with WVNET. The WiFi is only available at Pullman Square for now, a downtown shopping area according to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. The public can access the network by checking their WiFi settings and clicking on the “Welcome to Huntington” network.

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Communication
12:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Weelunk.com: Do Something

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Weelunk.com is a self-described “Wheeling-centric website that wants to serve sophisticated, local readers who care about their community,” and it’s is launching November 1st. That’s according to the Weelunk Facebook page that was born a few weeks ago and has since been growing in popularity.

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2014 Elections
10:46 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Baber on Legalizing Marijuana, Representing the Underrepresented

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Among the candidates for the Second District congressional seat is Bob Henry Baber. He’s the candidate from the Mountain Party.

Bob Henry Baber is an employee at Glenville State University, working with them to raise funds, but he’s not new to the political arena. The one time Mayor of Richwood threw his hat in the ring during the 2010 special election for governor and made a run for U.S. Senate in 2012, both times with the backing of West Virginia’s Mountain Party. He received 20,000 votes in his run for the United States Senate in 2012.

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Trains
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cass Scenic Railroad to Transfer Rail Operations

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  West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources will partner with the State Rail Authority to improve operations at Pocahontas County's historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

The partnership announced on Monday will transfer responsibility for Cass' rail operations to the authority, which is the central state agency for railroad matters. The authority already operates two other state-owned railroads: the West Virginia Central Railroad and the South Branch Valley Railroad.

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Appetite Appalachia
8:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

These Groups are Reforming West Virginia's Food Economy

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The phrase “food-desert” might sound like a landscape of sagebrush and armadillos, but it's really a place where SlimJims, chicken nuggets and Slurpies count as dinner. A food desert can happen anywhere- we've all seen them. People who live in a food desert may be surrounded by food—fast food or convenient store hotdogs, instead of fresh, healthy food.

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West Virginia Morning
8:11 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Aracoma Miners Honored at Mine Academy

On West Virginia Morning, in 2006 two miners died in a mine fire in Logan County.  Eight years later, a fire training facility is dedicated in their memory.  Also, noted food promoter the James Beard Foundation has honored five local food organizations in West Virginia.

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Safety
8:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

MSHA Dedicates Mine Fire Prevention Course to Aracoma Victims


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2014 Elections
5:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Libertarian Candidate Davy Jones Says He Will Represent Middle-Class In W.Va.'s 2nd District

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Libertarian candidate, Davy Jones, is running for the 2nd  Congressional District seat against Rebublican Alex Mooney, Democrat Nick Casey, and Independent Ed Rabel. Jones lives in Martinsburg and is a political newcomer. He found his way into politics after doing IT work for the West Virginia Libertarian Party.

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School Safety
3:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cabell County Schools to Implement New Safety Procedures

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Just days after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High school in Washington, the Cabell County Board of Education announced a new plan to deal with the same type of situation in their facilities.

Starting later this week and next Cabell County schools will change the way teachers and students respond to a possible intruder in their school. While the schools had some procedures before, they’ve now adopted the ALICE Principles, expanding their response. ALICE stands for:

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2014 Elections
3:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Does Independent Ed Rabel Embody Howard Beale from 'Network'?

Charleston-area native Ed Rabel spent more than three decades as a television news reporter, working for CBS and NBC. During his time at the networks, Rabel reported from around the world--stopping in locations like Cuba, Laos and Cambodia.

But in life after journalism and as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Rabel seems to embody fictional television news anchor Howard Beale, portrayed by Peter Finch in the 1976 film Network.

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Election 2014
12:48 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Where Do I Vote? Pew Can Point You in the Right Direction

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Over the past few months, you’ve no doubt been battered by an onslaught of campaign advertisements from the candidates themselves and from outside organizations trying to sway your opinion.

Now that early voting has started in West Virginia, campaigns are ramping up their outreach to voters, but even after you make your decisions, do you know where to go to voice those opinions? Sometimes finding your polling place can be harder than you think.

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Government
9:33 am
Mon October 27, 2014

W.Va. Regional Jail Rate to Stay at 2013 Level

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  County officials across West Virginia have gotten some good news from the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

The per-diem rate that counties pay to house prisoners in regional jails won't increase this year.

Jail authority executive director Joe DeLong tells The Charleston Gazette that an increase isn't necessary because of better accounting and a cost-saving campaign by state jail officials.

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Energy & Environment
9:23 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Natural Gas Production Soars in W.Va.'s Northern Panhandle

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
8:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Water Crisis Low Interest Loan Deadline is Wednesday

Credit U.S. Small Business Administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the January water crisis to apply for low-interest federal loans.
 
     The U.S. Small Business Administration says applications for the economic injury loans must be received by Wednesday. Working capital disaster loans of up to $2 million are available at 2.625 percent for private nonprofits and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rahall Discusses Third District Race; Meet Libertarian Candidate Davy Jones

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall about this race for re-election to the third congressional district seat.  And we begin a series of profiles of third party candidates who are running for federal offices.  We begin with Davy Jones, a Libertarian candidate from Martinsburg running for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

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Inside Appalachia
4:55 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Celebrate Appalachian Storytelling with Tales of a Ghost Train, Wizard Clip & More

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This week, as we approach All Hallows Eve, we have dedicated the next hour to ghost tales and dark legends. Award winning writer, Scott McClanahan, remembers hearing scary tales while growing up in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

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