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On West Virginia Morning, as a part of our occasional series "Effective from Passage,"reaction from the Eastern Panhandle about a new bill that may affect net metering standards in West Virginia. Those standards dictate how solar producers, including homeowners with solar panels, receive credit for the energy they produce.

Professor Michael McCawley of West Virginia University discusses his recent research about the health dangers of dust exposure for West Virginians that live near mountaintop removal or surface mine sites.

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West Liberty University's board has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the school's next president.

The 21-member committee includes the Board of Governors, members of the university's Foundation Board, and representatives of students, faculty and staff.

What makes a land of opportunity

Apr 16, 2015
Karen Clark

Whether it's going from the proverbial rags to the proverbial riches, or just doing a little better than your parents, stories of upward mobility have long been a part of how we define the American dream. But how possible is that dream today? A group of economists at Harvard and UC Berkeley have been looking in to that question recently. It turns out the answer varies widely depending on geography.

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Yeager Airport officials have installed remote cameras to monitoring a man-made emergency overrun area that partially collapsed in March.

The airport said Wednesday airport personnel will continuously monitor the slope and a nearby creek.

How to get voters to reconsider a repeat candidate

Apr 16, 2015
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First Lady, Senator from New York, presidential candidate, Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton has a long history in politics, which Marco Rubio was quick to use against her as he launched a bid for the Republican nomination earlier this week.

“Now just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday,” he said.

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  When we hear about the danger of dust exposure, we are usually talking about coal dust underground, or silica dust. But that’s not the only dust that can make people sick. Apparently almost any dust can, if it’s fine enough.


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In the first days of the 2015 Legislative session, energy was the focus of legislators’ attention. A bill that first began as a total repeal of the alternative and renewable energy portfolio act soon became only a partial repeal as lawmakers’ attempted to leave in place current net metering standards.

Prosecutors Set Up Website for Victims in W.Va. Spill Case

Apr 15, 2015
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Federal prosecutors have set up a website offering updates to victims about the criminal cases over last year's massive chemical spill.

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the new website about the Freedom Industries cases.

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Nearly 40 people gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to protest Governor Tomblin’s veto of a bill to allow for herd-sharing in the state, allowing more West Virginians to consume raw milk.

Senate Bill 30 passed with overwhelming support by both the House and Senate, despite some health concerns attached to the bill. 

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office will present oral arguments before a U.S. Court of Appeals Thursday fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission standards. 

The proposed standards were released for comment last summer by the federal EPA. They would require states across the country to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent in 15 years, focusing particularly on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

A man who pleaded guilty to killing a Morgantown resident has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Williams was sentenced Tuesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. He had pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder.

Equal Pay Day fell this year on April 14. It’s the day that women’s wages catch up to men’s wages from last year, according to national rates. Of course, if it were a state holiday, we would have to celebrate in May or June. Women in West Virginia face some of the largest gender wage gaps in the country.

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A former Berkeley County deputy is on trial on charges of embezzling guns from the sheriff's office.

Fifty-four-year-old Dennis E. Streets of Martinsburg is charged with felony embezzlement and fraudulent scheme. The Herald-Mail reports that Street's trial began Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

On West Virginia Morning, the story of the many links West Virginians have to the death of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.  And a report from the eastern panhandle where lawmakers talked about the accomplishments and failures of the past legislative session.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce held a public forum Tuesday bringing together lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle to discuss this past session.

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On the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, many don’t realize the many links between the 16th President and the Mountain State. 

West Virginia school administrators named Ohio County assistant schools superintendent Bernie Dolan as executive director of the Secondary School Activities Commission.

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  The community-based organization Keep Your Promises Dupont released an open letter the C-8 Medical Panel asking for oversight in the court-mandated C-8 Medical Monitoring Program.


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A landfill, the city of Hurricane and the Putnam County Commission have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the facility's acceptance of waste from a chemical spill site.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the County Commission approved the settlement agreement on Tuesday.

IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season

Apr 14, 2015

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