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Mingo County
2:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lawsuits Against Former Mingo County Judge Settled

Credit Associated Press

Two lawsuits against former Mingo County Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury have been settled.

Robert Woodruff's federal lawsuit alleged malicious prosecution, false arrest and wrongful imprisonment. His wife filed a separate suit in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Federal court documents say Robert Woodruff's case is settled.

The Woodruffs' attorney, Mike Callaghan, says the wife's case has also been settled. He declined to specify settlement terms.

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Government
12:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

McKinley Named Vice Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight Subcommittee

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
Credit United States Congress

Republican Congressman David McKinley has been named vice chair of an Energy and Commerce Committee oversight subcommittee.

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Healthy Kids
12:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kidz Bite Back Promotes Healthy Eating

A new healthy kids initiative is coming to West Virginia.  Kidz Bite Back - a kid-created, kid-led, kid-spread campaign to educate West Virginia on the basics of living healthy kicks of Friday.

Taking lessons-learned from West Virginia's successful teen tobacco prevention campaign called "Raze" that includes peer-to-peer communication, Kids Bite Back is based on the same premise.  

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Higher Education
10:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

WVU Offers Students Bus Trip to Classmate's Funeral

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West Virginia University is providing transportation to the funeral of a student in Buffalo, New York.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Morgantown Delays Heavy Truck Ban

On West Virginia Morning, the chair of the Public Service Commission responds to a report that the state over regulates public water utilities.  And the city council in Morgantown has decided to delay an ordinance banning certain truck traffic downtown.

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Infrastructure
1:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Morgantown Heavy Truck Traffic Ban Delayed

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In a unanimous vote last night, Morgantown City Council decided to delay implementation of an ordinance that would ban certain truck traffic in the city’s downtown district.

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Government
1:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

State Lawmakers Meet in Fayette Co. to Discuss Revitalizing Southern Coalfields

John David speaks at the second SCORE meeting in Fayette County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The second meeting of the SCORE task force met in Fayette County Tuesday night.  SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy, is an initiative aimed to give southern West Virginia much-needed opportunities to diversify the economy and strengthen communities.

Nothing was off the table as each person that chose to speak had two minutes at the podium.

Other areas of concern brought up by the community included:

  • drug abuse
  • aging population
  • disaster preparedness
  • quality child care
  • clean water

Suggestions from other speakers included:

  • renewable energy tax credits
  • selling water as a natural resource
  • funding water protection plans
  • resisting attempts to weaken environmental law
  • Ensuring the DEP is enforcing the laws


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Public Education
7:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

BOE Recommends Lawmakers Revisit State Aid Formula

Tom Campbell, a member of the WV Board of Education, addresses the committee.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A committee appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education has spent the past 18 months studying how they can better provide services regionally to the county school systems. They presented the final report to lawmakers yesterday which included a recommendation for the upcoming session.

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Public Services
7:03 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Public Service Commissioner Defends State Oversight of Utilities

PSC Chair Michael Albert addresses lawmakers on the House floor.
Credit Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

West Virginia Public Service Commission Chairman Michael Albert appeared before a Joint Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol to respond to a report the committee received last month. That report accused the Public Service Commission of having too much regulatory power.

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Hatfield McCoy Audit
4:43 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Legislative Audit Questions Ethics of Hatfield McCoy Recreation Authority

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An audit says the Hatfield McCoy Recreation Authority isn't following state purchasing, ethics and employee bonus laws.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred says the the authority is operating like some laws don't apply to it, according to a letter written Tuesday.

The letter says the authority should be complying with the competitive bid process, contract reviews by the attorney general and other purchasing requirements.


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Wastewater Pollution
2:06 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Follansbee to Pay Fine for Wastewater Pollution

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The city of Follansbee has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to resolve wastewater pollution violations.

The penalty is part of a recent consent order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order also requires the city to submit a plan for corrective action. The plan must include an analysis defining the root cause of the wastewater collection system's problems.

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Restricted Pets
9:18 am
Tue November 18, 2014

List of Restricted Pets Revisited and Adjusted

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The state Department of Agriculture’s proposed list of restricted pets in West Virginia was revisited by members of the Legislative Rule Making Committee yesterday.

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West Virginia Morning
8:53 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lawmakers Study Radioactive Drill Cuttings in Landfills

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board sits down with an expert on stress to talk about how social factors play a role in our health.  And Ashton Marra reports from legislative interim meetings at the state capitol.

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News
5:48 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Rev. Jim Lewis Sees Remarkable Social Change in W. Va.

Rev. Jim Lewis

For decades, the Reverend Jim Lewis has been making headlines in Charleston. He's an outspoken progressive in a conservative state. He's known for his efforts to help poor people and his fights against racial injustice -- and for his support for gay families. This weekend, Lewis received a Faith Leadership Award from Fairness West Virginia, a group that promotes LGBT rights. He spoke with producer Trey Kay.

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Indictment
10:34 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Blankenship Ordered to Appear for Arraignment, Gag Order Set

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A federal Magistrate has denied former Massey CEO Don Blankenship’s request to delay arraignment proceedings.

According to court records, Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort denied Blankenship’s request to postpone his initial court appearance. VanDervort ordered Blankenship to appear in court, surrender his passport, prepare to meet and discuss his financial circumstances, and other actions to prepare for court proceedings.

The former Massey CEO  is set to be arraigned in federal court on Thursday. The former leader of what was once one of the largest coal producers in the country Massey Energy CEO, Don Blankenship was indicted by the United States Attorney’s Office on two mine safety charges, lying to the securities and exchange commission and securities fraud.

The decision to proceed this week with his arraignment comes days after the judge presiding over Blankenship’s criminal case issued a gag order for the parties involved.

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Environment and Safety
2:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

DEP Official: Radiation Levels in Fracking Waste Safe

Mike Dorsey, director of emergency management and homeland security, presented the preliminary report findings Monday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers were updated Monday morning on a study the Department of Environmental Protection began earlier this year. That study focuses on the level of radioactive material in drill cuttings from horizontal fracking sites.

The West Virginia DEP has tested 15 sites for levels of radioactivity in drilling waste. The test sites included Wetzel County’s landfill, an Ohio water treatment plant, and multiple drilling sites in counties in North Central West Virginia.

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Kanawha County Prosecutor
1:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New Kanawha County Prosecutor Named

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A former federal prosecutor has been appointed as Kanawha County's prosecutor.

The Kanawha County Commission named Chuck Miller to the position today.

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Bethany Extortion
10:57 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Ohio Man Sentenced for Extortion Involving Bethany College

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An Ohio man will spend more than five years in prison for extorting more than $1 million.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the sentencing of 31-year-old Jason Kirkland Weese of East Liverpool, Ohio, on Monday.

Weese had pleaded guilty in June to extortion conspiracy and aiding and abetting money laundering. He was accused of extorting the money from former Bethany College cashier Shelly Lough.

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Bus Service
10:49 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Charleston - Morgantown Bus Service Ridership Grows

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A new bus service between Charleston and Morgantown is becoming a popular choice for travelers.

Cindy Fish with the state Division of Transit says ridership on the I-Ride 79 bus service is growing daily. In October, 763 passengers, or about 25 per day, rode the buses.

Fish tells The State Journal that the bus service is seeing a lot of repeat business.

The Division of Public Transit launched the I-Ride 79 service on July 1. The service includes stops in Clendenin, Flatwoods, Weston, Clarksburg and Fairmont.

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Teapot Renovation
10:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Chester Woman Leads Renovation of Teapot

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A Chester woman is leading an effort to restore the city's most recognizable landmark.Susan Busan Badgley Hineman tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the structure billed as the "World's Largest Teapot" needs an estimated $15,000 for repairs and maintenance.  The 14-foot-tall teapot started off in the early 1900s as a giant wooden barrel used to advertise Hires Root Beer.

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