News

Oil and Gas Industry
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Consol Energy Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing Gas Royalties

Credit Brian Turner

A former Consol Energy executive has pleaded guilty to stealing $440,000 in gas royalties from the company by forging deed transfers so he could funnel the money into a fake company he ran out of a post office box.

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Elder Living
8:38 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Critical Issues Face West Virginia's Elderly

It's well known that West Virginia's population is aging. That is placing a strain on services to the elderly.  Today, the West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living which looks at policy development around aging issues,  is holding a summit at the University of Charleston.  This forum will look at new ways to serve this growing demographic.  Phil Schenk is the Director of the Elder Living Partnership.  He sat down with us to talk about this critical issue.

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West Virginia Morning
8:32 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Farmington Mine Disaster 46 Years Ago Today

On West Virginia Morning, a widow of the Farmington Mine disaster, which happened 46 years ago today, remembers the last day she spent with her husband in an archived interview from 1992.  And Beth Vorhees talks with the director of the Partnership for Elder Living about aging issues facing the state. 

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Law & Order
12:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

New Lawsuit Aims to Settle Mystery of the Farmington Mine Disaster

Credit WV Division of Culture and History

Forty-six years ago today, 78 coal miners died in the Farmington Mine disaster in Marion County. Sometimes referred to as the Mannington Mine disaster, the tragedy was one of the instrumental forces that led congress to pass the 1969 Federal Mine Safety Law.

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Environment
6:58 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Are Flooded Mines Polluting Water?

A long-awaited environmental impact report concludes that concentrations of iron and sulfate collecting in underground pools could pollute the Potomac River and its surrounding groundwater.

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MEC Champions
3:58 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Concord University Earns Home Field Playoff Advantage

Concord University's football team celebrates a perfect regular season after defeating Shepherd University.
Credit Wes McKinney

The Concord University Football program ended the regular season undefeated, giving them a home field advantage for their first playoff game.

The Mountain Lions earned that spot after winning the Mountain East Conference title, when they ousted Shepherd University. This is Concord’s second playoff berth in four years. Concord will play the winner of the game between West Chester University and Slippery Rock University. Both of those teams will travel to West Virginia from Pennsylvania.

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Finance
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Review of Athletic Commission Seeks Financial Stability

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Government Organization subcommittee reviewed an evaluation of the state Athletic Commission today and recommendations to improve the agency’s bottom line.

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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

Credit http://history.wvu.edu/r/images/homepage/13223

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

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

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

Credit http://www.trailsheaven.com/

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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