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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee, held a field hearing this week in Beckley, regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. The carbon pollution standards are the first of their kind and aim is to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent nationwide by reducing carbon pollution from power plants. Senator Capito held a hearing in southern West Virginia where tightening regulations might be felt most acutely.


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Concord University is the latest destination for National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Europe. The map will be on display for most of the week leading up to the 2015 West Virginia Geographic Bee.


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  Patriot Coal is temporarily idling two mines at a southern West Virginia coal mining complex.

On Monday, the St. Louis-based company announced the changes at its Paint Creek Complex near Cabin Creek.

The company says it's idling the Samples surface mine and Winchester underground mine because of high coal inventory levels. Patriot attributes the high levels to the CSX railroad service disruption last month and diminished demand for coal.

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A southern West Virginia pain clinic under investigation by the federal government has reopened four days after authorities conducted a raid.

Hope Pain Clinic manager Mark Radcliffe says the clinic in Beaver reopened to patients on Monday.

Media outlets report federal and state law enforcement officers removed boxes of files from the clinic on Thursday and turned away patients.

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Transit officials are looking for funding to keep buses running between Charleston and Huntington.

The Intelligent Transit bus service's funding will expire on June 30.

Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority assistant general manager Doug Hartley says unspent repair money will allow the service to operate for at least a few more months.

Hartley tells the Charleston Daily Mail that KRT is working with state and federal officials to find additional funding.

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This past weekend, the community of Pickens, West Virginia celebrated the 31st annual West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival.

A few miles away from Pickens is the Blue Rock Farm, where, Don Olson makes maple syrup, most of which he sells during the festival.

But last week, there wasn't a lot of syrup being made at the farm. The sunlight poured through the sugar maple trees, and the temperature was in the 60s. The sap was hardly flowing.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on a congressional rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act.  The state’s two U.S. Senators are sponsors.  And we’ll travel to Pickens in Randolph County to visit with a maple syrup farmer.  These stories coming up on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Both of West Virginia’s Senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito, are co-sponsors of a piece of legislation that would rewrite the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. 

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In their first shot at leading the Legislature since the 1930s, Republicans considered ideas that Democrats hadn't given much play.

They suggested allowing charter schools, repealing Common Core educational standards, drug testing welfare recipients and introducing a right-to-work law.

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An engineering report shows the emergency overrun area at Yeager Airport had shifted by several feet more than a year before it partially collapsed in a landslide.

The report says Yeager employees noticed cracks in the overrun area's pavement in mid-2013. The Charleston Gazette obtained a copy of the February 2014 report provided to the airport by S&S Engineers.

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Members of the public can have their say about a proposed interstate gas pipeline at two meetings next week. 

 

Dominion Resources is exploring a route for the 42-inch, 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. It would begin in Harrison County and end in North Carolina. The meetings are part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review process for the pipeline. 

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In colder regions of Appalachia, the third week in March is maple syrup season. That’s right, maple syrup isn’t just for New England farmers. This weekend marks the 31st annual maple syrup festival in Pickens, West Virginia.

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Representatives of the coal and gas industry as well as solar are expected to speak at a public forum in Martinsburg next week. The forum is about energy and how it relates to West Virginia’s economy.

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Eighth graders from 18 schools in West Virginia are getting a second chance to compete in a state history tournament.

The play-in competition will be held Saturday at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

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The public will learn next week about plans to clean up a chemical storage site on the Elk River that was the source of a public water crisis in West Virginia.

The Tuesday meeting in Charleston will include consultants from Freedom Industries and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection. They'll explain plans under the department's voluntary industrial remediation program.

In a press release Friday, Governor Tomblin announced his veto of Senate Bill 347, the Firearms Act of 2015.

On West Virginia Morning, reporter Roxy Todd concludes her series about prison inmates training therapy and service dogs.  Also, the Mountain Stage song of the week.  That’s West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia businesses looking for new customers may find them by exporting their goods to Poland. The West Virginia Development Office International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service are offering an introductory session on market entry opportunities in Poland three times during March.

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Some southern West Virginia landowners who were threatened with legal action for not allowing pipeline surveyors onto their property have filed their own lawsuits.

Lawyer Derek Teaney, with Appalachian Mountain Advocates, filed paperwork Wednesday on behalf of three couples in Monroe and Summers counties.

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State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has filed pre-candidacy paperwork for an open governor's race.

The Marshall County Democrat changed the office he's seeking Thursday in the early paperwork from "undeclared" to "governor."

In a 2011 special election, Kessler placed fifth in the Democratic primary for governor.

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