Abuse Investigation
10:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Four Charged for Failing to Report Abuse at Center

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / WV Humanities Council

Four people face charges stemming from an investigation of abuse allegations at a center for developmentally disabled adults and children in Romney.

Hampshire County Magistrate Ron DiColia says Jennifer Flores of Romney and Augusta residents Joseph Moreland Jr., Denny Timbrook and Katrina Phillips are each charged with failure to report abuse or neglect. The charge is a misdemeanor.

DiColia said Tuesday that all three remain free on bond.

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School Construction
9:36 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Nine Counties to Receive Funding for School Construction Projects


Nine counties will receive state funding for school construction projects.

The largest award, $1 million, will go to Berkeley County to add six classrooms to Potomack Intermediate School near Martinsburg.

Greenbrier, Wirt, Gilmer, Marion, Ohio, Fayette, Upshur and Lincoln will receive smaller grants for projects.

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Embezzlement Sentence
9:13 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Former Salem Official Loses Bid for Reconsideration of Sentence

A former Salem official has lost a bid to serve his embezzlement sentence under house arrest.

David Wayne Mayle is serving one to 10 years in prison. His attorney, Rocco Mazzei, had filed a motion in November asking a judge to consider house arrest.

The Exponent Telegram reports that Harrison County Circuit Judge John Lewis Marks Jr. denied the motion on Monday. Marks says in his order that the sentence is appropriate.

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8:52 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Bill Withers in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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West Virginia native Bill Withers has been selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Withers grew up in Raleigh County.  He will be inducted in the 2015 ceremony along with fellow performers Ringo Starr,  Lou Reed, Green Day among others.

He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:50 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Fayette Co. Business Owners Discuss Impact of Boy Scout Amendment

On West Virginia Morning, citizens in Fayette County speak out against the Boy Scout Amendment that passed in November.  They tell lawmakers that they fear the amendment will have a negative economic impact for businesses in the county.  And children’s advocates reveal their legislative wish list at the state capitol yesterday.

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2:55 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lawmakers Prepare to Craft Boy Scout Legislation

Raleigh County Airport Manager Tom Cochran addressed those gathered at the public forum in the Fayette County Courthouse.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance traveled to Fayetteville Monday evening to hear from area residents about their concerns about the financial implications of a newly approved Constitutional Amendment.

The amendment, which was approved in November by West Virginia voters with 62 percent of the vote, will allow the Boy Scouts of America to lease their Summit Bechtel Reserve to private organizations while maintaining their property tax exemption. 

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Child Poverty
9:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Our Children, Our Future Campaign Reveals 2015 Legislative Agenda

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lives in poverty. It’s something the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty in West Virginia is focused on. The group met at the state capitol yesterday to reveal the top ten priorities it will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Session.

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Mountaintop Removal
4:56 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Alpha Natural Resources Reaches Settlement

Alpha Natural Resources has reached a settlement with environmental groups over stream pollution from two affiliated mountaintop removal mining complexes.

The proposal filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Huntington requires judicial approval.

The settlement addressing high conductivity discharges gives Alpha until August 2019 to meet water cleanup marks.

In June, a judge ruled Elk Run Coal and Alex Energy mines harmed aquatic life in a Boone County creek and Robinson Fork in Nicholas County.

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Chemical Spill Study
3:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Feds Say MCHM Toxic to Pregnant Rats


Federal health researchers say a chemical that spilled into 300,000 people's water supply in January is toxic to pregnant rats in high doses.

The National Toxicology Program provided the update Friday on MCHM, a coal-cleaning agent.

Researchers found slight fetal weight changes for rats given daily doses 150 times stronger than what officials called safe for human drinking.

At 300 times the safe level, fetal weight decreased. At 600, some rats' fetal weight dropped, while miscarriages increased.

Others at 600 and 900 showed obvious clinical toxicity.

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Diamond Electric
3:28 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Diamond Electric Moving Headquarters to West Virginia


Auto parts manufacturer Diamond Electric is relocating its U.S. headquarters from Michigan to West Virginia.

The move is expected to bring 10 to 15 jobs to West Virginia.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the change at a news conference Monday.

The automotive ignition coil manufacturer will consolidate its main Michigan office with existing operations in Eleanor, located in Putnam County.

The Eleanor location first opened in 1997. It now features Diamond Electric's largest production facility, including 335 employees.

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WV Legislature
2:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

WVOASIS Being Tested for Security Weaknesses

Jason Pizatella, Acting Secretary of the Department of Administration, updated lawmakers on the OASIS project in the House Chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers were updated today on the security measures the state is taking to protect employee information in the OASIS system. 

WVOASIS stands for Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. The computer software system is designed to integrate all functions of state government into one and has been rolled out in phases since 2013.

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Capitol Hill
12:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Manchin Given New U. S. Senate Committee Assignments

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin will have some new committee assignments when the 114th Congress convenes next month. Manchin's office announced today that he has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He will continue to be a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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Chemical Spill
10:37 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Water Panel Makes Suggestions on New Law

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A West Virginia panel is suggesting a new tax credit, $12.2 million in extra funding and other tweaks to a law that responded to a January chemical spill.

The Public Water Supply System Study Commission suggested changes in a 47-page report submitted Monday.

The $12.2 million in recommended funding over three years would help utilities complete more intensive source water protection plans.

The proposed state income tax credit would reward landowners who use land for water protection.

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Coonskin Park
10:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Coonskin Park's Name to Change?


The head of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to change the name of Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett wants to change the park's name because some people are offended by it.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the name is generally associated with a type of fur cap made from a raccoon skin but Tackett notes the term could be offensive to others.

The commission is set to discuss the name change at a Thursday meeting.

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7:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Gardeners Sought for Capitol Complex

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state is looking for gardeners who want to tend to flower beds at the Capitol Complex in Charleston next year.
     The program assigns specific areas to nonprofit community and civic groups. At least 15 flower beds are available.
     The duties consist of preparing the bed and planting flowers, weekly weeding and flower care. Volunteers must provide their own tools and remove dead plants in the fall.

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West Virginia Morning
7:53 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Pooling Proposal Affects Surface and Mineral Rights Owners

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra explains the practice of “pooling” and how it affects mineral and surface owners in the Marcellus Shale gas region of the state.  And we meet Dr. Patrice Harris, a noted physician in Atlanta who grew up in the coalfields of West Virginia.

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Natural Gas
10:14 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Industry Backed Bill Could Force Mineral Owners to Sell

President of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Kevin Ellis presented the bill to lawmakers during a November interim meeting.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As lawmakers return to town this week for their final interim session of 2014, they'll learn more about a practice in the natural gas industry companies want them to approve through legislation: forced pooling.

Kevin Ellis, president of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, explained to lawmakers during a November meeting, when companies prepare to drill a well they create a giant rectangle of land parcels and then negotiate with each mineral owner within that rectangle for their gas rights.

By pooling these owners together, companies can drill a well and then pay out mineral owners proportionally by land acreage for the gas produced.

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An Inspiring West Virginian
2:51 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

She Has One Million Patients

Bluefield native Patrice Harris, MD, is one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists and an inspiring West Virginian.
Credit Jean Snedegar

Patrice Harris, MD, a native of Bluefield, WV,  is one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists.

Harris and 3 other leaders in science and business will be featured in the broadcast of Inspiring West Virginians, airing Dec. 29 at 8 PM on West Virginian Public Radio.

Harris is currently the District Health Director for Fulton County, Georgia, which includes the city of Atlanta, and is responsible for more than a million patients.

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Inside Appalachia
6:23 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Appalachian Holiday Traditions of Food and Spirits, With Recipes on How to Cook with Bourbon, & More

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In this episode we’ll explore two holiday and Appalachian traditions: food and spirits. We’ll also hear about some female butchers who are leading a renaissance in local foods.

You’ll find these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

Cooking with Bourbon:

In Whitesburg KY, each month, Jonathan Piercy and Jenny Williams host a live radio cooking show on WMMT called What's Cookin' Now, broadcasting straight from the Appalshop kitchen.

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5:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Buck Kills During W.Va. Deer Season Down

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hunters killed nearly 37,280 bucks during West Virginia's two-week firearm season. That's down 34 percent from the 56,523 bucks killed in the 2013 season.

Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro said Friday that bad weather and an excellent acorn crop this fall contributed to lower hunter success.

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