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Health & Science
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Commit to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill

Credit AP

Federal, state, and Kanawha county officials met Wednesday in U.S. Senator Joe  Manchin’s Washington D.C. office to pin down plans for more studies on the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries. The announcement comes as a relief to those who’ve been pressing for this development since almost day one. 

Members of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the West Virginia Department and Health and Human Resources were part of the meeting.

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Tanker Wreck
11:56 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Tanker Truck Wrecks in Bartow, Leaks Diesel Fuel into Greenbrier River

The tanker truck caught fire on Tuesday, July 23.
Credit Julia Bauserman

Megan Moriarty with Allegheny Mountain Radio reports that on Tuesday afternoon a tanker truck carrying 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel overturned at Hermitage Bridge in Bartow, West Virginia. The driver was uninjured but the truck caught on fire and some of the diesel fuel has spilled into the Greenbrier River.

The truck was owned by Petroleum Carriers, LLC, based in Richmond Virginia. A private environmental clean-up crew hired by the trucking company is now on the scene.

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Military Veterans
11:23 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va.

Two veterans look after the bees they bought after becoming members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the country continues to struggle to help its military members returning from war, one fledgling program in West Virginia isn’t wasting any time tackling the issues veterans face. 

From transitional job training to psychological therapy, members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program say they’re discovering they can help West Virginia veterans in more ways than they ever anticipated.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration

Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.  More about the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Floyd County, Virginia.  The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Culture
11:59 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students

Credit italyfest.com

Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival. It’s one of the largest Italian Festivals in the country, but it’s not all cannoli and spaghetti. Organizers have worked to make ethnicities from across the region feel welcome in their celebration of heritage.

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Bankruptcy
8:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Judge Calls for W.Va. Chemical Spill Agreement

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A bankruptcy judge is giving Freedom Industries, its insurer and stakeholders 10 days to strike an agreement on its $2.9 million insurance policy.

The company that contaminated West Virginia's largest water supply returned to bankruptcy court Tuesday in Charleston.

Freedom and 24 residents and businesses that sued after the spill proposed a $2.9 million settlement Friday using insurance. A board would pick projects benefiting the public to fund.

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Black Lung
5:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Miners Can Wait Years for Black Lung Benefits, Congress Listens

Credit Jessica Lilly

 A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease has urged Congress to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease. Princeton native Robert Bailey testified at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace hosted a hearing Tuesday. The hearing focused on the struggles miners face while seeking black lung benefits. Lawmakers say the testimony on Capitol Hill was meant to do three things:

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Public Service
4:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Appoints New Managers in Parks and DNR

Credit Office of the Governor

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.

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News
1:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Independent Rabel Joins Mooney-Casey Race for W.Va.'s Second District

Ed Rabel
Credit Ed Rabel for Congress / Facebook

  Independent Ed Rabel will be on the November ballot in a 2nd Congressional District race featuring Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney.

Rabel was an award-winning CBS and NBC News correspondent. Rabel says in a news release he collected the 2,269 validated signatures required by law. The Mountain Party has endorsed him.

Rabel was born and raised in Kanawha County.

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News
1:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Meningitis Diagnosis Prompted W.Va. Pain Clinic Probe

Credit Biggishben / wikimedia Commons

  A West Virginia health official says an investigation that found syringes were being reused at a pain management clinic was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis.

Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases.

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Kids Count
12:37 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Report: Well-Being of W.Va. Children Improves

Credit Kids Count

  A private foundation says the well-being of West Virginia's children has improved over the past two decades. But there are still problem areas.

A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks West Virginia 37th in the nation in children's well-being.

The report is based on 16 indicators, including children without health insurance and proficiency in math and reading.

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Investigation
12:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Doctor at W.Va. Pain Clinic had Texas License Revoked

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  The operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found needles were being reused on patients had his medical license revoked in Texas a decade ago.

Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found needles and syringes were reused to administer pain medications and saline solutions.

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Tourism
11:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

National Park Visitors Spent $51 Million in Southern W.Va. last year

National Park visitors spend millions in southern West Virginia communities.
Credit National Park Service

A new National Park Service report shows that visitors to national park areas in southern West Virginia spent $51 million in nearby communities in 2013.

The report says a little more than 1,243,000 people from around the world visited the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the Gauley River National Recreation Area in 2013.

In a release today NPS Superintendent Trish Kicklighter said that in addition to providing visitors remarkable experiences in America's outdoors, National Park  Tourism is a significant driver in the national economy.

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Tentative Settlement
9:21 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Freedom Industries in Bankruptcy Court Tuesday

Credit United States District Court / Southern District of West Virginia

  The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.

Freedom Industries has a Tuesday morning hearing scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The hearing will involve a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom's insurer.

Lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom reached a tentative settlement, according to documents filed Friday in Charleston federal court.

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West Virginia Morning
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

How City Government Works, Energy Forum & Chinese Medicinal Herbs in Va.

A  series of seminars titled "Fairmont 101" provides citizens there with lessons about the inner workings of running a city.  And the first of a two part series about Chinese Medicinal herbs now used and regulated in Virginia.

http://wvtf.org/post/appalachian-medicinal-herb-growers

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Edible Mosaic
1:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Shepherdstown Bakery Makes Treats For U.S. Capitol Event

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Those attending the screening at the United States Capitol Tuesday evening will not only learn more about West Virginia, but will be able to sample some of its culinary treats. On Monday the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery was assembling this edible mosaic of the West Virginia state seal for the event. Owner Pam Berry said each square in the design was attached to the top of a chocolate brownie piece, making about 370 petit fours, or bite size treats.

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Community Engagement
11:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Grafton Turns Out for Turn This Town Around

People packed into the Church of the Good Shepherd for Monday night's Turn This Town Around meeting in Grafton
Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Learn about Monday night's Turn This Town Around public workshop in Grafton.

We continue our coverage of the Turn this Town Around Project. This series follows two towns, Grafton in north central West Virginia and Matewan in southern West Virginia, as they undergo projects to help the towns look better and revitalize community development. Monday night, Grafton held its third public training workshop to help teams continue to focus their efforts and get ready to apply for funding.

The welcome surprise at Monday’s meeting was an overwhelming turnout. More than 135 people showed up, excited and ready to talk about how to “turn their town around.” For many of them, it was their first “Turn this Town Around” meeting. 

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Community Engagement
6:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

“Fairmont 101”: Learning Basics of Local Government

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Operating a city is a complicated business. Cities provide a variety of services from public safety and road repair to clean water and public parks. There are multiple departments, a mish-mash of funding streams, and oodles of state and federal regulations to observe. The City of Fairmont, West Virginia has launched an interactive program to make sure its citizens understand the city’s role and responsibilities and its processes for serving the public: “Fairmont 101”.

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Panel Discussion
4:58 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Some Say West Virginia Can Survive the New EPA Regulations

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosted the EPA Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead? panel discussion.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia can actually thrive under new U.S. Environmental Protection Regulations that aim to reduce greenhouse gasses, according to three panelists participating in a public forum last week in Shepherdstown.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

West Virginia Democrats Want GOP Candidates Off Ballot

Del. Suzette Raines
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  West Virginia Democrats say Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot.

They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts.

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