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Department of Environmental Protection

More than two dozen entities have received litter control grants from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP says it awarded matching grants totaling more than $71,000 to 28 solid waste authorities, county commissions and municipalities.

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Proposed revisions to West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed at a public hearing this week in Charleston.

The proposals include revising aquatic life criteria for selenium and aluminum. The Department of Environmental Protection says the revision was prompted by current research that better describes these elements' toxicity.

On West Virginia Morning, a report from Jefferson County in the Eastern Panhandle about a nature preserve that’s also an art studio.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Updated: July 20, 2015 at 2:10 p.m.

According to leaked tape obtained by West Virginia Focus, The Charleston Gazette-Mail publisher and other executives said the staff size of the merged paper will drop following the reapplication process.

An annual summer concert series held in the mountains outside Morgantown has become a favorite destination for musicians and fans alike. The venue’s high elevation often provides a respite from hot and humid weather, making it a fun, family-friendly experience.

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Work is scheduled to begin Monday on removing part of a manmade hillside at Yeager Airport that collapsed earlier this year.

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Republican attorneys general from across the county will meet next month at The Greenbrier resort.

The Republican Attorneys General Association is set to hold its summer national meeting at the resort in White Sulphur Springs from Aug. 1-4.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sits on the organization's executive committee. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi chairs the executive committee.

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  Troopers from six states are targeting distracted drivers in the latest of a series of highway enforcement efforts.

 

The 6-State Trooper Project brings together officers from the State Highway Patrol in Ohio and state police in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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People in Appalachia have one of the most unique dialects in America. On The Front Porch, native speaker Rick Wilson teaches us eight ways to speak Appalachian.

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West Virginia advocacy groups are reacting to a new federal ruling that further protects the LGBT community. A Thursday ruling by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has deemed discrimination against workers based on sexual orientation illegal.

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Occupational Safety & Health Administration

The government has fined a pipeline construction contractor $7,000 stemming from the death of a worker at a Moundsville job.

Fifty-seven-year-old Steven Ray Hupp of Macfarlan was killed Jan. 10 when he was pulled between the track and the frame of a crane.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

West Virginia's congressional delegation says the top Veterans Affairs official has committed to reopen a health clinic in Greenbrier County.

In a news release Friday, Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Evan Jenkins say U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald made the commitment recently.

The Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic closed in April after air quality tests found formaldehyde levels above the recommended exposure limit. The clinic in Maxwelton has been shut three times since June 2014 because of air quality.

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A fire has been reported at a former West Virginia high school that gained national attention with the 1999 release of the movie "October Sky."

Media outlets report that firefighters from five volunteer fire departments battled the blaze Friday morning at the Old Big Creek High School in War. The West Virginia State Police and a deputy state fire marshal also responded.

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The four Republican governors eyeing the presidency in 2016 won't be on hand for a national governors meeting next week in West Virginia.

Scott Walker in Wisconsin, John Kasich in Ohio, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and Chris Christie in New Jersey won't attend the National Governors Association summer meeting.

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It’s Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The campus is a soundscape resonating with big jams of upbeat swing music interspersed with soulful Delta Blues. This week a brother and a sister have come to Augusta to further their talent and share a story.

 

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Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources says its shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

The Bristol, Virginia-based company says its shares were suspended by the NYSE because of their low price and the company is starting delisting proceedings. The stock last traded at 24 cents.

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A federal judge has ruled that West Virginia must pay about $92,000 to lawyers who fought the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The Charleston Gazette reports that fees approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers were less than one-third the amount the lawyers requested. He said the number of hours billed and the hourly rates were excessive for West Virginia.

On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


West Virginia History

The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Summers County is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Folklife Center's founder, Don West, was a civil rights activist and educator. West is said to have blazed the trail for many people who work for and preach freedom and social justice throughout Appalachia.

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Us & Them host Trey Kay tackles two big issues on the latest episode of the podcast this week: evolution and climate change. And while those issues are obviously divisive, Trey explores a new twist in the battle over these topics.

There are those out there willing to give thousands of dollars to anyone able to disprove their theories. 

Trey spoke with Beth Vorhees about the new episode and how money gets involved in the debates over these topics.

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