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Consol Energy plans to lay off some 170 natural gas workers at locations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to industry blog Marcellus Drilling News.

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Among the many higher education budget cuts announced this session was a unique program at Marshall that only those who needed the services know about. The Luke Lee Listening Language Learning Lab is dealing with cuts.

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 The state Ethics Commission has agreed to craft rules to a new law that prevents state employees and elected officials from using public funds to place their name or likeness on certain items.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the "trinkets" bill last month.

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Delegate Larry Williams is leaving the West Virginia Legislature to take a job with the state Department of Agriculture.

The Dominion Post reports the Preston County Democrat announced the move Friday. He plans to file his resignation in Charleston next week.

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Two former workers at Mon General Hospitals say they were forced out of their jobs in favor of younger employees.

The Dominion Post reports that 61-year-old Concetta Chipps and 59-year-old Mary Alkire made the claim this week in lawsuits filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Shepherdstown and Romney were both chartered on the same day, the big question still comes down to which one came first.
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Romney's fire whistle is going silent between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The fire whistle is for Romney's volunteer fire department. In rural areas, fire whistles are used to warn residents of a natural disaster or to beckon firefighters to respond to a fire or another emergency.

On West Virginia Morning, we continue our series “Effective From Passage” with a look at some of the tort reform bills passed by the 2015 legislature.  And Ashton Marra reports from the State Board of Education about science standards and climate change.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The start of ex-coal baron Don Blankenship's criminal trial has been bumped back to July.

In Beckley federal court Thursday, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger moved the ex-Massey Energy CEO's April 20 trial date to July 13.

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West Virginia American Water announced Thursday they’re doling out grants to six community organizations.

The grants are part of West Virginia American Water’s 2015 Environmental Grant program. It’s a program designed to help innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water or groundwater supplies.

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Satellite images from NASA and other government agencies can tell us a lot about the changing of the climate as well as the environment. Their photo series State of Flux: Images of Change depicts noticeable differences in our world over various spans of time--looking at everything from water, air, natural disasters, as well as the impact of industry.

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted 6-2 Thursday to adopt an amended set of science standards for West Virginia schools. The amendments came at the request of Board member and previous Board President Wade Linger.

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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano announced Thursday the state Department of Education will take on a full review of the state’s Next Generation Content Standards for English and math.


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A state board says two underground injection wells in Fayette County can't operate without a permit.

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board says the Department of Environmental Protection violated state law when it allowed Danny Webb Construction to operate the injection wells in Lochgelly without a permit.

 West Virginia University's Board of Governors is being sued by a former WVU employee who says she was discriminated against because of her age.

Former Personal Rapid Transit employee Alice Vickers also alleges a hostile work environment and harassment.

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Southern Coal Corp. says it plans to hire 100 miners at four surface mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.

Two mines are in Wise County, Virginia. One is in Letcher County, Kentucky, and the other is in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

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Two Civil War battlefields in Maryland are ringing bells to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender.
 
The Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg and the Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick are ringing bells for four minutes Thursday starting at 3:15 p.m. The four minutes symbolize the four years of the war.

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from a meeting of the state board of education where members considered requests from county school systems to waive the requirement for 180 days of instruction.  And we’ll re-visit a ramp feed in Richwood, known as the ramp capitol of the world.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The West Virginia Board of Education and State Superintendent of Schools have denied the requests of nearly 30 counties to waive their 180 instructional day requirement.

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State regulators say a spill that closed several roads in the Spencer area apparently was rainwater.

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West Virginia has been plagued for the past few years with budget deficits. To deal with the shortfalls, the governor has cut state agency budgets across the board, implemented hiring freezes and dipped into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

This year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the House and Senate approved budget by an additional $11 million, leaving some service programs to wonder how they’ll keep their doors open. The Charleston Health Right is just one of those service programs.

The West Virginia Health Right clinic located in Charleston's East End is a free and charitable clinic that provides medical, dental and vision services to more than 15,000 uninsured and underinsured West Virginians each year. 

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