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12:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Joy to the World Tours W.Va.: Q&A with Pianist Bob Thompson and Vocalist Mollie O'Brien

Wheeling-native and vocalist Mollie O’Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson in his annual Joy to the World Christmastime concert.  For a second year, Thompson is taking the show on the West Virginian roads:

  • Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. - Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if available. All seats are General Admission. Call (800) 594-TIXX (8499), visit Taylor Books at 226 Capitol Street in Charleston, or go online.
  • Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation- Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling. Tickets are $32, $26.50, $21.50, assigned seating. Call (800) 514-3849, visit WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St, Wheeling or go online to capitoltheatrewheeling.com
  • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Presented by the Beckley Concert Association -  Woodrow Wilson Auditorium in Beckley. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, General Admission. Call (304) 253-3535 or go online to BeckleyConcerts.org. Season Tickets to Beckley Concert Association are also available.

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Water Pollution
10:19 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Dominion Transmission Agrees to Pay Penalties

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

Dominion Transmission has agreed to pay $55,470 in administrative penalties to resolve water pollution violations in West Virginia.

The penalties are part of a consent order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. A 30-day public comment period on the consent order ends Dec. 18.

According to the order, the violations included slips in pipeline work areas in 2012 and 2013 that caused sediment deposits in several waterways in Marshall County.

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Water Supply
9:59 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Coal Operator Ordered to Replace Water Supply

A Wyoming County judge has ordered a coal operator to replace the water supplies of residents living near one of its mines.

Circuit Judge Warren McGraw granted an injunction sought by more than a dozen residents living near Mechel Bluestone's Dynamic Energy Inc. mining complex. The residents alleged that their water supplies were damaged by the mining operations.

McGraw's ruling says water test results submitted by the plaintiffs showed high levels of arsenic, aluminum, lead, iron and other pollutants.

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911 Mix-up
9:52 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Harrison County 911 Mix-up a Computer Error

Credit harrisoncountywv.com

Harrison County officials are attributing a 911 dispatch mix-up to a computer error and miscommunication.

Firefighters responding to a house fire last week were sent to the wrong address about 20 miles away.

County administrator Willie Parker tells The Exponent Telegram that an investigation found the house's location hadn't been converted to a new address in the Harrison-Taylor 911 computer system. When a caller reported the fire, the computer system showed an old address.

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West Virginia Morning
8:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Charleston Police and Clergy Meet to Discuss Race Relations

On West Virginia Morning, in the wake of the shooting deaths of two black men by white police officers, officers of the Charleston Police Department met with local clergy to talk about race relations.  And in Huntington, officials are fighting back against drug trafficking.

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Police Relations
9:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Charleston Police Chief: "We Will Not Tolerate Racism"

Police Chief Brent Webster talks to the full group at the Charleston Civic Center.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In just the past few weeks, we’ve seen communities across the country continue to react to the deaths of two black men killed by police officers. Grand juries in both Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, decided not to indict two white officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, sparking protests and riots in not just those communities, but many others.

In West Virginia, protests have been small and peaceful, but that doesn’t mean law enforcement officers aren’t taking seriously the possibility of a similar situation happening in the state. 

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Government
5:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Rockefeller Speaks about CIA Torture Investigation

Credit U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

Senator Jay Rockefeller spoke on the floor of the United States Senate about the findings of a senate investigation into the CIA’s interrogation methods after 9/11 attacks.


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Fight Against Drugs
4:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Huntington Mayor: Innovation Key to Fight Against Drugs

Credit cityofhuntington.com

Huntington officials think the way to fight back against drug abuse in the area is to try unique and different approaches.

The word is innovation, it’s what Huntington Mayor Steve Williams thinks is the key to fighting drug-related crimes in Huntington.

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Government
3:41 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Former W.Va. Lawmaker Tapped to Become House Clerk

Credit Steve Harrison / LinkedIn

  A former West Virginia lawmaker is being tapped to become the 22nd clerk of the House of Delegates.

In January, Steve Harrison is set to replace Greg Gray. Gray has been House clerk since 1996 and is the third-longest serving House clerk in state history.

Harrison served in the House from 1993-2002 and served one term in the Senate from 2003-06.

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Energy & Environment
11:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Public Hearing Set on Fayette Waste Wells' Permits

State regulators have scheduled a public hearing on a company's application to renew permits for two underground injection wells in Fayette County.

Danny E. Webb Construction Inc. operates the wells at a facility near Lochgelly. The wells pump oil and gas drilling waste underground.

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10:03 am
Tue December 9, 2014

FBI: Former Freedom President Devised Scheme to Distance Himself from Company

The former president of the company responsible for January's chemical spill that tainted the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians has been arrested on federal fraud charges. As the Charleston Gazette reports, Gary Southern has been charged with bankruptcy fraud, false oath in a bankruptcy case and wire fraud.
  • Source: Wvgazette
  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
The former president of Freedom Industries, the bankrupt company responsible for the Jan. 9 chemical spill that contaminated the tap water for 300,000 people, is facing federal charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.
West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Republicans Pledge to Work Together

On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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Education
4:19 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Proclaims This Week as Computer Science Education Week

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin visited Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston today to speak with a third grade class about the importance of STEM-based learning.

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Resignation
3:57 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

State Fire Marshal to Step Down for Post at DOC

West Virginia’s Fire Marshal announced Monday he’s stepping down from his post after more than 22 years in the Fire Marshal’s office.

State Fire Marshal Anthony Carrico will be leaving his current job to take over as a corrections program manager in the state Division of Corrections.

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Investigation
3:54 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

No Charges for Seller Who Sold Gun to W.Va. Killer

Jody Hunt of Westover killed four people in the Morgantown area last Monday. He illegally purchased the gun involved in the killings.

A Monongalia County ex-convict who murdered four people last week purchased the weapon used in the killing spree online from another West Virginian.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt of Westover purchased the firearm about a year.

George Huffman says ATF traced Hunt's gun to a Monongalia County resident who sold Hunt the gun via Facebook.

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An Inspiring West Virginian
12:16 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Moundsville Native Is A Pioneering Astrobiophysicist

Pioneering scientist Adrian Melott says his curiosity stems from the chemistry lab he was allowed as a child in his Moundsville, WV home.
Credit Jean Snedegar

During his distinguished career, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Adrian Melott has been a pioneer in two completely different fields of space science – and he credits his focus and curiosity in large part to his grandfather who read a lot about science, and his father, a machinist who allowed him “free reign” in a chemistry lab in the family basement.

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Government
12:11 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

After Election Takeover, Republican Leaders Outline Priorities

Credit Flickr / davidwilson1949

This election cycle was a historic one for West Virginians, electing a Republican majority in both the state House and Senate and sending all but one Republican to Congress to represent the state. Those state and federal leaders in met in Charleston Monday to discuss their path forward.

Senator-elect Shelley Moore Capito fronted the group of lawmakers during a press conference at the Capitol after a morning meeting amongst party leaders. Capito says the state’s Congressional delegation plans to work closely with in-waiting House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Bill Cole in the upcoming year to move their issues forward.

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Economy
11:08 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Alpha Won't Lay Off 750 West Virginia Coal Miners

  About 750 Alpha Natural Resources workers at West Virginia coal mines will keep their jobs, despite layoff warnings this summer.

In a news release Monday, Alpha said operations will continue at eight mines in Logan, Mingo, Boone and Raleigh counties.

In July, Alpha warned 1,100 West Virginia workers at 11 mines of anticipated layoffs. The mines produced about 75 percent thermal coal for power generation, and 25 percent metallurgical coal for steel production.

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Government
8:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Public Meetings Set on Two W.Va. Highway Projects

  The West Virginia Division of Highways is holding public meetings this week on two road projects.

An informational workshop on the proposed Inwood Bypass is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria at Musselman High School in Inwood.

On Tuesday, the DOH will hold an informational workshop on improvements to the Interstate 79 Weston interchange with U.S. 33. The meeting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peterson-Central Elementary School in Weston.

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West Virginia Morning
7:52 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Moundsville's Adrian Melott is an Inspiring West Virginian

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where new legislative leaders were chosen yesterday.  And we profile another inspiring West Virginian who was the first to use supercomputers to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

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