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Dilapidated Properties
4:48 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

How can West Virginia Towns Get Rid of Dilapidated Properties?

Site of demolished building, planned for reuse.
Credit Clark Davis

Representatives from twelve communities from across the state are in Huntington learning ways to deal with dilapidated and empty properties.

The twelve communities were selected by a statewide coalition of community development entities based on the amount of problems they’re having with dilapidated, abandoned and empty properties. The communities involved are:

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Public Education
2:10 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

New W.Va. Superintendent Releases Schools Plan

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano presented his six point plan to the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's new superintendent of schools has released his goals for improving the state's public education system, including a focus on improving student attendance and graduation rates.

Michael Martirano presented the plan to the state Board of Education on Wednesday.

The plan would increase pre-kindergarten offerings in all elementary schools and early childhood learning centers, including the expansion of programs before and after school and during the summer.

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Elk River chemical spill
10:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Above Ground Storage Tank Public Hearing Set for Thursday

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a public hearing Thursday evening on the  draft interpretive rule for the Aboveground Storage Tank Program.

The new program is a requirement of Senate Bill 373, which passed the West Virginia Legislature in March after the January 9th chemical spill in Charleston contaminated drinking water.

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Indictment
10:40 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Feds Seek Forfeitures in Case Against W.Va. Doctor

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Federal authorities plan to seek property and cash forfeitures from a Martinsburg doctor if she's convicted of drug charges.

A superseding indictment filed Tuesday against Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy says the government will seek the forfeiture of any property used, or intended to be used, to commit crimes, including at least $30,000 in cash.

Duffy is accused in of writing blank prescriptions and allowing her staff to write scripts for Xanax, Oxycodone, Valium and other drugs.

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Government
9:21 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Parkersburg Signs Discourage Helping Panhandlers

A panhandler in Parkersburg says signs posted by the city discouraging the practice give panhandlers a bad name.                                        

The signs ask people to not contribute to the drug and alcohol problem by giving to panhandlers.

Charles Kelly is a panhandler. He tells WTAP-TV that he doesn't do drugs or drink alcohol. He also says he doesn't go up to vehicles and ask for money.

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West Virginia Morning
8:29 am
Wed October 8, 2014

U. S. Senate Debate Overview; Generation West Virginia

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins Beth Vorhees for a report about the debate between Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate.  And we’ll meet the new Executive Director of Generation West Virginia, a group that seeks to reverse the brain drain.

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Election 2014
9:13 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Watch Capito, Tennant Square Off in U.S. Senate Debate

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Energy & Environment
4:22 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Feds Cite Patriot Coal in Fatal Boone County Mine Accident

Federal mining officials are citing Patriot Coal for serious violations during a severe coal burst that killed two miners in May.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration issued three citations Tuesday for the Boone County mine accident.

Citations say Patriot didn't adequately protect miners from hazards, report a similar burst three days earlier or preserve evidence about the earlier burst.

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Government
2:05 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

U.S. Judge Lifts Hold on W.Va. Gay Marriage Suit, Withholds Final Ruling

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  A federal judge has lifted his hold on a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers on Tuesday ordered the state and two county clerks to respond to a motion by plaintiffs by Oct. 21.

The motion filed Monday by attorneys for three same-sex couples asked Chambers to grant their motion for summary judgment based on the outcome of a similar case in Virginia.

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Election 2014
12:59 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Capito Has $3.4 Million for Homestretch; Tennant, $1.1 Million

  In rival U.S. Senate bids, Republican Shelley Moore Capito raised $1.6 million last quarter and still has $3.4 million in the bank, while Democrat Natalie Tennant brought in almost $1 million and has $1.1 million in her campaign account.

Capito takes the 3-to-1 cash edge into the race's homestretch, as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

With plenty of TV advertising, the two had a high-spending quarter.

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Liquidation begins
11:44 am
Tue October 7, 2014

14,000 Former MSU Students Closer to Compensation

14,000 former students of Mountain State University in Beckley are in line to receive compensation 2 years after its closure.
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A Jan. 15 hearing is scheduled in Charleston on a proposed settlement of hundreds of lawsuits against the now defunct Mountain State University.

A three-judge mass litigation panel gave preliminary approval to the settlement Monday following a hearing in Beckley.

The proposed settlement will establish a fund to compensate over 14,000 students who filed claims when the university lost its accreditation in 2012.

Yesterday's decision allows the former university to begin liquidating its assets.

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Courts
10:57 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Pa. Man in Wreck Involving Chickens, Marijuana Pleads Not Guilty in W.Va. on Gun Charges

Credit West Virginia Regional Jail Authority

A Pennsylvania man who wrecked an SUV on a West Virginia highway while carrying live chickens, improvised explosives and guns pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge Tuesday.

Police say 21-year-old Seth Grim of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, was driving south along Interstate 79 about 30 miles northeast of Charleston when he lost control of his Ford Explorer on Aug. 22 and wrecked. State police found 30 chickens, improvised explosive devices, a dog, marijuana, ammunition, and two AK-47-style rifles at the scene. The dog didn't survive.

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Government
9:49 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Feds Investigate W.Va. Broadband Stimulus Project

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  A West Virginia high-speed Internet project is being investigated by the federal government.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked state officials to turn over thousands of documents related to a fiber-optic cable network built by Frontier Communications.

The $42 million project was funded with federal stimulus money.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Advocates Wait for Same Sex Marriage Ruling in W. Va.

On West Virginia Morning, advocates say it won’t be long before the state’s ban on same sex marriage is overturned.  And a story about a group of Romanian music students who are traveling around the state learning Appalachian folk music.

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Same Sex Marriage
9:15 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

What Does the U.S. Supreme Court's Inaction Mean for Gay Marriage in W.Va.?

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When the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday not to consider the appeals before them against lower courts’ same sex marriage rulings that meant five new states could now issues marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. 

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Home Rule
12:42 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Home Rule Board Announces 16 New Cities

Credit Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board announced the sixteen new cities who will take part in the extension of the pilot program Monday in Bridgeport.

Home rule legislation was first adopted in the state as a five year pilot program for four cities. In 2013, the program was extended through 2019 and expanded to an additional 16 cities.

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Government
12:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Gay Marriages in Va. Can Begin Monday, W.Va. Ruling to Come

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The Richmond-based federal appeals court says its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect this afternoon.

According to the clerk's office, the mandate will be issued at 1 p.m. Court clerks will be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after that time.

In West Virginia, the issue of same sex marriage is in the court of Federal Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington.  Chambers had set aside ruling on the matter citing the same issues were at stake in Virginia.  Chambers entered an order in June that stayed the case filed in West Virginia by three couples last October.

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Economy
9:51 am
Mon October 6, 2014

January Spill Boosts St. Albans' Tax Revenue

  St. Albans got a tax revenue boost from the January chemical spill as thousands of people came to the city to buy groceries and eat in restaurants.

St. Albans wasn't affected by a water ban imposed after the Jan. 9 spill in Charleston.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that St. Albans's business and occupation tax revenue increased by $30,000 in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same January-to-March period in 2013.

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Senate Debate
9:31 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Watch: Capito-Tennant U.S. Senate Debate

  Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant are facing off in a debate for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday's debate will take place at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.

The West Virginia Press Association, AARP, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and MetroNews are organizing it.

Hoppy Kercheval of MetroNews will be the moderator.

The debate will also air live online and on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Journalists will analyze the event in a post-debate special.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Research at WVU Studies Autism

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on new research underway in the state to study autism.  And we’ll hear from the third party candidates in the race for the United States Senate.  They were guests on our political talk show Viewpoint on Friday. 

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