Blankenship Trial
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A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has reported to a California prison to begin his one-year sentence.

Spokesman Justin Long says Blankenship is in custody Thursday at a federal facility in Taft, California.

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Two pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center have been delivered to Huntington, where they will be used in a memorial at the 9/11 Healing Field.

The pieces were carried by convoy from New York on Thursday and arrived in time for an evening ceremony in Huntington. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the ceremony provided a chance to pay respects to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York, as well as first responders, veterans and active members of the military.

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A new tactical diversion squad through the Drug Enforcement Agency will help north central West Virginia fight the state's growing drug problem.

WBOY-TV reports that starting next month the diversion squad will assist local law enforcement in catching drug dealers, finding pill mills and identifying false prescriptions.

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After a chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley left more than 300,000 people with contaminated drinking water for days, state lawmakers passed legislation in an effort to prevent a similar crisis. One part of that legislation requires most water utilities in the state to draft source water protection plans – with public input. West Virginia Public Broadcasting attended a public forum in Shepherdstown Thursday night aimed at educating the community about the plans.

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with our political analyst Dr. Robert Rupp about the results of Tuesday’s primary election and Judy Collins and Ari Hest are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Legislation designed to support babies born addicted to drugs passed unanimously in the United States House Of Representatives yesterday.

The bill is called The Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act. It was introduced by West Virginia U.S. representative Evan Jenkins. It is designed specifically to help babies who have neonatal abstinence syndrome, also known as NAS.

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved alternative teacher certification programs in eight counties, including a McDowell County program that will bring Teach For America's services to the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the decision was made at the board's meeting on Wednesday.

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The 2016 Americana Music Awards nominations are in! We're proud to see so many of Mountain Stage's guests on the list. Click on the artist's name to hear their recent performance on Mountain Stage.

Don Blankenship
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Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, is scheduled to report to prison Thursday after being convicted of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at West Virginia's Upper Big Branch coal mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 men.

A federal court has denied an emergency motion filed by attorneys for ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship requesting that he remain free while he appeals his conviction.


West Virginia is reporting that 40 percent of registered voters turned out for its primary election.

A secretary of state news release about the unofficial results says the Mountain State cast 487,550 ballots with 54 of 55 counties reporting. Braxton County is the county that isn't reporting.

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The National Park Service says southern West Virginia's three national parks contributed more than $64 million in benefits to the local economy in 2015.

Economists with the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed visitor spending at parks across the nation, including the New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area.

On West Virginia Morning, Senate minority leader Jeff Kessler’s loss of the democratic nomination for governor means the end of this legislative career.  Glynis Board talks with Kessler as he reflects on 20 years in the state legislature.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

As the poll results came in the evening of Election Day, it was clear Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler would not take the Democratic nomination for governor.

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West Virginia's tricky primary rules could cost Donald Trump four delegates. It won't matter — Trump has 92 percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Trump easily won the West Virginia primary. However, most of the state's delegates are elected directly by voters.

Twenty-two delegates were elected based on the statewide vote, and the top 22 vote getters were all Trump delegates. However, no more than two can be from the same county. Bernie Sanders is trailing Hillary Clinton by 283 delegates on the democratic side.

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Another employee at a Raleigh County coal industry laboratory has been charged for his part in a scheme to falsify water samples.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 62-year-old John Brewer, a manager at Appalachian Laboratories Inc., faces seven counts in a federal grand jury indictment.

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Ending the night with around 50 percent of the vote, Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice was the clear winner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor after Tuesday’s primaries.

The billionaire thanked his family and his fellow candidates, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, but quickly shifted his focus to the general election and his new opponent, Republican Senate President Bill Cole during his victory speech.

Don Blankenship
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Attorneys for former coal executive Don Blankenship want to delay his entry into prison this week.

In an emergency motion in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Blankenship's attorneys wrote that he's slated to head to prison Thursday in California. But the court has not ruled on whether the former Massey Energy CEO should stay free until his larger appeal is decided.

On West Virginia Morning, a complete wrap up of the results of the state’s primary election, plus PROMISE scholarships are on hold until after a state budget is determined and West Virginia State University has a new president. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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After losing a close race in 2008, Morgantown attorney Beth Walker has come back to win the first nonpartisan election to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She did it with substantial backing from outside groups.

Bernie Sanders
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Both candidates who were expected to win in West Virginia Tuesday did -- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took the state. 

With no one left to run against, Trump won the Republican primary in the state by a large margin. A small crowd gathered at Embassy Suites in Charleston to celebrate the victory. Robert Jones, of Charleston, was at the party and said Trump is the candidate the state needs.