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Republican Majority
11:35 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Hall Says Political Flip to Keep District Relevant

Credit Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Wyoming County Senator Daniel Hall made the political switch from Democrat to Republican this week giving the GOP an 18 to 16 majority. On Viewpoint Friday, Hall said he made the switch to keep his district relevant.

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Viewpoint
11:01 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Historic Wins and a Party Switch Mean New Faces Will Lead W.Va. in Washington and at Home

The 2014 mid-term elections were significant not just for the national Republican Party, but for the state GOP as well. The party was able to gain control of all 4 Congressional seats on the ballot and flip both the West Virginia House and Senate. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Ebola Health Care Worker Ends 21 Day Monitoring

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with a health care worker who spent a month assessing the Ebola virus in Liberia. And the Public Service Commission is holding public hearings across the state on a rate increase request from American Electric Power.  Jessica Lilly attended one in Mercer County.

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PSC Meetings
9:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Are West Virginia AEP Customers Saying About AEP's Proposed Rate Increase?

American Electric Power customers testify about the proposed rate increase in Mercer County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The Public Service Commission is hosting meetings across the state as American Electric Power asks to raise electric rates on customers. Wednesday they heard from folks in McDowell County, many of which, oppose the rate increase. On Thursday they were in Mercer County.

Folks at the meeting expressed concerns about:

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Public Health
6:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

An Ebola Healthcare Worker Returns Home to West Virginia

Burial site in Bong County, Liberia.
Credit Scott Laney / CDC

The week a healthcare worker in West Virginia completes his 21-day monitoring period after a month in Liberia.

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Economy
3:13 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Governor's Trip to Brazil to Focus on Ethane Cracker Plant

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will lead a trade mission to Brazil next week to continue talks with two companies who plan to bring an ethane cracker to the state. 

Tomblin and members of the West Virginia Development Office will meet with executives from Odebrecht and Braskem while on the four day trip to the South American country, focusing on the next steps for Project ASCENT.

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Higher Education
3:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

WVU Exploring Purchase of Beckley Campus

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West Virginia University announced Thursday it is exploring the purchase of the former Mountain State University Beckley campus.The University announced a due diligence agreement in a press release. The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, and academic programs among many other areas at Mountain State to determine if it meets their academic and fiscal expectations.

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Drugs
3:06 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

$581,000 Seized in W.Va. Synthetic Cannabis Case

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  Federal prosecutors have seized more than a half-million dollars tied to a synthetic marijuana investigation.

About $581,000 was found in nine separate bank accounts. The money was taken in civil asset forfeiture proceedings. It's connected to a Morgantown business, Mid-Nite Adult, which sold mainly adult novelty items.

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2:39 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

NBC News' Exit Polling for U.S. Senate Race

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Exit polling data from MSNBC reveals quite a lot about the motivation of voters in the Capito-Tennant race for U.S. Senate. For example, 47 percent of voters polled say their vote "expressed opposition" to President Obama, with 90 percent of those voters punching the ticket for Capito.
Go to NBCNews.com for the latest news about the 2014 West Virginia Senate elections and up-to-the-minute West Virginia Senate election results.
Law & Order
11:44 am
Thu November 6, 2014

W.Va. Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

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  The accused leader of a northern West Virginia drug ring has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 38-year-old Brian Schultz headed a network that distributed prescription painkillers and cocaine in northern West Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio.

Schultz pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The Triadelphia resident faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Energy & Environment
11:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Judge Won't Halt Mining Near Kanawha State Forest

Protesters of the mine outside the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A judge has rejected a petition seeking to halt further operations at a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky's decision came Wednesday in a petition filed by the Kanawha Forest Coalition and other opponents of the Keystone Development No. 2 mine. The petition had sought to block a state permit issued to the mine.

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Election 2014
11:15 am
Thu November 6, 2014

W.Va. Voter Turnout Lowest in at Least Six Decades

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  This election, West Virginia Republicans made historic gains and the state's voters set a low mark.

A paltry 37.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots for Tuesday's election. The secretary of state's website says the turnout is the lowest for a regular general election since at least 1950.

For the first midterm election since its introduction here in 2002, early voting dropped this year.

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Archives
11:09 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Retiring Sen. Rockefeller to Donate U.S. Senate Papers to WVU

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Retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is donating his Senate papers to West Virginia University.

Officials said Wednesday that the West Virginia Democrat will make the donation Saturday in the Milano Reading Room at the Wise Library on the university's downtown campus in Morgantown. 

Rockefeller and WVU President Gordon Gee will be among the speakers at the event.

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West Virginia Morning
8:23 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Randolph County Residents Weigh in on Pipeline Proposal

On West Virginia Morning, residents of Mill Creek in Randolph County had to chance to review maps of a proposed natural gas pipeline to see if it is near or crosses their properties.  And from Grant County, Liz McCormick is with Curtis Fleming of the Outdoor Channel as he teaches some young boys to fly fish. 

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Sports
9:43 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

W.Va. Native Curtis Fleming Teaches School Kids About Fly Fishing

Liz McCormick West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Outdoor Channel features a show titled, Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. It makes stops across the country to feature different places to fly fish. Last week, the show stopped at Cabins, West Virginia in Grant County to hold an event to push for kids to go outside and fly fish. Among the participants, were two students from the Chestnut Mountain Ranch School in Morgantown. It’s a Christian school that serves troubled boys. One of the students talked about the qualities of fly fishing that might help him and others like him in his therapy.

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Politics
7:33 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hall Switches Parties, GOP Will Control Both Chambers of West Virginia Legislature

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Senator Daniel Hall has left the Democratic Party, flipping the West Virginia Legislature entirely into the hands of the GOP, according to a source in the state's Republican Party office. 

The party affiliation change comes after a deadlock in the state Senate where Republicans and Democrats each had 17 members as a result of Tuesday's election.

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Senate Power
3:51 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

After Tuesday's Election West Virginia's State Senate Was Tied. Now, It's Not.

Credit Martin Valent / WV Legislative Photography

Updated Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. 

State Senator Daniel Hall has switched from Democrat to Republican, switching the balance of power.  For more, see this story.

Original Post from Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 3: 51 p.m. 

After Tuesday’s mid-term elections, Democrats in the West Virginia Senate are living with a new reality.  There are 17 of them and 17 Republicans, leaving the upper chamber in a dead even tie.

The results mean control of the Senate, and Senate President Jeff Kessler’s position of power, hang in the balance, but it’s not one that’s likely to be decided any time soon.

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Outside money detrimental
3:20 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Rahall Reflects on 2014 Campaign, Career Accomplishments

Nick Rahall, defeated in the race for District 3's congressional seat, reflects on campaign and career.
Credit Submitted Photo / Office of Nick Rahall

Democrat Nick Rahall of Beckley will leave his congressional office next month after 38 years of service, to be replaced by Republican Evan Jenkins.

West Virginia's District 3 congressman sat down with Suzanne Higgins on election night, to reflect on the 2014 campaign, and the successes he's had for southern West Virginia while in office.

While the Rahall campaign received between $3-$7 million in outside support to Jenkins' estimated $8-$10 million, the congressman said the practice has undermined the political process.

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Election 2014
2:17 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Five Ways the West Virginia GOP Made History in the 2014 Election

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The story of the 2014 Midterm Elections in West Virginia is all about the Republican Party.

Calling Tuesday's election a statement that the President's polices were on the ballot, Republicans won big in federal races and dramatically shifted the power of the state legislature.

Here are the five biggest stories of the night:

1. The House of Delegates is now in the hands of the GOP for the first time in 83 years.

The state Republican Party's main focus this year was changing the balance of power in the House of Delegates. Running on a campaign of "83 years is enough" and pointing to the longtime control of Democrats, the GOP pulled 64 of 100 seats in the state legislature's lower house. 

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Election 2014
1:35 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Longest Serving Senator Says Her Party Won't Concede Power

Sen. Donna Boley, (R), Pleasants County
Credit West Virginia Legislature

Senator Donna Boley of Pleasants County was the only Republican member of the West Virginia Senate in the 1990's. 

Now, she is the longest serving member of the upper chamber and will preside as Senate President pro-tem.

After Tuesday night's mid-term election, Boley's tenure also means she will preside over the next Senate President election in January. 

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