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Carbon Emissions
11:45 am
Mon December 1, 2014

EPA Reaches Final Day of Public Comment on Proposed Carbon Emission Rule

The Mt. Storm power plant is coal-fired and would have to reduce carbon emissions under the EPA proposed rule.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Monday is the final day the federal Environmental Protection Agency will accept comments on their proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

The EPA announced the rule in June of this year aimed at cutting CO2 emissions for the country by 30 percent by 2030. Individually if the rule were approved as is, West Virginia would have to cut its emissions by 15 percent compared to 2012 measurements.

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Government
10:56 am
Mon December 1, 2014

W.Va. Regulators Postpone Chemical Spill Hearings

West Virginia utility regulators are again postponing hearings for the water company affected in a January chemical spill.

In an order last month, the state Public Service Commission canceled hearings scheduled Feb. 10-12 for West Virginia American Water.

The commission is probing the water company's response to a chemical spill that tainted its water supply. The Freedom Industries leak spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

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West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Mon December 1, 2014

WVU Clinician Chooses Home, Greenbank Meeting on Proposed Pipeline

A West Virginia native, Bill Petros led world renowned Duke University Cancer Center for a decade, but when the opportunity arose to continue his work at home, he left Duke for a spot at West Virginia University.

Dominion Resources' Atlantic Coast Pipeline has caused an uproar in some Virginia counties in its path, but in West Virginia, the proposed pipeline is just starting to gain attention. A recent meeting in Greenbank in Pocahontas County was focused on helping property owners understand the project and what they can do to protect their land.

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Taxes
8:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Annual Recalculation Cuts W.Va. Gas Tax By Penny

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Motorists will get a break on gasoline prices in West Virginia thanks to an annual tax recalculation. Beginning Jan. 1, the state's tax for conventional motor fuels will drop about a penny per gallon from 35.7 cents to 34.6 cents.

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Gun Transactions
6:52 am
Mon December 1, 2014

FBI's Black Friday Gun Sales Checks Set Record

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An FBI official says the federal background check system set a record for processing Black Friday gun purchases.

Stephen G. Fischer with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division says the system processed 175,754 gun transactions on Friday.

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Home Rule
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

W.Va. Cities to Ask Home Rule Board to OK Taxes

Wheeling's suspension bridge.
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Several cities participating in West Virginia's home rule program are seeking approval to impose sales taxes.

The tax proposals and other requests will be considered by the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board on Monday during a meeting in Fairmont.

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Employee Pay
6:45 am
Mon December 1, 2014

W.Va. Developing New Pay Plan for Highway Workers

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The West Virginia Division of Highways is developing a plan to improve employees' pay.

Deputy Commissioner John McBrayer says the agency isn't changing its pay scale. He tells The Charleston Gazette that the plan will improve the way employees move up the pay scale.

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Corrections
6:41 am
Mon December 1, 2014

State Guards Deny Wrongdoing in Prison Fight

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Seven corrections employees have denied wrongdoing after a state prisoner said they used unnecessary force against him. 

Wayne Hagan filed a complaint against the employees in federal court in May.

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Research Award
6:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

WVU Researcher Receives Grant for Crisis Study

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A West Virginia University scholar will be awarded more than $130,000 to study the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis. 

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Mingo Corruption
6:34 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Baisden Wants Prison Sentence Vacated

David Baisden at the federal courthouse in Charleston.
Credit Ashton Marra

 A former Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to extortion wants his prison sentence vacated. The Charleston Gazette reports David Baisden is asking a federal judge to throw out the 20 month prison sentence he was given in January. 

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An Inspiring West Virginian
4:09 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Clinical Pharmacologist Left Duke to Conduct World-Class Research at WVU

Clinical Pharmacologist Bill Petros of Wheeling left Duke University and its leading cancer center to return to WV to continue his work.

Not many pharmacists do cutting edge research in developing new drugs, and how drugs affect different patients differently.

But 53-year-old clinical pharmacologist Bill Petros of Wheeling, WV studies how cancer drugs react differently from one patient to the next.

For more than a decade Bill Petros led his own research lab at Duke University Cancer Center, one of the top cancer research centers in the United States. 

Then he got a call from West Virginia University, and was thrilled to return home.

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Inside Appalachia
2:41 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Inside Appalachia Thanksgiving with a Turkey Egg "Secret Agent", Heirloom Apple Collector and more

Turkey Drive, 1900. Lewisburg. Courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional Historic Collection, WVU Libraries.

Thanksgiving comes in two parts “giving” and “thanks.”  

This week, we’ll talk to a man in North Carolina, who’s collected over 1,000 varieties of heirloom apples.

And Layuna Rapp shares her memories of raising turkeys on her family farm in West Virginia

And we also want to take some time to hear from two young women who know what it’s like to struggle.

Troubled Youth Thankful For Youth Systems Services: Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.

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Race Issues
1:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Groups Stand with Michael Brown

A group of about 25 protesters gathered on the Capitol steps.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of about 25 protestors gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday with handmade signs chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” just as thousands of other activists gathered in large cities across the country. The group, while small in numbers, was there to show their support of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer.

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Winter Weather
11:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Parts of W.Va. Hit with Foot of Snow

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A winter storm has left more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia on one of the busiest travel days of the year.Eastern West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle are the hardest hit areas. The National Weather Service says 14 inches of snow was reported Wednesday morning in Frenchburg and in Paw Paw. Augusta received a foot of snow.

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Election 2014
11:27 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Kanawha Co. Clerk Files Complaint Against Tennant

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing an elections complaint saying she led a U.S. Senate campaign rally near a voting site.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed the complaint in late October but did not publicize it. McCormick, a Republican, provided the letter to The Charleston Gazette after a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Consumer Protection
10:35 am
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Stores Agrees to Pay Fine in Water Crisis Price-Gouging Case

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A Putnam County store operator has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state to settle a price-gouging complaint after the January water crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mid Valley Mart LLC says it will comply with state consumer protection laws. In exchange, a Putnam County Circuit Court complaint will be dismissed.

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Domestic Violence Help
10:25 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Fairmont to Donate Center to Domestic Violence Group

City of Fairmont
Credit City of Fairmont

Fairmont officials plan to donate a former Army Reserve center to a group that helps domestic violence victims.

Media outlets report that City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance donating the facility on Tuesday. A public hearing is set for Dec. 9.

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Snow Fall
10:21 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Snowshoe Mountain Kicks Off W.Va. Ski Season

Credit Phil Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain

Ski and snowboard season is getting underway in West Virginia.  

Snowshoe Mountain kicked off the season with a Wednesday opening. Winterplace will offer three days of alpine skiing starting Friday, then officially open full time on Dec. 12, along with Timberline. Canaan Valley opens Saturday.

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Weather
8:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Half the State Bracing for Snow

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Nearly half of the state is bracing for snow as the Thanksgiving travel season gets underway in West Virginia.  

Forecasters say a nor'easter is making its way up the East Coast bringing precipitation Wednesday into Thursday, with snowfall expected in the higher elevations especially across central Appalachia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Troubled Youth Thankful for Youth Services System in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board visits the Youth Services System in Wheeling, serving at risk children and young adults.  And Clark Davis reports from the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington.

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