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Broadband service is being expanded to more than 89,000 additional homes and businesses in rural West Virginia.

The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that its Connect America Fund has earmarked $38 million for Frontier Communications Corp. to expand service in West Virginia. Frontier received $22 million to expand service to 36,000 West Virginia customers under the program in 2013.

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A federal appeals court has denied former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's request to assign his case to a judge outside the Southern District of West Virginia.

A three-judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected Blankenship's petition in a one-page order issued Tuesday.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a decision ordering the destruction of a pit bull that bit a child.

The court says the Wayne County Circuit Court erroneously adopted a presumption that pit bull breeds are vicious, dangerous or a public health hazard.

The crime rate on the small Hebridean island of Canna, Scotland, skyrocketed overnight this week, when thieves looted a shop that had used the honor system. Locals say it's the first theft on the island in decades.

"The crimes — which included the theft of six woolly hats — are believed to be the first on Canna since a wooden plate was stolen in the 1960s," reports Scotland's STV.

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On West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition promotes locally grown food and the group is beginning to frame its legislative agenda for 2016.  Also, the Appalachian Regional Commission is collecting information to guide its economic development efforts for the region.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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About 150 people from six states gathered in Morgantown Tuesday, June 16, to tell the Appalachian Regional Commission what they think the organization can do to help the region take advantage of emerging opportunities. The ARC will use the information collected at the Morgantown listening session and four others to develop a plan to guide its economic and community development efforts during the next five years.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission was created as an economic development agency in 1964 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. The ARC partners with federal, state and local government to advocate for sustainable community and economic development across the region.

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Members of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition hosted their second annual food policy forum in Summersville Tuesday. The grassroots group is working to expand access to locally grown foods in the state while also improving the business climate for small farmers. While the discussions were preliminary, the group is beginning to identify its Legislative agenda for the 2016 session.

 

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Lunch Buses started up Tuesday in Jefferson County bringing meals to children and seniors at designated locations. But on the first day, things didn’t go quite as planned.

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West Virginia Senate doorkeeper Tony Gallo has died after battling brain cancer. He was 79.

Senate President Bill Cole said Gallo died Tuesday at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he won't run for governor next year, instead seeking re-election for his current post.

The first-term Republican made the announcement Tuesday during a conference call with reporters.

The decision could help the state's newly empowered Republican Party avoid a bruising primary fight.

 


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More than three dozen people have been indicted on charges stemming from a multistate heroin trafficking operation.

The 163-count indictment was unsealed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg.

A West Virginia program that protects seniors from health care fraud and abuse is getting a boost from the federal government.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito on Monday announced just over $242,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services for Senior Medicare Patrol Program projects. The program offers education and training to increase s awareness and understanding of health care programs.

West Virginia's government will begin accepting applications July 1 for school clothing vouchers for eligible children enrolled in the state's schools.

Officials say families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance, as well as those in foster care, will automatically receive vouchers by mid-July.

Wholesale fuel distributor CrossAmerica Partners says it plans to acquire the One Stop convenience store chain in West Virginia.

CrossAmerica says in a news release that the acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter. The company didn't provide details of the deal.

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A Maryland countertop company plans to move its operations to West Virginia.

Countertop Solutions employs about 22 people in Washington County, Maryland. Owner Jason Singer tells The Herald-Mail that he plans to move the company to the Falling Waters Industrial Center in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia.

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports on another shale discovery, this one in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  And producer Catherine Moore reports from Berkeley County where citizens are asking “what’s next?”  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Members of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition gathered the public Monday night in Westmoreland, near Huntington, to discuss the Rogersville Shale.

The forum was designed to inform the public of a newly discovered shale formation, the Rogersville Shale. The shale is concentrated in Calhoun, Roane, Jackson, Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln, Wayne and Cabell counties in West Virginia, but also extends into Kentucky. Dianne Bady is with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

It’s a momentous time to be living in Berkeley County. The economy in this Eastern Panhandle community is growing and diversifying. So is the population, as people from the nearby cities of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore migrate ever westward in search of a lower cost of living and more relaxed pace of life. Over half of residents now work outside the county, which sits at a crossroads of interstates and enjoys access to commuter rail to D.C.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has appointed a three judge panel to hear a petition to remove Charleston Mayor Danny Jones from office.

The petition, filed by former Charleston Mayoral candidate J.T. Thompson, says Jones committed “misconduct in office, malfeasance in office, gross immorality, neglected his duties as Mayor” and is an “incompetent person” as defined by West Virginia Code.

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