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Drinking Water
1:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

'Keep Your Promises, Dupont' Campaign Kicks Off

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Mid-Ohio Valley residents launched a campaign this week in an effort to pressure DuPont, a chemical company, into complying with a 2005 settlement agreement and to educate community members on how they can monitor their health.

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Hotel Tax
11:10 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Judge: Casino Must Collect Tax on Free Rooms

A judge says Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort has to collect the state hotel occupancy tax on complimentary rooms.

Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson's ruling came in a lawsuit filed against the resort by Hancock County in 2012.

The lawsuit sought to force Mountaineer to collect the 6 percent tax on rooms it gives gamblers for free. The lawsuit said the county has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue.

Mountaineer said it doesn't have to collect tax on complimentary rooms.

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Police Shooting
11:05 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Hearing for Texas Suspect Postponed

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A preliminary hearing in West Virginia for a Texas man charged in a shootout with police has been postponed.

Greenbrier County prosecutor Patrick Via says Wednesday's hearing was cancelled after the county public defender's office asked to withdraw from the case. A new hearing date hasn't been set.

Via says the Raleigh County public defender's office will represent 21-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell of Alvin, Texas.

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West Virginia Morning
8:50 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Best of 2014: Raleigh County Group Works to Continue Appalachian Bluegrass Tradition

As we continue recapping our favorite stories of 2014, we return to Sophia in Raleigh County where a group of local musicians get together each week to play bluegrass. While most of the participants are from older generations, one Glenville State College student learned the basics from the group that eventually inspired him to study the music style in school.

Jessica Lilly brings us the sounds of the Sophia bluegrass jam band and discusses why this tradition is so important to Appalachia. 

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Environment
10:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

UPDATE: DEP Postpones Public Hearing Concerning Lochgelly Waste Site

Credit Jessica Lilly / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 Update Wednesday January 7, 2015 11:46 a.m.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is postponing the meeting due to weather/road conditions. In an email, Kelley Gillenwater with the DEP said,

"Due to the inclement weather conditions in the Oak Hill area, tonight’s public hearing on the Danny Webb UIC permit applications will be reschedule. The date, time and location have not yet been determined but an announcement with those details will be made within the next couple of days."

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Politics
4:21 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

W.Va. Senators Respond to President's Position on Pipeline

West Virginia’s U.S. Senators responded Tuesday to President Obama’s announcement that should the Keystone XL Pipeline be approved by Congress, he intends to veto the bill.

The proposed pipeline would run from tar sands oil deposits in Canada through the heartland of America to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. Industry groups say the pipeline would create construction jobs, but many activists say the environmental costs outweigh those benefits.

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5th Documentary in Series
1:03 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Science, Business Leaders are Inspiring

Jake Harriman, founder of Nuru, a global organization fighting extreme poverty, speaks with producer Jean Snedegar.

Inspiring West Virginians is West Virginia Public Broadcasting's radio documentary series featuring the personal stories of West Virginians who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business.

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News
12:40 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Study: Feds Didn't Consider W.Va. Chemical Spill Inhalation Risk

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A study says federal officials overlooked risks of inhaling licorice-smelling fumes from a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest water supply.

The Purdue University study says some people became ill after flushing their pipes of the chemical last January. The spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention marked a baseline for how much chemical-laden water people could drink safely. It didn't consider other contact methods, like bathing or breathing.

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Former DNR Director Named Senator's New Liason

Former WVDNR Director Frank Jezioro buys the first Senior Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License from Felicia Boykins
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Senator Joe Manchin has appointed the former state director of the division of natural resources to a new, elevated post. 

Manchin named West Virginia's former director of the Division of Natural Resources Frank Jezioro the senator's new liaison to sportsmen and natural resources. Manchin was recently tapped to serve as co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and will hold a position on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in the new Congress.

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WV DMV
11:43 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Tomblin Picks Reed for Commissioner of West Virginia DMV

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appointing Patricia Reed as the new commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.

Tomblin announced the appointment Tuesday.

Reed has served as owner and broker of Reed-Patton Real Estate and as owner and principal agent of Pat Reed Insurance Agency.

She also was deputy commissioner in the West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Reed served two terms in the state House of Delegates and 12 years as a Raleigh County commissioner.

She is still a member of the Raleigh County Transportation Authority.

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Police Shooting
10:26 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hearing Set for Shootout Suspect

Eric Campbell
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A preliminary hearing is set for a Texas man charged in a shootout with police in West Virginia.

Twenty-one-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell of Alvin, Texas, is charged in West Virginia with attempted murder of a police officer and malicious assault of a police officer. His hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court.

Campbell's father, 54-year-old Edward Campbell of Alvin, faces similar charges.

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Government
10:20 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Capito Named to Counsel for Majority Leader McConnell

    

Newly elected Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has been tapped as counsel to new Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Capito's office said Tuesday in a news release that the West Virginia senator is one of four counsel members McConnell has appointed in the new Congress.

The other Republican senators appointed as counsel are Rob Portman of Ohio, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Mike Lee of Utah.

The release says the four senators will offer input, guidance and advice to the Republican leadership.

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Bridge Day
9:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Bridge Day Organizers to Rethink Security Plan

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Bridge Day organizers are re-evaluating a new security plan following protests by BASE jumpers.

The Bridge Day Commission has proposed requiring jumpers, rappellers and vendors to submit to fingerprint scans. The fingerprints would be checked against a terrorism watch list.

Some jumpers say they will skip Bridge Day this year because of the requirement. The jumpers cite privacy concerns.

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West Virginia Morning
8:33 am
Tue January 6, 2015

The Best of 2014: Veterans Find Solace in Agriculture Programs

As we continue our recap of our favorite stories of 2014, we start by meeting a veteran who suffers from PTSD, but found his life changed when he found the West Virginia Warrior and Veterans to Agriculture Program.

A Marshall University student shares the pride she felt when her hometown was named host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. She spoke with Clark Davis about the changes she saw in Sochi, Russia, as the media previewed the Olympic games. 

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Fracking
8:18 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Antero Resources to Lay Off More than 250 Contract Brokers

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Antero Resources plans to lay off more than 250 contract land brokers and focus on drilling.

Regional vice president Al Schopp tells The Exponent Telegram that the layoffs won't affect Antero's employees.

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Mine Deaths
6:36 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Report: Coal Related Deaths in 2014 Lowest Ever in U.S.

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The nation's coal mines set a record for the lowest number of on-the-job fatalities last year, with 16.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a news release Monday noting two fewer deaths than the previous low of 18 in 2009. The department says it's the lowest annual number of coal mining deaths ever recorded.

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Hunting
6:30 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Manchin to Co-Chair Congressional Sportsmens' Caucus

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been named co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.

The Democrat says the agenda of the Sportsmen's Caucus is to protect the rights of hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts and to conserve land for recreational use. Manchin says he's an "avid sportsman" who understands the importance of the nation's hunting and fishing heritage.

Manchin will chair the caucus with Sen. James Risch, an Indiana Republican.

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Education
6:27 am
Tue January 6, 2015

W.Va. Schools Chief to Tour Eastern Panhandle Schools

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West Virginia's superintendent of schools is heading to the Eastern Panhandle this week to meet with teachers and students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Michael Martirano starts his road trip on Wednesday at Musselman High School in Berkeley County. He has other stops at county schools that day before moving on to Jefferson County schools on Thursday. He wraps up the tour on Friday in Morgan County.

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Travel
6:24 am
Tue January 6, 2015

W.Va. Turnpike Traffic Up This Holiday Season

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Low gas prices and favorable weather added up to more holiday travelers on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr says the 10-day Christmas Travel period starting Dec. 19 saw 1,067,818 toll transactions. That's up nearly 16,000 transactions from 2013.

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Mine Trial
6:20 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Trial in Former Massey CEO's Case Delayed Until April

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A federal judge is delaying a trial until April for a former West Virginia coal baron facing criminal charges.

In U.S. District Court in Beckley, a docket entry Monday says Judge Irene Berger rescheduled ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's trial until April 20. It was slated to begin Jan. 26.

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