Chemical Spill
6:51 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Freedom Industries Plans Tank Demolition for Monday

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  After running into asbestos problems, the company at the center of a January spill into West Virginia's biggest water supply plans to start dismantling its tanks Monday.

Freedom Industries Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch described the new start time Tuesday in bankruptcy court in Charleston.

The company has delayed the teardown multiple times. Freedom stalled its start last weekend because of asbestos issues in tank gaskets and elsewhere.

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Visual Arts Center
4:50 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Marshall Set to Open Visual Arts Center

Visual Arts Center
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Marshall University will open a new visual arts center in the fall in downtown Huntington.

Since purchasing the 112-year-old building in downtown Huntington for $750,000, the university has issued $9 million in bonds and raised more than $4 million in private money to renovate the facility. The former Anderson-Newcomb Company building that housed a department store of the same name, later becoming the Stone and Thomas building will now house students starting in August.

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Completion July 2015
2:25 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Bridge Replacement Means New River Closures and Detours

Closures and detours scheduled over the next year as Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge in Fayette County is replaced.
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A bridge closing in Fayette County means long-term disruption for river
traffic as well.

The West Virginia Department of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration are replacing the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge on Route 41 in the town of Prince.

Construction of the new bridge will require temporary full river traffic closures and long term river detours between Prince and the town of McCreery on the New River.

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and the detour will remain in effect until the project is completed  next July.

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10:28 am
Tue July 8, 2014

WVU Team Selected to Participate in NASA Program

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A team from West Virginia University has been selected to participate in a NASA program to build and test instruments.

NASA says the team from WVU is participating in the Undergraduate Student Instrument Program. Ten U.S. college and university teams were selected for the first year of the program.

Officials say the program is an educational flight opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Holiday Travel
10:14 am
Tue July 8, 2014

W.Va. Turnpike July 4 Traffic Up More Than Two Percent

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  Toll workers on the West Virginia Turnpike handled more than 1 million transactions during the Fourth of July holiday period.

Traffic on the 88-mile toll road was up more than 2 percent compared to the same 11-day period in 2013.

Turnpike officials use an 11-day window to measure the holiday's traffic because July 4 falls on a different day of the week each year.

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10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Pendleton County Superintendent Named W.Va. Superintendent of the Year

Pendelton County Superintendent Doug Lambert
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The West Virginia Association of School Administrators says Pendleton County Superintendent Doug Lambert has been named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year.  Lambert is president of the organization.

Lambert will represent West Virginia in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in San Diego in February.

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West Virginia Morning
9:01 am
Tue July 8, 2014

WVOASIS Integrates State Business Procedures & The Appalachian Project Seeks Stories

Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business but, unless you're a state employee that handles business procedures, it’s a change you likely won’t even notice. Two friends--one  in Johnson City, Tennessee and the other in Dickinson County, Virginia--are hoping to make a documentary showing a truer side of the Appalachian Region.

Federal Fines
9:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Freedom Industries Fined $11,000 for Elk River Spill

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  A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

OSHA also fined Freedom Industries $4,000 for failing to have standard railings on an elevated platform.

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Mine Safety
5:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Federal Regulator Issues Citations to Wyoming Co. Mine for Black Lung, Explosion Hazards

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued 38 citations as a result of an inspection of Rhino Eastern LLC's Eagle Mine 3 in Wyoming County.  MSHA says inspectors found conditions that put miners at risk of developing black lung disease and increased the potential for deadly explosions.

According to a news release issued Monday, inspectors arrived at the mine mid-morning on June 24, securing the mine’s phone systems on the surface that provide communications to the underground mining section. They traveled to the underground working section, where they arrived undetected. There, they determined that the mine operator failed to follow approved ventilation, methane and dust control plans in several locations of the underground mine. 

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Our Children Our Future Campaign
4:55 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Groups Offer Workshops on Shaping State Policy


A group working to change policy in West Virginia to improve communities and end child poverty in the state is hoping to get input on how to do it, from residents. Organizers at the Our Children Our Future campaign are hosting four workshops this month.

The Our Children Our Future Campaign is conducting day long trainings in four separate towns across West Virginia. The group touches on issues like policy advocacy, healthy lifestyles, voter education, and more.


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Chemical Spill
4:54 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

DHHR Survey: One-Fifth Reported Symptoms Related to Spill

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The state Department of Health and Human Resources released the results Monday of a survey of households in the nine county area affected by the January chemical spill. The results are similar to those released in previous months.

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Higher Education
4:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

W.Va. Higher Education Agencies Name Senior Administrator

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West Virginia's higher education system has a new senior administrator.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education said Matt Turner will be the agencies' new executive vice chancellor for administration.

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Affordable Care Act Funds
4:44 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Rural Clinic in Beckley Will Receive $1.65 Million Grant

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics in the nation to receive a training grant through the Affordable Care Act.

Community Health Systems of Beckley is one of 60 clinics across the country that will share more than 80 million dollars in Affordable Care Act money.

The rural clinic  will receive a $1.65 million grant to help train primary care providers.

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Mingo Corruption
4:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ex-Mingo Prosecutor Sentenced to One Year in Prison, Additional Supervision

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  Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in a federal corruption case.

Sparks was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Charleston. In addition to his time behind bars, he was sentenced to a year of supervised release.

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State Operations
3:21 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

WVOASIS Rolls Out Largest Phase to Date

Credit Office of the Governor

Tuesday marks a major change in the way state government does business, but it’s a change you likely won’t even notice.

West Virginia is rolling out its third phase of OASIS, Our Advanced Solution with Integrated Systems. It’s software that integrates a majority of the business state government conducts, but it’s not necessarily that simple.

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11:51 am
Mon July 7, 2014

West Virginia Recognizes Nebraska Concealed Carry Permits

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  Citizens from 31 other states can now carry concealed handguns in West Virginia as the state adds to its reciprocity list. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the addition of a reciprocity agreement with Nebraska today. The state becomes the seventh added since July of last year. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. Morrisey says Nebraska already recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia.

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School Construction
8:25 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon

Construction of a new $12 million elementary school in McDowell County is expected to begin after crews stabilize a riverbank that partially collapsed earlier this year.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that demolition of the old Iaeger Elementary School has been completed. He says large rocks from the construction area are being used to help stabilize the bank.

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Cold Medicine
8:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in W.Va.

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After a bill to make pseudoephedrine available only through a doctor's prescription died on the final night of the legislative session this year, two pharmacies are announcing their intentions to stop selling the drug.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Testimony Entered in PSC Investigation, W.Va. Working to Limit Exotic Pets, and Humans of Fairmont

West Virginia American Water entered written testimony last week in the Public Service Commission's investigation into the January chemical leak in Charleston. The PSC wanted more information about how the company responded to the crisis, including justification for not shutting of their source water intake.

State officials are working on a list of animals they feel are too dangerous to own as pets and a North Central West Virginia man's Facebook project is picking up steam as he tries to introduce you to the 'Humans of Fairmont.'

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Lions, Tigers, Bears
7:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dangerous Wild Animals: Who Made the List?

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When you hear the phrase “dangerous wild animals,” what image pops into your head? A lion? Tiger? Bear?

State officials are working to define what a dangerous wild animal is in order to restrict West Virginia residents from keeping them as pets. It’s an effort Sen. Bob Beach of Monongalia County said started for him in 2004 as chair of the House Agriculture committee.

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