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Travel
5:14 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Airline Offering Flights from W.Va. to Orlando

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  PEOPLExpress is planning to offer low-fare flights from Charleston's Yeager Airport to Orlando starting next month.

Officials on Wednesday announced the new flights that will begin on Oct. 16.

Service between Charleston and Orlando will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with Boeing 737 aircraft. Introductory fares start at $49 each way.

Officials say Charleston is the first destination to be added outside the PEOPLExpress base at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia.

Economy
12:04 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Thousands Will Ride the World Class Gauley Rapids Beginning This Weekend

White water rafting on the Gauley RIver begins this weekend.
Credit Ken Thomas / wikimedia Commons

Five thousand people on some 500 boats are expected on the Gauley River beginning Friday as the U.S. Corp of Engineers begins drawing down the water levels on Summersville Lake, releasing a thunderous amount of water into the Upper and Lower sections of the Gauley.

The releases will occur during the next 7 consecutive weekends, supporting the local rafting industry and ensuring the river maintains its world class rafting status.

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Politics
11:01 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Rove to Fundraise for Jenkins' Congressional Bid

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  A former top adviser to President George W. Bush will raise money for Republican congressional challenger Evan Jenkins next week in West Virginia.

The Jenkins campaign says Karl Rove is heading to Huntington for a Sept. 9 fundraiser. Rove was Bush's deputy chief of staff and senior adviser.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Gas Pipeline Proposed for W.Va., Morgantown Acts on Truck Traffic

Ashton Marra reports about a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas out of the state.  Also, September is National Preparedness Month.  Sarah Lowther Hensley reports how you can be prepared in an emergency.

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Infrastructure
1:12 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Morgantown Passes Heavy-Truck Traffic Ban

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Morgantown City Council passed an ordinance 6-1 that limits heavy trucks traveling through the city's downtown area along State Route 7.


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Essay
7:50 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

On ‘Ghostbusters’, Labor & Turning 30

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This Labor Day weekend Ghostbusters was re-released in theaters to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. This occurrence seems monumental for me, personally, for a few reasons.

Let me explain.

Ghostbusters was originally released to American audiences on June 8, 1984. My twin brother Dan and I were born on October 24, 1984.

I’m not good at math or reading a calendar on some days, but this fact means Dan and I were still occupying our mother’s womb when the film was released. That also means Dan and I turn 30 in less than two months.

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Disaster Planning
5:37 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

National Focus in September: Be Prepared

Credit FEMA

September is National Preparedness Month. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management wants citizens, businesses and communities to make sure they’re ready in the event of disaster.

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Health & Science
4:42 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Medical Tests Now Available in W.Va. C8 Case

Credit Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Mid-Ohio Valley residents exposed to a chemical used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia can now apply for free medical monitoring.

An attorney for Parkersburg-area plaintiffs, Harry Deitzler, says residents can apply for a free blood test and free medical screening to uncover diseases linked to the chemical C8.

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Natural Gas
2:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dominion Announces Partnership to Build W.Va. Pipeline

Credit Dominion

Dominion Resources officially announced a new partnership Tuesday that will pump billions of cubic feet of natural gas a day out of West Virginia. That is if a federal regulatory commission approves the project.

The nearly $5 billion project has Dominion Resources teaming up with North Carolina’s Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas as well as Atlanta-based AGL Resources to lay 550 miles of pipeline.

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Water Quality
2:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Guthrie Appointed to Water System Study Group

Del. Nancy Guthrie.
Credit West Virginia Legislature

House Speaker Tim Miley announced his appointment Tuesday to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia. 

Kanawha County Delegate Nancy Guthrie was appointed to the Public Water System Supply Study Committee on August 21 and will serve as a non-voting member.

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Bankruptcy
12:43 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Utility Opposes $2.9 Million Deal in Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Case

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  A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January.

West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its insurance proceeds to pay for the projects. The company filed its opposition last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston.

Freedom's spill in January spurred a tap-water ban for days. The company filed for bankruptcy eight days later.

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Drugs
9:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Majority of W.Va. Drug Arrests Are for Marijuana

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Arrest figures show that a majority of drug arrests in West Virginia are for marijuana.

A review of West Virginia drug arrests by The Charleston Gazette shows that more than half have been for marijuana since 2000.

Charleston police Lt. Chad Napier says marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs. He says people arrested for other crimes often have marijuana in their possession.

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Government
9:44 am
Tue September 2, 2014

W.Va. Police Witness Survey Gets Few Responses

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

  Most police departments in West Virginia haven't responded to a survey regarding witness identification policies.

The survey asked police departments whether they have complied with a 2013 law that required them to adopt written witness identification policies by Jan. 1, 2014.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Community Development Underway in Fairmont and Charleston's West Side

Roxy Todd takes a tour of Charleston’s West Side Flats to see the area’s community improvement efforts.  And such efforts are the focus in Fairmont as well where native Kate Greene has returned from Montana to lead business building on Main Street. Also State Impact Pennsylvania reports on the noise from natural gas compressor stations.

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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Community Development
8:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

A Greene Light for Downtown Fairmont

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Public agencies, private businesses, foundations and non-profit groups are constantly striving to inject life and energy into local communities. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for successful community development, but sometimes having the right person in the right place at the right time can make all the difference.

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Inside Appalachia
4:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va.

In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.  One company is trying to be sensitive.

In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.

And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.

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Legislation
4:29 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.

Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.

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Government
3:40 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel

Credit Kanawha Charleston Health Department

Senate President Jeff Kessler has announced his appointment to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia.

Kessler announced in a press release the appointment of Kanawha- Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta to the panel. Gupta will serve as a non-voting member.

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10:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

West Virginia Poll: Coal Is Not Top Issue for Most Voters

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As Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail reports, a poll by R. L. Repass--comissioned by the newspaper--shows that unemployment and jobs, health care and the federal budget all registered as higher priorities compared to coal.
The future of the coal industry isn't the top priority for the vast majority of West Virginians likely to vote to send someone to Congress this year, according to a new West Virginia Poll.
Energy & Environment
10:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Yeager Airport Board Explores Solar Panel Project

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  Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The Charleston Gazette reports that members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

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