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Sen. Joe Manchin says legislation he's introducing would create an enforceable program for states to oversee the disposal of coal ash.

The West Virginia Democrat has introduced the bill with a Republican Senate colleague. The proposal is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed against the Logan County Board of Education by the mother of a teenager who was told to turn his NRA T-shirt inside out when he came to school.

The lawsuit claimed the woman's son's constitutional rights had been violated.

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Moundsville officials are tackling the issue of all-terrain vehicles with a new city ordinance.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports that Moundsville police Lt. Steve Kosek says the ordinance took effect this month, completely banning ATV use on city streets and alleys.

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On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at the challenges Marshall University’s new president; Jerome Gilbert plans to overcome in the coming year.

In light of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, this week on Inside Appalachia we remember the West Virginia water crisis from 2014. We’ll also hear from people in the coalfields who don’t have access to clean water, day in and day out. And we’ll honor the traditional “Appalachian” way of coming together to lean on each other.

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Warming stations and shelters are open in counties across West Virginia in preparation for expected power outages as Winter Storm Jonas continues to drop heavy snow on the southern and western regions of the state. Shelter locations are listed below by county. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Brenton, W.Va., resident Sue Cline to fill the vacancy left in the West Virginia Senate after Daniel Hall's resignation.

Cline's appointment comes after a decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Friday ordering Tomblin to appoint a Republican to the seat. 

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Former prison employee Scotty Rose has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for witness tampering.

Acting United States Attorney Carol Castro says in a news release that Rose was sentenced Thursday.

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Snow kayaking, stuck snowplows and scenes that belong in a snow globe -- these are just some of the images and videos being shared here in West Virginia during Blizzard 2016.

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The West Virginia Legislature sent its members home early Friday because of the inclement weather in the Kanawha Valley.

Both the House and Senate chambers met earlier than usual Friday morning. The House at 9:00 a.m. and the Senate at 10:00 a.m. Normally, both chambers would meet for a floor session at 11:00 a.m., but this weekend’s storm has all members taking extra precautionary measures.

On this Snowmaggedon edition of The Front Porch:

1. A huge snowball fight breaks out over Right to Work, and whether it is right for West Virginia

2. Does Sen. Chris Walter's bill to expand broadband internet access stand a snowball's chance in hell? Should it?

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Republicans will maintain their majority in the state Senate after the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals  issued an order Friday morning.

The order calls on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to appoint a Republican to replace former Sen. Daniel Hall who resigned this month.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin transitioned his declared State of Preparedness to a State of Emergency Friday morning for all 55 counties in West Virginia.

The declaration allows the governor to mobilize additional resources to handle the severe weather.

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West Virgin has been denied $140 million in federal money to help the struggling southern coalfields.

In a news release Thursday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he was disappointed in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's decision to reject the application.

Tomblin mentioned the National Disaster Resilience Competition money during his State of the State earlier this month. It would have helped rebuild infrastructure and other needs in six coalfield counties.

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The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle explosion that killed seven astronauts.

The event is set for Thursday evening.

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Former West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Larry V. Starcher has established a fund to support adjunct faculty salaries at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Starcher has been a lecturer at the law school since 2009, teaching trial advocacy and pre-trial litigation. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the college's trial advocacy program since 1991.

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A government agency is asking people in four states, including West Virginia and the District of Columbia to report algae blooms in rivers and streams that drain into the Potomac River.

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin said in a statement Thursday that it's in the fifth year of studying the prevalence and ecological impact of algae and plants in freshwater systems.

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A former West Virginia mayor has been given probation after he was charged with selling prescription pills.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a federal judge sentenced former Pratt Mayor Gary Allen Fields on Thursday to three years of probation, as part of a plea agreement Fields had made with prosecutors.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we take a closer look at the debate over the controversial Right to Work bill and hear what Senators on both sides have to say about the recently-passed legislation.

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Federal funds are heading to a Mingo County health center to support health care options and expand access to care.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced the nearly 350 thousand dollar grant for the Williamson Health and Wellness Center in Mingo County Thursday.

The funds were awarded through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a press release.

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