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A 32 year Mine Safety and Health Administration official turned Massey Energy mine planning and safety specialist testified the company had a reputation of defiance when it came to following mine safety regulations. 

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With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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West Virginia's new online voter registration system has clicked with voters.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says her office received 1,082 submissions through the system in its first month. The submissions included 439 new voter registration applications, 349 address changes, 267 party changes and 27 name changes.

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A federal judge has denied a motion made by defense attorneys Friday to again question a government witness in the trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Blankenship's lead attorney, Bill Taylor, made the motion to re-cross examine former Performance Coal President and Upper Big Branch mine operator Chris Blanchard after he said extensive new evidence was entered by the prosecution during his redirect. 

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State regulators say a Berkeley County cement plant's dust emissions have exceeded the permitted limit.

The Herald-Mail reports that the Division of Air Quality issued a notice of violation to the Essroc plant on Monday.

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg is putting its Downtown Center up for sale.

WVU-Parkersburg president Fletcher Lamkin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the property hasn't generated enough student interest and program content to sustain it.

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Cost concerns have delayed the state's switch to issuing paychecks biweekly instead of semi-monthly.

Legislative auditors say the payroll change would give employees an additional paycheck once every 11 years. The extra pay would cost an estimated $55 million.

Natalie Tennant

It's been 25 years since West Virginia University named the first woman to be the Mountaineer mascot.  Natalie Tennant entered the political arena becoming the Secretary of State.  She's also run for governor and United States Senate.  It was her turn as the traditionally male mascot that may have given her the thick skin for politics.  Beth Vorhees reminisced with Tennant about her experience in our studio last week.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees talks with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant about being the first woman to be the West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot 25 years ago.

Five water and wastewater projects in West Virginia are receiving financial help from the federal government.

The projects are among 141 nationwide awarded loans or grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding on Monday.

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A regional committee plans to study bicycle needs and priorities in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Maryland.

The Journal reports that the Regional Bike Plan Study is part of the Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Long-Range Transportation Plan.

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Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley plans a $1 million expansion of its long-term acute care facility in Wheeling.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority has issued a certificate of need for the project. The certificate allows Acuity to add 16 beds to its 13-bed facility within Wheeling Hospital.

A date for the expansion hasn't been set. Acuity director Joe Garcuccio told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the project is in the planning stage.

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West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the school won't abandon Montgomery after it moves the WVU Institute of Technology's programs to Beckley in 2017.

Gee told The Register-Herald that the university is looking at other options for Tech's facilities in Montgomery that are owned by WVU and the state.

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The Marshall University Women's Connect will host a panel discussion with local experts about sex work in the community.

The Herald-Dispatch reports the discussion will take place Nov. 11 at the Memorial Student Center.

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A new report says 97 percent of children in West Virginia are covered by health insurance.

The report by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families says West Virginia's 3 percent rate of uninsured children is among the lowest in the country.

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The National Park Service is holding a youth art contest for students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

The Youth Arts in the Parks 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest is open to K-12 students in the four counties.

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A bank official in Philippi says Alderson Broaddus University has defaulted on repayment of bonds totaling more than $36 million.

BCBank president and CEO Jeffrey Goff told The Exponent Telegram that the university failed to make required payments after either the second quarter or the third quarter.

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High school graduates can begin applying for West Virginia's merit-based Promise Scholarship on Monday.

Applications will be available until March 1.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about what’s called a “food justice immersion program” to show college students what it’s like to try to put food on the table in a food desert.  And from Pennsylvania, a report about how researchers are building a better honeybee.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Gabrielle Marshall

A group of students from the University of Notre Dame just came to West Virginia for fall break. Instead of relaxing with friends, as many college students do, these guys got a taste of life in a food desert.