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Pollution
10:54 am
Wed December 31, 2014

State Fines Logan for Wastewater Violations

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

State regulators have fined the city of Logan more than $81,000 for wastewater violations.

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Bridge Day
10:34 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Some Jumpers Say They'll Skip Bridge Day Because of Scans

Credit New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

Some BASE jumpers plan to skip West Virginia's Bridge Day festival next year because of a new security requirement.

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Prescriptions
10:29 am
Wed December 31, 2014

W.Va. Law Enforcement Get Money for Drug Disposal Boxes

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Three West Virginia law enforcement departments getting money to buy boxes for residents to safely get rid of unused prescriptions.

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Taxes
10:21 am
Wed December 31, 2014

West Virginia Business Franchise Tax Getting Nixed Jan. 1st

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West Virginia is eliminating its business franchise tax starting January 1st.

Recently, the state started decreasing the tax annually under a plan approved by former Governor Joe Manchin, now a U.S. senator.

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Storage Tanks
10:14 am
Wed December 31, 2014

W.Va. Rule on Storage Tank Safety Out for Public Comment

Credit AP

State regulators are taking public comment and holding a hearing on a proposed rule that regulates aboveground storage tanks.

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Energy
4:59 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

West Virginia Panel OKs $550 Million Coal-Fired Power Plant Deal

Credit American Electric Power

State utility regulators have approved the $550 million transfer of an American Electric Power coal-fired power plant by a subsidiary.

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Health Care
4:07 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

More than 12,000 in W.Va. Enrolled in Health Plans

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Federal officials say more than 12,000 West Virginians have enrolled or re-enrolled in plans sold through the health insurance marketplace.

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11:33 am
Tue December 30, 2014

The Politics of Drinking Water

In this piece from The Atlantic, Anya Groner uses January's chemical spill of MCHM into the Elk River to set the stage to discuss the history and future of issues surrounding safe drinking water.
On January 9, 2014, American Water warned 300,000 customers in and around Charleston, West Virginia, that local tap water was no longer safe. Ten thousand gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), a chemical used to clean coal, had leaked from a rusty holding tank into the Elk River, upstream of the water treatment facility.
Government
9:57 am
Tue December 30, 2014

W.Va. State Senator-elect Seeks to Stay County Commissioner

Harrison County Commissioner, Mike Romano

A newly elected state senator wants to keep his job on the Harrison County Commission while serving in the Legislature.

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Government
9:32 am
Tue December 30, 2014

W.Va. Agency Withdraws Proposed Minimum Wage Rules

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  Opposition from the business community has prompted the West Virginia Division of Labor to withdraw proposed emergency wage rules.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that acting Labor Commissioner John Junkins cited employers' concerns in a recent letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asking to withdraw the rules.

The rules were related to the state's new minimum wage law, which goes into effect Thursday.

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Higher Education
8:59 am
Tue December 30, 2014

W.Va. Higher Ed Board Approves Marshall's Interim Leader

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved the appointment of one of its members as Marshall University's interim president.

The commission unanimously approved Gary White's appointment on Tuesday during an emergency meeting.

Marshall's board named White as its interim president on Monday following the death of president Stephen Kopp.

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Chemical Spill
4:47 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Former Executive Facing Chemical Spill Charges Opposes Asset Seizure

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A former executive facing charges relating to a January chemical spill is opposing prosecutors' push to seize his house, car and cash.

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Higher Education
3:27 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Marshall Names Gary White As Interim President

Gary White was named interim president of Marshall University on Monday.
Credit West Virginia Higher Education Policy Comission

  Marshall University has named Gary White as its interim president following the sudden death of university president Stephen Kopp.

The Huntington school's board of governors selected White at an emergency meeting on Monday to lead the university while its board conducts a search for a new president. His tenure begins Thursday.

Kopp died suddenly after being hospitalized for an illness on Dec. 17. He was 63.

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Inside Appalachia
2:11 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Calls From Home Connects Family Members with Their Loved Ones in Maximum Security Prisons

Syliva Ryerson is part of a team of DJs that helps put Calls From Home on the air every Monday Night. Photo courtesy of WMMT/Calls From Home

For many families with loved ones who are overseas in the military or in the marines, the holiday season can be a very sad time, missing those who are far away. The holidays can also be hard on families with loved ones incarcerated. This is especially true for loved ones in maximum security prisons.

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Mine Safety
1:41 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

MSHA Issues 199 Citations During November Mine Inspections

Federal regulators issued 199 citations during impact inspections of U.S. mines in November.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration conducted the inspections at 10 coal mines and six metal and nonmetal mines.

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U.S. Probation Office
11:45 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Officials Say Clarksburg U.S. Probation Office Understaffed

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Federal officials say the U.S. Probation Office in Clarksburg needs more staff.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley noted the problem last week during plea hearings in two drug cases.

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Legislature
11:32 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Three Senior Deputies Leaving W.Va. Attorney General's Office

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The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has lost three top staff members to the Legislature.

The Charleston Gazette reports that senior deputy attorney general Marty Wright has accepted a job as the House Judiciary Committee's head lawyer.

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Conservation Easement
11:25 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Easement to Protect Monroe County Farm From Development

Credit Frances Meadows

A land trust has obtained a conservation easement protecting more than 600 acres of farmland in Monroe County.

The Dickson family donated the easement for Spring Valley Farm to the West Virginia Land Trust.

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BRIM
11:20 am
Mon December 29, 2014

W.Va. Insurance Board Executive Director to Retire Wednesday

Credit West Virginia Board of Risk & Insurance Management / www.state.wv.us/Brim

The executive director of the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management is stepping down this week.

Chuck Jones will retire on Wednesday, which will be his 68th birthday.

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Recreation
11:09 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Beech Fork State Park to Offer Online Campsite Reservations

Beech Fork Lake Visitors Center
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Beech Fork State Park is making it easier to reserve campsites.

Beginning Thursday, visitors can reserve campsites online for up to a year in advance.

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