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Did you miss the first episode of Antiques Roadshow's visit to Charleston, West Virginia?

Don't worry, you can watch it here: Catch all three episodes from Charleston on West Virginia public broadcasting at 8 p.m. Every Monday this May.

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Billionaire coal baron and owner of The Greenbrier Jim Justice has officially announced his bid for governor.

Hundreds gathered at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center as Justice made the official announcement Monday after rumors of his intentions spread like wildfire throughout the state last week.


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Several federal government agencies are teaming up to send $35.5 million to help communities and workers adapt to the decline in coal jobs.  The grant is part of the  Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization  initiative, known as POWER, led by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Agency.

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Gov. Tomblin was joined by members of the state Legislature, Division of Tourism representatives and craft brewers from around the state for the ceremonial signing of two bills Monday.

He signed Senate Bill 581, transferring oversight of the state Courtesy Patrol from the Division of Tourism to the Division of Highways.

Some of the funding for the program though, about $4.2 million, will stay with the Division of Tourism to be used for a national and regional advertising campaign.

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Tri-State Airport police have cited a Kentucky man after a a loaded gun was found in a carry-on bag.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the 380-caliber semi-automatic gun was detected by a TSA officer staffing a checkpoint X-ray machine at the airport.

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A report says infractions found at a pain clinic closed by the state included unsecured guns and medication errors.

The Charleston Gazette obtained the state inspection report through a Freedom of Information Act request. The newspaper says the report shows that Hope Clinic's Charleston facility employed former police officers who routinely carried concealed weapons.

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The Blenko Glass Company in Milton has started working on its 2015 West Virginia Day piece, "Autumn Flame."

The Herald-Dispatch reports the vase, which pays tribute to West Virginia's trees, will go on sale June 20 in celebration of the state's 152nd birthday.

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A national nonprofit group that builds custom houses for severely wounded veterans broke ground Saturday on its first project in West Virginia. Homes for Our Troops will hand over the keys to Sergeant Charles “Doug” Harris later this year. The mortgage-free house in Romney will include hundreds of adaptations specially designed for Harris.

 

“I was injured May 30 of 2012 — just stepped on an IED.”

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Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Japan this week.

A trade delegation led by Tomblin is scheduled to leave on Tuesday to seek new business investments for West Virginia and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state's development office in Nagoya. The 10-day trip includes stops in Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo.

What can a board member do for a high-value startup?

May 11, 2015
Nishat Kurwa

When the anonymous sharing app Secret shut down recently after taking around $35 million in investment in its first year, it sparked an open conversation that touched on current frothy conditions in Silicon Valley, where high financing rounds and valuations have been

On West Virginia Morning,  two stories from Romney in Hampshire County.  Ashton Marra reports from the schools for the deaf and blind about its future.  And Jesse Wright reports on a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home designed for a severely wounded veteran.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle tried two separate times to aid the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind during the 2015 legislative session. The schools are struggling to maintain their buildings, some of which are more than 100 years, and looked to the Legislature this year to begin to help them meet their facilities goals. 

Those goals, contained in the schools' 10 year Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan, including closing and demolishing some buildings on campus to create a "stronger sense of community," according to Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer. 

The plan includes updated housing for residential students, increased building security and the installation of fire and sprinkler systems suitable for deaf and hearing impaired and blind and visually impaired students and teachers. The plan, however, comes with a $42 million price tag.


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Members of Clarksburg's water board say health concerns were behind their vote to stop using fluoride in the city's water supply.

The board voted 2-1 late last month to discontinue the practice.

Water board members Paul Howe and Charlie Thayer told The Exponent-Telegram they were concerned about fluoride's long-term health effects.

Transportation Security Administration

The Transportation Security Administration is planning overnight training exercises at Charleston's Yeager Airport this week.

The TSA said bomb squad teams and others will undergo training in explosives-related incidents at the airport Tuesday through Thursday.

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Department of Environmental Protection

A company has agreed to pay a $10,560 fine for water pollution-control violations at the company's Inwood subdivision.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md. reports Ayers & Ayers Holding Co. agreed to a proposed settlement announced Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Why the Struggle for Water in the Coalfields?

May 8, 2015
Derek Cline

Water: it's a basic human need. On this episode, we'll get a glimpse into some of the water infrastructure needs in southern West Virginia. It's not easy to bring treated water to some of the remote places in the mountains. Wading through the bureaucratic application process, and finding creative solutions with multiple funding sources is often the only way to bring potable water to some rural communities. Find out what it's like to live with frequent outages and advisories, and the folks working to bring clean water to these areas.

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West Virginia University President Gordon Gee kicked off a 55-county tour this week with a visit to Mingo and Logan counties. He traveled with doctors and medical students from WVU who were making rounds to a clinic in Gilbert, and then split off to visit other areas of the counties as well. 


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Department of Environmental Protection

The W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection has Statement About Danny Webb waste site in Fayette County. DEP Communications Director, Kelly J. Gillenwater said in an email Friday:

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Congressman Evan Jenkins hosted a roundtable discussion Friday morning in Huntington with 

  representatives of law enforcement and an anti-drug trafficking program.

The focus of the roundtable discussion was to point out the importance of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program to each wing of law enforcement in the area. 

The discussion comes on the heels of a budget proposal by the current Obama administration that would cut HIDTA’s funding by $51.6 million, taking it from $245 million to $193.4 million. Jenkins instead has requested an increase in the budget for HIDTA.

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West Virginia University has appointed Maryanne Reed as interim dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

WVU said Friday that Reed will replace Rudy Almasy, who is retiring on June 30.

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