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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.

A commission review board found probable cause that Mayor Bill Pauley used his office for private gain.

On West Virginia Morning, we travel to Moundsville for a visit to the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex to see what the curators are discovering these days.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of West Virginia, buried evidence exists of communities and times gone by. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. The curators there work daily next to a giant Adena Indian burial mound, preserving artifacts found over the years throughout the state.


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West Virginia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations criticized as overly burdensome on farmers and landowners.

On Tuesday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was filed in southern Georgia federal court.

West Virginia's prevailing wage is temporarily disappearing, and Senate President Bill Cole says Republicans could scrap the wage altogether if it's not reconfigured how they envisioned.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration said WorkForce West Virginia couldn't calculate the rate by a new law's deadline Wednesday.

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West Virginia American Water has completed repairs in Dunbar.

Repairs have been made to a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar following two leaks on a newly installed section of pipe. The system relay station in Dunbar has been restarted and normal pumping capacity has resume to areas west of Dunbar. All booster stations except one have been restarted and are beginning to re-pressurize.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's brother has dropped a lawsuit against the West Virginia Democrat and another brother.

Dr. John Manchin III agreed to the lawsuit's dismissal in a filing on Monday in Marion County Circuit Court. The stipulation of voluntary dismissal was signed by lawyers for all three Manchin brothers.

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West Virginia Lottery officials say "casino night" fundraisers conducted by charitable organizations are illegal.

But the Lottery doesn't have any prosecutorial authority in such cases. Lottery director John Musgrave says county prosecutors have shown little interest in pursuing charges against members of local charitable organizations.

On West Virginia Morning, we go back to Wheeling where young professionals are working to revitalize the city.  Today, a tour of East Wheeling as a long time resident reflects on the changes taking place on the traditionally African American neighborhood.  Also, we take a trip to Floyd, Virginia for a Friday night Jamboree.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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The Joint Committee on Tax Reform held their final meeting before a July break Monday in Charleston, continuing their comprehensive review of the state’s tax code.

Panels of both county assessors and sheriffs discussed the state’s property tax system. A separate panel of attorneys and an accountant described the nuances of the state’s severance taxes for coal, natural gas and timber.

Still, three months into the process, lawmakers have discussed more problems with the tax code than solutions.

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West Virginia American Water crews have once again responded to a leak in Dunbar.

Water crews are performing an emergency shutdown on a 36-inch water transmission main in Dunbar so that repairs can be made to a new leak that developed today. Crews are working to dig up the area and determine the new issue. It’s not yet been determined when the repairs might be finished.

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Have you ever wanted to see inside West Virginia Public Broadcasting's studios? You're invited to "come on in" as we begin a series of Open House days on July 19 at our most southern location, Beckley. 

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The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote this week that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

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The state Public Service Commission is allowing a group of county commissioners to intervene in a nearly 30 percent proposed rate hike for water customers in southern and central West Virginia. 

The West Virginia Public Service Commission says the Kanawha County Commission can intervene in a rate increase proposed by West Virginia American Water. The largest water utility in the state proposed a rate hike of just over 28 percent in April. 

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Ground is being broken for a stream restoration project in Logan County.

Ecosystem Investment Partners and Canaan Valley Institute have scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the project site on Copperas Mine Fork.

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Marshall University has three new degree programs that will go along with the university's new engineering facility, set to open this fall.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Marshall's Board of Governors approved the addition of the three engineering-based degrees, as well as the elimination of a business degree, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Blackhawk Mining LLC says it plans to buy some of Patriot Coal's assets in southern West Virginia.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk says in a news release that it has entered a definitive agreement to purchase Patriot's Panther, Rocklick, Wells, Kanawha Eagle, Paint Creek and Midland Trail complexes. The agreement also includes reserve areas.

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Businesses in Parkersburg and Vienna will begin charging an additional penny on the dollar for taxable items and services this week.

Each city has implemented a 1 percent municipal sales tax under West Virginia'sMunicipal Home Rule Pilot Program. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the municipal taxes will be added to the state's 6 percent sales tax on Wednesday.

Young Wheeling

Jun 29, 2015

There’s a movement afoot to reinvent the city of Wheeling, West Virginia, a once vibrant factory town that has since settled into decades of industrial decay. Like most movements for change, it’s beautiful, messy, inspiring, and complicated. And the young people leading the way say: it’s worth it.

On West Virginia Morning, a report from Wheeling where a new generation is taking over rebuilding the city.  And, we’ll listen to the music of old time fiddler Elmer Rich who died on West Virginia Day. 

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


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