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Economy
6:33 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Patriot Coal Lays Off 75 at West Virginia Mines

Credit Patriot Coal

  Patriot Coal has laid off 75 workers at two southern West Virginia mining complexes.

Patriot spokeswoman Janine Orf confirmed Wednesday that 60 employees were laid off at the Wells complex near Wharton. Fifteen lost jobs at Patriot's Corridor G complex near Danville.

In April, the St. Louis-based company issued 60-day layoff notices to workers at both locations.

Before layoffs, Wells employed 450 workers Corridor G employed 397.

The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act requires companies to provide notice to employees if large layoffs are possible.

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STEAM Education
5:06 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Elementary Students Take Part in Arts and Bots at Marshall

Student work on robots at Arts and Bots.
Credit Clark Davis

Kids from the surrounding areas were in Huntington this week taking part in Arts and Bots: Exploring Robotics and the Arts.

Students from grades 2 through 5 were on campus at Marshall learning how to build robots.

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Williamson, W.Va.
4:04 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Coalfield Town Nationally Recognized for Health Improvement Work

Credit FloNight

A West Virginia town is being recognized for its efforts and accomplishments to improve health. Williamson has implemented several programs over the past several years.

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Courts
3:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Brother Sentenced for Drug Charges

The brother of West Virginia's governor has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement and three years of probation for federal drug charges.

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WV Ambassadors Camp
1:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth Graders Participate in a Scavenger Hunt of Charleston

The winning team from the 2014 WV Ambassadors Camp annual scavenger hunt.
Credit Liz McCormick

The best eighth graders in social studies and arts from various counties spent a week learning about West Virginia’s history. One of the events was a scavenger hunt.

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Coal jobs
1:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Almost 400 Miners Could Be Laid Off in Wyoming County

A coal company is suspending operations until market conditions improve.
Credit www.mine-engineer.com

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. plans to temporarily idle its Pinnacle underground mine in southern West Virginia.
 
In a regulatory filing, Cleveland-based Cliffs attributes the decision to poor market conditions for metallurgical coal.
 
Cliffs says in its Wednesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the mine would be idled around Aug. 25 if market conditions don't improve. The mine's idling could last more than six months.
 
Pinnacle spokeswoman Patricia Persico says 397 hourly employees would be laid off if the mine is idled.

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Courts
10:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Deal in Charges Against Kanawha Prosecutor

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

Kanawha County's prosecutor has agreed to a new deal to resolve misdemeanor domestic charges against him.
 
The agreement requires Mark Plants to participate in a batterer intervention program in Putnam County.
 

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Theft
10:27 am
Wed June 25, 2014

State Official's Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Boone

Credit School Building Authority of West Virginia

  Police have recovered a stolen state vehicle that was issued to West Virginia School Building Authority executive director Mark Manchin.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department found the Ford Fusion on Tuesday at a home in the Bloomingrose area.

Manchin had reported the vehicle stolen in late April from a hotel parking garage in Charleston.

Boone County chief deputy Chad Barker tells media outlets that deputies went to the home to arrest 51-year-old David Griffy Sr. and 24-year-old Marra Altizer on unrelated petit larceny charges.

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Economy
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

W.Va. Clothing Voucher Applications Start July 1

  West Virginia residents can begin applying for school clothing vouchers for eligible children on July 1.

The  vouchers can be used toward the purchase of school clothing.

Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher.

Children in foster care will automatically receive the vouchers, along with children in families who currently receive cash assistance from WV WORKS.

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Environment
9:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

West Virginia DEP Names New Air Quality Director

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is tapping William "Fred" Durham as its director for the Division of Air Quality.

 

The appointment by Department Secretary Randy Huffman is effective July 1. Durham has served as acting director since Feb. 28, when the former director retired.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

State BOE Picks Interim Superintendent, Infusing Technology, Morgantown's Industrial Traffic & More

West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. A three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development aims to encourage educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age. There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown.

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Economy
6:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Unemployment Up in 45 W. Va. Counties

Unemployment rates rose in 45 of West Virginia's 55 counties in May.
 
WorkForce West Virginia says the jobless rate in Pocahontas County rose to 12.3 percent, the highest in the state.
 

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Public Education
10:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

State BOE Names Temporary Superintendent

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. On June 30, current Superintendent Dr. James Phares will retire, but the man filling his shoes is a familiar face to the department.

Board members voted to put current Deputy Superintendent Charles Heinlein in the position, with the understanding that when a new, ling-term chief is hired, he will return to his current job and current salary.

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Education
7:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Infusing Technology Conference Leads Teachers On a Road Toward the Future

Educators utilize iPads and an app called Augmented Reality to learn what sessions to attend during the three-day conference.
Credit Liz McCormick

Encouraging educators from across the state to take hold of new teaching and new learning opportunities is the focus of a three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development. It’s called Infusing Technology, and its overall theme is for educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age.

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Center Square for the Block
6:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Game Show Features West Virginia Music and History

West Virginia Squares will be streaming live on Youtube and wvpublic.org, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 23-24

 

As part of FestivALL, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is hosting a game show called “West Virginia Squares.” Based on the popular “Hollywood Squares” game show, “West Virginia Squares” will feature questions about West Virginia  music and history. 

The show will be hosted by Peter Marshall, the original host of the show and a proud West Virginia native. Shows will be taped at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on June 23 and again on June 24.

The show will be streamed live on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Youtube page. It will also be available right here on wvpublic.org. 

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Public Health
6:11 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Morgantown Group Wants to Restrict Downtown Truck Traffic

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / via Facebook

There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown. They are making a case to the city council.

Safe Streets Morgantown wants the council to adopt an ordinance essentially banning trucks that weigh 20,000 pounds or more, gross weight, and have three axles or more, from traveling through downtown Morgantown's business district.

Who would be exempted:

Trucks moving merchandise for downtown businesses;

Emergency or Military Vehicles;

Governmental Vehicles;

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Celebrate Princeton
5:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Mercer County Celebration Hopes to Take Visitors “Back to the Future”

Adam Cox is one of the music artists scheduled to perform at the 2014 Celebrate Princeton Street Fair.

A freelance journalist is looking for folks to share stories about the heydays of downtown Princeton in Mercer County. The project launches during an annual street festival meant to “Celebrate Princeton”.

Listen to hear an excerpt from a song by Adam Cox, one of the music artists scheduled to perform at the 2014 Celebrate Princeton Street Fair.

Organizers of the 9th Annual Celebrate Princeton street fair are hoping to mark a turning point for this year’s festival.

After hosting the Mercer County event for years, the Princeton Public Library reached out to volunteers with The Princeton Renaissance Project, which is working to revitalize downtown by restoring a theatre, and hosting events on Mercer Street.

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News
11:31 am
Tue June 24, 2014

California Man Pleads No Contest in WVU Hazing Trial

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A California man will spend 10 days in jail after pleading no contest to hazing and battery at a West Virginia University fraternity.

Andrew Nemes of Huntington Beach, California, entered his plea Monday. Monongalia County Magistrate Jim Nabors sentenced Nemes to a total 15 months in jail, and then suspended all but 10 days.

Nemes also must pay a $1,000 fine.

Police say a 19-year-old man was physically assaulted and injured on Nov. 15, 2013, while participating in an initiation at Phi Kappa Psi's WVU chapter.

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Gambling Revenue
11:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Audit: W.Va. Casinos in Good Shape Despite Losses

Credit hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com

An audit of West Virginia's casinos says each facility's financial condition is sound, despite revenue losses.

The audit by Charleston accounting firm Gibbons and Kawash says the casinos' total revenue dropped by more than $140 million between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years. It cites competition from casinos in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Essay
10:47 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Fond Memories of a Mountain Childhood in Appalachia

Phylenia French
Credit Submitted Photo / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

I want to invite you to walk with me through the woods and around the rugged hills of my home.

Our house was situated beside the community water tank, with a rock cliff behind it, and the mountains that rose high above the cliff…well, they were my mountains.  

We made a path around the side of the hill that led us to a garden spot which we tended annually, It was an open plot of ground, with good sun exposure and a natural spring flowed nearby. It was the perfect place for a fresh drink of water.

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