Ashton Marra http://wvpublic.org en Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill http://wvpublic.org/post/groups-working-governor-dep-avoid-special-session-tank-bill <p>Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.</p><p></p><p>Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:31 +0000 Ashton Marra 17811 at http://wvpublic.org Groups Working with Governor, DEP to Avoid Special Session on Tank Bill Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel http://wvpublic.org/post/kessler-appoints-kanawha-charleston-health-department-chief-water-system-panel <p></p><p>Senate President Jeff Kessler has announced his appointment to a statewide panel that will focus on the quality of public water systems in West Virginia.</p><p>Kessler announced in a press release the appointment of Kanawha- Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Rahul Gupta to the panel. Gupta will serve as a non-voting member.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:40:33 +0000 Ashton Marra 17802 at http://wvpublic.org Kessler Appoints Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Chief to Water System Panel Tennant, Capito Focus on Coal at Chamber of Commerce Forum http://wvpublic.org/post/tennant-capito-focus-coal-chamber-commerce-forum <p>The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is focusing on energy, education and elections at their annual business summit in White Sulfur Springs this week, but the election component is taking a front seat as the Chamber hosts forums to allow candidates for Congressional offices to debate.</p><p></p><p>Scott Rotruck of the law firm Spillman Thomas and Battle served as moderator for the forum that had both Natalie Tennant and Shelley Moore Capito sitting on the same stage.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:19:30 +0000 Ashton Marra 17763 at http://wvpublic.org Tennant, Capito Focus on Coal at Chamber of Commerce Forum Lawmakers Tour North Central West Virginia During Interim Meetings http://wvpublic.org/post/lawmakers-tour-north-central-west-virginia-during-interim-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers wrapped up their August interim meetings Wednesday, but legislators decided to take the show on the road this month, meeting in Bridgeport and touring parts of North Central West Virginia.</p><p></p><p>While some of their interim meetings were held in conference rooms around long tables just like in Charleston, many had delegates and senators out exploring the area.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:20:59 +0000 Ashton Marra 17722 at http://wvpublic.org Lawmakers Tour North Central West Virginia During Interim Meetings DEP Says Not Enough Evidence Will Harm Appeal Against Kanawha State Forest Mine http://wvpublic.org/post/dep-says-not-enough-evidence-will-harm-appeal-against-kanawha-state-forest-mine <p></p><p>The Department of Environmental Protection’s Surface Mine Board has finished hearing testimony in the appeal of a mine located next to the Kanawha State Forest.</p><p></p><p>In the second day of hearings, board members heard testimony from the Director of the Division of Natural Resources, employees of the DEP and a consultant who helped write the mine permit, among others.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:51:08 +0000 Ashton Marra 17377 at http://wvpublic.org DEP Says Not Enough Evidence Will Harm Appeal Against Kanawha State Forest Mine Romney Stumps for GOP Hopefuls in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/romney-stumps-gop-hopefuls-west-virginia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in West Virginia Tuesday to officially endorse the West Virginia GOP’s candidates for Congress.</span></p><p></p><p>Romney addressed a crowded room at the Tamarack conference center in Beckley, officially announcing his endorsement for Shelley Moore Capito, Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney.</p><p></p><p>The coal rhetoric was far from subtle, even from Romney, who easily molded himself into an industry supporter during his short, five minute address.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:40:34 +0000 Ashton Marra 17287 at http://wvpublic.org Romney Stumps for GOP Hopefuls in West Virginia Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform Meets for First Time http://wvpublic.org/post/task-force-juvenile-justice-reform-meets-first-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Tomblin's task force working to reform the state's juvenile justice system met for the first time in Charleston today. The group of some 30 members is tasked with presenting legislative recommendations before the end of the year.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:45:32 +0000 Ashton Marra 17130 at http://wvpublic.org Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform Meets for First Time Fracking Regulations, Craft Brew Festivals, Antiques Roadshow and Mountain Stage's Song of the Week http://wvpublic.org/post/fracking-regulations-craft-brew-festivals-antiques-roadshow-and-mountain-stages-song-week <p>An environmental watchdog group is claiming some companies in West Virginia are using diesel fuel in their fracking&nbsp;fluids without the proper permits. Craft Brewers are celebrating their industry at two festivals in West Virginia this weekend, but they're hoping the events bring attention to the legal needs of the industry not just their businesses. Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko&nbsp;discusses the show's first time in West Virginia and Brett Dennen&nbsp;has this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:56:12 +0000 Ashton Marra 17102 at http://wvpublic.org Fracking Regulations, Craft Brew Festivals, Antiques Roadshow and Mountain Stage's Song of the Week Bus Ride Times Will Drastically Increase for Harman Students http://wvpublic.org/post/bus-ride-times-will-drastically-increase-harman-students <p><a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/randolph-county-searching-solution-crumbling-school">After a ceiling collapse caused the indefinite closure of one Randolph County school</a>, the state Board of Education approved a waiver to allow students in the area to exceed set limits for the amount of time they can spend on a bus.</p><p>Randolph County Superintendent Terry George asked for the waiver Wednesday that would allow Harman School students to go to Elkins area schools about 26 miles from the facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:21:47 +0000 Ashton Marra 17043 at http://wvpublic.org Bus Ride Times Will Drastically Increase for Harman Students Huntington Fights Drug Abuse, WVBOE Approves Extended Bus Routes & Reducing Euthanization of Strays http://wvpublic.org/post/huntington-fights-drug-abuse-wvboe-approves-extended-bus-routes-reducing-euthanization-strays <p></p><p>Federal and regional drug enforcement officials visited Huntington to learn about the success the city has had so far in combating the drug epidemic and share details about their future efforts. The West Virginia Board of Education approved a waiver to allow some students in Randolph County to take bus rides as long as an hour and 18 minutes one way after a ceiling collapse closed their school and the Kanawha Chalreston Humane Association has changed some policies helping them along their path to become a no-kill shelter.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:44:32 +0000 Ashton Marra 17045 at http://wvpublic.org Huntington Fights Drug Abuse, WVBOE Approves Extended Bus Routes & Reducing Euthanization of Strays Congressional, Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges in Coal Industry http://wvpublic.org/post/congressional-industry-leaders-discuss-challenges-coal-industry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Members of Congress, state government and industry representatives gathered in Bluefield Tuesday for the Bluefield Coal Symposium. The annual event gathers leaders to discuss the major issues facing the industry.</p><p></p><p>On the panel were Congressmen Nick Rahall and Morgan Griffith of Virginia, state Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Rainey and Alpha Natural Resources Senior Vice President of Environmental Affairs Gene Kitts. Sen. Joe Manchin served as the moderator.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:29:08 +0000 Ashton Marra 16968 at http://wvpublic.org Congressional, Industry Leaders Discuss Challenges in Coal Industry DEP Hears Appeals About Kanwaha Co. Mine, Changing Climates Mean Changing Forests & Education Reform http://wvpublic.org/post/dep-hears-appeals-about-kanwaha-co-mine-changing-climates-mean-changing-forests-education <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The West Virginia Department of Environmental&nbsp;Protection's Surface Mine Board held its first day long hearing in the case of Keystone Industries' KD Mine No. 2, a mine situated near the boundary of Kanawha&nbsp;State Forest. In the first day, appellant presented evidence and testimony about why the permit should be revoked.</p><p>The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant discusses how climate change could be linked to the changing make up of forests in Appalachia and educators gather at Marshall University to discuss reforming the state's education system. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:20:11 +0000 Ashton Marra 16920 at http://wvpublic.org DEP Hears Appeals About Kanwaha Co. Mine, Changing Climates Mean Changing Forests & Education Reform The Three Reasons Residents are Appealing the KD Mine No. 2 http://wvpublic.org/post/three-reasons-residents-are-appealing-kd-mine-no-2 <p>The Department of Environmental Protection’s Surface Mine Board held the first of at least two hearings focused on Keystone Indutries’ KD Mine No. 2 Monday. The mine is located just 1,500 feet from the edge of the Kanawha State Forest in Kanawha County.</p><p></p><p>Tom Rist, a Fayetteville attorney, argued the case of a few residents of Middle Lick Branch Road, a small community of four or five homes located just across the street from the forest.</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:42:25 +0000 Ashton Marra 16911 at http://wvpublic.org The Three Reasons Residents are Appealing the KD Mine No. 2 John W. Davis: W.Va.'s Only Presidential Candidate Accepts Nomination 90 Years Ago http://wvpublic.org/post/john-w-davis-wvas-only-presidential-candidate-accepts-nomination-90-years-ago <p>On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. He still holds a place in state history as the only West Virginia to ever receive a major party’s nomination for the position.</p><p>After a day of meetings, parades and celebrations, Davis took the stage in the Clarksburg neighborhood of Goff Plaza. With a major storm rolling in, he stood under and umbrella and accepted the nomination amid the sound of thunder and fireworks, set off prematurely.</p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:57:38 +0000 Ashton Marra 16867 at http://wvpublic.org John W. Davis: W.Va.'s Only Presidential Candidate Accepts Nomination 90 Years Ago Watch the DEP Surface Mine Board Hearing Live http://wvpublic.org/post/watch-dep-surface-mine-board-hearing-live <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17px;">The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Surface Mine Board is holding a hearing Monday focused on the appeals of Keystone Industries'&nbsp;KD&nbsp;Mine No. 2. The mine sits just 1,500 feet from&nbsp;thed&nbsp;edge of the&nbsp;Kanawha&nbsp;State Forest.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:24:42 +0000 Chad Matlick & Ashton Marra 16864 at http://wvpublic.org Watch the DEP Surface Mine Board Hearing Live 90 Years Since W.Va. Presidential Candidate Accepted Nom., Morgantown Traffic and More http://wvpublic.org/post/90-years-wva-presidential-candidate-accepted-nom-morgantown-traffic-and-more <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic nomination for president. Rod Rogers, former aide and speechwriter for Gov. Arch Moore and unofficial expert on Davis, talks about the importance of that nomination.</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:02:31 +0000 Ashton Marra 16855 at http://wvpublic.org 90 Years Since W.Va. Presidential Candidate Accepted Nom., Morgantown Traffic and More Highways Report Expected One Year After Intial Release Date http://wvpublic.org/post/highways-report-expected-one-year-after-intial-release-date <p>The chairman of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways says the group will release its final report in late September almost a year after its initially set release date.</p><p></p><p>Jason Pizatella tells <a href="http://bit.ly/1AZR7sJ">the Charleston Gazette</a> the report is undergoing proofreading and editing.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:04:23 +0000 Ashton Marra & Associated Press 16739 at http://wvpublic.org Highways Report Expected One Year After Intial Release Date Coalition Continues Fight Against Mine Near State Forest http://wvpublic.org/post/coalition-continues-fight-against-mine-near-state-forest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Members of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kanawhaforestcoalition">Kanawha State Forest Coalition</a> gathered supporters at the Capitol Thursday evening to rally against an approved mine site just 1,500 feet from the forest's edge.</p><p>The state Department of Environmental Protection approved the permit in May, although officials say the proposal had been in the works for years.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:22:37 +0000 Ashton Marra 16736 at http://wvpublic.org Coalition Continues Fight Against Mine Near State Forest A Rally Against MTR Mining, Unemployment Advice, Abracadabra's 4th Season and Mountain Stage Music http://wvpublic.org/post/rally-against-mtr-mining-unemployment-advice-abracadabras-4th-season-and-mountain-stage-music <p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:18:36 +0000 Ashton Marra 16732 at http://wvpublic.org A Rally Against MTR Mining, Unemployment Advice, Abracadabra's 4th Season and Mountain Stage Music Reconnecting Teachers in McDowell, Helping Veterans Access Benefits, MU's New Pharmacy and More http://wvpublic.org/post/reconnecting-teachers-mcdowell-helping-veterans-access-benefits-mus-new-pharmacy-and-more <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Educators in West Virginia hope the completion of a new apartment building in Welch will draw new teachers and young professionals to McDowell County. The plan comes from the project Reconnecting McDowell and new apartments are expected to be complete in August of 2015. &nbsp;</p><p>The American Legion is reaching out to veterans across the country to help them access their health care benefits. They set up shop in North Central West Virginia this week.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:13:09 +0000 Ashton Marra 16672 at http://wvpublic.org Reconnecting Teachers in McDowell, Helping Veterans Access Benefits, MU's New Pharmacy and More