News http://wvpublic.org en A Greene Light for Downtown Fairmont http://wvpublic.org/post/greene-light-downtown-fairmont <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public agencies, private businesses, foundations and non-profit groups are constantly striving to inject life and energy into local communities. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for successful community development, but sometimes having the right person in the right place at the right time can make all the difference.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 17874 at http://wvpublic.org A Greene Light for Downtown Fairmont Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/remembering-jimmy-weekley-frog-watching-va <p>In Pennsylvania, there’s all sorts of noises associated with natural gas drilling.&nbsp; One company is trying to be sensitive.</p><p>In West Virginia, we remember Jimmy Weekley – the last man on the mountain.</p><p>And in Virginia, an executive chef is looking for frogs, not for their legs, but for their distinctive sound.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Beth Vorhees 17812 at http://wvpublic.org Remembering Jimmy Weekley, Frog Watching in Va. 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 Yeager Airport Board Explores Solar Panel Project http://wvpublic.org/post/yeager-airport-board-explores-solar-panel-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1wMzWvd">The Charleston Gazette reports</a>&nbsp;that members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:40:59 +0000 Associated Press 17787 at http://wvpublic.org Yeager Airport Board Explores Solar Panel Project Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program http://wvpublic.org/post/freedom-industries-eyes-voluntary-cleanup-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Freedom Industries is considering trying to enter a state program to help ease cleanup at the site where a chemical spill polluted the Charleston area's water supply.</p><p>The company and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met last week to discuss whether the site is eligible for the agency's Voluntary Remediation Program.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1lktVkn">The Charleston Gazette reports&nbsp;</a>that the move that could result in Freedom having to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing enforcement orders.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:55 +0000 Associated Press 17786 at http://wvpublic.org Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program Delivering West Virginia's Story http://wvpublic.org/post/delivering-west-virginias-story <p>It’s easy to panic when a transmitter goes down. Engineer Art Austin keeps a cool head in the middle of that chaos, and that’s why he’s the August winner of WVPB’s Storyteller Award.</p><p>West Virginia Public Broadcasting maintains transmitters, translators, microwave links and other equipment at more than 30 sites. They stretch from Bluefield to Bethany, Logan to Lost River.</p><p>These transmitters and translators deliver our programs not just to old-fashioned aerial antennas. They also deliver our programs to cable and satellite systems throughout the state.</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:54:08 +0000 Scott Finn 17782 at http://wvpublic.org Delivering West Virginia's Story Capito, Tennant Speak to W. Va. Business Community, Pa. Home to be Featured on PBS http://wvpublic.org/post/capito-tennant-speak-w-va-business-community-pa-home-be-featured-pbs <p>On West Virginia Morning, U.S. Senate candidates Shelley Moore Capito and Natalie Tennant speak to the state's Chamber of Commerce, Clark Davis has a preview of WVU and Marshall’s football openers tomorrow and in Pennsylvania Glynis Board reports from the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home in Falling water.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:01:14 +0000 Beth Vorhees 17780 at http://wvpublic.org Capito, Tennant Speak to W. Va. Business Community, Pa. Home to be Featured on PBS Fallingwater One of "10 Homes That Changed America" http://wvpublic.org/post/fallingwater-one-10-homes-changed-america <p></p><p>Southwestern Pennsylvania’s famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater will be featured in a new PBS program called <em>10 Homes That Changed America</em>. The crew out of Chicago started production there last week.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:39:49 +0000 Glynis Board 17765 at http://wvpublic.org Fallingwater One of "10 Homes That Changed America" 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 A Neigborhood that Struggles with Poverty Has Helped Rehabilitate 50 homes http://wvpublic.org/post/neigborhood-struggles-poverty-has-helped-rehabilitate-50-homes <p>We often hear about urban cities, like Detroit, that are dealing with abandoned, dilapidated buildings. But some communities in West Virginia are struggling with neighborhood blight too.</p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.wvhub.org/">WV Hub</a> is working with partners across West Virginia to plan a three day event in Huntington this October. The summit will help people across West Virginia who are working to fix blighted, abandoned and dilapidated properties. Civic groups in Huntington have been collaborating on this type of work and have made great strides recently.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:25:45 +0000 Roxy Todd 17708 at http://wvpublic.org A Neigborhood that Struggles with Poverty Has Helped Rehabilitate 50 homes Mountaineers and Herd Kick Off 2014 Season http://wvpublic.org/post/mountaineers-and-herd-kick-2014-season <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s two Division 1 football programs kick off their seasons on the road Saturday afternoon.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both Marshall and </span>WVU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> kickoff at 3:30. Marshall is headed to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami University Red Hawks. The Mountaineers have a slightly tougher challenge Saturday as they travel to Atlanta for a matchup with Alabama, the team ranked number two in both the USA Today and Associated Press Preseason Polls.</span></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:54:07 +0000 Clark Davis 17734 at http://wvpublic.org Mountaineers and Herd Kick Off 2014 Season Audit: Agriculture Dept. Gave $662,000 to Failing Farmer's Market http://wvpublic.org/post/audit-agriculture-dept-gave-662000-failing-farmers-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An audit says the state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market.</p><p>Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred wrote that the Inwood Farmer's Market has lost about $100,000 annually over six consecutive years, including 2013. The Berkeley County market was awarded the grant in June 2011.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:31:19 +0000 Associated Press 17728 at http://wvpublic.org Audit: Agriculture Dept. Gave $662,000 to Failing Farmer's Market House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law http://wvpublic.org/post/house-senate-leaders-urge-delay-west-virginia-tank-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.</p><p>House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov.&nbsp; Tomblin to call the session during next month's interim meetings. They're slated for Sept. 8-10.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:26:39 +0000 Associated Press 17727 at http://wvpublic.org House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-psc-chair-steps-down-chemical-spill-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tLChSm">The Charleston Gazette&nbsp;reports </a>PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:36:52 +0000 Associated Press 17725 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe Fee Plan for Some Public Filings Halted in W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/fee-plan-some-public-filings-halted-wva <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Secretary of State's Office has scrubbed plans to charge fees to obtain public filings for businesses and organizations.</span></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1u1UGJK">The Charleston Gazette reports</a> the change scheduled to begin Sept. 4 was rescinded by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:34:26 +0000 Associated Press 17724 at http://wvpublic.org Fee Plan for Some Public Filings Halted in W.Va. 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 Mail Carrier Gets Probation For Selling Suboxone on the Job http://wvpublic.org/post/mail-carrier-gets-probation-selling-suboxone-job <p></p><p>A former mail carrier will spend three years on probation for making drug deals while on the job.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jack Edwin McCoy also must perform community service and spend four months on home confinement.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced McCoy's sentence in a news release Wednesday.</p><p></p><p>The 30-year-old White Sulphur Springs resident had pleaded guilty in May to using a telephone in or near Lewisburg to set up a drug transaction.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:51:27 +0000 Associated Press 17690 at http://wvpublic.org Mail Carrier Gets Probation For Selling Suboxone on the Job Water Heater Project Helps W.Va. Church Go Solar http://wvpublic.org/post/water-heater-project-helps-wva-church-go-solar <p></p><p>Water heaters are helping a Shepherdstown church reduce its electricity costs.<br /> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:53:46 +0000 Associated Press 17681 at http://wvpublic.org Water Heater Project Helps W.Va. Church Go Solar Pride of W. Va. to Perform in McDowell, Mercer Counties http://wvpublic.org/post/pride-w-va-perform-mcdowell-mercer-counties <p></p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:27:03 +0000 Associated Press 17673 at http://wvpublic.org Pride of W. Va. to Perform in McDowell, Mercer Counties