News http://wvpublic.org en 24-hour Robotics Competition Kicks Off in Morgantown http://wvpublic.org/post/24-hour-robotics-competition-kicks-morgantown <p> High school teams from all over the country are pitting their robots against each other in a series of events designed to test their ability to work together and endure.</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:24:36 +0000 Glynis Board 16409 at http://wvpublic.org 24-hour Robotics Competition Kicks Off in Morgantown Voices of Appalachia on EPA Regs, Ky. Fancy Farm Picnic, Beaten Biscuits and more http://wvpublic.org/post/voices-appalachia-epa-regs-ky-fancy-farm-picnic-beaten-biscuits-and-more <p>Appalachian voices sound off at hearings about proposed EPA regulations:&nbsp; “Our jobs our securities, for our families, I’m a recent retiree my benefits may be in jeopardy.”</p><p>But some residents are supporting new regulations: “We need to make it clear that the EPA does have the authority and the mandate and moral obligation to reign in CO 2 emissions.”</p><p>A Kentucky political tradition goes without a strong voice: “Darling if you want to use your outside voice you can go over there and play on the playground, OK. We’re trying to get some serious conversation going on so you can go over there play on the playground.”</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:38:50 +0000 Jessica Lilly 16402 at http://wvpublic.org Voices of Appalachia on EPA Regs, Ky. Fancy Farm Picnic, Beaten Biscuits and more Mountain Stage Fall Schedule, Ticket Deal Announced http://wvpublic.org/post/mountain-stage-fall-schedule-ticket-deal-announced <p>July is history and the <a href="http://instagram.com/p/rDmZ61osMj/">Halloween candy is already showing up in stores</a>. That means it’s never too soon to start thinking about raking leaves, <a href="http://wv.worldclassbeer.com/beerspy/product/blue-moon-harvest-pumpkin-ale/4170/">Pumpkin Ales</a>,&nbsp; and cooler weather. With all of the perks that Fall brings also comes a bunch of great Mountain Stage events we’re planning here in Charleston, WV. We'd love to have you come see a show in person.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:13:42 +0000 Adam Harris 16386 at http://wvpublic.org Mountain Stage Fall Schedule, Ticket Deal Announced Huntington Building to Become Home to Appalachian Artists http://wvpublic.org/post/huntington-building-become-home-appalachian-artists <div>A vacant garment factory in Huntington's Westmoreland neighborhood will be converted into apartments and a work area for artists.</div><div>Executive director Brandon Dennison of the nonprofit Coalfield Development Corp. says the group bought the former Corbin property from the Wayne County Economic Development Authority.</p><p></div><div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:20:41 +0000 Associated Press 16367 at http://wvpublic.org Huntington Building to Become Home to Appalachian Artists EPA Hearings in Pittsburgh, New Coal Dust Regs, Marina Safety Law Delayed and Mountain Stage's 800th http://wvpublic.org/post/epa-hearings-pittsburgh-new-coal-dust-regs-marina-safety-law-delayed-and-mountain-stages-800th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings in Pittsburgh on planned regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Federal regulators are releasing new regulations to close loopholes in the mine inspection process. West Virginia lawmakers expalin why they decided to delay the implementation of a marina inspection law that could save lives and Mountain Stage's 800th show features Dave Mason and his hit "We Just Disagree."</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:16:34 +0000 Ashton Marra 16363 at http://wvpublic.org EPA Hearings in Pittsburgh, New Coal Dust Regs, Marina Safety Law Delayed and Mountain Stage's 800th EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars http://wvpublic.org/post/epa-hearing-puts-pittsburgh-crosshairs-climate-wars <div>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held hearings Thursday and Friday in Pittsburgh on a proposed rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan is up against serious opposition from the coal industry, but environmental groups say it doesn’t go far enough.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Competing rallies for and against the EPA’s proposed carbon rules crossed paths in Downtown Pittsburgh today.</span></p><div> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:01:02 +0000 Reid Frazier 16355 at http://wvpublic.org EPA Hearing Puts Pittsburgh in Crosshairs of Climate Wars Educating About Electric Shock Drowning: One Mom's Mission http://wvpublic.org/post/educating-about-electric-shock-drowning-one-moms-mission <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new law designed to keep West Virginians safe around boating docks and marinas was originally supposed to go into effect August 1, 2014, but has been delayed until January 1, 2015. <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wvpn/files/201407/HB3020_SUB_ENR.pdf" target="_blank">The Michael Cunningham Act</a> was passed last year, after a Bridgeport teenager was killed as a result of Electric Shock Drowning.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Sarah Lowther Hensley 16316 at http://wvpublic.org Educating About Electric Shock Drowning: One Mom's Mission Alpha Planning to Lay Off 1,100 Coal Miners in W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/alpha-planning-lay-1100-coal-miners-wva <p>One of the nation's largest coal producers said Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation.</p><p>The announcement by Alpha Natural Resources dealt another blow to Appalachia's iconic, but dwindling, fossil fuel industry. The company said 2015 industry forecasts show Central Appalachian coal production will be less than half of its 2009 output.</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:31:20 +0000 Associated Press 16346 at http://wvpublic.org Alpha Planning to Lay Off 1,100 Coal Miners in W.Va. Black Lung Victims Hope New Regs Provide a Different Future for Young Miners http://wvpublic.org/post/black-lung-victims-hope-new-regs-provide-different-future-young-miners <p>Landmark regulation by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration meant to lower the amount of dust in mines begins Friday. The first part is meant to fix the loopholes in the sampling process. Coal miners with black lung who spoke hope the new regulations give young workers a better future.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:30:24 +0000 Jessica Lilly 16345 at http://wvpublic.org Black Lung Victims Hope New Regs Provide a Different Future for Young Miners New Black Lung Regs Take Effect http://wvpublic.org/post/new-black-lung-regs-take-effect <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The first part of the<a href="http://www.msha.gov/endblacklung/docs/summaryEffectiveDates.pdf"> landmark regulation</a> meant to prevent black lung disease takes effect Friday. This phase is meant to fix regulatory loopholes in the sampling process.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:47:49 +0000 Jessica Lilly 16336 at http://wvpublic.org New Black Lung Regs Take Effect $1 Million for Four W.Va. Health Centers From Obamacare http://wvpublic.org/post/1-million-four-wva-health-centers-obamacare <p></p><p>Four health centers in West Virginia will expand behavioral health services using funds from the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced almost a million dollars in funds from the federal health care act will support and expand services for about 29,000 West Virginians&nbsp; that seek treatment from those 4 health centers.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:40 +0000 Suzanne Higgins 16324 at http://wvpublic.org $1 Million for Four W.Va. Health Centers From Obamacare Kroger Restricts Sales of Some Medications in W.Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/kroger-restricts-sales-some-medications-wva <div>Supermarket chain Kroger is tightening monthly purchase limits of cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its West Virginia stores.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1m0ywCX" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charleston Gazette reports </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the new limits at Kroger's 40 pharmacies in the state will be effective in the coming weeks and are more restrictive than those under West Virginia law.</span></p><div> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:29:38 +0000 Associated Press 16308 at http://wvpublic.org Kroger Restricts Sales of Some Medications in W.Va. W.Va. Billionaire Facing Hundreds of Mine Violations in Five States http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-billionaire-facing-hundreds-mine-violations-five-states <div>A West Virginia coal billionaire has more than 250 pending violations at mining operations in Kentucky and four other states.</div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:21:43 +0000 Associated Press 16305 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Billionaire Facing Hundreds of Mine Violations in Five States New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio http://wvpublic.org/post/new-npr-chief-visits-west-virginia-public-broadcasting-talks-future-public-radio <p>NPR has a new president and CEO.&nbsp; Jarl Mohn was once a music DJ, but he says he has a passion for&nbsp; public radio. That's why he chaired Southern California Public Radio even as he made is career in cable TV as president and CEO of E-Entertainment Television.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:23:55 +0000 Beth Vorhees, Dave Mistich & Ashton Marra 16303 at http://wvpublic.org New NPR Chief Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Talks Future of Public Radio NPR President and CEO Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting http://wvpublic.org/post/npr-president-and-ceo-visits-west-virginia-public-broadcasting <p>On West Virginia Morning a report about the correlation between climate change and a rise in allergies and asthma.&nbsp;&nbsp; Beth Vorhees talks with Jarl Mohn, the new president and CEO of NPR.&nbsp; He visited Charleston yesterday.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/about-npr/310991669/npr-names-jarl-mohn-president-and-ceo">http://www.npr.org/about-npr/310991669/npr-names-jarl-mohn-president-and-ceo</a></p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:13:16 +0000 Beth Vorhees 16302 at http://wvpublic.org NPR President and CEO Visits West Virginia Public Broadcasting Work Underway for Electric Project in W.Va. Shale Region http://wvpublic.org/post/work-underway-electric-project-wva-shale-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>FirstEnergy Corp. says construction is underway on a new transmission substation in Doddridge County to help meet the electric demands of the area's rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.</p><p>The company also says the new substation also will support and help enhance service reliability for Mon Power's customers in Doddridge and neighboring counties.</p><p>Officials say crews recently completed the foundation work and erected steel structures at the new 11-acre site.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:20:04 +0000 Associated Press 16268 at http://wvpublic.org Work Underway for Electric Project in W.Va. Shale Region Attorney General Asks Judge to Delay W.Va. Gay Marriage Ruling http://wvpublic.org/post/attorney-general-asks-judge-delay-wva-gay-marriage-ruling <p>Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a judge to postpone ruling on a federal lawsuit challenging West Virginia's same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews a ruling in a similar case in Virginia.</p><p>A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban on Monday.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:57:39 +0000 Associated Press 16267 at http://wvpublic.org Attorney General Asks Judge to Delay W.Va. Gay Marriage Ruling Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd http://wvpublic.org/post/denver-epa-hearing-draws-crowd Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.<p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:28:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16258 at http://wvpublic.org Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd West Virginia, Coal Industry Leaders Attend Pittsburgh Energy Rally http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-coal-industry-leaders-attend-pittsburgh-energy-rally <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia officials joined hundreds of coal miners and coal supporters at an electricity and energy jobs rally.</span></p><p>The Wednesday event at Pittsburgh's Highmark Stadium included&nbsp;Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, labor leaders and others.</p><p>Officials say the rally is aimed at raising awareness over proposed changed to federal rules about pollution discharged by coal-fired power plants.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:50:44 +0000 Ashton Marra, Dave Mistich & Associated Press 16256 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia, Coal Industry Leaders Attend Pittsburgh Energy Rally Ex-W.Va. Judge Reports to Florida Prison http://wvpublic.org/post/ex-wva-judge-reports-florida-prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A former West Virginia judge has reported to a Florida prison to serve his sentence for a corruption conviction.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1lVQczv">The Charleston Daily Mail reports</a> ex-Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury reported Tuesday to the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.</p><p>Thornsbury was sentenced June 9 to four years and two months in prison. U.S. Judge Thomas E. Johnston compared Thornsbury's abuse of power to what could be expected from a "third-world dictator."</p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:07:20 +0000 Associated Press 16254 at http://wvpublic.org Ex-W.Va. Judge Reports to Florida Prison