News http://wvpublic.org en Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuits Dismissed http://wvpublic.org/post/airport-chemical-company-want-spill-lawsuits-dismissed <p>An airport and a chemical producer want claims dismissed in a lawsuit partly targeting them over a January chemical spill.</p><p></p><p>In U.S. District Court in Charleston, Yeager Airport filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss claims in the wide-spanning lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the Charleston airport's now-complete runway project contributed to the spill that left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Associated Press 17414 at http://wvpublic.org Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuits Dismissed W.Va. Agency to Receive Mine Safety Funding http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-agency-receive-mine-safety-funding <p>West Virginia is receiving more than $560,000 in health and safety training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration.</p><p></p><p>The funding is part of $8.3 million in grants for 47 states and the Navajo Nation in fiscal year 2014. The state funds are being given to the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training in Charleston.</p><p></p><p>Officials say grantees will use the funds to provide federally mandated training and retraining to miners. Some states use these grants to support their mine emergency response efforts and other functions.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:32:12 +0000 Associated Press 17413 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Agency to Receive Mine Safety Funding Capito, Tennant to Compete in Chamber Forum http://wvpublic.org/post/capito-tennant-compete-chamber-forum <p>Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito will attend a U.S. Senate candidate forum next week.</p><p></p><p>State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts says they'll participate in the Aug. 28 event as part of the chamber's annual meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.</p><p></p><p>In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat&nbsp;Nick Casey&nbsp;and Republican Alex Mooney will participate in a chamber forum Aug 29. The same day, Democrat Glen Gainer and Republican Congressman David McKinley will attend a 1st District forum.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:45:41 +0000 Associated Press 17401 at http://wvpublic.org Capito, Tennant to Compete in Chamber Forum Photos Sought for W.Va. Wildflower Calendar http://wvpublic.org/post/photos-sought-wva-wildflower-calendar <p>Wildflower photos are being sought for West Virginia's next "Roadsides in Bloom" calendar.</p><p></p><p>The state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation are sponsoring the 12th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower calendar photo contest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:01:44 +0000 Associated Press 17399 at http://wvpublic.org Photos Sought for W.Va. Wildflower Calendar W.Va. Gets NASA Funding for STEM Education http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-gets-nasa-funding-stem-education <p>West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.</p><p></p><p>Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:58:18 +0000 Associated Press 17398 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Gets NASA Funding for STEM Education Film "Moving Mountains" Premieres Thursday Night in Charleston http://wvpublic.org/post/film-moving-mountains-premieres-thursday-night-charleston <p>"MovingMountains”, filmed in West Virginia during the summer of 2012 and starring actress Theresa Russell, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie, in Mingo County, as she and her friends struggled for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells.&nbsp; This film-festival favorite spans a decade,with an unexpected ending. Moving Mountains” will premiere in West Virginia Thursday, August 21, at the WVSU Capitol Center in Charleston, doors opening at 6:30 p.m.&nbsp; The movie will be shown at 7:30. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:56:22 +0000 Beth Vorhees 17396 at http://wvpublic.org Film "Moving Mountains" Premieres Thursday Night in Charleston State Surface Mine Board to Consider Kanawha Mine http://wvpublic.org/post/state-surface-mine-board-consider-kanawha-mine <p>On West Virginia Morning Ashton Marra reports from the second day of testimony about the surface mine located near the Kanawha State Forest. And Beth Vorhees talks with two local actors who appear in the film “Moving Mountains” which was filmed in West Virginia.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:01:24 +0000 Beth Vorhees 17394 at http://wvpublic.org State Surface Mine Board to Consider Kanawha Mine How Vacant Lots in Charleston are Transforming into a School for Farmer-Entrepreneurs http://wvpublic.org/post/how-vacant-lots-charleston-are-transforming-school-farmer-entrepreneurs <p></p><p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%"><span style="background: transparent"><font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><font size="4" style="font-size: 14pt">On a sultry summer evening, three women are killing harlequin beetles in an effort to save the greens at the SAGE micro-farm on Rebecca Street that they landscaped themselves. </font></font></span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Roxy Todd 17380 at http://wvpublic.org How Vacant Lots in Charleston are Transforming into a School for Farmer-Entrepreneurs 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 Berkeley County Sheriff's Dept. Says Residents Are Properly Disposing of their Pharmeceutical Waste http://wvpublic.org/post/berkeley-county-sheriffs-dept-says-residents-are-properly-disposing-their-pharmeceutical-waste <p></p><p>Courthouses and police departments across the state have been collecting prescription drugs for a few years now. The idea is to cut down on waste in the streams and keep unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says collections have almost doubled in the past 5 months.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:33:49 +0000 Liz McCormick 17362 at http://wvpublic.org Berkeley County Sheriff's Dept. Says Residents Are Properly Disposing of their Pharmeceutical Waste Overall ACT Scores Unchanged in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/overall-act-scores-unchanged-west-virginia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The average score of West Virginia students taking the ACT college entrance exam remained the same for the fourth straight year.</p><p>The state Department of Education says overall test scores in West Virginia this year averaged 20.6.</p><p>Students showed a slight improvement in reading scores at 21.4. Scores were unchanged in science at 20.6 and math at 19.5, while English scores dipped slightly to 20.4.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Associated Press 17361 at http://wvpublic.org Overall ACT Scores Unchanged in West Virginia Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006 http://wvpublic.org/post/heres-department-defense-equipment-west-virginias-police-have-received-2006 <p>Over 500 weapons and hundreds more pieces of military-grade tactical equipment have been transferred to the state of West Virginia since 2006 through a Department of Defense program known as the 1033 program. The transfers came through the Defense Logistics Agency's Law Enforcement Support Office, or LESO.</p><p>An investigation <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/15/us/surplus-military-equipment-map.html?_r=0">released Tuesday by The New York Times</a> outlines transfers from the program to states, who coordinate with local law enforcement to acquire and distribute the weapons and equipment.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:44 +0000 Dave Mistich 17326 at http://wvpublic.org Here's the Department of Defense Equipment that West Virginia's Police Have Received Since 2006 Marshall Commission OKs Power Plant Agreement http://wvpublic.org/post/marshall-commission-oks-power-plant-agreement <p>The Marshall County Commission has approved an agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant.</p><p>Under the agreement, the commission would own the 549-megawatt plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate. Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county over 30 years in lieu of property taxes.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:45:40 +0000 Associated Press 17346 at http://wvpublic.org Marshall Commission OKs Power Plant Agreement Police Issue 182 Citations as WVU Students Return http://wvpublic.org/post/police-issue-182-citations-wvu-students-return <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Police issued more than 180 citations and arrested more than a dozen people during West Virginia University students' first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.</p><p>Preliminary figures released Tuesday by Morgantown police show 82 citations were issued for underage drinking between last Friday and Monday.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:26:40 +0000 Dave Mistich 17344 at http://wvpublic.org Police Issue 182 Citations as WVU Students Return Watch: The DEP Surface Mine Board's Hearing on Kanawha Mine Permit Appeal http://wvpublic.org/post/watch-dep-surface-mine-boards-hearing-kanawha-mine-permit-appeal <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; line-height: normal;">The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will live stream the second day of the Surface Mine Board’s hearing regarding the appeal of Keystone Industries’ KD No. 2 mine permit, which is for a surface mine near Kanawha State Forest. The hearing started on Aug. 11 and resumes this Wednesday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8:30 a.m.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW9MBzYfISA</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:26:48 +0000 Dave Mistich 17342 at http://wvpublic.org Watch: The DEP Surface Mine Board's Hearing on Kanawha Mine Permit Appeal Layoffs are Changing the Political Landscape in Coal Country, Romney Supports Coal in W. Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/layoffs-are-changing-political-landscape-coal-country-romney-supports-coal-w-va <p>On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.&nbsp; And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.&nbsp; Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:16:22 +0000 Beth Vorhees 17341 at http://wvpublic.org Layoffs are Changing the Political Landscape in Coal Country, Romney Supports Coal in W. Va. Shepherd Picked to Repeat in Mountain East http://wvpublic.org/post/shepherd-picked-repeat-mountain-east <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College Football doesn’t just happen in Huntington or Morgantown on fall Saturday’s in the state. It’s happening in the Mountain East Conference.</span></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:21:23 +0000 Clark Davis 17314 at http://wvpublic.org Shepherd Picked to Repeat in Mountain East Special Counsel Recommends Randolph Co. Judge Suspension http://wvpublic.org/post/special-counsel-recommends-randolph-co-judge-suspension <p></p><p>A special counsel is recommending that a Randolph County judge be suspended without pay for four years.</p><p>Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti also recommends that Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong be censured.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:30:54 +0000 Associated Press 17305 at http://wvpublic.org Special Counsel Recommends Randolph Co. Judge Suspension Faith Based Adventure Camp Planned for Nicholas Co. http://wvpublic.org/post/faith-based-adventure-camp-planned-nicholas-co <p>A faith based organization plans to develop land in West Virginia to create a youth camp. The <a href="http://nrgrda.org/">New River Gorge Regional Development Authority</a> made the announcement earlier this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.younglife.org/Pages/default.aspx">Young Life</a>, a non-denominational Christian organization, plans to build an adventure camp in Nicholas County close to Mt. Nebo.</p><p>The organization has 35 camps around the globe according to their website. In a release, Young Life’s state Director, Scott Berg, said it was the outdoor activities, and landscape that attracted the group to West Virginia.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:04:08 +0000 Jessica Lilly 17300 at http://wvpublic.org Faith Based Adventure Camp Planned for Nicholas Co. City Council to Hear Morgantown Truck Traffic Proposal http://wvpublic.org/post/city-council-hear-morgantown-truck-traffic-proposal <p></p><p>Morgantown City Council will meet to discuss amending traffic code to address heavy trucks traveling through the downtown business district.</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:53:28 +0000 Glynis Board 17299 at http://wvpublic.org City Council to Hear Morgantown Truck Traffic Proposal