9:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

U.S. Forest Service Extends Comment Period on Mountain Valley Pipeline

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The U.S. Forest Service extended the comment period on whether portions of the Jefferson National Forest can be surveyed for a possible pipeline route.

A special-use permit would be required before surveying could be done in the national forest for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The Forest Service's original deadline for comments was Feb. 13. Comments will now be taken until April 2.

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Oil & Gas
9:38 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

WV DEP Looks for Comments on New Natural Gas Air Permit

This WVGES map shows all of the Marcellus Shale natural gas development through 2012.
Credit West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey / West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection hosted a public hearing in Charleston to discuss a new air quality permit for natural gas facilities in the state. Some wish the DEP would use the permit writing process to incorporate suggestions from scientists who have studied air around gas facilities.

One Permit Instead of Many

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8:14 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Lawmakers Begin Work on 2016 Budget

Members of the 2016 Budget Conference Committee began their work Monday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A conference committee of seven members of the House of Delegates and seven members of the Senate began work Monday on finding compromise in their budget bills. Each chamber approved their own version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget last week. 

Senate Finance Chair Mike Hall said each chamber is walking into the negotiations with some priorities. In the Senate, members chose to approve a bill that contains a $6 million increase in funds for the West Virginia State Police and their forensics lab. 

Because of staffing shortages, Hall said the lab has a backlog of thousands of cases which in the end increases costs for counties. 

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Drug Abuse
4:21 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Overdoses Spike as Huntington Continues to Fight Epidemic


Huntington officials met with the media Monday to discuss how they’re dealing with the drug epidemic.

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3:10 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Students in Putnam County to Participate in Budget Simulation

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The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office will host its first county-wide Get a Life budget simulation over the next two days in Putnam County.

The program for eighth grade students in Putnam County will show them how a budget is put together. The two-day event, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Navy Reserve Center, will also teach kids the importance of properly handling money.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Shepherd Grad Impresses Judges on NBC's "The Voice"

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A Shepherd University graduate scored big with judges last week on NBC’s, “The Voice.”

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Danny Webb Construction
12:56 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Lochgelly Public Hearing Set For April

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced that a public hearing twice delayed because of bad weather is now scheduled for April 21,  from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Hill High School, located at 350 West Oyler Avenue in Fayette County.

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Air Travel
12:40 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Expedited Screening Program Starts Today at Tri-State Airport

Credit Tri-State Airport

Passengers on US Airways flights no longer have to take off their shoes during screenings at Tri-State Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says an expedited screening program began at the airport on Monday.

The program allows travelers to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belt; keep laptops in cases and have permitted liquids in carry-ons.

The TSA says in a news release that US Airways is the only airline serving Tri-State that participates in the program.

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West Virginia Morning
11:53 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Reporters Provide Overview of Final Day of W. Va. Legislature

On West Virginia Morning, Senate reporter Ashton Marra and House reporter Liz McCormick join host Beth Vorhees for an overview of the final day of the 1st Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature.

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Brush Fires
10:26 am
Mon March 16, 2015

15 Acres Burned by Brush Fires in Southern West Virginia

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Brush fires have burned more than a dozen acres in Southern West Virginia.

One fire burned about 10 acres in the White Sulphur Springs area. Another fire burned about 5 acres in the Princeton area. Both fires occurred on Sunday.

Firefighters have contained both fires.

West Virginia's spring forest fire season began March 1 and runs through May 31. A ban on daytime outdoor burning is in effect during the season.

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10:14 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Motorists Seek State Payment for Road-Related Problems

The West Virginia Division of Highways faces nearly 200 claims seeking payment for road-related injuries and damage.

Such claims are filed with the West Virginia Court of Claims. The court's clerk, Cheryle M. Hall, tells The Dominion Post that the court had received 195 claims from businesses and residents as of last week.

During the same period last year, the court received 293 claims.

Hall says the number of claims could increase. The court won't know the total until May.

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West Virginia History
8:15 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March 16, 1742: John Peter Saillng Sets Out on Expedition to Claim Land for England

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / via Michael Keller

On March 16, 1742, John Peter Salling and four others started out from Natural Bridge, Virginia, on a trip to explore the Mississippi River. Their goal was to strengthen England’s claims to western lands.

Salling kept a journal of the trip, including his trek through what is now southern West Virginia. When they reached the New River, they built a boat and covered it with buffalo hides. They followed the New River until it became too treacherous. Then, they cut overland and found another stream. While traveling downriver in present Boone County, Salling documented the region’s massive coal outcroppings in his journal. Many historians give Salling credit for naming this stream Coal River. Next, the explorers followed the Kanawha and Ohio rivers to the Mississippi, which they reached in June. The next month, they were captured by a band of Indians, blacks, and Frenchmen. The prisoners were transported to New Orleans and held as spies.

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5:37 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Crews Monitoring Yeager Landslide

Credit Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Emergency crews are continuing to monitor a landslide next to a West Virginia hilltop airport that already has forced residents out of a few dozen homes in Charleston.

Authorities were concerned Friday that heavy rains over the weekend could worsen the situation.

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11:38 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Five Bills to Watch on the Final Day of the W.Va. Legislature

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This 82nd Legislature passed a slew of bills, but on the last day of the Legislative session, several big bills were still in limbo. Here's what happened to five of them:

BONUS: Forced pooling (HB 2688).

This bill would have required certain mineral rights owners to sell to oil and gas drillers if 80 percent of surrounding owners sold. After passionate debate over property rights, the bill failed on a bi-partisan vote, 49-49, in the shocker of the last day of the session.

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10:55 am
Sat March 14, 2015

DEP: Hughes Creek Conditions are Stable, Residents Return Home

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March 14, 2015 2:17 p.m. 

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reported in an email that conditions at the Hughes Creek area mine stabilized Saturday afternoon. The DEP says, "... there is nothing to indicate an imminent threat" and residents could return to their homes. About 54 people had sheltered at Riverside High School on Friday night. DEP officials were concerned that the mine could fail.

  The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is reporting that residents in the Hughes Creek community are being called to evacuate "out of an abundance of caution." A possible mine blowout above U.S. Route 60 could prevent emergency services from being able to access the community  in eastern Kanawah County.

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6:42 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Photos: The Latest From the Yeager Airport Landslide

Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

A massive landslide below Yeager Airport's runway has destroyed a church, caused flooding and block Keystone Road.

Residents were forced to evacuate the area and have relocated to nearby hotels.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin visited the site Friday with Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. 

Tomblin said contractors are on site trying to remove dirt in the area. He also said the Federal Aviation Administration is in contact with the airport and that no flights have been disrupted. 

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The Legislature Today
6:34 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Governor Questions Concealed Carry Bill

  At the Legislature today, Senators begin to focus in on the state's four billion dollar budget as they wait for Delegates to approve some major pieces of legislation, like charter schools and campaign finance reform. The West Virginia schools for the deaf and blind will be eligible for funding from the School Building Authority for badly needed improvements under a bill passed by the senate finance committee today.

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6:23 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

W.Va. Lawmakers Clear Bill to Help Craft Beer Industry

Bill Rittenour of Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown looks over his operation.
Credit Larry Dowling / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a bill to help the state's craft beer industry.

On Friday, the House of Delegates voted 86-11 to approve a bill letting brewers give out samples at their breweries. Many more businesses could sell up to four growlers of beer a day, including brewers, brewpubs, retailers and bars.

The bill also lowers licensing fees for brewpubs, and sets up a tiered fee system for brewers, instead of the current $1,500 flat fee.

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6:12 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

The 2015 Legislature's Final Hours

At midnight on Saturday, March 14, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned its 2015 session. This post is the home for The Legislature Today's online coverage of the final day of the regular session.

We've curated this post by aggregating tweets and posting audio of important moments on the chamber floors.

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Enjoy a public showing
5:44 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Event: Sneak Preview Of Wolf Hall, April 1

Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Damian Lewis as King Henry VIII.
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Get the first look at the newest Masterpiece mini-series, "Wolf Hall," based on the novel by Hilary Mantel. Join us Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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