2014 Elections
3:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Reid Putting Political Muscle Behind Tennant Bid

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Credit United State Congress

  Majority Leader Harry Reid is giving Democratic Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant a fundraising lift.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Reid headlined a Tennant fundraiser Friday in New York City. Tennant campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue confirmed the event.

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New Deal Planned Community
2:24 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Arthurdale: A First Lady's Legacy

Eleanor Roosevelt


This week on West Virginia PBS, you can watch The Roosevelts: An Intimate History from Ken Burns. Many will recall the story of Arthurdale – a New Deal planned community in Preston County, West Virginia. Arthurdale was a pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt. We dug into our archives to find a documentary by the late Ross Watne that tells this unique West Virginia story.  


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Terrorist Threat
12:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

W.Va. Officials Worry About 'Sovereign Citizen'

  West Virginia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a group called "sovereign citizen" that rejects taxes and laws.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state and federal authorities sent a letter earlier this year to local law enforcement officials stating that the group is on the rise in West Virginia.

Thom Kirk, director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, says those numbers could be growing because officials are now more aware of the group and are conducting additional training on the subject. 

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Drug Abuse
12:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

W.Va. Pain Clinics Screening Patients for Pill Use

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Former narcotics officers are being used at some West Virginia pain clinics to screen patients.

The Charleston Gazette reports Hope pain clinics in Beckley, Fairmont and Kanawha City are charging patients $150 for an initial screening and $75 for subsequent visits.

Raleigh County-based PPPFD Inc. screens the patients for the three clinics. The business name stands for Patients, Physicians, Pharmacists Fighting Diversion.

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12:12 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

OSHA Cites W.Va. Sawmill $85,000 for Workplace Risks

Credit Occupational Safety & Health Administration

  A West Virginia sawmill that serves the coal industry is facing an $85,000 in federal penalties for what the government says is a workplace that puts its workers at risk of serious injuries.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday the proposed penalties follow two investigations and a safety inspection at Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. OSHA says the Wayne mill continues to expose its 14 workers to "willful, repeat and serious safety and health hazards..."

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12:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Martinsburg VA Holds Town Hall to Hear Veterans Healthcare Concerns

Veterans gathered together for Martinsburg VA Medical Center's first town hall meeting.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of impassioned veterans showed up to a town hall meeting at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center last week to voice a litany of complaints. But for the most part, they did NOT echo the national outrage about wait times for doctors' appointments. Instead, the veterans raised issues ranging from homelessness to hospital food.

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8:46 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New West Virginia Schools Superintendent Starts Work

Dr. Michael Martirano speaks with a group of fourth grade students at Edgewood Elementary.

West Virginia's new schools superintendent has taken the oath of office.

Michael Martirano was sworn in Monday, then headed straight to the source on his first day of work.

Martirano paid a visit the newly built Edgewood Elementary in Charleston following the swearing-in ceremony at the state Culture Center.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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Energy & Environment
4:32 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

DEP’s Interactive Gas Well Map... Is Getting More Interesting

Screen shot from West Virginia DEP's interactive oil and gas wells map. Horizontal wells are marked red.
Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The latest figures from the Department of Environmental Protection indicate that there are upwards of 400 horizontal well pads in West Virginia. Sounds pretty straight-forward. What does that mean? How many more will there be?

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4:43 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Legislative Leaders Say Coal Rhetoric Not Helping


  West Virginia's top legislative leaders don't think clamoring over coal this election helps Appalachia's already-sputtering industry.

A U.S. Senate race and two competitive House contests have hammered on fear of federal regulation further stifling coal.

Republicans lump Democrats in with President Obama, an ever-unpopular figure in West Virginia. Democrats zig-zag to show they don't support his energy policies.

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1:18 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Services for Former First Lady Shelley Moore Announced

Shelley Moore and her brother Jake Riley
Credit Republican Gazette

Shelley Riley Moore, the former first lady of West Virginia for 12 years and mother of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, has died. She was 88.

Moore was born in Florida and met her husband, future Gov. Arch Moore, while she attended West Virginia University.

After graduating from college, she worked as a schoolteacher, and then she became a full-time mother and partner in her husband’s political career, first as a congressman, and later governor.

She served as first lady from 1969 to 1977 and 1985 to 1989, when her husband lost re-election amid corruption allegations.

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Inside Appalachia
8:09 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Old Fashioned Apple Cider, Craft Beer, Exploring Economic Opportunities and More

In West Virginia, Executive Director of Main Street Fairmont, Kate Greene, sees a city on the move.

The Clinch River region of Southwestern Virginia is looking for new economic opportunity.

And Tennessee State Park Ranger, Bobby Fulcher, has spent the last three decades traveling the Tennessee hills to record folk-music. These stories and more on this week's Inside Appalachia.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
4:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Public Can Comment on Above Ground Storage Tank Rule

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is taking public comments on the proposed interpretive rule detailing its Aboveground Storage Tank Program, the spill prevention response plan and tank certification requirements.

Comments on the proposed interpretive rule will be taken through Oct. 9, the same day the DEP holds a public hearing about the rule at its headquarters at 6:30 p.m. in Charleston.

The rule was registered with the Secretary of State's office on Tuesday.

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Sink Hole
3:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sink Hole Closes Two Lanes of 5th Ave in Huntington

Credit Clark Davis


The right two lanes of 5th Avenue in Huntington are closed this afternoon because of the beginnings of a sink hole. The lanes are closed between 25th and 27th streets in Huntington and will remain that way until further notice. 

According to a press release from the city of Huntington, the Huntington Sanitary Board and it's contractor will work through the weekend to determine the cause of the sink and then will repair the issue. 

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12:33 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Influence Game: Chemical Trade Tries to Shape Regulations

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The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish federal standards for compounds used in products from household goods to plastic water bottles. But the industry-favored bill would also make it tougher for states to regulate chemicals.

Many states already have acted on their own - and that's what's gotten the industry's attention.

The American Chemical Council, a trade group, spent nearly $6 million on lobbying in the first half of the year, the most recent reporting period.

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Health & Science
11:58 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Health-Care Quality Project Launches in W.Va.

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

  Organizations in West Virginia have launched an initiative to improve health care quality throughout the state.

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care on Thursday launched the initiative called Choosing Wisely in West Virginia.

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Election 2014
11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Political Ideology: It's Not as Simple as Red Versus Blue

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Are you a liberal or a conservative? When it comes to politics, Americans can often feel like the answer is black or white, or maybe red or blue. 

But the Pew Research Center is trying to change that notion with a quiz that asks, “Where do you fit in the political typology spectrum?”

The quiz asks 23 questions about political values, everything from the social safety net to role of religion to the size of government, and then places respondents into one of eight categories on their political spectrum.

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10:38 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks West Virginia's Congressional Races and National Importance

'Political Junkie' host Ken Rudin discusses how West Virginia's Congressional races fit into the national picture and answers the question, do endorsements really matter? A study by the Pew Research Center says politics across the country don't fit into the simple "liberal" and "conservative" categories most Americans think they have to identify with. Instead, researcher Jocelyn Kiley lays out eight typologies and asks you to take their quiz. Libertarian Davy Jones is profiled and the week's latest in the reporter roundtable.   

Emergency Alerts
10:01 am
Fri September 12, 2014

W.Va. to Test National Alert System Next Week

West Virginia is gearing up to test a national alert system next week.

Officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will lead a test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System in West Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and others will participate in the test.

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9:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

W.Va. Audit Committee to Begin School Visits

  Initial performance audits of West Virginia schools will begin Monday as part of a new statewide assessment program.

The audits involve onsite visits of all schools by the Office of Education Performance Audits over the next two years. They will provide Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the state Legislature and the West Virginia Board of Education an overall view of performance.

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