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Health & Science
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

CDC Commits to Health Studies on Elk River Chemical Spill

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  Federal health officials will conduct more animal studies on the chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest drinking water supply in January.

Kanawha County health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta says the National Toxicology Program will spend $750,000 to $1.2 million on studies. He says they'll take up to a year to complete, and will address health implications on humans of the spilled chemical mixture.

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Bankruptcy
8:13 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Judge Calls for W.Va. Chemical Spill Agreement

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A bankruptcy judge is giving Freedom Industries, its insurer and stakeholders 10 days to strike an agreement on its $2.9 million insurance policy.

The company that contaminated West Virginia's largest water supply returned to bankruptcy court Tuesday in Charleston.

Freedom and 24 residents and businesses that sued after the spill proposed a $2.9 million settlement Friday using insurance. A board would pick projects benefiting the public to fund.

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Black Lung
5:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Miners Can Wait Years for Black Lung Benefits, Congress Listens

Credit Jessica Lilly

 A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease has urged Congress to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease. Princeton native Robert Bailey testified at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace hosted a hearing Tuesday. The hearing focused on the struggles miners face while seeking black lung benefits. Lawmakers say the testimony on Capitol Hill was meant to do three things:

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News
1:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Independent Rabel Joins Mooney-Casey Race for W.Va.'s Second District

Ed Rabel
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  Independent Ed Rabel will be on the November ballot in a 2nd Congressional District race featuring Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney.

Rabel was an award-winning CBS and NBC News correspondent. Rabel says in a news release he collected the 2,269 validated signatures required by law. The Mountain Party has endorsed him.

Rabel was born and raised in Kanawha County.

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News
1:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Meningitis Diagnosis Prompted W.Va. Pain Clinic Probe

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  A West Virginia health official says an investigation that found syringes were being reused at a pain management clinic was triggered after a patient developed bacterial meningitis.

Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases.

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Kids Count
12:37 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Report: Well-Being of W.Va. Children Improves

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  A private foundation says the well-being of West Virginia's children has improved over the past two decades. But there are still problem areas.

A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks West Virginia 37th in the nation in children's well-being.

The report is based on 16 indicators, including children without health insurance and proficiency in math and reading.

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Investigation
12:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Doctor at W.Va. Pain Clinic had Texas License Revoked

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  The operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found needles were being reused on patients had his medical license revoked in Texas a decade ago.

Health officials in Ohio and West Virginia advised patients of Valley Pain Management in McMechen on Monday to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found needles and syringes were reused to administer pain medications and saline solutions.

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Tentative Settlement
9:21 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Freedom Industries in Bankruptcy Court Tuesday

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  The company at the center of a chemical spill into West Virginia's largest water supply is back in bankruptcy court Tuesday.

Freedom Industries has a Tuesday morning hearing scheduled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. The hearing will involve a $2.9 million settlement with Freedom's insurer.

Lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom reached a tentative settlement, according to documents filed Friday in Charleston federal court.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

West Virginia Democrats Want GOP Candidates Off Ballot

Del. Suzette Raines
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  West Virginia Democrats say Republican state Del. Suzette Raines doesn't live where she claims and shouldn't be on the November ballot.

They also want GOP House of Delegates hopeful Melissa Lewis off the ballot.

The state Democratic Executive Committee filed complaints Monday in Kanawha and Preston circuit courts.

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Government
11:26 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Veterans Clinic with Air Concerns Tentatively Set to Reopen

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  A Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic closed because of air concerns is expected to reopen next month.

The Greenbrier County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Maxwelton was closed June 6 after several employees became ill.

Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center spokeswoman Debbie Voloski tells The Register-Herald that the clinic is tentatively scheduled to reopen Aug. 1.

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Government Billing
9:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

W.Va. Treasurer Helps Localities Manage Finances

Treasurer John Perdue
Credit West Virginia State Treasurer's Office

  An online billing program offered by the West Virginia Treasurer's Office is making it easier for local governments to manage their finances.

Treasurer John Perdue says the LGov program helps local governments process their bills. He tells the Charleston Gazette that the program reduces paperwork and gets money into the system faster.

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Lawsuit
1:52 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

$2.9 Million Settlement Proposed for Chemical Spill Cases

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply.

The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court.

The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom. Many businesses sued to recoup profits they lost while shuttered for days. A January tap-water ban affected 300,000 people.

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Wildlife
10:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Board to Revise List of W.Va. Dangerous Animals

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  A board asked to produce a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets in West Virginia plans to amend an earlier list after receiving public comments.

The original list developed by the Wild and Dangerous Animal Board includes chimpanzees, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, piranha, and several types of pythons. But it also includes some types of birds, turtles, tetra fish and geckos.

The Charleston Gazette reports the board Thursday decided to have a subcommittee work on a compromise.

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News
9:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

W.Va. Environmental Regulators Order Surface Mine to Stop Work

Blast warning signs are posted throughout the forest on sites near Middle Lick Mountain.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 West Virginia environmental officials have ordered a new surface coal mining operation near Kanawha State Forest to halt mining.

The stop-work order is from the Department of Environmental Protection. Inspectors issued an "imminent harm cessation order" when they found cracks in a barrier intended to contain runoff in a sediment-control ditch.

It's also meant to prevent dirt and mud from the site from entering a nearby creek.

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News
11:51 am
Tue July 15, 2014

MSHA, Widows Agree to Settle Mine Fire Lawsuit

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia.

Under the proposed settlement, MSHA also agreed to develop a training course at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy near Beckley on preventing fires at underground coal and non-metal mines.

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Athletics
11:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Marshall Football Coach's Contract Extended

  Marshall University has extended the contract of coach Doc Holliday two years and raised the payouts for the incentives in the deal.

Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Monday that Holliday's contract now runs through the 2017 season.

Holliday is 27-24 at Marshall and coming off a 10-4 season. His base salary of $600,000 will stay the same but his new deal increases his incentives to a total of $145,000 if they are reached.

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Law & Order
11:29 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Two Plead Guilty in Arch Coal Kickback Scheme

Two men each face up to five years in prison after admitting that they lied to investigators about a kickback scheme at a coal mine.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 53-year-old Ronald Barnette of Holden and 62-year-old Gary Griffith of Oceana both pleaded guilty Monday to making a materially false statement in a federal matter.

Barnette's company, Mining Repair Specialist, Inc., did equipment rebuild work at Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel mining complex in Logan County. He admitted that he lied about paying kickbacks to Mountain Laurel's general manager.

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Environment
10:45 am
Tue July 15, 2014

State Investigates Sheen on Monongahela River in Fairmont

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  State environmental regulators are investigating a sheen on the Monongahela River in Fairmont.

The Department of Environmental Protection tells media outlets that the substance appeared to be petroleum based.

The DEP says the substance won't affect Fairmont's water supply. The city's water intake is upstream on the Tygart Valley River.

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Economy
10:25 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Former W.Va. Gov. Caperton Joins Insurance Broker

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  Former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton has been appointed as a senior adviser to an insurance broker.

USI Insurance Services says in a news release that Caperton will help strengthen the company's client base in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia and seek new areas of investment.

Caperton will be based out of USI's Charleston office.

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LGBT
4:50 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Transgender Women Claim Mistreatment at W.Va. DMVs

Credit West Virginia Department of Transportation

 Two transgender women say they were ordered to remove their makeup, jewelry and wigs at West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles offices if they wanted new driver's license photos.

Trudy Kitzmiller says employees at offices in Martinsburg belittled her, calling her a genderless "it." Kristen Skinner described similar treatment in Charles Town.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund last month wrote state transportation officials to ask for new photos for the women. The letter said denying them a new photo would violate constitutional free speech rights.

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