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Energy & Environment
10:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Yeager Airport Board Explores Solar Panel Project

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  Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

The Charleston Gazette reports that members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

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10:23 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Freedom Industries Eyes Voluntary Cleanup Program

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  Freedom Industries is considering trying to enter a state program to help ease cleanup at the site where a chemical spill polluted the Charleston area's water supply.

The company and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection met last week to discuss whether the site is eligible for the agency's Voluntary Remediation Program.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move that could result in Freedom having to meet less-stringent contamination standards than under existing enforcement orders.

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10:31 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Audit: Agriculture Dept. Gave $662,000 to Failing Farmer's Market

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  An audit says the state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market.

Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred wrote that the Inwood Farmer's Market has lost about $100,000 annually over six consecutive years, including 2013. The Berkeley County market was awarded the grant in June 2011.

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Chemical Spill
10:26 am
Thu August 28, 2014

House, Senate Leaders Urge Delay in West Virginia Tank Law

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  State House and Senate leaders are urging the governor to call a special session to delay part of an aboveground storage tank law.

House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler asked Gov.  Tomblin to call the session during next month's interim meetings. They're slated for Sept. 8-10.

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9:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

W.Va. PSC Chair Steps Down from Chemical Spill Probe

  The state Public Service Commission's chairman has removed himself from an investigation into a water company's response to a January chemical spill.

The Charleston Gazette reports PSC Chairman Mike Albert cited his previous work as an attorney representing West Virginia American Water in stepping down from the spill investigation.

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Public Records
9:34 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Fee Plan for Some Public Filings Halted in W.Va.

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The Secretary of State's Office has scrubbed plans to charge fees to obtain public filings for businesses and organizations.

The Charleston Gazette reports the change scheduled to begin Sept. 4 was rescinded by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office Thursday.

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Admits 100 drug deals
3:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Mail Carrier Gets Probation For Selling Suboxone on the Job

A Greenbrier County mail carrier gets probation for selling a narcotic on the job.
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A former mail carrier will spend three years on probation for making drug deals while on the job.

Jack Edwin McCoy also must perform community service and spend four months on home confinement.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced McCoy's sentence in a news release Wednesday.

The 30-year-old White Sulphur Springs resident had pleaded guilty in May to using a telephone in or near Lewisburg to set up a drug transaction.

Goodwin says McCoy then distributed a narcotic drug in Ronceverte to a person who was working with authorities.

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12:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Water Heater Project Helps W.Va. Church Go Solar

Shepherdstown, WV
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Water heaters are helping a Shepherdstown church reduce its electricity costs.

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8:27 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Pride of W. Va. to Perform in McDowell, Mercer Counties

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BRADSHAW, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia University marching band will take a side trip to McDowell County on its way to this weekend's start of the college football season in Atlanta.
     WVU says the Pride of West Virginia will perform at Riverview High School prior to the start of Thursday night's game between Riverview and Mount View.
     The high schools rescheduled their season opener from Friday night to accommodate the band's pregame performance.

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8:23 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Cabinetmaker Expands in W. Va.

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - A prominent cabinet manufacturer plans to add 80 full-time jobs and invest $30 million at its West Virginia facility.
     American Woodmark Corp. announced this week it will expand its South Branch manufacturing center in Moorefield in Hardy County.
     The publicly traded company plans to add 100,000 square feet and boost the site's employment to 655 workers.
     American Woodmark expects expansion to be complete by fall 2015.

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8:18 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kanawha Co. School Employees Charged with Stealing

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four workers have been charged with stealing food and supplies from a Kanawha County high school.

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6:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

PSC: Water Company Planning Info Needed in W.Va. Spill Probe

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Regulators ordered a water company under investigation for its chemical spill response to produce emergency plans and information potentially protected by anti-terrorism laws.

The state Public Service Commission ordered West Virginia American Water on Friday to produce many documents it opposed releasing.

The PSC says some information potentially shielded by state and federal laws can be considered. It will be confidential from the public.

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4:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Hearing Board Recommends W.Va. Judge Suspension

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  The West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board has recommended a less severe suspension than a special counsel sought for a Randolph County judge who acknowledged having an affair with a community corrections official.

The board Friday recommended a three-year suspension, censure and $20,000 fine for Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong.

The board found Wilfong violated several canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct, including maintaining the integrity of and public confidence in the judiciary and avoiding the impression of improper influence.

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Chemical Spill
4:18 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

West Virginia to Study Elk River Fish Life After Chemical Spill

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  The state will survey fish life in the Elk River after a massive chemical spill polluted the waterway in January.

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fish Health Laboratory in Leetown will aid the state Division of Natural Resources in the project next week.

The Freedom Industries spill contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people for days.

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Public Housing
2:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Demolition to Start at Huntington Housing Complex

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Demolition is expected to start next week at a Huntington public housing complex.

Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority Executive Director Vickie Lester tells The Herald-Dispatch that demolition on three buildings at the Northcott Court Housing Complex will likely begin Monday. The work is expected to take up to three years.

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10:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Improvised Explosive Devices, Chickens, Marijuana Found in I-79 Crash

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West Virginia State Police say altered fireworks, weapons, chickens and marijuana were found inside an SUV that wrecked on Interstate 79, and the driver from Pennsylvania has been arrested.

Police say a Ford Explorer carrying dozens of chickens flipped in Roane County about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

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Health & Science
9:46 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Two Viruses Found in Cabell County Mosquito Pools

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  Health officials say pools of mosquitoes in Cabell County have tested positive for two viruses.

Stan Mills of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department says no illnesses have been reported from the positive tests for the West Nile and La Crosse viruses.

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Chemical Spill
1:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Airport, Chemical Company Want Spill Lawsuits Dismissed

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An airport and a chemical producer want claims dismissed in a lawsuit partly targeting them over a January chemical spill.

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.

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Mine Safety
1:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

W.Va. Agency to Receive Mine Safety Funding


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.

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.

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.

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Election 2014
10:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Capito, Tennant to Compete in Chamber Forum

Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito will attend a U.S. Senate candidate forum next week.

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.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Nick Casey 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.

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