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Winter Weather
11:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Parts of W.Va. Hit with Foot of Snow

Credit Anna Kucsma

A winter storm has left more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia on one of the busiest travel days of the year.Eastern West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle are the hardest hit areas. The National Weather Service says 14 inches of snow was reported Wednesday morning in Frenchburg and in Paw Paw. Augusta received a foot of snow.

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Election 2014
11:27 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Kanawha Co. Clerk Files Complaint Against Tennant

Credit Sam Sepeciale / The Charleston Daily Mail

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is facing an elections complaint saying she led a U.S. Senate campaign rally near a voting site.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick filed the complaint in late October but did not publicize it. McCormick, a Republican, provided the letter to The Charleston Gazette after a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Consumer Protection
10:35 am
Wed November 26, 2014

W.Va. Stores Agrees to Pay Fine in Water Crisis Price-Gouging Case

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Putnam County store operator has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state to settle a price-gouging complaint after the January water crisis.

Under the terms of the agreement released Tuesday by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mid Valley Mart LLC says it will comply with state consumer protection laws. In exchange, a Putnam County Circuit Court complaint will be dismissed.

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Domestic Violence Help
10:25 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Fairmont to Donate Center to Domestic Violence Group

City of Fairmont
Credit City of Fairmont

Fairmont officials plan to donate a former Army Reserve center to a group that helps domestic violence victims.

Media outlets report that City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance donating the facility on Tuesday. A public hearing is set for Dec. 9.

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Snow Fall
10:21 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Snowshoe Mountain Kicks Off W.Va. Ski Season

Credit Phil Duncan, Snowshoe Mountain

Ski and snowboard season is getting underway in West Virginia.  

Snowshoe Mountain kicked off the season with a Wednesday opening. Winterplace will offer three days of alpine skiing starting Friday, then officially open full time on Dec. 12, along with Timberline. Canaan Valley opens Saturday.

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

WVU Board to Discuss Possible Campus Purchase

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West Virginia University's board has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Morgantown. The possible purchase is the only item on the agenda.

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Health
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Brooke County Health Board Expands Smoking Ban

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Beginning next summer, smoking will be prohibited in all public places in Brooke County.

Media outlets report that the Brooke County Board of Health unanimously voted Monday night to ban smoking in all enclosed public places. The ban also will apply to outdoor places like fairs, festivals and playgrounds.

 The board previously had allowed bars and restaurants to designate 25 percent of their seating as smoking sections. The new ban will go into effect July 1, 2015.  

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Mine Strike
11:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

United Mine Workers Responds to Strike Complaint

A court filing offers new details into a labor dispute between the United Mine Workers of America and a Patriot Coal subsidiary.  

UMW Local No. 1570 filed a response Monday to a lawsuit filed in October by Eastern Associated Coal. Eastern filed the lawsuit after union members walked off the job at the Federal No. 2 mine on the morning of October 17. 

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Holiday Travel
11:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

W.Va. Turnpike Prepares for Holiday Travel Surge

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The West Virginia Turnpike is preparing for its busiest travel period. The turnpike's governing agency, the West Virginia Parkways Authority, plans to fully staff all three toll plazas along the 88-mile highway during the Thanksgiving travel period's peak hours. There also will be temporary toll booths with additional collectors.

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Government
12:34 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

W.Va. Public Workers Could See Health Benefit Cuts

  Workers covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency could see reductions in their benefits next year.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency has proposed $40 million in benefits cuts. PEIA executive director Ted Cheatham tells the Charleston Daily Mail that comments gathered during public hearings show workers aren't happy with the changes.

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Hunting
10:43 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hunting Safety Tips from W. Va. DNR

Credit Scott Baue / U.S. Department of Agriculture

   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.
 
     The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.
 
     DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.  
 
     Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.
 

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Government
9:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

More W.Va. Court Records to go Digital in 2015

  More West Virginia circuit court records are expected to go digital in 2015.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is implementing a pilot electronic filing project in 14 counties. The project got under way in December 2013 when a lawsuit was filed electronically in the Marion County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Matt Arrowood with the Supreme Court tells The Exponent Telegram that civil cases are being filed electronically in Marion and Jefferson counties. He says court officials hope to begin e-filing all case types by the first of next year.

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News
8:13 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Veteran Broadcaster Bos Johnson Dies

This portrait of Bos Johnson hangs in the board room at West Virginia Public Broadcasting

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Longtime WSAZ-TV news anchor and director Bos Johnson has died.
 
     The television station announced Johnson's death in a statement posted on its website Sunday night. The statement didn't provide details or Johnson's age.
 
     Johnson retired in 2005 following a 53-year career in journalism. He worked at WSAZ-TV for 24 years before leaving the station in 1976.
 

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Energy & Environment
10:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

W.Va. to Open Bids on Wildlife Land Fracking

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Credit Ruhrfisch [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) / Wikimedia Commons

  

West Virginia officials are unveiling offers to frack under wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

On Friday in Charleston, the state Department of Commerce will publicly open bids for oil and natural gas rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area.

The bid deadline on the 518 acres was Thursday. A 20-percent royalty on what's extracted is required.

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Education
10:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Release of Westest2 Scores Delayed Again

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The release of last year's standardized test scores for West Virginia public school students has been delayed again.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state education officials did not announce the results Thursday as expected. State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says officials are still working with counties to validate the scores. She says scores can be expected soon, but did not give a specific date.

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Higher Education
3:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WVU Revokes Charter from Second Fraternity

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West Virginia University says a second fraternity has had its charter revoked by its national office.

The Morgantown school said Thursday that Beta Theta Pi has informed the university that the local chapter's charter had been pulled "based on past behavior issues."

The Charleston Gazette reports that the move comes after Kappa Sigma fraternity's national office informed WVU last week that the school's chapter had been suspended since mid-October.

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Oil and Gas Industry
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Consol Energy Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing Gas Royalties

Credit Brian Turner

A former Consol Energy executive has pleaded guilty to stealing $440,000 in gas royalties from the company by forging deed transfers so he could funnel the money into a fake company he ran out of a post office box.

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Environment
6:58 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Are Flooded Mines Polluting Water?

A long-awaited environmental impact report concludes that concentrations of iron and sulfate collecting in underground pools could pollute the Potomac River and its surrounding groundwater.

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Government
12:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

McKinley Named Vice Chair of Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight Subcommittee

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
Credit United States Congress

Republican Congressman David McKinley has been named vice chair of an Energy and Commerce Committee oversight subcommittee.

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Higher Education
10:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

WVU Offers Students Bus Trip to Classmate's Funeral

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West Virginia University is providing transportation to the funeral of a student in Buffalo, New York.

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