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Beckley Flights
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Nonstop Flights From Beckley to Charlotte Announced

Airport officials in Beckley have announced new nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida-based ViaAir will begin the flights out of Raleigh County Municipal Airport by early December. The airline plans two flights on weekdays and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Its 30-passenger  turboprop planes will have two pilots and a flight attendant.

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Energy & Environment
1:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Radiation Detectors Nearly Set at W.Va. Landfills

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A state Department of Environmental Protection official says the installation of detectors is nearly complete at six West Virginia landfills that will accept low-level radioactive drilling waste from natural gas operations.

Legislation passed earlier this year required radiation monitoring of drill cuttings sent to landfills and overturned tonnage limits for those particular landfills.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Thu October 30, 2014

W.Va. Schools to Honor Author Pearl S. Buck

Credit The Dutch National Archives

  West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College are honoring award-winning author and Nobel laureate Pearl S. Buck.

The schools are hosting an event Thursday in Morgantown along with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.

The event is part of Mountaineer Week - a weeklong celebration of West Virginia's heritage and culture.

Buck's novel "The Good Earth" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

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Public Education
9:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

W.Va. Gets $9.7 Million Grant to Curb Gun Violence

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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Safety
9:31 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kanawha Student Expelled for Threatening School

  A Kanawha County student has been expelled for threatening to bring a gun to school.

Riverside High School Principal Valery Harper says the student has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Harper says the threat was directed at the entire student body and not any individual student. She says the student made the threat in a conversation with other students, who notified school officials.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the sheriff's department says the incident is under investigation.

Government
9:25 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Two Companies Sue Morgantown, State Over Truck Ban

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  Two trucking companies are challenging the legality of Morgantown's ban on heavy trucks in the downtown business district.

Nuzum Trucking Company of Shinnston and Preston Contractors Inc. of Kingwood have filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the city, the state Department of Transportation and the state Division of Highways.

The lawsuit argues that the ban is unenforceable and usurps the DOH's authority over the state road system.

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Award Nominations
8:23 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Nominations Open for 2015 Living the Dream Awards

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission has opened nominations for the 2015 Living the Dream Awards.
 
     Award winners will be recognized as part of an ecumenical service celebrating King's legacy on January 19.
 
     Nomination categories for individuals include Advocate of Peace, Sharing of Self, Human and Civil Rights, Scholarship and the Governor's Living the Dream Award.
 
     Nominated organizations will be placed into the Service Organization Honor Roll category.
 

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2014 Elections
5:21 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Boehner to Rally With U.S. House Candidate Mooney

  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is coming to West Virginia to participate in a get-out-the-vote rally with Republican House candidate Alex Mooney.

Mooney's campaign says the one-hour rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paddy's Irish Pub in Charles Town.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also is scheduled to speak at the rally.

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Trains
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cass Scenic Railroad to Transfer Rail Operations

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  West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources will partner with the State Rail Authority to improve operations at Pocahontas County's historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

The partnership announced on Monday will transfer responsibility for Cass' rail operations to the authority, which is the central state agency for railroad matters. The authority already operates two other state-owned railroads: the West Virginia Central Railroad and the South Branch Valley Railroad.

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Government
9:33 am
Mon October 27, 2014

W.Va. Regional Jail Rate to Stay at 2013 Level

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  County officials across West Virginia have gotten some good news from the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

The per-diem rate that counties pay to house prisoners in regional jails won't increase this year.

Jail authority executive director Joe DeLong tells The Charleston Gazette that an increase isn't necessary because of better accounting and a cost-saving campaign by state jail officials.

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Energy & Environment
9:23 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Natural Gas Production Soars in W.Va.'s Northern Panhandle

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

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Economy
1:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

W.Va. Coalfields Senate Panel Sets First Meeting

A state Senate panel studying how to revitalize West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields has scheduled its first meeting.

The Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, group will meet Wednesday evening. The meeting will take place at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging in Beckley.

It's the first in a series of regional listening sessions. The group will then present recommendations for consideration in the 60-day legislative session starting in January.

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FIOA
12:29 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

West Virginia DEP Ordered to Release Pollution Data

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A judge says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated the state's Freedom of Information Act when it denied a law firm's request for water pollution data.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charles King ordered the DEP this week to provide the data to Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

The law firm sued the DEP after the agency denied its 2013 request for the most recent quarterly data showing water pollution levels at coal mines statewide. In the past, the DEP provided similar data in a spreadsheet format.

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City Government
10:24 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ACLU Criticizes Parkersburg's Panhandling Signs

  Parkersburg's panhandling signs are drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

The signs discourage people from giving to panhandlers, saying it contributes to drug and alcohol abuse.

ACLU of West Virginia executive director Jennifer Meinig tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the signs are defamatory. She says they suggest that all panhandlers suffer from drug and alcohol issues.

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Economy
9:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

All W.Va. Counties See Jobless Rate Decrease in September

  Unemployment rates fell in all 55 of West Virginia's counties in September.

WorkForce West Virginia says that at 11 percent, Mingo County was the only one with a jobless rate in the double digits.

Counties with an unemployment rate below 5 percent included Harrison (4.9), Putnam (4.9), Preston (4.7), Jefferson (4.6), Pendleton (4.3) and Monongalia (4.1).

The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate in September was 6.6 percent.

News
11:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Eight Arrested for Morgantown Riot

Credit West Virginia University

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Police say eight people have been arrested and more than two dozen cited following riots that erupted in Morgantown after West Virginia University's win over Baylor.
 
 Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says the charges and criminal citations included underage consumption, malicious burning, destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
 

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Higher Education
10:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

W.Va. PROMISE Scholarship Recipients Increase

Credit West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  A higher education official says more West Virginia high school seniors are qualifying for the state's PROMISE scholarship.

Higher Education Policy Commission financial aid senior director Brian Weingart also says the college graduation rate of PROMISE recipients is higher than the general student body's rate.

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Government
11:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Randolph Co. Judge to Appeal Punishment for Affair

The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over disciplinary action against a judge who had an inappropriate sexual affair.

Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong admitted to having a two-year affair with William Travis Carter. At the time of their liaison, Carter was director of the North Central Community Corrections program in Elkins.

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Roads
9:50 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Corridor H Segment Expected to Open by Late November

  Another section of Corridor H in West Virginia is expected to open by Thanksgiving.

Corridor H coordinator Tommy Collins tells The Exponent Telegram that the 1.5-mile segment is near the connector to W.Va. Route 42 and W.Va. Route 93 in the Mount Storm area.

Collins says another 4-mile section could open by the end of the year. But he says an early spring opening is more likely due to the weather.

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News
12:21 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

WVU: Riots Following Baylor Upset Were 'Criminal', Expulsions Possible

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Morgantown authorities are assessing damage from riots that broke out following West Virginia's 41-27 win over No. 4 Baylor.

Police Chief Ed Preston said Sunday that crowds pushed over street lights and threw rocks, beer bottles and other items at public safety personnel and their vehicles. Numerous fires were set in the student-dominated Sunnyside area and other parts of the city.

Preston says in a news release that police used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disperse the crowds. Police arrested several people on various charges.

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