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10:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Veterans Crisis Center Coming to Clarksburg

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs / http://www.clarksburg.va.gov/

The long delays for veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals have prompted The American Legion to plan a short-term crisis center in Clarksburg.

The veterans' organization will open a "crisis command center" at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center on Aug. 5 and 6. A town hall meeting is set for Aug. 4 at American Legion Post 31 in Shinnston.

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Water Safety
9:32 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Secondary Intake Proposal Calls for Mountaintop Lake in Charleston

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  Two men have submitted a proposal calling for a mountaintop lake in Charleston that would serve as a backup drinking water source.

The proposal by Fred Stottlemyer and Joe Mullins seeks construction of an earthen dam to create an 800 million-gallon lake at Coonskin Park.

Stottlemyer is former public service district general manager. Mullins was an urban planner in the governor's office in the 1960s.

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Chemical Spill
9:22 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine For January Spill

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  A company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply has paid an $11,000 fine for a pair of violations.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 earlier this month for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight.

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Settlement Reached
2:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

W.Va.'s Attorney General Announces a $950k Settlement with 3 Financial Groups

Credit West Virginia Attorney General's Office

West Virginia's attorney general has reached a $950,000 settlement with three companies over allegations of antitrust law violations.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the deal Monday. GE Funding Capital Market Services, Trinity Plus Funding Co., and Trinity Funding Co. were among 22 financial companies sued in 2009 by previous Attorney General Darrell McGraw.
 

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Same Sex Marriage
1:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

U.S. Court Says Va. Gay Marriage Ban Unconsitutional, Will Affect W.Va.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
Credit Sean McCormick

A federal appeals court governing West Virginia has struck down the  same-sex marriage ban in neighboring Virginia.

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Public Safety
11:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Water Company Giving Educational Tours After Chemical Leak

Credit Foo Conner / Flickr

A water company whose Charleston treatment plant was contaminated by a coal-cleaning agent is January is holding a public tour next week.

West Virginia American Water Co. will conduct the free "WaterFest" event Aug. 9.
 

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Contract Decision
11:10 am
Mon July 28, 2014

W.Va. Judge Lets IMG Deal with WVU Stand

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A judge has denied a motion by West Virginia Radio Corp. to toss the media rights contract between West Virginia University and IMG College.

Monongalia County circuit judge Thomas Evans on Thursday set aside the motion for summary judgment against WVU and others.
 

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Benefit
11:07 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Art Project to Aid Huntington Children's Hospital

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital in Huntington.
Credit Hoops Family Children's Hospital

A partnership will boost Huntington's train collection substantially next year.

The city is launching an art initiative with the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary.
 
The Herald-Dispatch reports artists will use their skills on 40 fiberglass train engine statues that will go on display in Huntington next year.
 
Mayor Steve Williams says after the display, the trains then will be sold at auction to benefit the children's hospital.
 

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Public Education
11:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

W.Va. Schools Will Soon Receive A Through F Grades

Credit Cecelia Mason

The process of implementing a new performance-based system for accrediting the state's public schools will begin in September.

The Dominion Post reports the state Office of Educational Performance Audits will conduct on-site reviews in each of Monongalia County's public schools in mid-September. Schools across the state will be reviewed over the next two years.
 

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

Two Firefighters Treated After W.Va.-Va. Tunnel Blaze

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A tractor-trailer fire filled an Interstate 77 tunnel with black smoke, backed up traffic for miles and sent two West Virginia firefighters to a hospital.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the fire in the East River Mountain Tunnel near West Virginia's border with Virginia was extinguished by 5:50 p.m. Friday, more than 2 1/2 hours after it was reported. 

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Lawsuit Filed
1:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Manchin Sued by Brother Over Loan

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is being sued by one of his brothers, who says the West Virginia Democrat and another brother never repaid a $1.7 million loan intended to keep the family's carpet business afloat.

Dr. John Manchin II filed the lawsuit in Marion County against the senator and Roch Manchin.
 

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Medical Board
10:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

W.Va. Pain Clinic Operator Faces Disciplinary Hearing

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  A board will conduct a disciplinary hearing for the operator of a West Virginia pain management clinic where an investigation found syringes were being reused.

West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine Executive Director Diana Shepard says the board will hold a conference call Friday for Dr. Roland Chalifoux Jr.

One of the board's options is to suspend Chalifoux's medical license.

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Testing Opposition
10:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

PETA Opposes Using Animals in W.Va. Testing

Credit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

An animal rights group opposes plans to conduct testing on animals of chemicals that spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply using animals.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals voiced concerns in a letter Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials promised additional tests on rats, worms and zebra fish. They will cost up to $1.2 million and take up to a year.

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Law & Order
9:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kanawha Commissioners to Seek Prosecutor's Removal

Credit Marcus Constantino (@AMTino) / Charleston Daily Mail

  Kanawha County commissioners have agreed to begin removal proceedings against Prosecutor Mark Plants.

The commission voted Thursday to file a petition, citing the costs of paying a special prosecutor to handle certain cases in his place. Once filed, the state Supreme Court would appoint a panel to rule on it.

Plants and his office are barred from handling cases involving crimes of violence by a parent or guardian, abuse and neglect cases, and violations of domestic violence protection orders.

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Local Government
9:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Huntington to Hire Additional Police Officers

Credit Huntington Police Department

  The city of Huntington is reallocating $500,000 in its budget to hire 10 police officers to fight drug problems in neighborhoods.

The city council unanimously approved the move Thursday. It will transfer funds from the city's insurance program and the street paving budget.

Mayor Steve Williams told the council that Huntington residents are scared to take their children outside. He says the hirings will send a message to drug dealers to get out.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy at Forum

Nick Casey (left), Alex Mooney (right)

  Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney say the global warming debate is better left to scientists.

During Thursday's West Virginia Business & Industry Council forum at the Charleston Civic Center, they added that other countries should step up in reducing carbon emissions.

It marked the first forum featuring both party candidates in this fall's 2nd Congressional District election.

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Government
9:29 am
Thu July 24, 2014

U.S. Plans W.Va. Refunds Under Affordable Care Act

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Credit Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act.

Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family.

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Government
9:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Process Slow for Picking Huntington Police Chief

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  Huntington remains without a permanent police chief four months after Skip Holbrook announced his resignation.

Mayor Steve Williams says the selection process for Holbrook's replacement has gone slower than he anticipated.

Williams says he underestimated the time required to conduct background checks of candidates.

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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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