Chris Stadelman

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As a major snowstorm bears down on West Virginia, the governor’s office is preparing the state for the storm. 

Governor Tomblin issued a state of preparedness for the state Wednesday. It allows him to activate the National Guard if necessary and make sure the department of transportation and division of highways have all the support and resources they need. Chris Stadelman is the Communications Director for the Governor’s office and said they want people to be ready for the 36-hour event that is approaching. 

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill.

In a July 9 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in "survival mode" and should be exempt from new aboveground tank inspections and registrations.

He says inspections could cost $2,000 per well annually.

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The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that's been vacant for more than a year.

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  Communications professional Chris Stadelman will become Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's top spokesman.

Stadelman has more than 20 years of experience in the communications field. He also served as communications director for Tomblin's 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

Stadelman will start May 16 as Tomblin's communications director.