Economics

New Contract
2:20 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Union Workers at Kroger Ratify New Deal

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Union workers at Kroger stores in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have ratified a new three-year contract.

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 says in a news release that the contract includes wage increases and preserves workers' health and retirement benefits. Workers' health care premiums won't increase.

The contract ratified Monday covers 4,000 workers. It will expire on Oct. 7, 2017. 

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State Loans
1:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WV Companies Receive State Loans

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 Two West Virginia companies are receiving $1.3 million in state loans to expand their businesses.

The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved the loans this month.

Pietro Fiorentini USA is getting a $1 million loan for equipment at a planned manufacturing operation in the Wheeling area. The Italy-based company manufactures and assembles gas production accessories, like valves, vessels and regulators. The company aims to employ 31 workers after one year and 41 after three.

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News
5:25 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

A Neighborhood that Struggles with Poverty Has Helped Rehabilitate 50 Homes

Reverend Matthew J. Watts, standing in front of Mary C. Snow elementary school.
Credit PBS NewsHour/Sam Weber

We often hear about urban cities, like Detroit, that are dealing with abandoned, dilapidated buildings. But some communities in West Virginia are struggling with neighborhood blight too.

The WV Hub is working with partners across West Virginia to plan a three day event in Huntington this October. The summit will help people across West Virginia who are working to fix blighted, abandoned and dilapidated properties. Civic groups in Huntington have been collaborating on this type of work and have made great strides recently.

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On WV PBS.2
3:04 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Documentary Features Work of WVU Professor

A new documentary takes viewers around the globe to show how economic freedom empowers entrepreneurs to improve their lives and their communities. Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives premieres January 30 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS.2.

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State of the State
8:39 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tomblin Focused on Fiscal Responsibility, Education

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issues his State of the State Address in the House Chamber. Seated behind him are Senate President Jeff Kessler and newly elected House Speaker Tim Miley.
Credit Martin Valent/WV Legislature Office of Public Information

In his fourth State of the State address, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin touted his administration's accomplishments over the past year, including multiple multi-million dollar investments made by some major international corporations in the final months of 2012.

But his main focus was moving the state forward, his goals for the upcoming legislative session, and, perhaps most importantly, his thoughts on how to accomplish those goals in an obviously tight budget year.

“Governing, like gardening, takes planning, patience and foresight,” Tomblin began.

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