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West Virginia officials are awarding $1.2 million in tourism advertising grants to 14 attractions around the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the West Virginia Tourism Commission approved the matching grants Thursday.

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The Giant Eagle supermarket chain based near Pittsburgh is offering buyouts to 340 corporate employees, or one percent of its 34,000-employee workforce.

The company, based in O'Hara Township, says it's cutting costs because of falling grocery prices, and analysts say the company is also dealing with increased competition from discount grocers like Aldi.

The chain owns or operates more than 420 supermarkets and GetGo! Convenience stores and other outlets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

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Mount St. Joseph in Daviess County, Kentucky, may appear calm with the Green River flowing past  homes that dot the farmland here. But there is trouble in the air and it comes along with the smell of a large hog farm.

Sixty-three year old Jerry O’Bryan was born and raised on a farm in Daviess County. By the time he was 22 he had lost both parents and was left 150 acres to support his family.

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If your father worked in the coal mines, chances are you remember his lunch or dinner bucket and the food that he brought to work. For many families, the extra food that was packed away in these dinner buckets was practical -- it would be there just in case an accident happened.

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Great Britain and Ireland on an investment trip.

Tomblin's office says in a news release that the trip starts Friday and lasts through Oct. 22.

The governor will focus both on companies currently doing business in West Virginia as well as those he'd like to make investments in the Mountain State.

The statement says Tomblin will conduct meetings in London along with Belfast in Northern Ireland and Dublin in the Irish Republic.

It will mark Tomblin's fifth international trip, including two to Japan.

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources has sold some of its eastern Kentucky coal property to a Texas company.

The company says it has divested most of the assets of its Enterprise mining operations to Kingdom Coal, a subsidiary of Keystone-Kingdom Resources based in Fort Worth.

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West Virginia county officials may hire the state House of Delegates majority leader as the county's new economic development executive director.

The Journal reports that Morgan County commissioners will decide at an Oct. 20 meeting whether to hire Republican Delegate Daryl Cowles.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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A few more meetings have been added to help West Virginia homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says a meeting about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will take place the evening of Oct. 18 at Midland Trail High School in Hico.

Two more evening meetings will follow — one on Oct. 19 at the Gauley Bridge Community Center, and another Oct. 25 at Clay County High School Auditorium.

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Clay County residents are speaking out against the closure of a bridge damaged during the June floods.

People rallied Sunday at the Camp Creek Bridge, voicing their displeasure about the closure.

Last month, the state Division of Highways announced that the 91-year-old bridge would be shut down to vehicle traffic, but remain open for foot traffic.

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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office is sending postcards to residents who may be eligible to vote but haven't registered.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 18. The election is Nov. 8.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

The meeting will address regulations stalled in court that limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants to stem climate change. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because they target coal.

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West Virginia regulators are conducting a two-day hearing on Mountaineer Gas Co.'s proposed $45 million natural gas distribution line expansion in the Eastern Panhandle.

The hearing before the state Public Service Commission is set to begin Wednesday in Charleston.

Department of Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss presented the governor's budget proposal to lawmakers Monday.
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More cuts could be on the way after West Virginia started the budget year with three straight months of revenues below what state officials predicted.

The Department of Revenue announced Tuesday that the state is $81.2 million behind revenue estimates and $15 million behind prior year revenues.

Department spokeswoman Lalena Price says Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss will make recommendations in the next several weeks, likely including a continued hiring freeze and some cuts, either across-the-board, targeted or some combination.

West Virginia Morning
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Dr. Robert Rupp weighs in on the importance and power of political debates both nationally, and here in West Virginia. He’s a member of the State Election Commission and a professor of political science at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Rupp spoke with Ashton Marra about the first presidential debate and what West Virginia’s candidates for governor can take away from it before they hit the air waves tonight. 

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The current President of the Kentucky Coal Association is leaving the energy industry, for a job back in his hometown of Huntington. 

Bill Bissett will be the next President and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce starting November 1st.

Coming home.

The 50-year-old father of two decided being in his home state and hometown was more important than leading the coal association in Kentucky. 

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The international refugee crisis caused by people fleeing the war-torn Middle East has been a high-profile issue in the presidential campaign.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” last year that “the U.S. has to do more” to meet what she called the worst refugee crisis since the end of WWII.


West Virginia University researchers say economic indicators show West Virginia is further emerging from a recession.

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Several more meetings are coming up to help homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration has awarded more than $1 million in grants to small businesses devastated by floods in June.