Economy

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A West Virginia airport is beginning to offer weekly flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Malcolm Wilson / Humans of Central Appalachia

What happens when strangers with cameras go to Appalachia? It’s a complicated topic that many Appalachians have strong feelings about.

Cabell-Huntington Hospital

 Cabell-Huntington Hospital is one step closer to acquiring St. Mary’s Medical Center. An antitrust agreement filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office establishes a series of conditions for the acquisition.

At a news conference Friday, Morrisey said the agreement ensures the merger follows state and federal law while also providing access to affordable health care in the area through economic competition.

The Clarksburg Post

Updated July 30, 2015 at 5:10 p.m.

After intense public outcry, the convenience store Sheetz has apparently reversed its decision to end sales of a West Virginia bakery's pepperoni rolls at its locations in the state.

In an interview Thursday morning with The Clarksburg Post, the convenience store's director of brand strategy Ryan Sheetz confirmed that decision.

West Virginia Lottery

For the 13th consecutive year, West Virginia Lottery sales have topped the $1 billion mark.

Director John Musgrave said Tuesday the lottery posted $1.16 billion in total sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Of that sum, Musgrave said more than $500 million went to state coffers.

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Researchers at West Virginia University are working to holistically understand "food insecurity" throughout West Virginia with a program they call WV FOODLINK.

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In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

Elkinite.com

  Since its launch in November, the online community portal Weelunk has attracted web traffic from all 50 states in the U.S. and around the globe. The website serves as a platform for in-depth stories about Wheeling and also provides a forum for new ideas and community events.

 

Now the site’s creators have taken that formula and applied it to a similar project in Randolph County, called Elkinite.

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has told 292 workers in Virginia and Kentucky they are losing their jobs.

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Premier Financial Bancorp says it plans to acquire First National Bankshares in a deal worth about $26.5 million in cash and stock.

Huntington-based Premier announced a definitive

   agreement to acquire Ronceverte-based First National on Tuesday in a news release.

Blackhawk Mining LLC says it plans to buy some of Patriot Coal's assets in southern West Virginia.

Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk says in a news release that it has entered a definitive agreement to purchase Patriot's Panther, Rocklick, Wells, Kanawha Eagle, Paint Creek and Midland Trail complexes. The agreement also includes reserve areas.

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  Entering an election year, state officials aren't thrilled by suggestions to raise taxes, tolls and fees for roads.

As federal money keeps fizzling, some aren't dismissing the idea.

West Virginia's problems appear to be about upkeep, not necessarily congestion.

U.S. Census data from 2013 shows Charleston and Huntington metro areas had commute times about two minutes lower than the national average, almost 26 minutes. The Martinsburg-Hagerstown, Maryland, area exceeds the average by four minutes but includes Washington commuters.

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ArcelorMittal plans to sell 1,000 acres of surplus property in Weirton to The Frontier Group of Companies.

Media outlets report that ArcelorMittal announced this week that it has entered a purchase agreement with Frontier for the property adjacent to its steel plant. The sale is expected to close later this year. Details of the deal weren't released.

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West Virginia University is creating a new office and a new position to oversee fraternities and sororities.
 

Student Life vice president Bill Schafer says a national search will be conducted to fill the position of associate dean and director of Greek life.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee says the new office and position are part of an effort to change the university's culture.

Gee promised significant changes following the death of 18-year-old freshman Nolan Burch during an initiation ceremony at the WVU Kappa Sigma house on Nov. 12, 2014.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 

Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears opened their first season Friday, June 19, to a crowd of 3,019 fans.

 

“Good evening and welcome to Monongalia County Ballpark for the first ever professional baseball game here, in north-central West Virginia,” Black Bears General Manager Matthew Drayer boomed over the ballpark’s PA system.

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West Virginia University says its main campus in Morgantown and regional medical facilities had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2014.

The report issued Friday found that more than 26,000 workers are employed directly by the university or indirectly through spending in the local economy. That represents 22 percent of the region's workforce.

Data by SNL Energy / Data Visualizations by Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The following data and article is the result of collaboration between West Virginia Public Broadcasting and SNL Energy. To see related stories from SNL Energy on this topic, please click here. 

Wholesale fuel distributor CrossAmerica Partners says it plans to acquire the One Stop convenience store chain in West Virginia.

CrossAmerica says in a news release that the acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter. The company didn't provide details of the deal.

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A Maryland countertop company plans to move its operations to West Virginia.

Countertop Solutions employs about 22 people in Washington County, Maryland. Owner Jason Singer tells The Herald-Mail that he plans to move the company to the Falling Waters Industrial Center in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) met in Morgantown this week to talk about the economic and social effects of drug addiction – opioid addiction especially.


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