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“The Teflon Toxin” is the title of a series of three investigative reports that surfaced this month. The series examines the 70-year history of DuPont and the no-stick chemical called C8 used to coat Teflon pans and other products.

A decade ago it came to light that DuPont contaminated water sources in West Virginia and Ohio with the chemical, and soon after that the chemical is toxic. The use of the C8 was phased out of production this year at DuPont’s Washington Works plant just outside Parkersburg. But this September, the first of about 3,500 personal injury claims is coming to trial.

That’s one reason the investigative series was just published.

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Procter & Gamble's planned manufacturing facility in the Eastern Panhandle is due to break ground soon.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports that the Berkeley County plant is due to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Sept. 18, with construction expected to begin in October.

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Bluefield officials are asking citizens to weigh in on the city's planning for community and economic growth.

The city Board of Directors is conducting an online survey to gather citizens' input. Survey questions include what types of businesses the city should attract and what opportunities are seen for the city.

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Craft beer lovers in West Virginia have had plenty to get excited about as of late. From new breweries to new legislation, a lot has been happening for the industry in the state.

West Virginia also just wrapped up its first ever craft beer week. Highlighted by festivals, tastings, tap takeovers and other special events, the 8-day celebration comes just months after a new law went into effect that helps propel the industry forward. 

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule this week that would regulate methane gas pollution in the oil and gas industry. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and the Obama administration wants to see emissions cut in half over the next decade.


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Officials at an aerospace company in West Virginia say about 25 employees have been placed on a temporary leave of absence due to a major slowdown on a helicopter program.

The Exponent Telegram reports Aurora Flight Sciences spokesman Chip Sheller says the 60-day furloughs were effective Monday.

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Traditionally, electricity is turned on and off on a demand-only basis, with physical power plants only generating electricity when it’s needed for use. However, a Maryland-based power brokerage company, Mosaic Power, has come up with a way to make our energy consumption more efficient without changing our lifestyle.

A northern West Virginia call center says it is adding nearly 300 workers after signing a contract with a company in the health care industry.

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A review of West Virginia's pension system has found that 165 recipients are paid more than $80,000 in annual benefits.

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Huntington City officials joined with local developers Thursday to announce a new downtown development.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams announced that local development group Capital Venture Corporation has purchased a building along Third Avenue and is in the process of finishing the purchase of three remaining buildings next to it.

One of the buildings will be torn down and the other three will be renovated, making room for condos and businesses on the upper floors, and restaurants and markets on the lower floors.

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West Virginia’s first ever Craft Beer Week may not kick off until Saturday, but those interested in the state’s burgeoning industry already have a reason to celebrate. 

It’s well known throughout circles in West Virginia that the state’s public education system lags behind nationally, ranking 48th, according to the US Census Bureau. There’s also a lot of talk throughout the state about the need for re-education and economic diversification in the state for adults.

As coal miners continue to lose their jobs, some are looking to education as a tool for new opportunities. But starting from the bottom or starting over isn’t easy.

One adult educator, a former coal miner from Boone County, just wrote a book that offers guidance. While author David Greene says this book should appeal to adult educators, it’s also meant to help individuals outside of the classroom.


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  Natural Gas Contractor Cenergy LLC celebrated an expansion Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Milton. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state officials took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the natural gas business based in Milton. Cenergy was founded in 2006 by Milton native Chuck King. In 2014 the company doubled in size and now once again is expanding its operations that will include approximately 170 employees. Governor Tomblin says it’s a great thing for the local economy.

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Rubberlite has proposed building a research, development and light manufacturing center at a brownfield site in Huntington.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Rubberlite President Alan Letton provided details of the proposal to the Huntington Municipal Development Authority on Tuesday. Letton asked the authority to buy the 27-acre site along the Ohio River.

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WesBanco says fraudulent activity following a security breach at an ATM in Ohio appears to be isolated.

WesBanco says a device was used to capture data from transactions at an ATM at the Ohio Valley Plaza in St. Clairsville, Ohio, from July 25 through Aug. 3.

Faith Based Community Garden Helping Those In Need

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The First Lutheran Community Garden is located on a small lot on the corner of 19th Street and Liberty Street in Parkersburg. The property used to be an apartment building, but when it was torn down, the church decided to purchase the land and start a garden. The mission of the garden is to make produce available to those who may struggle getting it otherwise.

300 municipal leaders from around the state are meeting this week in Oglebay Park in Wheeling to talk strategies and compare notes this week during the West Virginia Municipal League's annual summer conference.

  

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Just this past June a report was released that projects possible scenarios in West Virginia given the proposed Clean Power Plan.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting revisited the authors now that the final rule is passed.


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

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

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