Economy

Public Health
12:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

40 Years Doing 'Whatever It Takes' for Abandoned Kids in Wheeling

Ashley (L) her mother Shawna Littell (R)(1996) found help at Youth Services System.
Credit Youth Services System

Organized in 1974 by local citizens, social workers, clergy, attorneys, and judges, Youth Services System's motto has been the same for 40 years, according to CEO John Moses: “Whatever it takes. The kid’s at the door now.”

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Carbon Regulations
4:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Colorado Skiers: Powder, Not Power Plants

Supporters made the announcement on the sidewalk in front of the Regional EPA building in Denver.
Credit http://www.snowridersinternational.org

As the ski season opens, more than 115 snow and mountain supporters across the country have signed letters in support of bold action by the Environmental Protection Agency to curb power plant emissions.

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Oil and Gas Industry
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Consol Energy Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing Gas Royalties

Credit Brian Turner

A former Consol Energy executive has pleaded guilty to stealing $440,000 in gas royalties from the company by forging deed transfers so he could funnel the money into a fake company he ran out of a post office box.

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Infrastructure
1:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Morgantown Heavy Truck Traffic Ban Delayed

Credit Safe Streets Morgantown / https://www.facebook.com/SafeStreetsMorgantown

In a unanimous vote last night, Morgantown City Council decided to delay implementation of an ordinance that would ban certain truck traffic in the city’s downtown district.

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Government
1:30 am
Wed November 19, 2014

State Lawmakers Meet in Fayette Co. to Discuss Revitalizing Southern Coalfields

John David speaks at the second SCORE meeting in Fayette County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The second meeting of the SCORE task force met in Fayette County Tuesday night.  SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy, is an initiative aimed to give southern West Virginia much-needed opportunities to diversify the economy and strengthen communities.

Nothing was off the table as each person that chose to speak had two minutes at the podium.

Other areas of concern brought up by the community included:

  • drug abuse
  • aging population
  • disaster preparedness
  • quality child care
  • clean water

Suggestions from other speakers included:

  • renewable energy tax credits
  • selling water as a natural resource
  • funding water protection plans
  • resisting attempts to weaken environmental law
  • Ensuring the DEP is enforcing the laws


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Poverty
8:15 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Parkersburg's Panhandlers Say Signs Calling Them Addicts Are Insulting and Defamatory

A month ago the city of Parkersburg posted signs around town asking the public not to give to panhandlers. But some people still do. And some panhandlers say the signs aren’t just ineffective. They’re insulting. Even defamatory.

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Government
5:36 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Senate President: W.Va. Senate Coalfields Initiative Will Continue

Credit West Virginia Legislature

  Democratic Senate President Jeff Kessler says an initiative to revitalize the struggling southern coalfields will continue.

In a news release Wednesday, Kessler said a second listening tour stop is set for the evening of Nov. 18 in Oak Hill.

The Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, aims to diversify southern West Virginia. The panel plans to make recommendations before the January legislative session.

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Environment
1:30 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Four Ways West Virginia Can Reduce CO2 Emissions

Credit Dave Mistich / Data From U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Can West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? The short answer, according to a new report, is yes. Will West Virginia reduce CO2 emissions? That's another question...


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Government
12:39 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

With GOP Flip, W.Va. Coalfields Initiative On Hold

Senator Mike Green
Credit West Virginia Legislature

  As the state Senate shifts Republican, a Democratic senator says an initiative to revitalize West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields is on hold.

Sen. Mike Green says the fate of the Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, is up to Senate Republicans. The Raleigh County Democrat is SCORE's co-chairman. He lost re-election last week as Republicans took the majority.

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Economy
12:33 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Hendricks Coal Expects Layoffs at Mingo Mines

  Hendricks Coal expects to lay off 90 workers at three mines and a coal preparation plant in Mingo County.

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Inside Appalachia
7:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Another Industry Moves into Appalachia, Hemp Farmers in Ky. & N.C., Remembering Our Veterans

Fred Curits Lewis co-founder of the Growing Warriors Project.
Credit Growing Warriors

This week, we’ll hear from farmer Peg Taylor,  who’s excited that Hemp is being grown in Kentucky for the first time in four decades. But some farmers in West Virginia, like Bill Gorby, say they’re concerned about what hydraulic fracturing could do to the water on their farms.

And for What’s in a Name, we’ll travel to a small town that’s famous for its unique hunter’s stew.

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PSC Meetings
9:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Are West Virginia AEP Customers Saying About AEP's Proposed Rate Increase?

American Electric Power customers testify about the proposed rate increase in Mercer County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The Public Service Commission is hosting meetings across the state as American Electric Power asks to raise electric rates on customers. Wednesday they heard from folks in McDowell County, many of which, oppose the rate increase. On Thursday they were in Mercer County.

Folks at the meeting expressed concerns about:

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Oil and Gas Industry
1:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

DEP: September Drilling Accident Contaminated Water in Doddridge County

This is a water buffalo. Or at least the kind you see in Doddridge County. Gas companies provide them whenever there's any possible water contamination as the result of their drilling activities.
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

In September, drilling for shale gas in Doddridge Country went wrong when operators accidentally drilled into one of their own wells that was engaged in production. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection confirmed late last week that the accident contaminated water wells.

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Tech Ed
9:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

WVU Hosts Hackathon for Women

WVU Reed College of Media Dean, Maryanne Reed, with Hackathon participants behind her during a Google Hangout with a women leaders in technology symposium at Google.  
Credit David Smith / WVU

Women make up nearly 60 percent of the professional workforce, yet they hold 25 percent of jobs in the area of computer science. That gender gap one reason why West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media hosted a Hackathon that focused on women, media and wearable technology.

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Beckley Flights
3:10 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Nonstop Flights From Beckley to Charlotte Announced

Airport officials in Beckley have announced new nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida-based ViaAir will begin the flights out of Raleigh County Municipal Airport by early December. The airline plans two flights on weekdays and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Its 30-passenger  turboprop planes will have two pilots and a flight attendant.

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Economic Diversification
1:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

What the Beckley Area Thinks of Southern W.Va.'s Economic Future

Eight members of the SCORE committee listen at their first listening tour stop in Beckley.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A special West Virginia Senate committee, known as the Southern Coalfields Revitalizing its Economy or SCORE for short, made its first stop in Beckley Wednesday evening to hear from community members ways lawmakers can help diversify the region's economy and put people back to work. 

More than two dozen people shared their thoughts with the eight panel members in attendance. Here is what some had to say.

Infrastructure:

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Appetite Appalachia
8:59 am
Tue October 28, 2014

These Groups are Reforming West Virginia's Food Economy

Credit wikimedia commons

The phrase “food-desert” might sound like a landscape of sagebrush and armadillos, but it's really a place where SlimJims, chicken nuggets and Slurpies count as dinner. A food desert can happen anywhere- we've all seen them. People who live in a food desert may be surrounded by food—fast food or convenient store hotdogs, instead of fresh, healthy food.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
8:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Water Crisis Low Interest Loan Deadline is Wednesday

Credit U.S. Small Business Administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the January water crisis to apply for low-interest federal loans.
 
     The U.S. Small Business Administration says applications for the economic injury loans must be received by Wednesday. Working capital disaster loans of up to $2 million are available at 2.625 percent for private nonprofits and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.
 

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Oil and Gas Industry
10:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

“Fracking’s Toxic Loophole”: Report Calls for Repeal of Halliburton’s Loophole

Credit Baker Hughes

A new report has just been published that identifies large amounts of toxic chemicals legally used in the oil and gas industry—such chemical-use in any other industrial application is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Not so for the gas industry.


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Economy
9:09 am
Thu October 23, 2014

All W.Va. Counties See Jobless Rate Decrease in September

  Unemployment rates fell in all 55 of West Virginia's counties in September.

WorkForce West Virginia says that at 11 percent, Mingo County was the only one with a jobless rate in the double digits.

Counties with an unemployment rate below 5 percent included Harrison (4.9), Putnam (4.9), Preston (4.7), Jefferson (4.6), Pendleton (4.3) and Monongalia (4.1).

The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate in September was 6.6 percent.

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