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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.
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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.

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

Flood
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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.

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Amateur astronomers are signed up to watch the sky over central West Virginia this weekend.

The third annual Calhoun Stargaze is set for Friday through Sunday at the Calhoun County Park in Grantsville. The park is known for its pitch-dark conditions for favorable nighttime viewing.

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Two decades have passed since ground was broken on Toyota West Virginia Motor Manufacturing's engine and transmission plant in Putnam County.

On Sept. 18, 1996, Japanese and American officials planted 10 Japanese maple trees at a ceremony in Buffalo.

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An airline is adding flights from North Central West Virginia Airport to Baltimore and Charlotte. 

The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg reports that Via Air will add the service starting Oct 1. Airport Director Rick Rock announced Thursday that the Alternative Essential Air Service contract was approved by the federal Department of Transportation.

Kara Lofton

In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

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Fifth Third Bank says it plans to consolidate or sell 44 branches and five parcels of undeveloped land next year.

The Cincinnati-based bank unveiled the plan during an industry conference Tuesday. The announcement comes more than a year after it started consolidating or selling about 100 branches and about 30 other properties.

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West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 5.7 percent.

WorkForce West Virginia said in a news release Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents dropped by 200 last month to 44,800.

Utility Workers Union of America

Almost a thousand union gas workers are locked out of their jobs today across the northeast. Picketing in protest began this week and it continues today in 150 locations.


Becca Schimmel / Ohio Valley ReSource

Trade has emerged as a potent issue this election season, with the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a flash point in the political debate. The stakes are high for the Ohio Valley region, where thousands of workers and billions of dollars in goods could be affected by the outcome of this trade agreement.

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In an unprecedented move, this week the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement issued a Policy Advisory to any states that issue self-bonding permits to coal mining companies.


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Highland Hospital officials say the mental health center's board of directors has agreed to sell its Charleston facilities to Tennessee-based behavioral health care company Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.

Cynthia Persily, president and CEO of the Highland Hospital Association, said Acadia has issued a letter of intent to buy Highland. Persily says the two companies will now work toward a finalized agreement, which Highland hopes to have in place by Sept. 30.

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This week West Virginia’s Attorney General launched his latest lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Patrick Morrisey is leading a dozen other states in a suit that hopes to dismantle a rule aiming to reduce methane emissions produced by the oil and gas industry.

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A Mega Millions ticket sold in Morgantown is worth $1 million. 

West Virginia Lottery officials said Wednesday that a ticket sold at Bell's 119 Grocery matched five numbers from Tuesday's drawing. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 36, 54, 70 and Mega Ball 12.

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