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West Virginia Women Work is an organization that wants to help women in the state achieve economic self-sufficiency. They’ve been at it for 15 years. About 1000 women are better for it, so far. But the organization runs on a shoestring budget, with only five full-time staff to organize six 11-week courses each year. It’s now looking to the state to stay afloat.


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Two Hatfield-McCoy Trail System trails in Boone and Lincoln counties are being closed because the trail land has been sold.

The system will lose 200 miles of ATV trails from the closure of the Little Coal River Trail in Boone County and the Ivy Branch Trail in Lincoln County.

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Fayette County officials say they're facing a $450,000 budget shortfall next year as tax revenues decline.

The Register-Herald reports the decline in revenue is linked to a drop in coal value, industrial personal property value and business personal property value.

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St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon has joined West Virginia's largest health care system.

Multiple media outlets report that the hospital's transfer from the Pallottine Missionary Sisters to West Virginia United Health System was completed on Tuesday.

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State, county and city officials, as well as community members and stakeholders gathered this week in Wheeling at the Wesbanco Arena, home Wheeling’s minor league ice hockey team, The Nailers. Officials met to see how renovations of the arena are coming along. So far: all new seats, new video screens, and new food vendors.


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West Virginia University researchers are forecasting continued high unemployment in West Virginia.

The WVU College of Business and Economics released its annual West Virginia Economic Outlook report Thursday at a conference in Charleston.

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Union workers at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Nitro plan to vote this week on a revised health insurance proposal.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that during talks Tuesday with the United Steelworkers Local 14614-F9, casino management agreed to remove contract language that would have allowed future policy changes in the workers' health insurance.

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When Republican lawmakers took control of the state Legislature for the first time in some 80 years in 2015, party leaders maintained their legislative priorities wouldn’t change. 

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A Macy's spokesman says the retailer expects to hire about 2,900 seasonal workers at its Martinsburg eCommerce Fulfillment Center.

The hiring plan for the holiday season is down from an estimated 3,600 seasonal workers in 2014. Macy's spokesman Jim Sluzewksi tells The Journal that the fulfillment center has a larger than anticipated year-round staff.

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This week half a dozen Catholic nuns arrived on a bus in Wheeling. The women are part of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, which educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. The Catholic Sisters visited shelters, schools, food pantries, and citizens, in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and finally, West Virginia as they made their way to Washington DC. The tour is in response to Pope Francis’s call to transform politics and the economy.


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Matt Welsch, also known as the Vagabond Chef, has traveled all over the world experiencing culinary arts and food. You can find a taste of those travels at his restaurant, the Vagabond Kitchen, in Wheeling. Welsch recently took a 10-day motorcycle trip across the state of West Virginia. Over the course of 1500 miles, and throughout 39 counties, Welsch's objective was to connect and find other West Virginians who are passionate about cuisine, spirits, and celebrating the Mountain State in general.  The Vagabond Chef calls the trip “a true immersion experience.”


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The highly anticipated Procter and Gamble site in Berkeley County broke ground Friday. And starting October 1, 2015 job applications will be available online.

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  The nonprofit behind the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic says it wasn't informed until after the tournament its insurance wouldn't cover cash prizes for holes-in-one on holes deemed too short.

In a third-party complaint in Charleston federal court, Old White Charities says the PGA controls the distance and location of golf pins. It says the insurance application notes that.

You’re probably well aware that in places like southern West Virginia, it’s really tough right now for coal miners, their families and many communities. So many miners have been laid off these past few years, and those who have a job don’t have a lot of hope that they will be able to keep what they have for much longer.

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Ohio and Pennsylvania regulators say Patriot Coal's reorganization plan doesn't adequately address the company's obligations to clean up mine pollution.

Both states opposed the plan's approval in separate motions filed this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.

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Eminent domain is when a government entity takes over private property for public use. A piece of legislation is forming that would essentially allow that to happen in the northern gas fields of West Virginia. Only the government entity is allowing private industry to take over property, which is in gas form, 6,000 feet below the surface. And it won’t benefit the public directly, unless you count severance taxes.

“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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