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A West Virginia State University chemistry professor is helping to collect science equipment to donate to schools whose labs were damaged in floods earlier this year.

Professor Micheal Fultz tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that he has received tens of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment, including microscopes, glassware and drying ovens.

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A search team in West Virginia has recovered the body of a teen who had been missing since flooding in June swept her away.

State police Sgt. Drew Pendleton tells news outlets the West Virginia state medical examiner's office identified the body as that of 14-year-old Mykala Phillips. She had been missing and presumed dead since June 23, when a flood swept her away from her family.

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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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Health officials have lifted the "do not drink" water advisory that had been in place in part of Wood County for nearly three months.

The News and Sentinel reports that Wood County Health Department Director Drema Mace announced the lifting of the advisory on Tuesday at the Vienna Utility Board office.

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A search team in West Virginia has recovered a body that a sheriff believes belongs to a teen who's been missing since flooding in June swept here away.

Fourteen-year-old Mykala Phillips has been missing and presumed dead since June 23, when a flood swept her away from her family.

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A study released this week highlights how 6 million Americans are living with drinking water that’s laced with toxic chemicals. Coupled with that report - another study that shows how those chemicals suppress the immune system - especially among children.


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State officials say they expect lower gas utility bills for two-thirds of West Virginia residents.

A Public Service Commission news release Monday says eight of 12 natural gas utilities in the state have requested to lower the purchased gas part of their rates.

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Thousands of West Virginians are still recovering more than six weeks after heavy rains caused historic flooding in southeastern parts of the state. State officials say finding housing is still one of the top priorities, but the need in some communities is changing.

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The United Mine Workers of America is holding a series of meetings with coal miners this week to go over details of a new contract agreement.

The UMWA says the meetings concern a tentative agreement with the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, which is made up of many Murray Energy coal mine operations.

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Volunteers are gathering next month to help clean up the Kanawha River in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release the event is being held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 10. Cleanup sites are still being finalized.

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This week the federal Environmental Protection Agency came to a 3-million dollar agreement with Consol Energy over contaminated discharges from a site in Pennsylvania. 


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West Virginia officials say a coal miner has died from injuries during an accident last week.

The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says Donald Workman died Thursday evening of injuries sustained in a July 29 accident at Road Fork #51 Spartan Mine in Pineville.

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After the death of its executive director, West Virginia's top oil and natural gas lobby group is tapping an interim replacement.

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association announced Friday that Stephen G. Perdue will serve as the group's interim director. Perdue replaces Corky DeMarco, who died of an apparent heart attack at 68 years old last month.

Brooke County officials say debris in a creek is blocking the flow of water, causing it to back up and flow into the streets of Follansbee.

Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi says the creek that flooded on Saturday sent water onto the streets and contained debris that shouldn't have been there.

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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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Demolition of a 60-year-old industrial landmark took place this morning in Dilles Bottom, Ohio, across the Ohio River from Moundsville, West Virginia. Thousands gathered to witness a smokestack over 800 feet tall collapse.


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  The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

EarthEcho President Philippe Cousteau discusses the health of a trout fishing stream in Grant County W.Va. with Jenny Newland, Canaan Valley Institute executive director, for a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

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  People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says residents can visit a website that's been set up to keep everyone informed about flood recovery and volunteer efforts.

Tomblin said in a news release that users can find recovery resources and link people who want to help with the most urgent needs.

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