Federal Government

Transportation Plan
12:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Organization Looking at Ways to Improve Transportation in Fayette & Raleigh Counties

A group is working to create a transportation plan for Raleigh and Fayette Counties. The Metropolitan   Planning Organization, or MPO, is working to identify transportation investments needed to move the region forward.

The MPO office is federally and state funded but it’s made up of local governments, business leaders, and others. The group is responsible for long range transportation planning.

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Honor to Serve
6:44 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Princeton Native to Serve in the Army's Oldest Active Duty Regiment

Private Nathan Thomas Cooper

When 19-year-old Nathan Thomas Cooper first took the infantry man’s creed, it wasn’t clear where the United States Army would take him.

Friday marks the 239th anniversary of America’s Independence. A few years later, in 1789, Congress officially created the Department that helps protect and keep the American freedoms…the United State Military.

But the oldest active duty regiment can be traced back to 1784 … The Old Guard. A soldier from Princeton was recently chosen to help carry on the traditions of the troop.

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pressure to resign
1:44 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

West Virginia's Congressional Delegation Split on Shinseki

The Veterans Affairs health system scandal has split WV's Congressional delegation.
Credit Dept. of Defense

While Senator Jay Rockefeller is standing by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Congressman Nick Rahall and Congresswoman Shelly Capito are calling for his resignation amid the scandal that has embroiled the Veterans Administration for weeks.

Rahall added his name Friday to the growing list of Democrats joining Republicans calling for Shinseki to step down, signaling mounting pressure on the Secretary.

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Nomination Process
10:22 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Burwell Vote Scheduled Wednesday

Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Credit Jean Snedegar

The Senate Finance Committee will vote Wednesday on whether to approve West Virginia Native Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Burwell currently serves as Office of Management and Budget Director, a job she started last year after the Senate voted April 24, 2013 96-0 to confirm her nomination.

Burwell appeared at a Finance Committee hearing last Wednesday where senators asked her questions about how she would handle the HHS job if confirmed.

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Vote Planned
3:41 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Burwell Nomination Progressing Through the Senate

Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Credit Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote this week on whether to approve West Virginia native and current Office of Management and Budget Director, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, as head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

If the committee approves Burwell the full Senate will take up her nomination.

Republican Endorsement

Burwell faced another round of questions Wednesday April 14, 2014 as the U.S. Senate Finance Committee considered her nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Climate Change
7:30 am
Wed March 26, 2014

'Can Coal Ever Be Clean?' NatGeo Explores Role in Climate Change

Juliette, Georgia Steam and smoke rise from the cooling towers and chimneys of the Robert W. Scherer power plant, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the U.S. It burns 12 million tons of coal a year.
Credit Robb Kendrick / National Geographic

A feature article in April’s edition of National Geographic Magazine examines what America and other key countries are doing to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

The article comes as new regulations from the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are up for public comment. 

The article assumes that humans are inducing global climate change, an idea that some Republicans as well as the West Virginia Coal Association, still question. 

Wacky Weather

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Water Woes
1:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

What Is Being Done to Help Folks Without Potable Water in Wyoming Co.?

This is what water looks like in the towns of Bud and Alpoca in Wyoming Co., W.Va.

The folks in a Wyoming County community were dealing with unpotable water months before the chemical spill in Charleston.

About 170 customers, around 500 people, have been on a boil water advisory since September.

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Bad Water
1:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

State, Federal Reps. Respond to Wyoming Co. Water Woes

Congressmand Nick J. Rahall (left) visited Virginia Lusk (right) and Herndon Consolidated to find out more about the water issues.

Congressman Nick Joe Rahall is looking into the water situation in Alpoca/Bud in Wyoming County.

The long-term fix, known as the Covel project, will bring a new transmission main to serve the Bud/Alpoca area. The Eastern Wyoming Public Service District (PSD), in partnership with the Wyoming County Commission, has taken steps to repair the existing water system.

The Covel project has nearly a $5.7 million price tag, all of which – except for $125,000 – is Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding.

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House field hearing
2:09 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Washington to Come to Charleston for Chemical Hearing

Field hearing of the U.S House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled Monday in Charleston.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has announced a field hearing in Charleston on West Virginia's chemical spill. The meeting will take place Monday at 9 a.m. at the Kanawha County Courthouse.

The witness list includes the president of West Virginia American Water, state health officials, homeland security and environmental officials, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and county emergency officials.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern has been invited. His attendance has not been confirmed.

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New transit service facility
12:55 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Southern W.Va. Transit Service Gets New Facility

The Bluefield Area Transit is hosting a ceremony to open new administrative office and maintenance facilities.
Credit Facebook.com

A public transit service in southern West Virginia has a new location. An official opening ceremony is planned for Friday morning.

The vehicles of the Bluefield Area Transit, or “B.A.T.” buses, now have a new ‘cave’ to call home… of a sort.

The construction of the administrative and maintenance facilities for BAT is now complete. The public transit program serves Mercer and McDowell counties with routes into Bluefield, Princeton, Athens and Welch.

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Federal Contract
8:22 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

U.S. Customs Harpers Ferry campus is growing

Customs and Border Protection officials participate in a training demonstration at the Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
Credit CBP / Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., will soon add new buildings.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $51.7 million contract to construct 250 room student dormitories and a student center.

In a news release Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said the addition of dorms will turn the facility into a full service campus, and will save the government money for training and travel expenses.

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