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Election 2014
11:21 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Vote Smart's Vote Easy is the 'Match.com' of Politics

Credit Project Vote Smart

With all of the negative campaign advertising on television and radio leading up to Election Day, voters can get lost in the noise.

Project Vote Smart is helping to cut through that though with a free online resource for voters called Vote Easy. It’s a quiz of sorts to help you figure out which candidate most closely aligns with your stances on certain issues.

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Viewpoint
10:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

McKinley Talks Policy Over Politics, Are the Races Over? Manchin Says Not All

Congressman David McKinley's race for re-election has seen little noise from his Democratic challenger state Auditor Glen Gainer. In an earlier episode of Viewpoint, Gainer called his campaign a truly "grassroots effort," but McKinley doesn't seem threatened by the challenge.

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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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Public Education
9:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

W.Va. Gets $9.7 Million Grant to Curb Gun Violence

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

  The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states and local school districts receiving grants for mental health first aid training.

Officials say the grant is part of a national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth.

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Safety
9:31 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Kanawha Student Expelled for Threatening School

  A Kanawha County student has been expelled for threatening to bring a gun to school.

Riverside High School Principal Valery Harper says the student has been turned over to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Harper says the threat was directed at the entire student body and not any individual student. She says the student made the threat in a conversation with other students, who notified school officials.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the sheriff's department says the incident is under investigation.

Government
9:25 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Two Companies Sue Morgantown, State Over Truck Ban

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

  Two trucking companies are challenging the legality of Morgantown's ban on heavy trucks in the downtown business district.

Nuzum Trucking Company of Shinnston and Preston Contractors Inc. of Kingwood have filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the city, the state Department of Transportation and the state Division of Highways.

The lawsuit argues that the ban is unenforceable and usurps the DOH's authority over the state road system.

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2014 Elections
5:21 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Boehner to Rally With U.S. House Candidate Mooney

  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is coming to West Virginia to participate in a get-out-the-vote rally with Republican House candidate Alex Mooney.

Mooney's campaign says the one-hour rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Paddy's Irish Pub in Charles Town.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden also is scheduled to speak at the rally.

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Election 2014
5:21 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Libertarian for Senate: John Buckley

(6/8/14) Greeting voters at WV Pride, building wide coalition of Buckley for Senate supporters.
Credit Buckley campaign

“I’m a candidate for the third party called the Libertarian party. It’s different from the republican and democrats, but I think it takes the best of both: low taxes and small government, but individual freedom, personal freedom and I don’t think either party stands for that combination. So that’s what I’m trying to offer the voters of West Virginia this year. A new choice. We can do something different! Thank you very much.” John Buckley approaches person after person during an outdoor concert in downtown Charleston earlier this summer, shaking hands and presenting each with a pamphlet.


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Election 2014
3:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

How Should You Vote on Amendment One?

The Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County.
Credit wikimedia commons

When you go to the polls on Election Day, or maybe before if you’re looking to vote early, there will be more than just candidates listed on your ballot. You’ll also be asked to decide whether or not West Virginia’s Constitution needs a change, but that question is not quite so clear. 

Amendment One is titled the “Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment” and in case you don’t think that is self explanatory, here’s what it means.

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Public WiFi
3:06 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Huntington Unveiling WiFi in Selected Area

Credit cityofhuntington.com

The City of Huntington is making progress in its efforts to roll out free wireless internet to the public.

Huntington’s WiFI initiative is part of a one-year pilot project with WVNET. The WiFi is only available at Pullman Square for now, a downtown shopping area according to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. The public can access the network by checking their WiFi settings and clicking on the “Welcome to Huntington” network.

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Trains
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cass Scenic Railroad to Transfer Rail Operations

Credit Bitmapped / wikimedia Commons

  West Virginia's Division of Natural Resources will partner with the State Rail Authority to improve operations at Pocahontas County's historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

The partnership announced on Monday will transfer responsibility for Cass' rail operations to the authority, which is the central state agency for railroad matters. The authority already operates two other state-owned railroads: the West Virginia Central Railroad and the South Branch Valley Railroad.

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2014 Elections
3:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Does Independent Ed Rabel Embody Howard Beale from 'Network'?

Charleston-area native Ed Rabel spent more than three decades as a television news reporter, working for CBS and NBC. During his time at the networks, Rabel reported from around the world--stopping in locations like Cuba, Laos and Cambodia.

But in life after journalism and as a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Rabel seems to embody fictional television news anchor Howard Beale, portrayed by Peter Finch in the 1976 film Network.

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Election 2014
12:48 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Where Do I Vote? Pew Can Point You in the Right Direction

Credit WBOY

Over the past few months, you’ve no doubt been battered by an onslaught of campaign advertisements from the candidates themselves and from outside organizations trying to sway your opinion.

Now that early voting has started in West Virginia, campaigns are ramping up their outreach to voters, but even after you make your decisions, do you know where to go to voice those opinions? Sometimes finding your polling place can be harder than you think.

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Government
9:33 am
Mon October 27, 2014

W.Va. Regional Jail Rate to Stay at 2013 Level

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  County officials across West Virginia have gotten some good news from the state Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority.

The per-diem rate that counties pay to house prisoners in regional jails won't increase this year.

Jail authority executive director Joe DeLong tells The Charleston Gazette that an increase isn't necessary because of better accounting and a cost-saving campaign by state jail officials.

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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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Public Education
10:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

W.Va. Education Committee Exploring Realignment of Regional Education

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

For the past 20 months, the West Virginia Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance and Administration has been discussing ways the state can restructure at the regional level to provide better service to the local school districts. At a meeting Thursday, members finalized their recommendations for the full board who will vote on them in November.

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Economy
1:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

W.Va. Coalfields Senate Panel Sets First Meeting

A state Senate panel studying how to revitalize West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields has scheduled its first meeting.

The Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy initiative, or SCORE, group will meet Wednesday evening. The meeting will take place at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging in Beckley.

It's the first in a series of regional listening sessions. The group will then present recommendations for consideration in the 60-day legislative session starting in January.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

West Virginia University Expels Three Students for Riots

Credit Twitter

  Three West Virginia University students were expelled from campus Thursday for various acts of misconduct following Saturday's WVU-Baylor football game. 

Other students may also face University sanctions as various law enforcement agencies complete their investigations and reports and provide that information to the University. These cases are independent of any state or local criminal penalties and fines the students may face.

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FIOA
12:29 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

West Virginia DEP Ordered to Release Pollution Data

Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  A judge says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated the state's Freedom of Information Act when it denied a law firm's request for water pollution data.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charles King ordered the DEP this week to provide the data to Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

The law firm sued the DEP after the agency denied its 2013 request for the most recent quarterly data showing water pollution levels at coal mines statewide. In the past, the DEP provided similar data in a spreadsheet format.

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City Government
10:24 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ACLU Criticizes Parkersburg's Panhandling Signs

  Parkersburg's panhandling signs are drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

The signs discourage people from giving to panhandlers, saying it contributes to drug and alcohol abuse.

ACLU of West Virginia executive director Jennifer Meinig tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the signs are defamatory. She says they suggest that all panhandlers suffer from drug and alcohol issues.

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