Government

Election 2014
4:11 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Republican Candidate Must Be on Ballot

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Just a day after hearing oral arguments, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled Republican Delegate Suzette Raines must be replaced on November’s ballot.

The court released a unanimous decision Wednesday afternoon, with Justices Menis Ketchum and Allen Loughry writing separately.

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Environment
1:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

W.Va. Tank Registration Tally: 45,500 and Growing

Credit AP

  State environmental officials have tallied more than 45,500 aboveground storage tanks as a deadline passed to register them.

Officials say they're still registering thousands more.

In Charleston on Wednesday, tank owners questioned the state Department of Environmental Protection about upcoming steps. DEP's stakeholder meeting is covering proposed rules for a new law regulating aboveground tanks.

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Property Assessments
11:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Utility, Rail Property Values Increase in W.Va.

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  Counties in West Virginia will benefit from an increase in the assessed value of properties owned by utilities and railroads.

West Virginia Property Tax Division director Jeff Amburgey says the assessed value of utility and railroad properties increased by more than $411 million to $9.5 billion in the past year. The increase will provide about $9 million in additional property tax revenue to counties.

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Election 2014
6:59 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Supreme Court to Determine Raines Ballot Dispute

Credit West Virginia Legislature

In August of this year, House of Delegates member Suzette Raines decided she would not seek re-election for her seat in the 35th District in Kanawha County. The decision lead to petitions over replacing her name on the ballot and that petition has since turned into a lawsuit, one that will now be decided by the state's highest court.

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Legal Power
6:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Decision Could Allow AG to Aid in Criminal Cases

Credit Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Tuesday's docket before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals included a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey against the state's Office of Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel. The decision in that case could potentially give more power to the Constitutional office.

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Higher Education
3:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Campaign to Finish Degrees On Time Comes to W.Va.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission kicked off an initiative in Charleston Tuesday meant to push college students across the state to finish their degrees on time.

The ‘15 to Finish’ campaign’s main goal is to encourage students to take 15 credit hours a semester in order to finish their 4-year-degrees in four years.

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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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Election 2014
12:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

NRA Buys $218K in Ads Opposing Tennant for Senate

  The National Rifle Association is putting almost $218,000 toward ads opposing Democrat Natalie Tennant's bid for U.S. Senate.

Federal election records show the NRA's Political Victory Fund bought radio and Internet ad space last week.

Earlier this month, the NRA endorsed Republican Shelley Moore Capito against Tennant. The NRA also bought almost $44,000 in pro-Capito mailings.

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Environment
10:32 am
Tue September 30, 2014

W.Va. Envrionmental Regulators Brace for Tank Registration Deluge

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State regulators are expecting a deluge of last-minute above-ground storage tank registrations.

A new state law requires owners to register above-ground storage tanks by Oct. 1. State officials estimate up to 80,000 tanks could meet the law's registration requirements.

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Government
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Two W.Va. Counties Designated Drug Trafficking Areas

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The federal government will provide additional help to two West Virginia counties to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Berkeley and Harrison counties are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

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Law & Order
4:05 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Huntington Receives $100K to Study Crime

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The Huntington Police Department was awarded a $100,000 grant Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice to study a crime ridden area of the city.

The grant is part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program.

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News
1:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Feds Offer to Sell Back Seized Weapons, 1 in W.Va.

  Two federal agencies are offering thousands of firearms and thousands of dollars in cash back to the people that had items taken from them in searches and seizures. One firearm and more than $14,000 were taken in West Virginia raids.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Secret Service posted official notifications Monday of assets that can possibly be recovered by filing claims with each agency.

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Education
1:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Three W.Va. CTCs Awarded Workforce Training Funding

Three West Virginia community and technical colleges have been awarded more than $9 million in federal funding for a workforce training initiative.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the grant on Monday in a news release. The funding is part of a nationwide effort to assist military members and veterans.

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Mine Accident
1:32 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

State Cites Patriot Coal in Mine Accident

State mining officials are citing Patriot Coal for serious violations during a severe coal burst that killed two miners in May.

The enforcement action by the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training says the mine did not have proper support in its walls and roofs.

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News
9:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorney General Warns of IRS Scam

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding citizens to be on guard against a phone scam in which a caller pretends to work for the Internal Revenue Service and threatens residents if they don’t pay a certain sum using a pre-paid debit card or money order.

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State Fire Marshal
1:03 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Man Faces Charges for Impersonating Fire Marshal

A southern West Virginia man faces charges of impersonating a state fire marshal investigator.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office says the charges are an offshoot of an ongoing investigation of fires in McDowell County.

Jeffrey L. Moorehead II is accused of presenting himself as an investigator for the fire marshal both online and in person.

Fire marshal investigators arrested the 34-year-old Anawalt resident on Wednesday. He's charged with two counts of impersonation of a law enforcement officer or official.

Moorehead remains free on a $500 bond.

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Northcott Court Demolition
10:43 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Residents of Northcott Look Forward to New Housing

Credit Clark Davis

A 70-year-old public housing complex in Huntington is being torn down. The city has decided to demolish the facility that’s long been considered an eye-sore.

As visitors to Huntington enter the city from Hal Greer Boulevard they’re greeted by a set of unattractive square brick buildings. The apartments, known as Northcott Court, were named in honor of Gustavais Adolhus Northcott, a civic leader, president of the State Senate during 1905-1906 and early director of the First Huntington National Bank.

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Rest Areas
9:21 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Tourism Commission to Improve Rest Areas

Credit Steve Shaluta / West Virginia Division of Tourism

The West Virginia Tourism Commission wants to improve the state's highway rest areas and welcome centers.

Proposed actions include improving methods to count visitors to the welcome centers, installing brochure racks at all rest areas and working with the Division of Highways to re-evaluate the state map.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the proposals are contained in a recommendation approved by the commission on Wednesday.

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Video Lottery
12:12 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Video Lottery Establishments Fined

Credit Wvlottery.com

Seven video lottery establishments posing as fraternal lodges have been fined by the West Virginia Lottery Commission.

Three establishments must each pay a $1,000 fine. The others were each fined $500.

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History Preservation
12:05 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Woody County Clerks Discover Old Records

Wood County deputy clerks are getting a history lesson from a record preservation project.

Records discovered by the workers include the deed for Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett's sale of Blennerhassett Island to longtime friend Joseph Lewis of Philadelphia in 1816.

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