Government

Chemical Spill
12:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill

Credit AP

With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.

Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.

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Mingo Corruption
10:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Sentencing Reset for Ex-Mingo County Prosecutor

Credit David Benbennick / wikimedia Commons

Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks' sentencing in a federal corruption case has been rescheduled a third time.

Court records show Sparks originally was set to be sentenced Feb. 24. The sentencing was pushed back to March 5 and then reset for Thursday.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston rescheduled Sparks' sentencing again. He's now scheduled to be sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

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News
10:03 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Rahall Convenes Meeting on W.Va. Drug Problems

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  U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state's prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

The event is being held Tuesday in Atlanta in conjunction with a national drug abuse summit.

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Healthcare
10:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Forum: 'The State of Rural Healthcare'

Congressman David McKinley hosted the forum at the Erickson Alumni Center on WVU's Evansdale Campus.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia faces a multitude of challenges when it comes to providing healthcare to its citizens. Because of its rural nature, many citizens face a lack of access to healthcare facilities, healthful foods and places to exercise.

But a recent forum at West Virginia University uncovered problems even more complex, problems with recruitment, public education and cooperation between healthcare providers.

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Religious Apparel
10:16 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

High School Wrestling Team T-shirts Questioned

Credit WTAP-TV

Wood County school officials have asked their lawyers to review a wrestling team's T-shirts that bear a Bible verse on the back.

Superintendent Pat Law said the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about the Parkersburg South High School team's T-shirts to school officials.

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Fracking Safety
10:07 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Drilling Company Cited for Two Tank Explosions

Credit Antero Resources

State regulators have ordered Antero Resources to suspend operations at two drilling pads where water tanks ruptured recently.

Two water tanks ruptured at the company's Marsden Pad in Doddridge County on April 11. On April 15, two tanks ruptured at Antero's Varner-West Pad in Harrison County.

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Constitutional Powers
3:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power?

Gov. Tomblin signed a ceremonial bill after the completion of the 2014 legislative session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Part one of a three part series.

The question of gubernatorial power in West Virginia was forced into the spotlight after two decisions by Governor Tomblin following the 2014 legislative session; two vetoes, to be more specific. Now lawmakers, the Governor’s Office and even the Attorney General are trying to figure out what’s next for these rejected bills.

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West Virginia Morning
8:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents Strengthen Legislative Veto Override, W.Va.'s Professor of the Year, Mountain Stage Music

Historical documents seem to strengthen some Republican lawmakers' case that the Legislature has the ultimate power to override a gubernatorial veto. West Virginia's Professor of the Year for 2013 is an English teacher at Marshall University who has a unique style, and John Gorka performs "Give Us Back Our Water" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Chemical Leak
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Tourism Budget Doubling After Chemical Leak

Credit Aaron Payne / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia is expanding its tourism funding in hopes of offsetting negative publicity from the January chemical spill in the Elk River that spurred a water-use ban for days.

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Child Nutrition
7:56 am
Fri April 18, 2014

W.Va. Expands Women and Children Nutrition Program

Credit West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a program intended to keep mothers and their young children healthy has raised its income eligibility guidelines.

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Gun Ordinance
3:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Morrisey Files Motion to Dismiss Charleston Gun Lawsuit

Attorney General Patrick Morissey testifying before a Senate committee earlier this year.
Credit Janet Kunicki / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed motions to intervene in and dismiss a Kanawha County Circuit Court case challenging a new state gun control law.

The bill passed during this year’s legislative session strives to make gun ordinances uniform across the state.

In a release, Morrisey said the case should be dismissed because the City of Charleston did not name a defendant. Instead, the city is asking the circuit court judge to rule on the "validity" and "construction" of the new law.

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Higher Education
11:21 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Marshall Professor Named 2013 Professor of the Year

Credit Marshall University Communications

A Marshall University English Professor has been named the 2013 Professor of the Year in the state.

Kateryna Schray is an English Professor in the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts. She’s been named the 2013 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Schray said her students were supportive and happy for her after her award. She said she’s just not sure she’s deserving because she still has a ways to go.

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Recovers from Finances
8:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Theatre W.Va. Will Return for 54th Season

A production of Theatre W.Va.'s "Hatfields and McCoys."
Credit WVNS-TV

Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.

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West Virginia Morning
8:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Lawmaker: Legislators are Ceding Power to Governor, The Mysterious Tradition of Salt Rising Bread

One state lawmaker says the balance of power in the state has been shifting toward the office of governor for decades as legislators slowly cede their powers to the office, and the tradition of salt rising bread in Appalachia is slowly being forgotten, but two Pennsylvania women are trying to change that. They're making sure people remember not just the history, but also the science behind the food.

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Chemical Leak
1:43 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

W.Va. Official: $2 Million in Chemical Spill Costs Reimbursable

A West Virginia homeland security official thinks responders for a Jan. 9 chemical spill into the water supply could receive $2 million in federal help.
 
Homeland security official Greg Myers says the estimate covers state and local agencies, and select nonprofits, like volunteer fire departments. He says the total could grow.
 

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Campaign Finance
11:46 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Rahall Raises $324K in W.Va.'s 3rd District; Jenkins, $194K

Congressman Nick Rahall (left) and State Senator Evan Jenkins are running for the U.S. House seat for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional district.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall raised almost $324,000 last quarter for his contested re-election bid, while GOP challenger Evan Jenkins banked about $193,500.
 
Federal Election Commission reports say Rahall has about $1.1 million in his campaign account after the January-through-March fundraising period. Jenkins has about $512,000 cash on hand.
 

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Gun Ordinance
8:56 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Martinsburg OKs Preliminary Firearm Regulations

Downtown Martinsburg.
Credit Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law.
 
The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments.

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Regional Jails
8:49 am
Wed April 16, 2014

No Touching Ban Placed on Inmates to Curb Drug Problem

WVRJA Acting Executive Director Joe DeLong
Credit West Virginia Department of Military Affaris and Public Safety

Concerns about drug contraband have prompted a ban on regional jail inmates touching loved ones during supervised contact visits.

A directive issued by West Virginia Regional Jail Authority executive director Joe DeLong prohibits inmates from hugging, kissing or shaking hands with loved ones at the beginning and end of contact visits.
 
The directive also prohibits children from sitting with inmates.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Constituional Powers Questioned in W.Va., Young Fairmont Poet Wins National Award

After some controversial vetoes from Gov. Tomblin, lawmakers, academics and citizens a like arequestioning the balance of power in West Virginia's Constitution and a 21-year-old Fairmont native is making a name for himself on the national poetry scene.

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Threats
5:34 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

W.Va. Man Accused of Threatening U.S. Senator

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Federal prosecutors say a 49-year-old Barboursville man has been indicted on charges he threatened to kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says Steven Anthony Major was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Charleston. He is accused of making four separate threats to kill Manchin. The threats allegedly occurred from March 17 through March 20.
 

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