Government

Ashton Marra

The state Board of Education voted to take a year to study the possible the implications of the closure and consolidation of a small Fayette County High School. Meadow Bridge houses students grades 7 through 12 and was set to be closed within the next three years, but the Board’s decision is now forcing the county to reassess that plan and also reassess their upcoming school bond.

Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

The United Mine Workers of America has reached a settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal that will help to cover health care benefits for retired miners.

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A former Wheeling police officer reportedly fired up to 30 shots into the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon before he was shot and killed by security officers at the building.

Update: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

Federal informations released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office charge former Mingo County Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks in separate cases. They are the latest charges in a string of federal indictments in Mingo County, recently leading to guilty pleas from a circuit judge and county commissioner.

Miracle Boy, a film about a young boy who is injured in a farming accident and then bullied by other boys, took home Best Short film at the West Virginia Filmmaker’s Festival this past weekend.  Producer Jason Brown said he will always be a West Virginia filmmaker despite his Georgia address. The movie  was shot in Greenbrier County.

Ashton Marra

A majority of the furloughed West Virginia National Guard members and support staff are returning to work this week because of a movement in Congress to extend military pay to reserve members.

But the state’s top-ranking Guard official said a return to work doesn’t mean those members, and the overall safety of the state, won’t continue to be affected by the federal government shut down.

“The Guard in West Virginia will overcome obstacles and we’ll make things happen to take care of our people in this state, but we shouldn’t have to operate this way.”

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick said Tuesday the partial federal government shutdown won't affect his agency's operations.
 
     Helmick said  in a news release that the Department of Agriculture is continuing daily inspections at livestock slaughter and processing facilities.
 
     The department also is continuing surveillance of egg and dairy products, testing poultry flocks for disease and conducting other routine activities.
 

West Virginia Citizen Action Group says it will appeal the approval of a $1.1 billion deal for the sale of the Harrison Power Station.

So far, about 200 federal employees across the state of West Virginia have begun the process of signing up for unemployment benefits. That’s according to numbers from WorkForce West Virginia.

At the end of the first quarter of this year, West Virginia had 23,270 federal workers. A spokesperson for the state Department of Marketing and Commerce said they expect to have exact numbers on how many of those workers have been furloughed by the end of the week.

Govenor Earl Ray Tomblin speaks to a crowd in Charleston about Medicaid
Ashton Marra

While state officials say they’re not sure how many West Virginians have signed up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act last week, more than 50,000 are now covered by Medicaid under the state’s expansion of the program.

On this West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly details one mine safety advocate's concerns over the federal shutdown, Cecelia Mason reports on a study on health and wellness in the Eastern Panhandle, and Glynis Board has more on WVU President James Clements' State of the University address.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is inevitably affected by the standoff in Washington. MSHA is partially open with less than half the staff.

Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden walking out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Charleston.
Ashton Marra

A Mingo County Commissioner who pleaded guilty to federal extortion charges stepped down Monday from his post.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with 48 other senators and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.) sent a letter today to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging that the National Guard and Reserves, and the civilians who support our troops, receive pay during the government shutdown. 

Government shutdown affects....bass fishing?

Oct 4, 2013
fishing
Ben Adducchio

With a shutdown in the United States government, nearly one million employees are not able to work. But in northern West Virginia, area fishermen and women are also feeling that pinch.

After an influx on inquiries in the first 24 hours of the health care exchange, an official at the state Department of Health and Human Resources says the federal government is working to fix bugs and increase capacity both online and at their national call center.

Andy Zalan

After shots were reportedly fired at the U.S. Capitol, a lockdown went into effect. Roughly an hour after those first reports, all members of West Virginia's Congressional delegation were confirmed to be safe. 

David McKinley, member of US House of Representatives, March 2012
United States Congress

First District Congressman David McKinley says he’s wanting better communication with members of the Senate, on how to end the government shutdown that’s left close to one million federal workers unable to work. McKinley says the issues behind negotiations deal with health care and the economy.

On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on Mingo Co. Judge Michael Thornsbury pleading guilty to corruption charges and agreeing to resign,  Cecelia Mason on a marathon that might be affected by the federal government shutdown, and Clark Davis and Ben Adducchio give a preview on Marshall and WVU men's basketball. That and more.

 

 

  

Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin delivered a speech on the Senate floor to discuss the government shutdown. He apologized for ongoing political antics and reiterated the call for House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a clean continuing resolution bill.

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