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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

Justice Says Revenue Growth Clears All-Time State Record

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia collected more revenue growth this fiscal year than any other year in state history. The Republican governor announced in a news release Tuesday that general revenue growth hit $511 million in the fiscal year that ended Sunday. He says the figure is due to the… Read More

The National Reserve II Gladden House Sessions 2019

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The National Reserve brought authenticity and simple charisma to the Gladden House Friday afternoon. The band has been impressing barflies and critics alike for nearly half a decade, and after playing continuous weekly gigs at Brooklyn’s Skinny Dennis in Williamsburg before going on tour earlier this year, this heartfelt and far-reaching artistry was no surprise… Read More

Kentucky on a map

Bevin, Democratic Lawmaker Exchange Barbs Over Pension Plan

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – When Kentucky’s Republican governor reached out to lawmakers to outline changes to his pension-relief proposal, a Democratic representative read the electronic version but decided to make a point with the paper copy. Rep. Jeff Donohue sent the paper copy back unopened, the envelope marked “Return to Sender.” The Louisville lawmaker says… Read More

Lawmakers Missed Deadline To Subsidize Nuclear: Now What?

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FirstEnergy Solutions says it will continue its plans to deactivate and decommission Ohio’s two nuclear power plants since lawmakers were not able to pass a bail out measure before the June 30 deadline. However, the energy company says there’s still time to reverse course. FirstEnergy Solutions filed for bankruptcy last year and laid out a… Read More

State Mapmaker Brings Creativity, Whimsy to Ohio Road Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you’re a fan of paper maps, you’ve probably encountered the work of Bruce Hull. Hull’s artistry has appeared on millions of maps helping drivers navigate the state with the nation’s fourth busiest highway system. He selects the images, the design, the… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Ditches Sales Tax for Glasses and Contact Lenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses purchased in Ohio are no longer subject to state sales taxes. The Dayton Daily News reports the change went into effect Monday. Hearing aids, prescription drugs and other medical devices already were exempt. The Ohio Optometric Association supports the change, saying a sales tax can be… Read More

Piles of coal

Major Appalachian Coal Company Files For Bankruptcy Protection

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In the latest sign of problems for the U.S. coal industry, one of the country’s largest coal producers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. West Virginia-based Revelation Energy LLC and its recently-formed affiliate, Blackjewel LLC, began the bankruptcy reorganization process in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Monday. The companies,… Read More

Truck Takes Out Power Lines

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ATHENS, Ohio– According to an Athens City police officer, an Old Dominion semi-truck knocked over a light pole on West Washington Street after backing into it while making a delivery to the Salaam restaurant. The pole fell onto a car parked behind it and brought down two power lines. Officials called the Athens City Street… Read More

West Virginia on a map

WV Health Officials Confirm 1 Death Linked to HIV Cluster

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia health officials say one person has died amid a spate of HIV cases in one county. Health Department spokeswoman Allison Adler confirmed the person who recently died was associated with an HIV cluster in Cabell County. The Register-Herald reports it’s unknown what the cause of death was. Charleston Area… Read More