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State Settles Final 2 Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The state of West Virginia has settled the final two of 12 wrongful-termination lawsuits filed against the Secretary of State’s office. Charleston attorney Mark Atkinson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Thursday that fired investigators Thomas Ranson and Jeff Shriner settled their lawsuits for $50,000 each. The lawsuits were filed against Republican… Read More

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West Va. Gov. Appoints Raleigh Judge To Supreme Court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Raleigh County judge to serve a temporary term on the state Supreme Court. Justice announced on Wednesday he has appointed John A. Hutchison of Beckley to the high court. The court had a vacancy after the resignation of Justice Allen Loughry. Hutchison will… Read More

Audit: $5 Million IOU As West Virginia Missed FEMA Deadlines

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A state audit says West Virginia’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn’t comply with federal regulations, forcing localities to pay for disaster relief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports on the Legislative Auditor’s Office audit released on Sunday. It says the state has been late for years in submitting a grant… Read More

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Companies Sue WV Gov.’s Family Companies Over Debts But Find Bank Accounts Empty

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The Justice family companies’ difficulties paying taxes over the years are well documented. But tax collectors haven’t been the only ones trying to recover debts from companies once operated by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and now in control of his family. A review of court documents by the Ohio Valley ReSource found at least five cases in… Read More

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WVU Cancer Institute Plans Expansion To Meet Demand

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – The WVU Cancer Institute says it’s expanding to meet the demand for treatment in West Virginia, planning to recruit 38 new specialists by 2020 and increase space for patient care. Dr. Richard Goldberg, institute director, says cancer outcomes in Monongalia County, where the institute is located, are excellent but they’re not… Read More

West Virginia State Parks To Have Electric Car Charging By Year End

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Charging stations for electric vehicles are expected to be installed at all West Virginia state park guest lodges by the end of the year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports nine of the state’s 10 park lodges already have at least three Tesla electric vehicle chargers and one universal vehicle charging unit. North… Read More

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Yeager Airport Installs Cameras to Monitor Landslide Area

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Yeager Airport officials have installed remote cameras to monitoring a man-made emergency overrun area that partially collapsed in March. The airport said Wednesday that airport personnel will continuously monitor the slope and a nearby creek. Earlier this week the Charleston airport said recent movement in the slope hadn’t compromised the creek’s channel and didn’t threaten… Read More

Murray Energy Lays Off 200 Workers At West Virginia Mines

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A Murray Energy subsidiary says it has laid off 200 workers at three underground coal mines in northern West Virginia. In a news release Tuesday, St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray American Energy announced the layoffs in Harrison, Ohio and Marshall counties. The company blamed the layoffs on the Obama administration’s energy policies, increased use of natural… Read More

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Ex-Freedom Officials Head Back To Court In West Virginia Spill Case

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Two former Freedom Industries executives who face federal charges in a massive chemical spill last year are returning to court. Ex-Freedom officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell are scheduled for a motions hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. The January 2014 Freedom Industries spill in Charleston spurred a ban on… Read More

West Virginia Students To Take New Online Standardized Test

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West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that’s based on the national Common Core standards. The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules. State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano tells the Charleston Daily… Read More

WV Governor Signs Bill To Scale Back Law After Chemical Spill

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to scale back a law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks. A January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days prompted the legislation. The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the bill, which will deregulate about 36,000 aboveground storage tanks from the tank law…. Read More

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West Virginia Getting $5.6 Million US Dollars For Sidewalks, Trails

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More than $5.6 million in federal funding is headed to 42 alternative transportation projects in West Virginia. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the funding is from programs administrated by the Federal Highway Administration. The money will pay for a variety of projects. They include sidewalk improvements, train depot restoration, bicycle signage, and recreational trails.

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WorkForce West Virginia Issues Monthly Jobless Rates

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Unemployment increased in all 55 West Virginia counties in February. WorkForce West Virginia says the unemployment rate statewide increased from 7.0 percent to 7.6 percent. The rates have not been seasonally adjusted. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, to 6.1 percent. The February unemployment rate in 2014 was 8.1… Read More

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Study: One-Third Of West Virginia Children Under Age 6 Live In Poor Households

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A report says one-third of West Virginia schoolchildren under age 6 live in poor households and are at risk of falling significantly behind their classmates’ achievements. The West Virginia KIDS COUNT’s annual report on children’s wellbeing says the vocabularies of children as young as 18 months from low-income families are already several months behind their… Read More

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With takeover, West Virginia GOP Saw Fizzle-outs And Compromises

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In their first shot at leading the Legislature since the 1930s, Republicans considered ideas that Democrats hadn’t given much play. They suggested allowing charter schools, repealing Common Core educational standards, drug testing welfare recipients and introducing a right-to-work law. Those proposals and others met resistance and fell flat. Other bills, including a prevailing wage rollback,… Read More

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14 Medical, Dental students Committing To West Virginia Rewarded

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Awards ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 are going to medical and dental students who are committing to practice for at least two years in high-need locations in West Virginia. The health sciences service program awards have been announced by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. They have been granted to 14 students in master… Read More

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West Virginia Lawmakers OK Budget Taking $23M From Reserve Funds

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a budget that relies on almost $23 million in reserves. The Republican-led Legislature voted Wednesday on the House-Senate budget agreement. Some votes crossed party lines. The plan wouldn’t depend on major tax or fee increases, like the cigarette tax hike that fizzled during the 60-day legislative session. In a difficult… Read More

West Virginia To Review Mining-Health Research

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration will review studies linking mountaintop removal mining with health problems in nearby communities. State health officer Dr. Rahul Gupta tells The Charleston Gazette that the Bureau for Public Health and Department of Environmental Protection will evaluate the research. Gupta says the state will coordinate with federal scientific and regulatory agencies…. Read More

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West Virginia Residents Displaced By Landslide Get OK To Begin Returning

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Yeager Airport officials say people displaced by a landslide can start moving back into their homes. Airport executive director Rick Atkinson says utilities have been restored to many of the affected homes. About 10 homes damaged by water haven’t yet been cleared. The landslide began on March 8 on a man-made emergency overrun area at… Read More

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West Virginia Legislature Wraps First GOP-led Session In 8 Decades

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Lawmakers have concluded a 60-day session under Republican leadership for the first time in more than eight decades. A charter school push died Saturday without a vote. In a 49-49 tie, House delegates killed a forced pooling bill, which would have allowed horizontal drilling from missing or unwilling mineral rights owners when 80 percent of… Read More