Archive for October, 2017

Progress on WV budget compromise still murky
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Progress on WV budget compromise still murky

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — There’s no shortage of reports about the budget talks among Democrat Gov. Jim Justice and GOP-majority leaders from the Senate and House of Delegates in the Mountain State. Whether any of the involved parties are listening to one another is a different report altogether. West Virginia citizens […]

Senate majority leader says calling special session for Thursday premature
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Senate majority leader says calling special session for Thursday premature

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns says he feels calling legislators into a special session Thursday is premature because an agreement hasn’t been reached between all parties. In a phone interview Tuesday, Ferns, R-Ohio, said he hoped the governor would change his mind and not call legislators back […]

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State Auditor makes plans in case of a government shutdown

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia State Auditor said he is making preparations to make sure if a government shutdown happens, it will have the least possible outcome on the state. In a phone interview Tuesday, Auditor J.B. McCuskey said he is working with his office’s general counsel in preparing legal […]

Justice gives closed-door talk to WV DEP inspectors
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Justice gives closed-door talk to WV DEP inspectors

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice gave a closed-door speech on Tuesday to hundreds of state Department of Environmental Protection inspectors, in which the governor said he repeated his message that he wants DEP officials to stop saying “no” to state business and industry. “I just told them that […]

Former coal miner announces US Senate campaign
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Former coal miner announces US Senate campaign

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A laid-off West Virginia coal miner, who entered the spotlight last year after confronting presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the U.S. Senate. Jimmy “Bo” Copley II, who questioned Clinton for remarks she made about the declining coal industry, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on […]

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Arch Coal benefits from tighter met coal market

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A strong market for metallurgical coal propelled Arch Coal to higher earnings in the fourth quarter, and company executives said they continue to plan to develop additional met coal reserves in North Central West Virginia. Arch reported net income of $51.7 million in the first quarter, […]

Sheetz to hire nearly 300 employees in West Virginia
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Sheetz to hire nearly 300 employees in West Virginia

Staff reports The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Sheetz convenience store chain announced Monday that it plans to hire nearly 300 employees in West Virginia as part of a companywide push to add more than 3,4000 full-time and part-time positions. Right now, 57 percent of the company’s staff is made up of full-time employees, […]

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WV Supreme Court rehears gas company’s argument in royalty payment case

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawyers for EQT Corp., on Tuesday, urged a new lineup of state Supreme Court justices to find that the company is permitted to deduct a variety of post-production expenses when it sends checks to a group of mineral royalty owners covered by a law meant to […]

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Environmentalists, Dominion argue over pipeline’s effect on mountaintops

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the Atlantic Coast Pipeline heads toward its final approval or rejection from federal regulators, its developers and its opponents are arguing over whether it will require the removal of 19 miles of ridgeline in West Virginia and a similar amount in Virginia. A report issued […]

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Officials eye school menu changes

By BROOKE BINNS The Inter-Mountain PHILIPPI, W.Va.  — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Monday that school meals will no longer have to meet certain federal requirements, and local school officials say the decision may have an effect on the meals served to area children. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was introduced, and […]