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More details being made public in WV water crisis settlement
By April 28, 2017 Read More →

More details being made public in WV water crisis settlement

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will be able to easily obtain millions of dollars in payments from West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical for the contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, according to detailed class-action settlement documents made public in federal court […]

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By April 28, 2017 Read More →

WVSU sues Dow over water pollution at Institute campus

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia State University has sued Dow Chemical and former operators of the Institute chemical plant, alleging that the facility has contaminated the groundwater under the university’s campus. University officials insist the contamination poses no health risks — the campus does not use groundwater for its […]

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Duke fracking study finds no contamination of ground water due to fracking
By April 27, 2017 Read More →

Duke fracking study finds no contamination of ground water due to fracking

By CHARLES YOUNG The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in Northwestern West Virginia, according to a recently released study by scientists at Duke University. “The study was able to measure a very wide range of chemical tracers in wells before and after fracking in West Virginia,” said Avner Vengosh, professor […]

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By April 26, 2017 Read More →

After three witnesses testify, Kostenko enters guilty plea

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — During the second day of his criminal trial, after hearing testimony from the prosecution’s third witness, Dr. Michael Kostenko asked the court to accept a guilty plea to one of the 22 felony counts against him. The third witness, Michael Kevin Meadows, a former patient, employee and […]

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Justice company cited in coal plant death
By April 25, 2017 Read More →

Justice company cited in coal plant death

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of Gov. Jim Justice’s family mining operations has been cited by West Virginia inspectors for six safety violations — including one that will draw a “special assessment” penalty — in the investigation of the February death of a worker at a McDowell County coal preparation […]

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Appalachian Power president says company is looking toward renewables
By April 24, 2017 Read More →

Appalachian Power president says company is looking toward renewables

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When Chris Beam, the new president of Appalachian Power, talks about economic development, he brings a message that may not be very popular among the coal-focused political leadership in West Virginia. Giant businesses Appalachian would like to lure to the state as its future power customers […]

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Out-of-state money floods potential Senate race in WV
By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Out-of-state money floods potential Senate race in WV

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Money from outside the Mountain State is pouring into West Virginia’s Senate race, with more likely to appear before the 2018 elections. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has received more money from individual donors in Texas ($95,600), Washington D.C. ($33,000), New York ($32,300), Massachusetts ($22,500), Virginia ($19,700), Maryland […]

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By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Most coalfield counties still losing jobs

By OWEN WELLS Civitas Media LOGAN, W.Va. — WorkForce West Virginia reported the jobless rate in West Virginia has dropped to a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent. The state has experience a relatively quick decline in unemployment during the beginning of 2017 falling by seven tenths of a percent. To put that into perspective, in all […]

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State’s highest paid employees for 2016 include athletic coaches, university administrators, doctors
By April 19, 2017 Read More →

State’s highest paid employees for 2016 include athletic coaches, university administrators, doctors

By CHARLES YOUNG The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — Athletic coaches, university administrators and doctors were among the highest-paid employees of the state in 2016. The state’s top-earning employees all worked at universities, state-run hospitals and governmental agencies. According to the State Employee Total Compensation Report complied by the state Auditor’s Office, West Virginia University […]

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Capito tours Williamson Health and Wellness Center
By April 19, 2017 Read More →

Capito tours Williamson Health and Wellness Center

By COURTNEY HARRISON The Williamson Daily News WILLIAMSON, W.Va.  – United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.Va.) toured health facilities in Mingo and Boone County Monday, April 17. Monday’s visits provided the opportunity for Capito to join medical professionals to tour two rural health facilities. Capito’s first stop was in Madison at the Boone […]

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