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Planned Parenthood paid Morrisey’s wife’s firm $460K for lobbying
By May 8, 2017 Read More →

Planned Parenthood paid Morrisey’s wife’s firm $460K for lobbying

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Washington, D.C., firm partly owned by the wife of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey lobbies on Capitol Hill for Planned Parenthood, a group Morrisey and other Republicans have routinely used as a political punching bag. Denise Henry Morrisey holds the second-largest ownership stake in Capitol […]

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WV Reps. Mooney, Jenkins, McKinley vote yes on AHCA
By May 5, 2017 Read More →

WV Reps. Mooney, Jenkins, McKinley vote yes on AHCA

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All three of West Virginia’s congressional representatives, all Republicans, voted to revise the Affordable Care Act, joining a narrow majority Thursday. The GOP-backed legislation, the American Health Care Act, will roll back required patient protections for health care providers. It passed 217-213, and will go on to […]

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April revenue still down, but severance taxes rebounding
By May 4, 2017 Read More →

April revenue still down, but severance taxes rebounding

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Although Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy said April’s revenues were “disappointing,” one bit of good news came from severance tax collections. In a Wednesday call with reporters, Hardy said collections for last month came in at about $468 million but were still below estimates. “It was disappointing because […]

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By May 1, 2017 Read More →

UMW health-care benefits secured in budget deal

From staff, wire reports Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A permanent fix to fund the health-care benefits for more than 22,000 retired coal miners is included in a $1 trillion budget deal made public by Congressional leaders early this morning. The language sought by the United Mine Workers union is a three-page section that starts […]

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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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