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By February 16, 2017 Read More →

PEIA plans to cut $50 million, director says

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Public Employee Insurance Agency executive director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday that the PEIA Finance Board had no choice but to impose about $50 million in benefits cuts for the 2017-18 plan year, since no additional funding for premiums was expected. In December, the board approved the […]

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By February 16, 2017 Read More →

Justice continues criticism of WVDEP inspectors

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday doubled down on his criticism of his own state Department of Environmental Protection, using a speech to a group of oil and gas operators to increase his attacks on the way he says DEP inspectors dress when they inspect coal mines […]

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

DEA to target heroin traffickers in Charleston-Huntington region

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. —The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will spend $500,000 on a program that aims to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse from Charleston to Huntington, agency officials announced today. The pilot project targets drug traffickers that supply opioids to Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties. The DEA also wants to […]

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

Kingery, last of prior state school board leaders, resigns

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The last of the three officers on the West Virginia Board of Education before Gov. Jim Justice took office last month resigned Monday. Beverly Kingery’s resignation means that Justice, who has already appointed four new voting members to the state school board since his Jan. 16 inauguration, […]

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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

New Milton distribution site to employ 70

By FRED PACE The Herald-Dispatch MILTON, W.Va. —  For small towns to survive, they must be able to attract new businesses. “New business means new jobs,” said Milton Mayor Tom Canterbury. H.T. Hackney Co., one of the largest wholesale distributors in the country, announced on Tuesday that it is opening a warehouse and distribution operation […]

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By February 14, 2017 Read More →

Century Aluminum agrees to retiree health benefits settlement

By JESS MANCINI The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — An agreement to cover health care benefits has been a long time coming for Karen Gorrell and retirees of the closed Century Aluminum in Ravenswood. Almost six years to the day, on Feb. 19, 2011, Gorrell organized a meeting of the retirees at the […]

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By February 14, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia DEP won’t monitor light, sound pollution at compressor sites

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register VALLEY GROVE, W.Va.  — Excessive light and sound may not pose the health threat that carcinogenic benzene and formaldehyde originating from a natural gas compressor can, but those living in the vicinity of such a station may find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. After an objection […]

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By February 13, 2017 Read More →

DuPont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million “global settlement” had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant. In a press release, DuPont said […]

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WVPB: $4.6M budget cut could kill program
By February 10, 2017 Read More →

WVPB: $4.6M budget cut could kill program

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The proposed budget Gov. Jim Justice unveiled Wednesday would remove $4.6 million in state funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a move agency officials said would be devastating. The budget includes a cut of $4.6 million in funds for the Educational Broadcasting Authority, which is the governing body for West […]

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Bluefield native joins governor’s cabinet to tackle challenges throughout W.Va.
By February 10, 2017 Read More →

Bluefield native joins governor’s cabinet to tackle challenges throughout W.Va.

By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD — Dr. William M. “Bill” White has been busy tackling his new role as a member of Gov. Jim Justice’s Cabinet. The Bluefield native, who has been a member of the state Board of Education since 2010 and would have been in that position until 2019, is now […]

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