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Trump budget calls for eliminating Appalachian Regional Commission

By JAMES E. CASTO The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  The proposed budget President Donald Trump has sent Congress calls for a $54 billion boost in defense spending, to be paid for with cuts to a broad range of domestic programs and the outright elimination of some agencies. The Appalachian Regional Commission is one of the agencies on the president’s “hit […]

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By March 20, 2017 Read More →

Stoking U.S. coal’s odds: Trump’s proposal about U.S.-made steel could increase domestic metallurgical coal demand next year

By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — More coal has been shipped through Bluefield recently because of an uptick in the export of metallurgical coal to Europe, but a local coal expert says the real shift in production could be seen next year. Rick Taylor, president of the Pocahontas Coal Association, said the […]

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By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Budget would cut funds for nonprofit that helps people navigate court system

By KATE WHITE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va — The director of Legal Aid of West Virginia was thinking Thursday afternoon about what it means to her to be an American. Earlier in the day, Adrienne Worthy had seen the Trump administration’s budget blueprint, which would gut federal funding for offices like the ones she runs. […]

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By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Proposal targets funding for Appalachian Regional Commission

By SARAH PLUMMER The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The White House Thursday released President Donald Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal called “America First.” In it, he proposed cutting funding for 19 agencies entirely, including the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development across 13 Appalachian states, including West […]

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By March 17, 2017 Read More →

Manchin speaks at health care town hall in Martinsburg

By ADRANISHA STEPHENS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Residents gathered at a health care town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in Martinsburg on Thursday to share their concerns on the approaching repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the effect it would have on the residents in West Virginia. “Over 225,000 West […]

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By March 16, 2017 Read More →

Groups trying to block sale of Pleasants Power plant to Mon Power, Potomac Edison

Staff reports The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. WV Solar United Neighborhoods (WV SUN) and West Virginia Citizen Action Group (WVCAG) joined forces March 15 to try to block Monongahela Power Co. and Potomac Edison from acquiring a power plant their parent company, Ohio-based First Energy, no longer wants. The groups, working as West Virginians for […]

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Like A Lion: Winter storm blankets Panhandle
By March 15, 2017 Read More →

Like A Lion: Winter storm blankets Panhandle

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Late winter snowstorm Stella brought more of a whimper than a bang to the Eastern Panhandle on Tuesday. While dumping between 8-11 inches of snow on the area, according to the National Weather Service, the mid-March storm did little in the way of damage, local officials said. […]

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Ready to Roll: Area braces for anticipated storm
By March 14, 2017 Read More →

Ready to Roll: Area braces for anticipated storm

By ADRANISHA STEPHENS The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — The National Weather Service has issued a forecast of heavy snow for the Eastern Panhandle, which is expected to drop approximately eight to 12 inches. The storm started overnight and is set to last throughout this morning. “Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and not drive on […]

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By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Health care plan: Potential detrimental effects seen for West Virginians

By LINDA COMINS The Weirton Daily Times WHEELING, W.Va.  — Health care providers and analysts cite potential detrimental effects for West Virginians under the proposed American Health Care Act, particularly in terms of Medicaid expansion and insurance tax credits. The plan, to replace the current Affordable Care Act, was unveiled last week by Republican leaders […]

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‘Bridge to Nowhere’: USA Today chronicles long-struggle for completion
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

‘Bridge to Nowhere’: USA Today chronicles long-struggle for completion

By CHARLES OWENS Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — Bluefield’s so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” is getting some national attention. A front-page article and related photographs Thursday in USA Today chronicled the long-struggle in southern West Virginia to build the King Coal Highway and Coalfields Expressway projects. In the newspaper report, area officials talked about the urgent need to […]

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