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Caring for West Virginia Children

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — For all the liberal claims that Obamacare merits credit for providing health insurance coverage to those who lacked it previously, some states have been doing the job just as well – or better – without it. West Virginia is on that[Read More…]

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Growth changing Berkeley County’s face

MARTINSBURG – As Berkeley County’s population has significantly changed over the past 20 years, so has the county’s business focus, transitioning from agriculture to industrial development. While the county’s agricultural background is still prominently displayed through images, business names and school mascots, as the county’s population grew, so did the[Read More…]

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FEMA approves one spill request, denies another

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a funding request for response to the Freedom Industries chemical leak but declined to consider the event a “major disaster.” The administration of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the two FEMA rulings late Thursday. FEMA originally granted a request for federal[Read More…]

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W.Va. high court OKs charges for record searches

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Government agencies can charge citizens an hourly fee for the time it takes to find public documents requested under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The Court’s 4-1 decision overturned a ruling by Kanawha County Circuit Court that said[Read More…]

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Four W.Va. counties hope to develop ‘Mega-Site’

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Local leaders are looking for a large return on the region’s major assets — four-lane highways and the Raleigh County Memorial Airport — in the form of a 500-acre Mega-Site, which could attract a bumper crop of economic engines in technology, cognitive science, clean energy and manufacturing[Read More…]

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Young families struggling with child care costs

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — At first blush, the rise in the number of stay-at-home moms might seem to be a return to more traditional values. The percentage of mothers who do not work outside of the home rose to 29 percent in 2012, according to a[Read More…]

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W.Va. officials seek better infrastructure data

WHEELING, W.Va. — As the natural gas industry continues to transform the area, West Virginia still doesn’t know enough about who is responsible for all the state’s wells and the growing maze of pipelines snaking through its hills, according to its top emergency management official. “It’s almost impossible, when we[Read More…]

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