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The Big Gamble: State officials say road bond vital to West Virginia’s economic future
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The Big Gamble: State officials say road bond vital to West Virginia’s economic future

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith has a hand-lettered note taped to the valet at the edge of his large wooden desk. “Once more into the fray,” the neatly penned slip of paper reads, “Into the last good fight I’ll ever know… “Live and die on this […]

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Official: Bond referendum could speed road projects

By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday at the Bluefield Coal Show that the King Coal Highway will “absolutely” be built if the upcoming $1.6 billion bond referendum passes, but road projects on the list for Mercer County include only the portion of the highway from Bluefield to […]

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Eight big road projects in Monongalia County, worth $230 million, up for statewide vote Oct. 7

By CYNTHIA McCLOUD For The Exponent Telegram MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — If the Roads to Prosperity Highway Program referendum passes muster with West Virginia voters on Oct. 7, the $1.6 billion it would create in bonds could fast-track some long-range transportation projects planned in Monongalia County. The bonds would be sold to pay for the road […]

Water and sewer systems need flood proofing, says head of WV’s National Guard
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Water and sewer systems need flood proofing, says head of WV’s National Guard

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In his 34 years in the state National Guard, Adjutant General James Hoyer said he has been sent to provide emergency relief to the same flood-damaged water and sewer systems “over and over,” and told legislators Sunday the state should set standards for water and sewer plants […]

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Audit: State should end funeral service board

By CARLEE LAMMERS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recently published legislative audit calls for the state to terminate its funeral service board and place the board’s regulatory function under another health-related agency. The audit comes after the board’s decision to only temporarily suspend the license of Chad Harding, a Putnam County funeral home owner […]

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain welcomed in Man
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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain welcomed in Man

By NANCY PEYTON The Logan Banner MAN, W.Va. — A celebrity chef found a place at the table in a local restaurant Thursday night. Chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain stopped at Keith’s Bar and Grill in Man to shoot a segment for the CNN show he is currently the host of, “Parts Unknown.” Keith […]

Capito to Amazon: ‘Please come to W.Va.’
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Capito to Amazon: ‘Please come to W.Va.’

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia House Delegate Moore Capito is asking Seattle-based Amazon to add the Mountain State to its short list of location candidates for its second corporate headquarters. Capito, R-Kanawha, has sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking he consider placing West Virginia on his “top […]

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RCBI seeking entries for Design Challenge

The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Calling all makers: the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is accepting entries in the Design Challenge at the West Virginia Makes Festival, which celebrates ingenuity and creativity. The festival’s annual Design Challenge provides hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages the opportunity to demonstrate their new ideas and skills […]

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Local health centers to share in $3.7 million in federal funds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced close to $3.7 million in federal funding for health centers in West Virginia. This includes close to $530,000 for projects in southern West Virginia. Monroe County Health Center in Union was awarded $175,700; New River Health Association […]

Manchin touts new broadband measure
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Manchin touts new broadband measure

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Southern West Virginia should begin seeing better broadband connectivity as early as next year, said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. In August, the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward with Mobility Fund II, which will provide $4.53 billion of federal support over the next 10 years to […]