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Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Broadband springs with information and opportunity
By February 18, 2014 Read More →

Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Broadband springs with information and opportunity

Editor’s Note: “Wild, Wonderful & Wired” is a collaboration of Mission West Virginia, Future Generations Graduate School and Frontier Communications.  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At a summer auction in Pendleton County, the auctioneer begged for even just a $1 bid for complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. No one wanted this hefty volume of the world’s knowledge, not just because the boxes were heavy […]

By February 17, 2014 Read More →

WV Sharing: Legislation would allow for private flood insurance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate on Monday would allow private insurers to offer flood insurance in West Virginia residents. Since federal law changes in 2012, many West Virginians have experienced significant increases in flood insurance premiums.  In response to this, Senate Bill 621 would allow the private insurance market to sell more […]

By February 17, 2014 Read More →

Conference brings top women in energy fields to West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. – A former top regulator for the oil and gas industry in Texas will deliver the keynote address at the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association’s inaugural conference for women working in the energy industry. Former Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones will discuss women’s growing role in America’s energy security. “Embracing Energy: […]

By February 17, 2014 Read More →

Sen. Wells’ bill addresses long-term water sustainability

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation that would create a center of innovation for water cleanliness and sustainability in West Virginia was introduced in the West Virginia State Senate Monday. Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha/Putnam, introduced Senate Bill 622, which would create the “West Virginia Water Sustainability Institute,” to be located at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. The mission of the […]

By February 16, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Column from Sen. Jeff Kessler, President of the State Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I am very pleased to provide a positive update on the legislation I discussed last week that is  designed to cut down on the meth problem that is plaguing our state and communities. Senate Bill 6 has been recommended for passage by both the Senate Health and Human Resources and the Senate Judiciary […]

By February 1, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Gov. Tomblin requests potable and bottled water from WVAW

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has requested that West Virginia American Water provide potable and bottled water to West Virginians in the areas affected by the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill. “Immediately following West Virginia American Water’s DO NOT USE order on Jan. 9, I began working with the West Virginia National […]

By February 1, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Column from Sen. Jeff Kessler, President of the State Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — From the beginning of this water crisis,  my pledge to all West Virginians has been to do all in my power to make sure that a completely preventable tragedy like this never happens again. I am proud to report that we took the first step in that direction this week in the Senate with the unanimous […]

By February 1, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Kids and families day at the Legislature

Our Children, Our Future to rally with kids and families  CHARLESTON, W.Va.  —  The Our Children, Our Future Campaign will hold its annual Kids and Families Day at the state Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. More than 500 kids and families representing labor, faith, and community organizations are scheduled to attend.  After kicking the […]

By January 29, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Release: Former WVDEP Chief of Enforcement Joins Alliance Consulting, Inc.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Michael Zeto, the former chief of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, has joined Alliance Consulting, Inc., Prior to Zeto’s retirement from WVDEP in December 2013, he spent over 34 years with the agency, with the last 22 as chief inspector of the Office of Environmental Enforcement. […]

By January 25, 2014 Read More →

Freedom Industries ordered to dismantle, remove tanks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, Jan. 25, ordered Freedom Industries to begin, by March 15, 2014, the process of dismantling, removing and properly disposing of all of its above ground storage tanks, as well as associated piping and machinery, at its Etowah River Terminal in Charleston. Gov. Tomblin’s directive is included in […]