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City of Bridgeport to participate in Internet pilot program

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House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, applauded bold steps by the city of Bridgeport to become in providing residents with a huge boost in Internet speed. Miley, in a press release, also urged other West Virginia communities to consider a similar approach.

WV Sen. Manchin applauds DEA decision to reschedule hyrdocodone, related drugs

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moved Aug. 21 to list hydrocodone-combination products as Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substance Act. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., applauded the DEA after the agency officially announced the final rule to reschedule the drugs, which are found in highly addictive painkillers like Vicodin and Lortab, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II controlled substance.

National Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

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The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

WV state Sen. John Unger to lead 3rd church

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Eastern Panhandle state lawmaker John Unger is adding to his responsibilities as a church minister.

Traveling sports exhibit on tour in WV

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The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams.

WV Lawmakers announce federal funding for local law enforcement

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Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced more than $1.4 million for local law enforcement communities across the state.

US Senate control could rest with well-funded women

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Hagan, Shaheen, Landrieu, Nunn and West Virginia nominee Natalie Tennant created a joint fundraising committee last week to bundle donations. Blue Senate 2014 can now accept one check and then distribute the cash among the five women, making it more efficient for donors to give to women.

NEW INFO: WV Department of Education Shuts Down Miracle Meadows School in Salem

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The revocation comes after a teacher was arrested and accused of choking a student.

UPDATE: GOP appoints Marie Sprouse-McDavid to fill 35th District vacancy

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The State Election Commission decided on Aug. 13 to leave a vacancy in one Republican candidate slot for the House 35th District of West Virginia.

Disputes in West Virginia American Water investigation to be ruled on this week

PSC Commissioners to make ruling on disputes before the end of the week. PSC Commissioners to make ruling on disputes before the end of the week.
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On Monday August 18, the West Virginia Public Service Commission held a discovery dispute conference pertaining to their investigation on West Virginia American Water. 

WV plans redesign of school principal programs

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 The Board of Education is seeking public comment on the recommendations.

Changing family dynamics changes career choices

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Should I have children now or embark on a career and start a family later? That question has evolved yet again from choosing between a family or career to choosing between staying in a career or leaving that career to care for aging and sick parents, or some other unexpected life event.

Comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system kicks off

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A comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system kicked off Friday, Aug. 15, with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joining members of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and representatives from Pew Charitable Trusts.

WV candidates for U.S. Senate set to debate in October

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Hours after Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito found out they were facing off in the November election for U.S. Senate, they were challenging each other.Capito has now accepted Tennant's offer to debate on Oct. 7.

National Governors Association awards grant funding for WV workforce development

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On Aug. 14, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said West Virginia was selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to receive grant funding and additional support to expand workforce education and training programs as part of a two-year program hosted by the NGA Policy Academy to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies.

No citations in fatal Pennsylvania gas well fire

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said no exact cause was determined for the Feb. 11 fire at the Chevron well in Greene County's Dunkard Township.

Delegates named to WV Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice

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House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, appointed five delegates to serve on the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice.

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

Toledo, Ohio mayor requests help to avoid water problems

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Toledo's mayor has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and lawmakers imploring them to do whatever it takes financially to get the city through the 2014 algae season without any more water problems.

US agency warns consumers about Bitcoin risks

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Federal regulators are warning consumers about the risks of using virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.

Ex-Huntington, WV mayor Kim Wolfe agrees to fine in ethics probe

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The state Ethics Commission on Monday released an order in which Wolfe admitted to using county taxpayer dollars for mailings during his 2008 campaign for mayor and accepting tickets to Cincinnati Reds baseball games from a bank doing business with the sheriff's office.

Cabell bell tower repair costs increase

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Repairs to the bell tower on the Cabell County Courthouse are running over budget — almost $100,000 over.

Legislature’s ‘tank bill’ stirring more than chemicals

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A bill drafted by the West Virginia Legislature during its 2014 regular legislative session has been discussed in a variety of ways — most recently, about its “unintended” consequences.

WV Lottery campaign looking for winning dreams

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The lottery will randomly select four submissions entered at www.RandomActsofLottery.com and award each a cash prize of $10,000. Each will also receive up to $25,000 to fulfill their acts of kindness.

Kanawha County, WV Delegate Suzette Raines withdraws from race

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Citing personal reasons, Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, has announced she will withdraw from her re-election campaign.

Independent candidate for Congress in WV Ed Rabel hits the campaign trail on horseback

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In his campaigning effort, Independent candidate for Congress Ed Rabel is forgoing conventional. Rather than using the modern convenience of automotive transportation to go from place to place, Rabel is using the earliest form of transportation — riding on horseback.

City Officials, Main Street Fairmont Move Forward With Plans for Old Firehouse Video included

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Built in the early 1900s, the old Fairmont Firehouse is a historic building, but after receiving a grant last March, city officials and Main Street Fairmont have a vision to bring a creative spark to the property.

WV forestry crew dispatched to help fight California wildfires

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A 20-person wild land firefighting crew left Charleston this week to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in northern California. Sixteen West Virginia Division of Forestry staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters make up the crew, which will serve a 14-day tour of duty.

Ballots set for November election in West Virginia

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Barring death, disqualification or withdrawal, West Virginia's ballot for the November general election is set.

Lake Erie's algae woes began building a decade ago

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The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in northwest Ohio didn't just suddenly appear. Water plant operators along western Lake Erie have told residents not to drink, brush their teeth or wash dishes with the water descended on truckloads of bottled water delivered from across the state as the governor declared a state of emergency. The Ohio National Guard was using water purification systems to produce drinkable water.

Huntington uses paving dollars to hire 10 more police officers

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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said he has a message for the drug dealers who currently infest the city: “You better get the hell out. If not, we’re coming for you.”

Candidates for U.S. House debate the issues

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With only a few months left to make their cases to voters, candidates for the seat Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is leaving the U.S. House of Representatives to run for U.S. Senate — Alex Mooney and Nick Casey — convened at Charleston Civic Center July 24.

Toledo, Ohio officials warn residents not to drink water because of possible toxin

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The city's advisory says Lake Erie may have been affected by a bloom of harmful algae that produces the toxin. Consuming the tainted water could result in vomiting, diarrhea and other problems.

Advocacy groups say litigation concerns shouldn't cloud efforts to understand WVAWCs disaster preparedness

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Three advocacy groups involved in West Virginia Public Service Commission’s general inquiry into West Virginia American Water Company’s disaster preparedness have filed motions to compel the company to answer their questions.  

West Virginia to honor highway cleanup volunteers

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West Virginia officials are planning to recognize thousands of volunteers who pick up litter along the state's roadways.

Despite legislation, Kentucky heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

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A new report from the state Office of Drug Control Policy shows heroin overdose deaths in Kentucky increased 60 percent in 2013. In 2011, 22 people died from heroin overdoses in Kentucky. By 2013, that number has risen to 230.

National Association of Manufacturers claims increased EPA regs could "break us"

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A study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers and released July 31 claims that a new ozone regulation from the Obama Administration could cost the United States $270 billion per year and place millions of jobs at risk.

Oklahoma Cell Tower Contractor Cited in Fatal Clarksburg, WV Tower Collapse

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An Oklahoma-based cell phone tower contractor has been cited following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration into a February 2014 tower collapse in Clarksburg that killed two employees and a volunteer firefighter.

U.S. Sen. Rockefeller releases mobile phone billing report

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U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a majority staff report on the findings of the Committee’s investigation into wireless cramming – where consumers get charged on their phone bills for goods and services they never agreed to purchase.

Fairmont, WV Completes Phase 1 of Automatic Meter Reading Project Video included

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You've heard of smart phones, but what about a smart meter? The city of Fairmont's utility board is bringing that new technology to customers as a way to help them save money and the environment.

U.S. Rep. Capito speaks at EPA hearing in Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,R-W.Va., won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in the 2014 Primary Election.
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U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., testified,  along with several other lawmakers and representation from the Sierra Club, a national activism group.

Charleston, WV group plans to deliver clean water to Detroit

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The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation will make a trip from Charleston to Detroit to deliver over 1,000 gallons of water by July 30.

West Virginia union PAC gets $250k check

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The super PAC named Honest West Virginians received the check from the West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades Council in late June.

DC mayor to sign bill banning Styrofoam

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The District would join cities including Seattle and San Francisco that have banned plastic foam for environmental reasons. The ban will take effect starting in 2016.

NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

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Other places around the country have started using mobile delivery systems for their summer meals programs. In Baltimore, a summer meals program drops meals off at 11 sites, while in Waco, Texas, school buses go to certain designated sites and kids get on the bus to get their meals.

WV Senate race firing up thanks to 'war on coal'

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The race for West Virginia representation in the U.S. Senate is firing up, in more ways than one. In the first television advertisement released for the West Virginia Senate race, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant shuts off power to the White House.

Rep. Nick Rahall addresses need for Congress to 'act' on VA legislation

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U.S. Rep.Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said July 25 on the House floor leaders needed to come together and act to complete legislation that addresses shortfalls within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

West Virginia sees high rates of health insurance coverage

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A new report done by Wallet Hub, a company whose motto is to focus on “financial decisions and saving money,” found only 6 percent of West Virginians do not have health insurance coverage.

Q&A: Michael Martirano

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Amid packing and unpacking boxes, preparing to move across state lines and focusing on the basics of food and shelter, Michael Martirano is looking forward to new opportunities awaiting him in the Mountain State.

WV Film Office aims to prep Eastern Panhandle

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West Virginia Film Office director Pam Haynes is expecting a big turnout for a workforce training workshop coming to Harpers Ferry in mid-August.

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