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Plans Moving Forward for Moundsville-to-Morgantown Highway Video included

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Its been on the table for nearly 20 years, but now a much talked about project could see new traction due to the oil and gas industry. More>>

UPDATE: Ohio County School Board Fires Employee Who Pleaded Guilty to Drug Charges Video included

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Kristyn Fetcko, a counselor at Ritchie Elementary School, was relived of her duties on Monday night after a unanimous 5-0 vote. More>>

West Virginia welcomes 30th State Superintendent

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Newly appointed state Superintendent of West Virginia State Schools Michael Martirano was chosen from among 248 people across 43 states. Monday morning he was sworn in at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. More>>

Two finalists to be interviewed for Huntington Chief of Police job

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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said he'll interview the two finalists for the chief of police job this week. More>>

Yeager Airport receives millions in federal funding

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The $3.6 million in federal aide is to be used to carry out ongoing infrastructure improvements at Yeager Airport. More>>

Intruder arrested after she is found inside Poca Community Volunteer Fire Department Station

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Nichole Braham. the woman found inside the fire station, was taken into custody and charged.  More>>

Former WV first lady Shelley Riley Moore dies

Former first lady Shelley Riley Moore, center, celebrated her 88th birthday in July with her daughter, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and granddaughter Shelley Macleod Former first lady Shelley Riley Moore, center, celebrated her 88th birthday in July with her daughter, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and granddaughter Shelley Macleod
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Former first lady Shelley Riley Moore died Sept. 13 at the age of 88. More>>

R. Joseph Zak appointed family court judge in Kanawha County

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R. Joseph Zak is the new family court judge for Kanawha County, West Virginia. More>>

House candidates mostly agree on ‘war on coal'

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Many of West Virginia's candidates running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives believe there is a War on Coal — but not everyone can be convinced. More>>

U.S. Senate candidate Tennant answers coal questions

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Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says she has a plan for energy in the State of West Virginia should she be elected to the United States Senate. More>>

U.S. Senate candidate Capito answers coal questions

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., has tried to leave voters with no doubt she is fighting President Barack Obama on his policies. More>>

Libertarian Senate candidate ‘pro' coal

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John Buckley, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate race, said there is no doubt the state's economy will remain in tact despite the dual competition within the energy industry. More>>

Lawmakers announce millions in funding for Calhoun County, WV project

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U.S Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., announced Sept. 12 over $2.4 million to be awarded to the Pleasant Hill Public Service District for the Water Extension and Line Replacement project. More>>

WV State Police Forensic Laboratory to receive federal funds

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U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $63,000 in Federal funding for the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory to facilitate its scientific analysis in criminal investigations on Sept. 12. More>>

CDC representatives in WV to meet with DHHR, discuss Jan. 9 chemical spill

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Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traveled to West Virginia to help in the ongoing investigation of the Jan. 9 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people. More>>

Children and families take over the WV Capitol

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Lisa Radford, of Tucker County, said without her local family resource center, she would not have been able to stop the nightmares her 4-year-old great nephew was having.He was in an abusive family situation, so her family of six grew one more, she said. More>>

WV leaders help pass bill from US House to stop EPA water rule

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Both U.S. Reps. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., praised passage of a bill that would prohibit implementation of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that vastly expands the types of water bodies the federal government has the authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act. More>>

Brooke County May Institute Smoking Ban Video included

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Just weeks after one county in the northern panhandle opted to go 100 percent smoke free, another county is now considering that possibility as well. More>>

WV Gov. Tomblin announces DEP rule release on implementation of 'tank bill'

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Sept. 9 the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection filed an interpretive rule providing guidance on the implementation of Senate Bill 373. More>>

Mario Blount Steps Down as Mayor of Bridgeport Video included

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Mario Blount has stepped down as mayor of the City of Bridgeport.In May of 2014, Blount, a former Best Care Pharmacy Pharmacist, was one of three people named in federal indictment.  More>>

WV DEP provides update on bill crafted in response to chemical leak

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Secretary Randy Huffman with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said Sept. 8 before the West Virginia Legislature that they should be able to comply with Senate Bill 373. More>>

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin applauds DEA rule for safe disposal of prescription drugs

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is applauding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's rules for safe and secure disposal of prescription drugs. More>>

West Virginia Public Water System Study Commission to host first meeting Sept. 22

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The West Virginia Public Water System Supply Study Commission's inaugural meeting will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 at the capitol.The 12-member commission was mandated by lawmakers  in response to the Freedom Industries chemical spill in January that contaminated the water supply across nine counties in southern West Virginia, impacting more than 300,000 individuals.
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WV Department of Environmental Protection to celebrate headquarters anniversary

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The DEP is holding an open house on Tuesday to celebrate the building's 10th anniversary. Tours are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More>>

Auditor's office launches newest Vista

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The West Virginia State Auditor's office recently re-launched Vista, a Vendor inquiry software, which allows individuals and businesses to search online for state agency payments. More>>

Voters look for real issues in WV's election races

Larry Sabato, political analyst and professor with the University of Virginia, speaks at The Greenbrier Aug. 28 about his predictions for national elections as well as his analysis of races taking place in West Virginia. Larry Sabato, political analyst and professor with the University of Virginia, speaks at The Greenbrier Aug. 28 about his predictions for national elections as well as his analysis of races taking place in West Virginia.
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New voter polls are making some November races advertised as neck-and-neck look a little more loosey-goosey. More>>

Huntington mayor turns to prayer

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Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is turning to a higher power to face the city's substance abuse problems. More>>

PSC of WV promotes Lifeline Awareness Week

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia is promoting Lifeline Awareness Week, which takes place Sept. 8-14. More>>

UPDATE: Clarksburg City Council Moves Forward With Construction Of Downtown State Building Video included

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Clarksburg City Council held its meeting Thursday evening discussing moving forward with the development of a new state building and hotel conference center. More>>

WV Gov. Tomblin appoints members to commission tasked with studying tank bill, water resource protection

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed four members to the Public Water System Supply Study Commission, a group established after the Legislature passed a bill protecting the state's water resources and putting regulations on aboveground storage tanks. More>>

Construction Work on Corridor H Continues

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A 16-mile stretch between Sherr Mountain and Davis is the latest section of Corridor H that is under construction.  More>>

Child care workers guaranteed jobs by WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and WV Board of Ed

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All child care workers who wish to transfer to the position of residential care specialist will be allowed to do so without application or interview as long as there is written intention that the required degree will be completed by June 30, 2020 or technical courses taken when one already has a degree field. More>>

National Preparedness Month encourages residents to plan response to weather, other emergencies

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The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is participating in National Preparedness Month, now in its 11th year. National Preparedness Month, celebrated each September, is a nationwide program hosted by the Ready Campaign to encourage households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. 
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LATEST: Advocacy groups, Sustainable Business Council opposed to tank bill special session

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Members of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's senior staff, along with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman, met with environmental and industry groups Aug. 26 to discuss implementing Senate Bill 373. More>>

WV Secretary of State will not charge additional document fees

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The West Virginia Secretary of State's Office announced Aug. 28 it will not charge additional fees for documents, and a proposal on its website was only to gather public feedback.
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