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Kanawha GOP chairman seeks challengers for Jones

November 30, 2014

Fred Joseph, chairman of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee, said he’s actively recruiting candidates to run against Jones, who announced last month that he would run for a fourth term as Charleston’s mayor.

Statehouse Beat: Cooperation necessary in narrowly divided Senate

November 29, 2014

As the Legislature embarks on its historic transition from Democratic to Republican control, one of the interesting storylines will be whether the new leadership reaches out across the aisle, or sees fit to punish Democrats for eight decades of past grievances.

Uber suspends activities in Nevada after injunction

November 28, 2014

Ride-sharing app Uber Technologies Inc. has been forced to suspend operations in Nevada after a preliminary court order.

State insurance board gets new executive director

November 27, 2014

Mary Jane Pickens, former general counsel for the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, has been selected as the new executive director of the Board of Risk and Insurance Management.

Researchers say preventing deer-vehicle collisions costly

November 27, 2014

More deer are struck by vehicles on a 12-mile segment of U.S. Route 19 in Nicholas County than any other stretch of highway in West Virginia, according to recently released research on deer-vehicle collisions in the state.

Kanawha County clerk accuses Tennant of electioneering

November 25, 2014

Two days after West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant led a march of supporters to the steps of the Kanawha County Voter Registration office in October, County Clerk Vera McCormick filed a complaint against Tennant, alleging she violated election laws by holding a political rally on public property.

New lawmakers to serve on committees

November 23, 2014

Two newly elected lawmakers who will represent Kanawha County in the state Senate for the next four years have been selected to become committee chairs.

Mason delegate charges steer as campaign expense

October 27, 2014

West Virginia Delegate Jim Butler bought a 1,335-pound steer named “George VI” and charged it as a campaign expense.

Gainer, low on money, tries for seat in Congress

October 26, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Glen B. Gainer III is no slouch. He worked for the State Treasurer’s office and acted as budget director of the state Department of Energy before beginning a two-decade run as West Virginia’s 19th state auditor – a job he holds to this day.

‘We’re at a crossroads’ in House race, history professor says

October 26, 2014

If Alex Mooney is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4, it will be the first time since 1958 the congressional district that includes Charleston will be represented by someone who lives outside of Kanawha County.

W.Va. Dems face test in state House races

October 25, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawsuits, big spending and disgust with President Barack Obama all factor into Democrats’ toughest election in 85 straight years of running the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Statehouse Beat: Ripples continue from House ballot vacancy fight

October 25, 2014

The saga of the ballot vacancy/un-vacancy in the House 35th keeps getting more bizarre.

U.S. Sen. Carper, Tennant lead Democrats at South Charleston rally

October 25, 2014

“This is a good, old-fashioned Democrat rally,” Secretary of State Natalie Tennant remarked as she walked into the union hall in South Charleston on Saturday afternoon.

Cookman running for full term in state Senate

October 24, 2014

MARTINSBURG - State Sen. Donald H. Cookman, D-Hampshire, has spent a large portion of his adult life in public service, including Hampshire County's prosecuting attorney for 20 years and 17 years as judge of the state's 22nd Circuit Court.

Rising political polarization likely to make things worse

October 24, 2014

Are you a conservative or liberal?

Editorial: Changes could lower the state’s health costs

October 24, 2014

The Public Employees Insurance Agency provides health insurance for state employees, as well as most local governments in the state.

Trump wants to return to W.Va. Legislature

October 24, 2014

MARTINSBURG - For much of his adult life, Charles S. Trump IV, of Berkeley Springs, has been in public service, serving as recorder for the Town of Bath, Morgan County prosecuting attorney and member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for 14 years, during which time he was House Minority Whip for four years and House Minority Leader for eight.

NRCC chair: Democrats in a bind

October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., — National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said Thursday Republican Evan Jenkins would win the race for Third District Congress against longtime incumbent Nick Rahall.

Casey focuses on highways

October 23, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Nick Casey believes the federal Highway Trust Fund must be funded, but more importantly, a long-term transportation plan is needed.

Mooney brushes ‘carpetbagger’ tag

October 23, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Alex Mooney brushes off the "carpetbagger" label after more than a year of campaigning for West Virginia's 2nd Congressional district, describing the tag as a distraction.

Crystal Ball: 2nd District a “toss-up,” 3rd District “leans Republican”

October 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With less than two weeks to go until the 2014 General Election, the forecast for two Congressional races in West Virginia is changing, according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Obama fundraises for Dems at Sen. Rockefeller home

October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is raising money for Democrats at the sprawling Washington home of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

CounterPAC of California creates attack ad against Rahall

October 23, 2014

A new ad attacking a candidate in the Third Congressional District race did not come from a campaign.

Early voting begins in W.Va.

October 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick expects heavy turnout when early voting starts today.

Local officials impressed with first day voter turnout

October 22, 2014

Wednesday was the first day for early voting in West Virginia, and while midterm elections see mild turnouts, one polling official was pleased with the warm response.

October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014

Integrating dozens of state agency computer systems into the wvOasis supercomputer has meant growing pains for state agencies and employees, the system’s program manager told legislators Wednesday

State computer system means growing pains, lawmakers told

October 22, 2014

Integrating dozens of state agency computer systems into the wvOasis supercomputer has meant growing pains for state agencies and employees, the system’s program manager told legislators Wednesday.

Emptied PEIA reserve fund led to benefit cuts, director says

October 22, 2014

After three years of spending down its reserve fund in lieu of premium increases, the state Public Employees Insurance Agency has reached the point where the fund will bottom out in 2015-16, forcing the agency to come up with nearly $40 million of benefits cuts, including $30 million for current state employees, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told legislators Wednesday.

Out of money, W.Va. broadband council ends 5-year run

October 22, 2014

After a five-year run, the West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council likely held its last meeting Wednesday, releasing a financial statement that showed a wireless Internet provider in Wheeling and an out-of-state consultant received the bulk of the council’s grants.

Tennant may have violated election laws at polling place

October 22, 2014

The state’s chief election officer may have violated state election laws when she brought a group of supporters to the Kanawha County Voters Registration Office.

Joe Manchin: ‘There’s nothing’ Obama can do to help at-risk Democrats

October 22, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) isn’t on the ballot this year, but he’s doing what he can to help like-minded moderate Democrats from states where President Obama doesn’t fare well.

Tomblin names Garcia legislative affairs director

October 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Joseph Garcia as his new director of legislative affairs.

WVU forecasts job growth in annual state economic outlook

October 2, 2014

The West Virginia Economic Outlook report released Thursday paints a rosier picture of the Mountain State economy, and the United States economy is also expected to grow next year, forecasters said.

Looking into the Crystal Ball

October 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A well-known political report has moved the race for U.S. Senate in West Virginia from ‘Leans Republican’ to ‘Safe Republican.’

W.Va. Supreme Court rules GOP can replace Raines on ballot

October 1, 2014

Republicans will have a fourth candidate on the ballot in Kanawha County’s 35th District race for the House of Delegates, after the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered Wednesday afternoon that Marie Sprouse-McDavid’s name be placed on the ballot.

Tomblin appoints new acting Department of Administration secretary

September 30, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday appointed staffer Jason Pizatella as the new acting cabinet secretary for the state Department of Administration.

Report shows unbalanced growth amid recession recovery

September 30, 2014

The recent recession may have ended, but West Virginia workers aren’t better off than they were before, according to the annual “State of Working West Virginia” report from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Utility, rail property values increase in state

September 30, 2014

Investments by electric power, natural gas pipeline and cellphone companies increased the assessed value of property owned by utility companies and railroads in the state by $411.15 million in the past year, Jeff Amburgey, state Property Tax Division director, told the Board of Public Works Tuesday.

Morrisey bids to prosecute criminal cases

September 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s county prosecutors told the Supreme Court on Tuesday they don’t want Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and his lawyers prosecuting criminal cases in their courtrooms.

Kanawha Senate candidates talk guns, W.Va.’s future

September 30, 2014

Republican newcomer Ed Gaunch, who is running for the state Senate in the 8th District, supports home rule for West Virginia’s cities, including allowing cities to establish their own gun laws.

Governor launches new education, workforce initiative

September 26, 2014

WAYNE -- Students at Wayne High School were privy to a small piece of history Wednesday as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced a new education initiative at the school.

Best state in America: West Virginia, for improving traffic safety

September 26, 2014

In 2012, there were 3,031 good reasons to use a seat belt when going for a drive. That’s the number of lives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates would have been saved that year if everyone strapped in before starting the engine.

Skaff striving for state Senate

September 25, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a series of candidate profiles in advance of the Nov. 4 election. Republican candidate Tom Takubo for the 17th Senatorial District was in Thursday’s Daily Mail.

Political prognosticator weighs in on U.S. Senate and U.S. House races

September 24, 2014

“It’s just really bad to be a Democrat in this cycle in certain states and West Virginia is certainly one of them,” said Kyle Kondik of his group’s assessment of the U.S. Senate race between 2nd District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Legal reforms, improving economy drive candidates in 35th District

September 24, 2014

Creating new opportunities for new jobs in the Kanawha Valley can address state tax problems and social issues, argued candidates for the House of Delegates in the 35th District.

Jay not involved with Rockefeller Fund plan to divest from fossil fuels

September 23, 2014

The Rockefeller Foundation, known as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, announced its plans this week to withdraw all its investments in fossil fuel companies, in an effort to improve the environment.

State Supreme Court to hear District 35 dispute Tuesday

September 23, 2014

The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the District 35 dispute Tuesday.

Tennant’s daughter, health focus of new ad

September 8, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant tells the story of her daughter’s medical issues to voice support for components of the Affordable Care Act in her latest advertisement in the race for U.S. Senate.

On ACA, Senate candidates embrace popular parts of unpopular law

September 8, 2014

In West Virginia, as in every other state, health insurance companies cannot deny coverage, or charge more for it, because of pre-existing medical conditions.

W.Va. legislative interim meetings kick off Monday

September 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State lawmakers are back in Charleston this week for another round of interim meetings.

Senior status judge appointed to hear Manchin lawsuit

September 7, 2014

A retired Jefferson County circuit judge will preside over the lawsuit that U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s brother filed against him earlier this summer.

Dr. Harry Tweel: Statewide smoking law must contain sufficient provisions

September 7, 2014

In West Virginia the death and disability associated with tobacco use is well documented, as is the failure of such use to be decreased significantly over many years.

Sticker Shock: Health care reform vastly exceeds budget

September 7, 2014

In large measure, President Barack Obama's health care law was sold to Americans based on his contention government can handle certain tasks more economically than the private sector.

Survey details political views in WV

September 7, 2014

Likely voters in West Virginia are more conservative than the average U.S. voter, according to data from a recently survey and the Pew Research Center.

Names of 90 suspected ‘doctor shoppers’ sent to state law enforcement agencies

September 7, 2014

The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has given police the names of 90 suspected “doctor shoppers,” who solicited an excessive number of prescriptions for pain pills over the past year.

Ethics commission searches for permanent leader

September 4, 2014

The State Ethics Commission could soon choose its fourth leader since the start of 2013 following a decision after a closed-door meeting Thursday

State revenues make modest gains

September 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss anticipates the state government hiring freeze will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Morrisey “flatly denies” allegations

September 3, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has “flatly denied” comments made by state AFL-CIO Director Kenny Perdue at the 78th annual UMWA Labor Day Celebration.

Daughter sues Roane doctor for father’s death

September 3, 2014

A woman is suing a Roane County doctor and hospital, alleging her father’s death was connected to an incident involving a doctor who placed his tongue in her father’s mouth while he was in the hospital.

Election Commission counsel to prepare defense

September 2, 2014

After an hour and twenty minutes in closed session, the State Election Commission Tuesday authorized counsel to prepare a defense in the event the commission is sued for failing to allow the Republican Party to fill a ballot vacancy in the House 35th District race.

State Democrats drop legal action to remove Republican House candidate from ballot

September 2, 2014

KINGWOOD, W. Va. – The state Democratic Party is dropping its legal action against Republican candidate Melissa Lewis’ bid to represent House District 52 on the November ballot, citing legal issues facing Lewis.

U.S. must lower corporate taxes or risk losing businesses to foreign countries

September 2, 201

The average temperature in Miami is 67 degrees in January. In Ontario, January temperatures range from an average low of 17 to a high of 33. But Burger King plans to pull up stakes in Miami and move its headquarters to Ontario. That reflects a frigid business climate in the United States.

Governor made Mingo ballot problem

September 2, 2014

How would you like to be governor or secretary of state and prove you have zero confidence in the citizens of Mingo County?

Labor leaders see signs of hope

August 31, 2014

Last year, union membership for all wage and salary workers held steady at 11.3 percent. Labor leaders hope that’s one sign that a decades-long decline in union membership may be slowing or stopping.

Officials touring northern W.Va.

August 25, 2014

CLARKSBURG — State officials gathered Sunday as a part of a reception before three days of legislative interim committee meetings in northcentral West Virginia.

WVDOH official quits amid federal investigation

August 22, 2014

A high-ranking West Virginia Division of Highways administrator abruptly resigned Friday amid a federal investigation of the agency’s equipment division.

Statehouse Beat: Raines saga grows stranger

August 4, 2014

Stranger and stranger is the best way to describe the saga of Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha.

WV state revenue $17.4 million short in July

August 4, 2014

The state of West Virginia finished its first month of its new fiscal year in the red due to some one-time transfers of state funds that were delayed from June.

McKinley tops 1st District money list

August 3, 2014

MORGANTOWN — Rep. David McKinley is the wealthiest of the five candidates area voters will consider for federal office come November.

Statehouse Beat: Outside money twisting W.Va. races

August 2, 2014

Although it appears nothing will come of it in the state’s 3rd Congressional District race, an effort by Silicon Valley Internet gaming entrepreneur Jim Greer to stem the inundation of “dark money” political attack ads by outside interest groups (often with secret donors) deserves kudos.

Mountain Party candidate makes 4 in Senate race

July 31, 2014

Bob Henry Baber, the former mayor of Richwood and a longtime Mountain Party candidate for statewide office, will run for U.S. Senate, he announced in a news release Thursday.

Tornados hit West Virginia

July 29, 2014

MAXWELL, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Pleasants and Ritchie counties over the weekend.

Couple accused of burning home for insurance payout

July 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Harrison County couple is facing charges accusing them of hiring a man to burn down their Clarksburg area home for an insurance payout.

Huntington editorial board runs retirement-savings editorial

July 28, 2014

An estimated 44 percent of baby boomers who hope to retire in the next few years are at risk of coming up short on money for the basics -- food, housing and uninsured health costs, according to the nonprofit Employment Benefit Research Institute.

Statehouse Beat: State agencies continue to purchase safe-driving radio advertisements

July 26, 2014

Among the great ironies of state government is that while the state lacks sufficient federal funding to adequately maintain roads and bridges in the state (and may have none come August), it has plenty of federal funding to constantly remind drivers not to drink and drive, to fasten their seatbelts, to slow down when driving on snow, and to turn off their cellphones while driving.

State law makers offer lobbying advice

July 24, 2014

As the Our Children, Our Future campaign grows in size and scope, area lawmakers reminded them it's important to remember a few things when lobbying the group's agenda.

Democrats ask Election Board to remove Raines from Ballot

July 21, 2014

State Democrats want a Kanawha County judge to remove Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, from the ballot this fall over allegations that she doesn't live where she says she does and that she didn't properly file several required forms.

McKinley out raises and outspends Gainer in WV-1 Congressional Election

July 19, 2014

MORGANTOWN — From late April through June 2014, GOP Rep. David McKinley raised and spent more than double his Democratic challenger — state Auditor Glen Gainer — in their race for McKinley's 1st District Congressional seat.

Ryan to campaign for Capito in West Virginia

July 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Rep. Paul Ryan will hit the campaign trail in Charleston next week to tout Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Reports say new Rahall ad misleading

June 20, 2014

The latest campaign advertisement from the campaign of Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is coming under fire for mischaracterizing statements made by Rahall’s opponent, state Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell.

W.Va. Legislature to take to the road in August

June 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature is taking a road trip this summer.

2 charged in plot to burn W.Va. lawmaker’s house

June 17, 2014

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A Berkeley County man and his son face charges of plotting to burn a state lawmaker’s house.

Report: WV could lose more than $200 million in federal Medicaid money

June 9, 2014

MORGANTOWN — West Virginians can expect some changes in Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) laws this summer due to adjustments in state and federal law.

New W.Va. federal magistrate judge sworn in

June 4, 2014

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Martinsburg attorney has begun his new job as a federal magistrate judge.

Incumbent Lincoln County delegate loses Democratic primary by 1 vote

May 30, 2014

Incumbent Lincoln County delegate loses Democratic primary by 1 vote

Republican candidate leads fundraising in 36th

May 30, 2014

In one House of Delegates district dominated by registered Democrats, a Republican candidate holds a commanding campaign fundraising lead.

Poll: Capito up 11 points on Tennant

May 26, 2014

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito leads Democrat Secretary of State Natalie Tennant by 11 percentage points in the race for U.S. Senate, according to the latest West Virginia Poll.

Tomblin appoints intergovernmental affairs director

May 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robby Queen will serve as the director of intergovernmental affairs for West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Law professor: FOIA ruling could be ‘obstacle’

April 30, 2014

Many people are voicing growing concerns about the West Virginia Supreme Court’s recent ruling that allows government agencies to charge a retrieval fee for Freedom of Information Act requests.

Early voting for primary begins

April 30, 2014

Early voting for the May primary election begins today, Wednesday, April 30, and will run until Saturday, May 10, during regular business hours at county courthouses and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Natalie Tennant distances herself from president

April 29, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant answered a question about policy areas where she might agree with President Barack Obama by listing her issues with the national leader of her party.

Statehouse Beat: Charges fly in House race

April 27, 2014

Retired U.S. Army Major Richard Ojeda figured he’d be facing an uphill fight running against Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., in the May primary. What he didn’t expect, he said, is that his biggest battle would be with the powers that be in his home county of Logan.

Hunt clarifies remarks about legislative post

April 24, 2014

In two interviews earlier this week, Delegate Mark Hunt, D-Kanawha, indicated he was a lock to be the next chairman of the powerful House of Delegates Judiciary Committee.

More regulation needed? Or more effective regs?

February 11, 2014

THERE is a call for more regulation following the chemical leak that spilled 10,000 gallons of a little-known chemical, some of which flowed into the Elk River and into the water supply for 300,000 residents.

Questions on Spill Remain

February 10, 2014

Many states have regulations intended to prevent chemical spills such as the one that affected drinking water for about 300,000 West Virginians last month. Pennsylvania, for example, has strict requirements for chemical storage and inspections to ensure the rules are followed.

Officials consider 'Country Roads' as new state song

February 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Almost Heaven" is not only one of West Virginia's slogans -- it also is the first line in what could become the state's fourth official state song.

PEIA, MU to partner for worksite programs

February 10, 2014

HUNTINGTON -- The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) has announced a partnership with the Marshall University College of Health Professions and the Marshall University Research Corporation for the administration of PEIA's Pathways to Wellness worksite program.

Official: More stormwater tests 'not a bad idea'

February 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Scrap metal facilities need to test their stormwater for oil, grease and several other substances found on site under the state's general stormwater protection program.

City convention bureau combats fallout from water crisis

February 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking its messaging into its own hands after a January chemical leak contaminated the city's drinking water.

Senate rejects effort to alter agenda rules

February 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Reporters aren't the only ones noticing committee agendas aren't always posted far in advance of meetings. Lawmakers are catching on, too.

Terry Gossard: message to the lawmakers, leaders is 'get it right'

February 9, 2014

Looking back, 10,000 gallons of the chemical Crude MCHM found its way from the Freedom Industries tank farm into the Elk River on Jan. 9 and subsequently tainted our water supply, altering our lives dramatically. It is a curse that somehow refuses to go away.

Ex-delegate, Morgantown mayor Florence Merow, dies

February 9, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Florence Lombardi Merow, a former state delegate and former Morgantown mayor, has died. She was 91.

Coal severance tax gives back to the hills

February 9, 2014

THE classic 1948 film, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," tells the tale of three American gold prospectors in Mexico in the 1920s. After digging their fortune, the oldest prospector suggested one more task.

Statehouse Beat: Most every day has its 'Day'

February 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the state Ethics Commission got into an interesting discussion Thursday about whether groups in general, and county Economic Development Authorities in particular, should be allowed to solicit funds from businesses to underwrite costs of hosting said groups' "Day at the Legislature."

Jim Kotcon: How to trust the water

February 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of the aspects that has struck me from the first days of the water crisis has been the incredibly incompetent "risk communication" offered by almost every official involved.

Company that owns collapsed Clarksburg cell towers had fatalities before

February 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The company whose cellphone towers collapsed in Harrison County earlier this month, killing three men, also owned a tower in Mississippi where two people were killed earlier this year.

Statehouse Beat: Want to switch parties?

February 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Larry Williams, D-Preston, is the first legislator to come forward to talk about Republican National Committeeman Kris Warner's attempts to get Democratic legislators to flip parties for the 2014 election.

Morrisey's conflict-of-interest policy criticized

February 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has quietly adopted a new office policy that allows him to self-report possible conflicts of interest to his chief deputy, who has the power to decide whether Morrisey should step aside from a case.

Lawsuit targets DEP, DHHR over Crude MCHM

February 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new legal action accuses two state government agencies of "collective dereliction of their duties" in not taking steps that could have prevented the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical leak that contaminated drinking-water supplies for 300,000 West Virginians.

Firm involved in fatal WV towers collapse was fined in '09

February 7, 2014

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The company that employed two of the three people killed in the collapse of a pair of cellphone towers in Clarksburg was sanctioned after a fatal accident in 2009 in Missouri, according to Occupational Health and Safety Administration records.

Water quality: Does Tomblin get it?

February 7, 2014

It's good that Gov. Tomblin finally, reluctantly, agreed for state inspectors to check water in West Virginia homes, to learn whether families are drinking toxins from the disastrous Elk River chemical spill.

Kessler Will Try Again On Future Fund

January 31, 2014

WHEELING - West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler plans to introduce legislation today aimed at maximizing the long-term benefits of the state's natural gas drilling boom.

Disaster loans offered after state chemical spill

January 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit groups affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government.

Kanawha water distribution to resume with 4 truck loads

January 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bottled water distribution will resume in Kanawha County and surrounding counties affected by the water contamination after the state government requested that West Virginia American Water provide more water to the affected area.

Senate leadership questions House Speaker's actions on chemical spill bill

January 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Senate leaders are concerned the House of Delegates might delay or split apart the bill crafted in response to the recent Elk River chemical spill.

DMV head says state seeing little benefit from Real ID

January 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After all the time, more than $2 million of funds, and hassle for drivers renewing their licenses, West Virginia has little to show for being one of the first states to comply with federal Real ID mandates, Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Steve Dale told members of the House Finance Committee Thursday.

House Finance chairman wants Charleston-Huntington rail study

January 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Finance Chairman Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, called Thursday for the State Rail Authority to study the feasibility of commuter rail service between Charleston and Huntington.

MCHM leak crisis provides opportunity

January 30, 2014

The Greater Kanawha Valley is experiencing the effects of its most catastrophic event in several generations. In fact, no manmade disaster in the state of West Virginia has directly affected so many people for so long a duration.

Bill to regulate aboveground tanks passes committee

January 23, 2014

A bill to regulate aboveground storage tanks has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature.

Committee continues to gather info about chemical spill

January 23, 2014

CHARLESTON — The Legislature’s Joint Water Resources Committee continues to gather information about Freedom Industries and its Jan. 9 spill of chemicals into the Elk River.

W.Va. 2 Reopens Following Lye Spill

January 23, 2014

SISTERSVILLE - A portion of W.Va. 2 reopened Wednesday after a truck overturned late Tuesday just south of Sistersville, spilling sodium hydroxide liquid along the road.

House Small Business Emergency Act heard in Senate Committee

January 23, 2014

The Senate Economic Development Committee met Jan. 22 to discuss House Bill 4175.

Legislation seeks to identify full time as 40 hours a week

January 23, 2014

VIENNA - Forty hours has long been the standard definition of a full work week, and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin sees no reason for health care reform to change that.

CAMC Teays Valley Hospital expands with new ICU unit

January 23, 2014

HURRICANE -- Charleston Area Medical Center's CAMC Teays Valley Hospital has expanded with an intensive care unit.

Freedom Industries is not the victim here

January 23, 2014

TO President Gary Southern and other top executives of Freedom Industries, they are the victims in the big water crisis.

Don’t Let Company Dodge Obligations

January 23, 2014

Freedom Industries, responsible for the chemical spill that interrupted water supplies for about 300,000 West Virginians, already is in serious trouble. It has filed for bankruptcy as lawsuits against it continue to pile up.

Rahall campaign raises more than $425K in fourth quarter of 2013

January 22, 2014

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Jan. 17 his campaign raised $426,261 from October 2013 to December 2013. Rahall ended the year with $838,630 cash-on-hand.

Information on leak's 2nd chemical 'very limited'

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state officials scrambled Wednesday for more information following the surprise disclosure Tuesday that an additional chemical was also in the tank that spilled Crude MCHM into the Elk River public drinking water supply two weeks ago.

Committee moves to weaken water standards

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two weeks after a chemical spill contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, state lawmakers moved forward with legislation that environmental groups say weakens stream protections.

Water company should keep filing reports, advocate says

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia American Water should have to keep filing quarterly reports with the state Public Service Commission because of this month's chemical leak that contaminated water for about 300,000 West Virginians, the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division argued in a motion filed Wednesday.

Water questions unanswered in rural W.Va.

January 22, 2014

CLENDENIN, W.Va. -- Now that the century-old farmhouse on Bufflick Road in Clendenin has returned to Rita Parrish's family, she's worried the land it sits on could be affected by water contaminated in the Jan. 9 chemical leak that released a coal-processing chemical into the Elk River.

Lawmakers’ time dominated by chemical leak, water emergency

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON — There’s no doubt this legislative session has been mostly about one topic so far: water. The water issue has been on tap since a chemical compound leaked from its storage tank and into the Elk River above a nine-county region’s water intake, causing a state of emergency, and closing businesses and schools during the Legislature’s first week in session.

WV Sen. Unger criticizes governor's storage tank proposal

January 22, 2014

A bill proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to regulate aboveground storage tanks focuses too much on protecting industry and not enough on preventing water pollution.

Executives with ties to Freedom Industries gave to campaigns

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, WV -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito all have received campaign donations from executives with connections to the company at the center of the Elk River chemical spill.

Mentors sought for McDowell County youth

January 22, 2014

WELCH, W.Va. -- Catholic Charities West Virginia is looking for adults willing to participate in a youth mentoring program in McDowell County.

Tomblin to help W.Va. industry promote ski resorts

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is turning his attention to West Virginia's ski resorts.

Consol Energy to spend $1.5 billion to speed up natural gas production

January 22, 2014

Consol Energy announced Jan. 21 it expects to spend about $1.5 billion this year to speed up its growth in natural gas production to hit its growth target of 30 percent.

Responsible people back responsible law

January 22, 2014

THE water crisis was a loud alarm for West Virginia to work harder to protect its water. One of the 10 old Pennzoil storage tanks along the Elk River leaked 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, some of which contaminated the water supplied by West Virginia American Water Co.

Cunningham Energy forms new company

January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON — Cunning­ham Energy Tuesday reported it has merged with Pettey Oilfield Services Inc. to form Cunningham Oilfield Services, according to a news release.

Elk River leak included another chemical

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state investigators learned Tuesday that an additional chemical that wasn't previously identified was in the tank that leaked Jan. 9 at the Freedom Industries tank farm, just upstream from West Virginia American Water's regional drinking water intake.

Chemical spill bills need work, lawmakers told

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bills proposed in response to the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill are a good start, but need major changes if West Virginia wants to prevent similar incident sin the future, environmental regulator experts said Tuesday.

Report says water treatment plant was at high risk

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, WV -- State officials knew the water treatment plant recently overwhelmed by a chemical leak from Freedom Industries was at high risk for contamination, state lawmakers were told Tuesday.

Unger happy Tomblin backs liquid tank bill

January 21, 2014

The Senate majority leader said Monday that he’s happy Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is on board with locating, registering and inspecting above-ground tanks that hold any liquid but water.

Freedom in 'death spiral,' bankruptcy judge told

January 21, 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge said a loan he tentatively approved during a hearing Tuesday would allow Freedom Industries to pay its employees and also pay to clean up a chemical leak into the Elk River earlier this month.

City to consider legal action in wake of spill

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston City Council on Tuesday passed a bill allowing the city to obtain counsel and consider filing lawsuits related to the recent chemical spill that tainted drinking water and briefly shut down restaurants and businesses throughout the city.

Council authorizes Charleston officials to sue over spill

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's city council took the first step Tuesday night to begin a lawsuit to recoup economic losses from the Jan. 9 chemical leak and subsequent do-not-use order for tap water.

Solid Waste Authority coping with millions of empty bottles

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority wrestle with what to do with mountains of leftover plastic water bottles, they're trying to figure out how to make sure the public keeps recycling once the bottles are gone.

Legislation would cut Lottery appropriations

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has introduced legislation to cut Lottery appropriations by about $39.12 million a year for the next two years, moving that money to the state General Revenue fund, as one of several steps to close a $146 million funding gap in the 2014-15 budget.

Rahall says unions good for business

January 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall told West Virginia union leaders on Tuesday that people who believe cheaper, non-union labor is good for American business are "short-sighted."

State Should Safeguard Water

January 20, 2014

West Virginia legislators who began hearings on the disastrous Kanawha County chemical spill earlier this month already know one thing: We can't count on the federal government to safeguard us from similar problems in the future.

Democratic liberalism now threatens Rahall

January 20, 2014

AFTER President Reagan thumped Democrat Walter Mondale with a 49-state win in the 1984 election, the executive director of the House Democratic Caucus, Al From, had enough. He founded the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.

Charleston considers lawsuit to recoup losses from spill

January 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, WV -- Charleston City Council members will consider filing a lawsuit to compensate the city for losses caused by the Elk River chemical spill and subsequent water outages.

Cabell excess levy up for renewal

January 20, 2014

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education will consider a measure Tuesday that sets a date for an election to renew the school system's 60-year-old excess levy.

Long-term economic effects of WV spill remain uncertain

January 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After living through a derecho and Superstorm Sandy, West Virginians have developed somewhat of a stiff upper lip when faced with times of catastrophe.

Groups: ‘Fraud bill’ is lacking

January 20, 2014

CHARLESTON - A proposed bill that was placed on the inactive calendar Thursday has stirred up response from business organizations.

Odor lingers in W.Va. water

January 19, 2014

CHARLESTON - The smell lingers - the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odor of a chemical that contaminated the water supply of West Virginia's capital more than a week ago.

John Ellem will not seek reelection

January 19, 2014

PARKERSBURG - Another longtime West Virginia legislator has announced his plans to step down following his current term and not seek re-election.

WV chemical spill poses new test for lawmakers

January 19, 2014

There are more than 80,000 chemicals in the United States catalogued by government regulators, and the health risks of most of them are unknown.

In 2011, W.Va.-American Water wanted layoffs, was denied

January 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly three years ago the union that represents workers at West Virginia American Water Company filed a grievance saying that proposed layoffs would compromise the company's ability to provide safe water to its customers.

Tom Miller: Ag commissioner seeks to grow in-state production

January 19, 2014

West Virginia farmers have an opportunity to double food production within the next few years, Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick told members of the Senate Finance Committee recently after he and others in his department visited North Carolina to study that state's agricultural successes.

Feds advised flushing until chemical odor gone

January 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Concerned about lingering odors, federal officials recommended a more lengthy "flush" of home plumbing systems than state leaders and West Virginia American Water advised 300,000 residents to use to clean the chemical "Crude MCHM" from those systems, according to newly disclosed government communications.

Statehouse beat: Lobbyist spending for 2013

January 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the 2014 legislative session just beginning to pick up momentum -- and it didn't help that the House of Delegates decided to drop and cover for days during the water crisis -- we now have final numbers on what the more than 300 registered lobbyists spent on legislators and state officials in calendar year 2013.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller: This time, something has to change.

January 19, 2014

West Virginia families shouldn't have to question whether it is safe to bathe their children at night, or send them off to school in the morning.

Editorial: Spill demonstrates vulnerability of water supplies

January 19, 2014

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks of more than a decade ago, communities began to identify areas of potential threats and vulnerabilities.

Ongoing

January 19, 2014

The Elk River watershed chemical spill is apparently under control, and residents of nine counties have resumed using their taps to drink, cook, shower and bathe.

Budget tops list of senators' concerns

January 18, 2014

CHARLESTON -- This is the last year as a state legislator for Sen. Evan Jenkins, R-Cabell, who is running for a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives in the upcoming primary election in West Virginia after changing his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

Joint committee has started its investigation

January 18, 2014

Most West Virginia American Water customers in the Elk River watershed were able to use their water for more than flushing toilets Thursday evening, but by Friday morning, levels for Crude MCHM had spiked again in some areas and residents were given a second “do not use” order.

Deem plans to run for W.Va. House

January 18, 2014

VIENNA - The longest-serving legislator in West Virginia announced Friday his plans to run for the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Larry V. Faircloth to run for the state Senate

January 18, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Larry V. Faircloth will not run for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia's second district and, instead, will run for the West Virginia Senate in the 16th district.

Chemical-related hospital admissions rise

January 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Even as the last official water restrictions were lifted Saturday, more people were getting sick from exposure to the chemical that contaminated the Kanawha Valley's drinking water, according to numbers provided by a government official.

Statehouse Beat: Water, water, water

January 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Looking back on a week of water, water everywhere ...

CDC tested only 1 ingredient of Elk River chemical

January 17, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A key corporate study used by federal health officials to set a screening level for "Crude MCHM" in the West Virginia American Water system actually tested a pure form of the material's main ingredient and might not account for potential toxicity of other components, documents and interviews with public health officials showed Friday.

Water crisis brings strong response from many levels in West Virginia

January 15, 2014

It will likely be months before satisfactory answers are found about the water crisis that struck the Charleston area last Thursday.

W.Va. Hit Hard By Obamacare

January 15, 2014

West Virginians are going to pay more for health insurance under Obamacare than the president and his cronies insisted for years. That is virtually inevitable, as a report from the government itself shows.

Editorial: Crisis brings out caring response once again

January 15, 2014

West Virginia has faced multiple trials in recent years, most notably in 2012 when a derecho, a set of tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy all wreaked havoc in large swaths of the state.

Rahall wants hearings on chemical spill

January 15, 2014

— U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va, Tuesday announced that, at his request, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee intends to hold a hearing in Charleston on the Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Chamber report criticizes West Virginia court system

January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — A new report from the U.S. Cham­ber Institute for Legal Reform contends that West Virginia court rules designed to bring fairness to asbestos litigation in West Virginia have been ignored and contribute to a legal environment.

January 15, 2014

State gas prices drop by 1 cent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The price of a gallon of gas in West Virginia has dropped by an average of a penny a gallon this week.

Morrisey vows chemical spill probe

January 15, 2014

West Virginia’s attorney general told the Beckley Rotary Club Tuesday that his office is going to look into everything that happened with the recent chemical spill and water crisis and make sure it never happens again.

People Wait for Tap Water To Be Cleared

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) - Downtown businesses and restaurants reopened Tuesday following last week's chemical spill, but many people waited yet another day for officials to tell them their tap water was safe.

Many in W.Va. still waiting for tap water to be cleared

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) - Downtown businesses and restaurants reopened Tuesday following last week's chemical spill, but many people waited yet another day for officials to tell them their tap water was safe.

Residents say incident has created distrust of water supply

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As day six of the West Virginia water crisis turns to day seven, only 40,000 of the 100,000 West Virginia American Water customers affected by Thursday's chemical leak have been given the green light to flush their home plumbing and use their water.

More than half of affected water customers see 'do not use' ban lifted

January 15, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. -- More than half of West Virginia American Water Co. customers who were told not to use their tap water for much of anything in response to a chemical spill last week are able to start trying the process of flushing out their pipes.

Putnam officials praise crisis response

January 15, 2014

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Poca High School was the second-largest water distribution point during the crisis that started last Thursday.

Company in state chemical spill under scrutiny

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON - When state inspectors showed up unannounced at Freedom Industries to investigate a licorice odor wafting across West Virginia's capital city, company executive Dennis Farrell seemed to brush off any cause for concern.

False Claims Act could save billions of dollars

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON - An amended bill to offer incentives for reporting government fraud or activity could determine who saves - or spends - billions of dollars in West Virginia.

Chemical leak prompts court claims

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston attorneys say they have received hundreds of calls from people affected by the chemical leak that contaminated water in several counties.

Probe into water crisis to benefit citizens, economy

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON - You never know what you've got until it's gone.

Legislative committee to investigate chemical spill

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A joint legislative committee on Tuesday started an investigation into the Elk River chemical spill that led to West Virginia American Water's "do not use" order.

Final road report matters

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox said Tuesday that he was not disappointed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin failed to mention recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways in his State of the State address.

Transportation chief says more money needed for road work

January 15, 2014

CHARLESTON — Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox gave his “State of the DOH” address to the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday morning, noting that his $724 million budget could use more money to improve the paving schedule for state roads and the maintenance schedule for bridges.

Senator raises issue of legalizing growing marijuana for export

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians spend about $7 billion a year on food products, but the state's agriculture industry only produces about $653 million of goods a year, a percentage that Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick wants to see increase.

Candidates begin filing for 2014 election

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The first day candidates could file for elective office in West Virginia drew one candidate for the U.S. Senate and four for the U.S. House.

Lawmakers meet again after delay from chemical spill

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A chemical spill kept lawmakers from conducting normal business Friday, but state senators and many delegates returned to work Monday.

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey starts chemical leak investigation

January 14, 2014

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Jan. 14 his office has initiated an investigation into the Jan. 9 chemical leak that left 300,000 West Virginians under a "do not use" order for their water for several days.

United Way accepting online donations for worker fund.

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The United Way of Central West Virginia can now accept online donations for its special fund designed to assist residents who lost wages as a result of the Freedom Industries chemical spill.

Lawyer's engineer inspects Freedom site

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An engineer hired by attorneys suing Freedom Industries was given permission Tuesday to inspect the site where a chemical leaked into the Elk River last week.

W.Va. congressional delegation calls for action

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As hundreds of thousands of West Virginians enter their seventh day without usable water, the state's congressional delegation is calling for action, but generally not abandoning the pro-industry tone that often dominates Mountain State politics.

Rockefeller seeks more funds for chemical board

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is seeking more funding for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board following a spill in West Virginia that tainted the water supply for about 300,000 residents.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller asks to boost funding request for the Chemical Safety Board investigation

January 14, 2014

On Jan. 13, House and Senate Appropriators announced in the omnibus spending package a proposed half million dollar boost for the Chemical Safety Board, coming on the heels of Senator Jay Rockefeller's, D-W.Va., request on Sunday to Senate Appropriators to expand funding for the agency.

Editorial: Safety reforms

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Across West Virginia, hundreds of communities draw their drinking water from creeks and rivers. Theoretically, all those towns and cities are vulnerable to toxic spills like the one that disrupted life for 300,000 people in Kanawha and seven other south-central counties.

Leak on the minds of W.Va. lawmakers

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON - As water service begins to return to the state Capitol complex, along with parts of Charleston, the Legislature is scheduled to return to work this evening.

Water ban lifted, but service coming online zone by zone

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON — Water company officials are ready to move forward with allowing some of the 300,000 peopled affected by a chemical spill last week to start flushing their pipes.

Part of water ban lifted

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) - Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

Edgewood, Southridge cleared as more areas given OK to flush water systems

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More and more areas of the region with a "Do Not Use" advisory on its water supply were being cleared to flush out their homes and return to normal today.

Part Of Water Ban Lifted

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) - Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

Shutdown could cost city $120,000 in tax revenu

January 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The city of Charleston could lose more than $120,000 in tax revenue due to water-related shutdowns of city businesses, the city's finance director said Monday.

Editorial: Water-contamination incident exposes gaps in oversight

January 14, 2014

The chemical spill last Thursday that left 300,000 West Virginians without water in their homes and businesses raises a multitude of questions about threats to water safety and how they are handled.

Loopholes

January 14, 2014

Last Thursday, about 7,500 gallons of a chemical, crude MCHM, used in the coal-cleaning process, leaked from a storage container owned by Freedom Industries at its Kanawha County facility on the Elk River. This leak touched off a crisis that completely cut off water for drinking, bathing and washing dishes for nearly 300,000 people and businesses in nine counties served by West Virginia American Water Co. The only allowable use for water during this time has been for fighting fires and flushing commodes.

Regulations, new or old, must be effective

January 14, 2014

SCHOOLS closed? Businesses shuttered? More than 300,000 people unable to bathe or wash their clothes, let alone cook or drink water from their taps? Not a pleasant situation. Many are already calling for legislative action.

Chemical Spill Reaction Critical

January 14, 2014

Fewer than a dozen people were hospitalized after becoming ill because they drank water polluted in a Kanawha Valley chemical spill, it has been reported. None of them is expected to suffer long-term harm from the experience.

Overcoming adversity: W.Va. residents weather crisis

January 14, 2014

— — If there is one thing residents of the Mountain State are known for it is overcoming adversity. No matter how great the obstacle we face, we persevere, endure and ultimately overcome.

Safeguard Our Drinking Water

January 13, 2014

For hundreds of thousands of Ohio Valley residents, the chemical spill last week near Charleston was more than a problem for our neighbors. It was reason for us to be worried about the safety of our own drinking water, too.

Audits

January 13, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, on the heels of an announcement from House Speaker Tim Miley and Senate President Jeff Kessler of an investigation into an alleged fraud in the Department of Agriculture, recommended audits of state agencies and offices to find waste and abuse.

Editorial: State needs to find a way to improve roads

January 13, 2014

The roads in West Virignia need a lot of work. Most residents know that, but a report issued Thursday by a national transportation research group put an exclamation point on the problem.

Southern West Virginia lawmakers define goals for 2014 session

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON — Jobs, a better business climate, West Virginia Turnpike tolls, and helping volunteer fire departments find more recruits are among the many projects local representatives hope to address this year in the West Virginia Legislature.

Water tests encouraging after spill

January 13, 2014

DRY BRANCH - For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can't drink the water.

Tests on water are encouraging

January 13, 2014

DRY BRANCH — For Bonnie Wireman, the white plastic bag covering her kitchen faucet is a reminder that she can’t drink the water.

Spill won't affect start of state candidate filing

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Secretary of State's Office says a state of emergency declared after a chemical spill in Charleston won't affect candidate filings for the 2014 elections.

Water company outlines procedure for flushing lines

January 13, 2014

West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre announced a four-pronged approach Sunday afternoon that will aid in informing residents of the appropriate time to flush their water tanks of Crude MCHM-contaminated water.

Water ban lifted for part of W.Va. after spill

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON — The ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia was lifted on Monday, ending a crisis for some of the 300,000 people who were told not to drink, wash or cook with water after a chemical spill tainted the water supply.

Maya Nye: Would this have happened with a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program in place?

January 13, 2014

In the midst of this water emergency, many people want to know what we can do to prevent incidents like these from reoccurring. Many ideas come to my mind; none so much as massive chemical safety reform.

DEP considers an inventory of facilities in state

January 13, 2014

Right now the state Department of Environmental Protection doesn't have a list of facilities similar to the one that caused 300,000 people to go without tap water after a chemical leak.

Facility in W.Va spill flew under regulatory radar

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON -- The facility whose chemical spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents was barely scrutinized, flying largely under the radar of government regulators who viewed it as a low-risk operation -- but in reality, a problem at a key holding wall went undetected and unreported at Freedom Industries Inc.

DEP inspectors describe early scene at Freedom leak site

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When state inspectors arrived at the Freedom Industries tank farm late last Thursday morning, they found a 400-square-foot pool of clear liquid had collected outside a white tank marked as number 396.

State senator in car wreck in Williamson

January 13, 2014

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Sen. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, missed Monday's session of the Legislature following an auto accident in Williamson Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, confirmed Monday.

Local initiatives aim to help restaurant, service workers

January 13, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The local United Way hopes to help those it sees as most impacted by the recent Elk River chemical leak -- the service workers who have lost part of their paycheck during the nine-county "do-not-use" water advisory.

Angie Rosser: West Virginia Chemical Spill: A Predictable Water Crisis

January 12, 2014

I'm one of 300,000 West Virginians who learned their water had been contaminated by a chemical leak just upstream from the state's largest drinking-water intake.

"Light at end of the tunnel," but no timeline for water

January 12, 2014

Four days after a coal-processing chemical leaked into the Elk River, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration and West Virginia American Water Company were once again unable to give a firm timeline for when water service would be restored to 300,000 residents in the Kanawha Valley.

Flushing may begin as WV water system is tested

January 12, 2014

According to West Virginia American Water Company, as the system continues to be tested, the National Guard is assisting the Water Company with flushing the water lines. Customers may experience low water or no water for a short period of time during this flushing process.

Lawyers seek to consolidate water lawsuits

January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As lawsuits continue to be filed over last week's Elk River chemical leak, attorneys in the cases say they should be grouped together and referred to the state's mass litigation panel.

Potential 'loophole' in chemical spill reporting law

January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The company responsible for a chemical leak that continues to force 300,000 West Virginians from using their tap water broke the law.

Chemical spill a blow to W.Va. capital's economy

January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) — On the third day without clean tap water, business owners with empty dining rooms and quiet aisles of merchandise around West Virginia's capital were left to wonder how much of an economic hit they'll take from a chemical spill.

Hospitality, retail industries suffering during leak

January 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hospitality and retail businesses in Charleston continued to suffer from Thursday's chemical leak, though some restaurants were beginning to reopen with conditional use permits from the Kanawha Charleston Health Department.

WV Attorney General provides spill price gouging tipline

January 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Attorney General's office is asking residents to report any incidents of price gouging related to a chemical spill in Charleston.

Capital grinds to halt; 300,000 without water

January 11, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) - A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia's capital city stained blue-green and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday it was unclear when it might be safe again to even take showers and do laundry.

Minority business association promotes entrepreneurship

January 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In its first year of operation, the Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs has accomplished some goals, but leaders say there is more work to be done.

Statehouse Beat: State of the State underwhelms

January 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I think we can all agree Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's fourth State of the State address was underwhelming.

Chemical Spill Leads to State of Emergency and Water Advisory, A WVU Grad's Energy Hopes, & More

January 10, 2014

A chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston leads to a water advisory and state of emergency in Kanawha County and eight surrounding counties, a WVU grad is in pursuit of one of the holy grails of energy sourcing: using water and the sun to harvest hydrogen gas, and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea performs Billy Edd Wheeler's "Coal Tattoo" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

Governor Tomblin calls for $33 million in budget cuts

January 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, WV -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin implemented a hiring freeze last month and is now calling on state agencies to cut $33 million from their budgets as the state stares down an $81.5 million hole in its budget.

W.Va. legislative agendas outlined

January 8, 2014

With the election season looming, the legislative caucuses from both parties laid out their agendas Tuesday.

House GOP, Dems outline agendas

January 7,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The minority Republican delegates prodded the Democratic leadership to lower taxes during a press conference Tuesday.

Editorial: Opportunity for Legislature

January 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Today, the 2014 Legislature will begin, and Gov. Tomblin will outline his goals in his yearly State of the State message.

Flood insurance rate hike riles homeowner

January 6, 2014

A little more than a year ago, Robin Turner left her job at the Smithsonian Institute, moved home to West Virginia and bought a small house she could afford in a neighborhood she’d been familiar with all her life.

Fruth Pharmacy leads the fight against meth

January 6, 2014

FRUTH Pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies may have the perfect prescription for reducing homemade crystal meth without requiring prescriptions for common, over-the-counter decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine.

House Democrats to target Morrisey with package on accountability

January 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates are targeting Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey as part of a legislative package that they say will help strengthen accountability and integrity in state government.

Speaker Tim Miley unveils House agenda

January 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Speaker Tim Miley unveiled five measures late Sunday as the "first plank" of House Democrats' platform days before Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's State of the State address and the start of the 2014 legislative session.

Some states confirm water pollution from drilling

January 5, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.

Statehouse beat: Budget is the big issue

January 5, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the 2014 legislative session starting on the earliest date possible -- Jan. 8 -- there's little time for transition from the holidays to the 60-day grind. (Unlike last year, when the staggered session started on the next-to latest day possible, Feb. 13.)

Statehouse Beat: Biggest events of 2013

January 4, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was a good year for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, beginning with a successful legislative session that saw passage of most of his agenda, including a broad -- if not groundbreaking -- public education reform package, and legislation intended to reduce prison overcrowding by emphasizing community based programs to reduce recidivism for parolees.

Thumbs Up: Legislators call attention to flood insurance rates

January 4, 2014

In trying to fix one problem, government can sometimes create a new problem.

Householder to introduce ACA-nullifying bill

January 8, 2014

MARTINSBURG - Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, plans to introduce legislation during the 2014 session of the West Virginia House of Delegates that could nullify the Affordable Care Act in the state.



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