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  • Agencies to ask West Virginia residents about chemical spill

    Health agencies are making thousands of phone calls and going door-to-door to ask West Virginians how a January chemical spill affected them.
    The state Bureau for Public Health announced Thursday that volunteers will survey randomly selected households in nine counties about health concerns from the spill.

    April 5, 2014

  • Hearing scheduled on police shooting suit dispute

    The family of a Virginia man who was shot and killed by Martinsburg police officers after a scuffle is asking a judge to order the city to give them investigative and autopsy reports from the incident.
    The estate of 50-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Va., filed a $200 million federal lawsuit against the city after he was killed on March 13, 2013.

    April 4, 2014

  • Families remember mine disaster victims

    Four years after losing friends and relatives in a West Virginia mine disaster, 11 people preferred to watch a film together that they knew would reopen those wounds.
    The film, “Upper Big Branch - Never Again,” by former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship theorized that his old company wasn’t at fault for the deadly explosion, despite four investigations that concluded otherwise.

    April 3, 2014

  • State superintendent announces retirement

    West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit.

    April 2, 2014

  • Independent scientist group says water is safe

    Almost three months after tainted tap water became part of 300,000 West Virginians’ daily lives, independent scientists reviewed lab rat studies and hospital reports to reassure residents their water is safe, even if it still contains trace chemicals.

    April 2, 2014

  • Tomblin signs minimum wage increase

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill 4283, the minimum wage bill, into law on Tuesday.
    The bill will raise the minimum wage in the state to $7.25 per hour in 2015 and $8.75 per hour in 2016.
    However, some experts have said the bill needs to be re-worked in regard to some overtime provisions.

    April 2, 2014

  • Many still wary of water months after Charleston spill

    Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet. Distrustful and angry, he’s now teaching locals how to trap and purify rainwater as a drinking source.

    March 30, 2014

  • Governor vetoes bill on abortion

    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks.
    Tomblin said, in a statement released by his office on Friday, his reason for vetoing the bill was because it was unconstitutional.

    March 29, 2014

  • Trace spill chemicals found in homes

    Chemical traces were found in a sampling of West Virginia tap water more than a month after a spill into 300,000 people’s water supply, though at levels deemed low enough to be safe, a taxpayer-funded research group said Friday.

    March 29, 2014

  • 41 of state’s counties lose population

    Population declines in southern West Virginia counties led to an overall drop in the state’s population last year, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday.
    The figures show 41 of the state’s 55 counties lost population from 2012 to 2013, including 15 counties that lost more than 200 residents.

    March 28, 2014

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