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Petition targets agencies over spill
Two West Virginia government agencies were accused in a court filing Friday of ignoring steps that could have been taken to prevent last month’s chemical spill which tainted the drinking water supply for residents in nine counties.
Schools closed due to water concerns
For the second-straight day, multiple West Virginia schools sent students home because of a smell resembling that of a chemical spill that tainted the water of 300,000 people for days.
CDC: Tainted W.Va. water OK to use
A federal health official said Wednesday that West Virginians can use tap water however they choose after last month’s chemical spill contaminated it for days. Still, public skepticism remains over its safety and some local doctors are advising some of their patients not to ingest it.
State’s casinos losing revenue
Earl and Donna Lawyer of Hanover, Pa., bypass several closer gambling spots on their drive to the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town. Earl Lawyer said he prefers Charles Town because “sometimes I’m a little luckier here.”
The Lawyers are becoming a rarity. As competition increases from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, West Virginia casinos are losing customers. And the lost revenue is poking a hole in the state’s tax base and budget.
Police: 3 die when cell towers collapse
A 300-foot cellphone tower collapsed Saturday and minutes later a smaller tower fell, killing two contractors and a firefighter, authorities said.
The contractors were tethered to the larger tower when it collapsed in Clarksburg, State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said.
Move to Improve Act gets reinforcement
The Move to Improve Act got more positive reinforcement Friday at the Committee on Children and Poverty meeting as state education leaders testified that they support the bill and its concept.
The bill would require students to have 30 minutes of physical activity daily. Activity could be incorporated into regular classes and would not subtract time either from fundamental classes or art and music.
Murray Energy chief predicts more job cuts in coal industry
Robert “Bob” Murray, the head of Murray Energy Corp., said Central Appalachian coal production is down 43 percent from 2008 levels – along with a reduction in jobs – and he predicts more declines.
House triple references tank bill
After passing the state Senate unanimously earlier this week, a bill designed to regulate chemical storage tanks and thus prevent a leak from contaminating other public water systems in the state was referenced to three committees in the House of Delegates.
State officials dispute formaldehyde claim
State officials and a water company strongly disputed a scientist’s claim Wednesday that residents were likely breathing in traces of formaldehyde while showering after the chemical spill, saying the chemical that tainted the water supply only produces the carcinogen at extremely high temperatures.
Flu activity widespread in W.Va.
Flu activity is widespread in West Virginia and a state epidemiologist says this year’s season could be a bad one.
Widespread activity means increases in flu-related outpatient visits, lab-confirmed flu cases and incidents of influenza outbreaks have been reported in at least half of the state’s eight surveillance regions.
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