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Driving instructor killed in crash at W.Va. track
Police are investigating a one-car crash at Summit Point Motorsports Park that killed a professional driving instructor.
Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle
The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government’s most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozying up to the industry and slamming President Barack Obama.
W.Va. panel: Police can’t serve on school boards
The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can’t serve on county boards of education.
Police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law, the commission said in a recent advisory opinion.
Mines illegally pollute streams
A federal judge has ruled that two Alpha Natural Resources mountaintop removal mines in southern West Virginia illegally polluted streams.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers in Huntington ruled Wednesday that the Elk Run Coal mine in Boone County and Alex Energy mine in Nicholas County harmed aquatic life in two streams — Laurel Creek and Robinson Fork.
Group: Test 720 state homes for spill chemical
An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.
Using state taxpayer dollars, the group WV TAP already tested 10 homes in February for crude MCHM.
Bridgeport mayor indicted on drug charges
Federal agents arrested Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount on Tuesday on charges of illegally dispensing prescription painkillers, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said.
Industries lobby parts of state’s spill bill
Months after state officials approved a law to safeguard against chemical spills, West Virginia industry groups want some requirements delayed and some of their storage tanks shielded from added oversight.
Though the new 95-page law becomes effective next week, stakeholders are still lobbying to shape how above-ground storage tank regulations will apply. The wide-spanning law has a variety of deadlines.
Feds: Arch Coal workers took $2 million in kickbacks
Arch Coal employees at a West Virginia mine are charged with pocketing almost $2 million from vendors in a pay-to-play kickback scheme, federal prosecutors said Friday.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the widespread setup required vendors to pay kickbacks to Arch Coal employees to do business with the coal company.
Personnel moves follow Mingo County schools suit
Some Mingo County school officials have been placed on leave or have left their jobs after a lawsuit claimed they brushed aside allegations that two boys at a middle school sexually abused female classmates.
Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post
After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to “show more skin,” the owner became offended and decided to do something about it.
Owner Daniel McCawley of Atomic Grill in Morgantown is donating all proceeds from the sale of loaded potato skins this holiday weekend to a West Virginia rape crisis center network.
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