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In governor’s race, Cole misses straight-ticket tie to Trump

West Virginia State capitol building in Charleston. (Image: Noel Benadom via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor admits he didn’t help himself by ending straight-ticket voting, which could have let him ride Donald Trump’s coattails into office in a state where the GOP presidential nominee remains popular. As the state Senate’s new president two years ago, following eight decades of Democratic control, Bill Cole made the bill ...

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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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Energy secretary: Administration working hard for coal power

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says the “war on coal” political messaging is untrue, adding that the Obama administration is working to keep coal an important part of a low-carbon energy future. Moniz spoke Monday at West Virginia University during the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum. He also toured Longview Power’s coal-fired plant with Sen. Joe ...

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Natural gas company puts $1.5M toward West Virginia roadwork

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas company is putting $1.5 million toward repairs on a West Virginia road worn down by traffic from the industry’s drilling and fracking operations. The state Division of Highways says Antero Resources will make the contribution for repairs to West Virginia Route 74 north of Pennsboro in Ritchie County. Work began this week on ...

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WVU to host forum featuring US energy secretary

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders. Panelists will discuss ways to accelerate energy innovation in the region. Other presenters include Sen. Joe Manchin; Congressman David McKinley; Pennsylvania ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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Sen. Manchin: Energy secretary to visit West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is accepting his offer to visit his coal-dependent home state of West Virginia. The West Virginia Democrat says Moniz agreed to visit the Mountain State in September. Additional details for the trip have not been released yet. Manchin says Moniz will see firsthand West Virginia’s ongoing work ...

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West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest. Keystone Industries LLC signed the consent order with the Department of Environmental Protection last month to permanently halt Kanawha County mining operations near Marmet. The Kanawha Forest Coalition, which has fought the Keystone Development No. ...

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Groups reach $6M West Virginia coal mine cleanup deal

Mountain top removal coal mine in West Virginia. (Image: Dennis Dimick via Flickr)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. A consent decree was entered Friday in U.S. District Court in Huntington. The Legacy Fund ...

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