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Suspect arrested in death of ex-coal chief executive

Anthony Raheem Arriaga is shown in a photo provided by the Allen County (Ohio) Sheriff’s office,Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Arriaga has been arrested in the death of Bennett K. Hatfield, former CEO of Patriot Coal, found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Allen County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man fatally shot a former coal company executive at a cemetery where the businessman’s wife is buried and has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant, a sheriff said Tuesday. A second man has also been charged as an accessory. Authorities said Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, shot Bennett K. Hatfield on Monday ...

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West Virginia lawmakers resume work on long-delayed budget

West Virginia lawmakers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With no agreement on specific tax hikes, budget cuts or swipes into reserves, West Virginia lawmakers returned Monday to negotiate a long-delayed budget hampered by the coal industry’s downfall and low natural gas prices. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the Republican-led Legislature back for the first time in two months to rekindle talks about the ...

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West Virginia progresses with old coal site to lure business

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

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials are moving forward with the development of a massive surface coal mine they believe can be reshaped into up to 12,000 acres for new businesses and homes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration announced upcoming steps Thursday at the largely reclaimed Hobet mine. The project stretching through Boone and Lincoln counties is in its ...

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Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reports to prison

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Blankenship faces up to one year in prison and maximum fine of $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. Prosecutors also contend he should be held liable for $28 million in restitution to a coal company related to the case.  (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reported to a California prison Thursday to begin serving a one-year sentence for his conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman said. Spokesman Justin Long said Thursday evening that Blankenship was in custody at a federal facility in Taft, California. ...

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Loud and low-carb: Cicadas are back in Ohio, West Virginia

FILE In this May 16, 2013 file photo, a 17-year old cicadas is shown.  The 17-year cicadas are coming again to big chunks of Ohio and West Virginia. Starting the week of May 15, 2016,  there will be millions of them with their scary red eyes and orange wings and mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes.  (Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them, with their unnerving red eyes, orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-size, flying bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large swaths ...

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Nonpartisan West Virginia court race sees partisan ads spike

West Virginia, court, candidates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Supreme Court candidates are running without political party labels for the first time, but the change hasn’t slowed a party committee’s millions of dollars in outside spending and partisan jabs by other groups. Nonpartisan judge elections were intended to lift the appearance of partisan bias on the bench, according to the GOP lawmakers who ...

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The Latest: Trump voter wants someone to support coal

Image: Jan Truter via Flickr

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the primary election in West Virginia, where voters have a full ballot including presidential contests, a Democratic showdown for governor and a winner-take-all state Supreme Court race (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Chris Wilder has worked for nine years as an electrician doing repair work at coal mines in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio ...

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Renewable energy conference set at Marshall University

Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. (Image via Wikipedia)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is holding a renewable energy conference this week. The conference will take place Thursday at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington. The university says in a news release that the conference is being hosted by the state Division of Energy and Marshall’s Center for Business and Economic Research. It will bring together ...

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Jury: Coal company didn’t contaminate drinking water wells

drinking water wells

PINEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury has ruled that a coal company owned by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice did not contaminate the drinking water wells of residents, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys say the jury may have been improperly influenced by the presence of coal employees throughout the trial. The jury returned the verdict Thursday in the case ...

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Trump returns to campaign trail, targets Clinton on coal

Trump, coal, Kentucky

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -€” Republican Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail for his first rally as his party’s presumptive nominee on Thursday night, delivering a series of searing attacks against likely rival Hillary Clinton and making clear he has no intention of toning down the rhetoric that drove his spectacular rise. Trump, arriving to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, ...

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