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West Virginia editorial roundup

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ____ July 18 The Herald-Dispatch on an anti-drug law: Lawmakers in Washington are exclaiming they took major action this week to combat the opioid drug abuse problem plaguing the nation, but they haven’t earned a hearty slap on the back just yet. They may have taken a step toward a meaningful response to the ...

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Feds send $4.3 million to West Virginia for displaced miners

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal labor officials say another $4.3 million is heading into West Virginia to help out-of-work coal miners. A U.S. Department of Labor news release Tuesday says the National Dislocated Worker Grant money will go to WorkForce West Virginia. The release says West Virginia has previously received $10.7 million combined since 2012 through the grant program. It ...

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

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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Jury: Coal company didn’t contaminate drinking water wells

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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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West Virginia Democrats to face off in governor race debate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first — and likely only — time, all three Democratic candidates for West Virginia governor will take the same debate stage. With the May 10 primary looming, billionaire businessman Jim Justice, former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler will participate in Saturday’s hour-long forum. It’s a critical race for ...

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West Virginia enviro officials propose $93K fine for Antero

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental officials have proposed a $93,000 fine on an Antero Resources natural gas company for polluting waterways. In a consent order, state Department of Environmental Protection and Antero Midstream LLC agreed earlier this month on the proposed fines for northern West Virginia pipeline activity. The order says Antero pipeline projects in Ritchie, Pleasants, Doddridge and Tyler ...

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West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline company has paid a $14,440 fine to settle an environmental complaint stemming from a ruptured pipe in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Williams Ohio Valley Midstream paid the penalty after 132 barrels of natural gas components discharged last year in Moundsville. Media outlets report the components ...

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Virginia lawmakers back natural gas pipeline

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A coalition of Hampton Roads state legislators is lining up behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 33 members of the General Assembly collectively known as the Hampton Roads Caucus expressed their backing for the massive natural gas project in a letter to Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The pipeline would deliver natural ...

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Right-to-work, budget deadlock shape West Virginia session

West Virginia State capitol building in Charleston. (Image: Mobilus In Mobili via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has finished a lawmaking session defined by a Republican agenda that sometimes shrugged off the state’s Democratic governor, but lawmakers still could be months away from unlocking a budget stalemate fueled by downturns in coal and natural gas. Lawmakers wrapped their 60-day election year session late Saturday. Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, led the chamber ...

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West Virginia kills bill allowing private property survey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has voted down a bill that would have let surveyors for natural gas pipelines enter people’s private property without permission. Senators voted 23-11 to kill a bill Monday that says letting surveyors for natural gas companies on people’s property is in the public interest. The legislation would have required trying to get ...

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