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People affected by a 2014 chemical spill into a West Virginia river will soon receive their first batch of settlement checks from a class-action lawsuit.

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More than $1.1 million in federal funding has been announced for a West Virginia water project planned to replace outdated systems and improve service in several communities.

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The West Virginia Lottery says the first official tax week of legal sports betting in the state will yield around $29,000 in tax revenue.

“Candy Rain” is the new single from the upcoming self-titled debut album by Hello June.

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On the latest Inside Appalachia episode, we meet people who are working in Appalachia to preserve a part of American culture and traditions. On this West Virginia Morning, we hear one of the stories about an artist who is putting his own spin on a family legacy. Historically, the Catawba River Valley of North Carolina is pottery country. The Reinhardt family worked there for generations, making utilitarian pots for farmers.  Now, Michael Gates is building on his ancestors’ work.  Joe O’Connell introduces us.

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Environmental Protection Agency officials told a Congressional panel Thursday that the agency will announce by the end of the year whether it will take the next step to regulate a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals found in some water systems in the Ohio Valley.

The PFAS group of chemicals, which include PFOA or C-8, were widely used to make nonstick products and flame retardants and have been detected in at least 10 water systems in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Exposure has been linked to a number of health effects.

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On this West Virginia Morning, animal rights advocates say the Ohio Valley’s varying laws on the treatment of animals can make it more difficult to identify those who abuse them. A national ranking of animal welfare laws scores West Virginia and Ohio well. But Kentucky sits at the bottom of that list, and Kentucky also blocks veterinarians from reporting animal abuse. As The Ohio Valley ReSource's Nicole Erwin reports, that could put pets and people at risk.

Country music star Lee Ann Womack released her album "The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone"  last year to critical acclaim. Our Song of the Week is her performance of "All The Trouble,"

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says state tax collections in August were $33.4 million above estimates.

Justice says collections of $352.3 million last month were about 15 percent above those from August 2017.

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An attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan that killed one American was carried out by a member of the Afghan national police who is now in Afghan government custody, a U.S. official said Tuesday. It was the second so-called insider attack there this summer.

Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the American was killed in eastern Afghanistan by an Afghan policeman. Another U.S. service member was wounded; O’Donnell said that person’s wounds are not life-threatening.

Reining In Abuse: Lax Laws On Animal Welfare Affect Pets And People

Sep 5, 2018
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Suzanna Johnson is an education officer with the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue in Camner, Kentucky. Johnson is looking after a pregnant horse she rescued recently.

“Be good,” she instructs the mare, named CC, and pats her belly. 

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court began Tuesday, Sept. 4. Kavanaugh is considerably more conservative than the justice he would replace — a fact celebrated by the anti-abortion advocacy group the Susan B. Anthony List.

The organization has been touring several states during the past few weeks, urging democratic senators like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, gristmills weren’t just a place where people went to buy cornmeal and flour 100 years ago, they were also community gathering places. But supermarkets replaced the local gristmill economy, and few working mills are still in operation today.

The West Virginia Preservation Alliance placed Reed’s Mill on the list of its endangered properties last year. In the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, Roxy Todd visits Monroe County, where the millman, Larry Mustain, is wondering how long he can continue to keep his family’s business going.

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Goats are coming to help clear invasive plants from the New River Gorge. Beginning Friday, September 7, visitors to Thurmond will be rewarded with the unusual sight of goats grazing on the hillside above this historic railroad town. 


Wednesday is looking like yet another pivotal day in the life-or-death saga that has marked the history of the Affordable Care Act.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court begins his Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sept. 4. If confirmed, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will tip the court to the right and make overturning Roe versus Wade a possibility.

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President Donald Trump picked West Virginia as the place to announce he'd roll back pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. But he didn't mention that coal country would be hit the hardest by the health impacts.

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The Appalachian Regional Commission says more than one-fourth of West Virginia's counties are considered economically distressed.

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If you bang on a metal can, most people only hear a racket. Ellie Mannette heard much more.

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New West Virginia health information shows drug overdose deaths have increased to more than 1,000 in a one-year period for the first time.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's most recent data also shows 870 deaths involved an opioid. That's about 86 percent of the 1,011 recorded so far for 2017. In 2016, 759 people out of 890 people suffered fatal opioid-related overdoses.

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A proposal to rename a building at Marshall University that's named after a Confederate general is gaining attention.

After Nearly Three Decades And $3 Billion Olmsted Locks And Dam Open On Ohio

Aug 31, 2018
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After nearly 30 years of construction and a budget that rose into the billions, Olmsted Locks and Dam passed the first tow barge through its system at a ceremony Thursday on the Ohio River.

The $3 billion infrastructure improvement by the Army Corps of Engineers is the most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history and is touted as the hub of the nation’s river navigation system.

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A hundred years ago, gristmills weren’t just a place where people went to get cornmeal and flour, they were also gathering places for communities. But supermarkets replaced the local gristmill economy, and few working mills are still in operation today. One of West Virginia’s last remaining gristmills, Reed’s Mill in Monroe County, was placed on the list of endangered properties by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia last year. The man who owns this mill, Larry Mustain, is wondering how long he can continue to keep his family’s business going. 


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In songs, neon signs are symbols of bustling nighttime activity — whether in the life of the city or the life of the bar. Peggy Lee declares, "I’m going out where the neon signs shine down on the avenue," Simon and Garfunkel’s "eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light," and there’s that Petula Clark song, "Downtown":

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city

Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty

Day Sign Company, nestled on a quiet side street in the small town of St. Albans, West Virginia, seems a far cry from all of that. 

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Developers of a major underground natural gas liquids storage facility say they are one step closer to making construction a reality. The Appalachian Development Group announced in an Aug. 29 news release that it selected an outside development and engineering firm to help with project planning and construction.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’re going on a road trip to meet people who are working in Appalachia to preserve American culture and traditions.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, the European-based insulation manufacturing company Rockwool held a handful of community open houses last week in Jefferson County. The aim was to better-connect with residents, many of whom don’t want the company to locate in the Eastern Panhandle. As Liz McCormick reports, Saturday’s Rockwool open house drew a crowd of hundreds who rallied outside to protest the plant.

Hundreds of Jefferson County residents and locals from nearby counties rallied outside the Jefferson County Community Center on Saturday Aug. 25, 2018 to protest the Rockwool company.
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The European-based insulation manufacturing company Rockwool held a handful of community open houses last week at the Jefferson County Community Center. The aim was to better-connect with residents, many of whom don’t want the company to locate in the Eastern Panhandle. Rockwool’s final open house drew a crowd of hundreds who rallied outside to protest the plant.

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The region just lost a powerhouse of environmental science and advocacy with the death of professor Benjamin Stout. Stout’s work as an educator, an expert witness in the courtroom, as well as his work empowering citizens with science, made long-term impacts regionally and nationally.

Stout was a Wheeling resident and, for the past 26 years, a biology professor at Wheeling Jesuit University. He was a stream ecologist who dedicated his life to science, nature, and above all, community. Ben died of cancer Aug. 3 at his home in Wheeling, surrounded by his family. He was 60.


West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice talks about his budget proposal during a stop on his Save Our State Tour on Thursday, March 3, 2017, at Fairmont State University.
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A federal court has ordered the U.S. Marshal to collect more than $1 million owed by two coal companies controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

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