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The creek where the WVU Stream Lab team dropped their sensors. Save the Tygart Watershed Association has been keeping tabs on the waterway since before the coal slurry pond was installed nearby.
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Republicans in Washington are making good on promises to overrule a regulation from the Obama Administration with support of West Virginia’s delegation. The rule was designed to protect streams from coal mining debris.

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In a conference call with reporters moderated by former delegate Meshea Poore, Margaret Chapman Pomponio, of the West Virginia FREE Action Fund, Andrew Schneider, of Fairness West Virginia, and State Delegate Mike Pushkin gave statements opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

West Virginia's Republican U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she will continue to be counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the new Congress.

Capito will be one of four counsels to the majority leader from Kentucky and member of the Republican majority's leadership team.

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President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt faced questions from Senators in his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say social service and health care agencies will share $4.8 million in federal funding to support Head Start programs in Raleigh County and Oceana and medical services in Roane County and other areas.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, funds are going to MountainHeart Community Services, Roane Co. Family Health Care, Raleigh County Community Action Association and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.

The creek where the WVU Stream Lab team dropped their sensors. Save the Tygart Watershed Association has been keeping tabs on the waterway since before the coal slurry pond was installed nearby.
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A federal rule announced this week is designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining. It’s getting sharp criticism from politicians across coal country, while environmental groups are applauding the effort.

Last week, Congress approved a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through April 2017. The resolution also extended healthcare benefits for tens of thousands of miners and their families by four months.

Members of Congress spent more than a year debating how to fund both the healthcare and pensions of tens of thousands of miners across the country. The benefits were promised to miners more than 40 years ago by the federal government, but funding for the programs is running out.

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This week on the Front Porch, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito gives her take on what the new Trump administration means for West Virginia.

We discuss recent resurgence of black lung among coal miners, what comes after the promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act, what can be done to build rural broadband networks, and more.

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A stopgap bill by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to temporarily protect health care benefits for thousands of retired coal miners has been met with resounding criticism from Senate Democrats. 

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Senate Democrats on Tuesday blasted a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to temporarily protect health care benefits for thousands of retired coal miners.

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West Virginia’s Congressional leaders will be asked to vote this week on a bill to fund the government through April 2017, but that bill may also be the only hope for thousands of coal miners set to lose their healthcare benefits at the end of the year. 

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West Virginia's Republican congressional and state leaders vowed Monday to work with the incoming Trump administration to push back federal environmental regulations they say limit and threaten their state's energy industry and jobs.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said the Obama administration has overstepped its authority in the energy, financial and other sectors and they expect president-elect Donald Trump to undo many of those regulations with support from lawmakers.

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A bill to protect health care and pension benefits for about 120,000 retired coal miners would save money over the next decade, according to a new report.

West Virginia's U.S. senators say they have joined 20 colleagues in a letter to Senate and House leaders calling for the passage this year of legislation to protect health care for 12,500 retired coal miners.

Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito say retirees and their families will otherwise lose health care coverage Dec. 31.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito is introducing legislation to set aside $525 million in federal tax credits for investments in communities hurt by the downturn in coal.

The West Virginia Republican's bill would allocate 5 percent of the federal new market tax credits for 12 states with counties that had significant coal job loss between 2012 and 2015.

West Virginia's U.S. senators have announced $5.3 million in federal funding for sewer project in two counties.

According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will loan $3.6 million to the Jefferson County Public Service District to improve its sewer system.

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West Virginia's U.S. senators say Bluefield will get $2 million from the federal Economic Development Administration to develop an industrial incubator for start-up businesses in the region hit hard by the decline in coal mining.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, incubator projects are needed to lay the groundwork for tech innovation and help the state strengthen and diversity its economy.

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Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation's coal miners — but that's exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing.

For two years, McConnell has repeatedly blocked efforts to rescue a pension plan and health benefits for 13,000 retired union miners in his home state. Many face a slow death from black lung disease and other chronic ailments.

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The Federal Communications Commission chairman is heading to West Virginia to discuss rural broadband and other technology issues.

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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should think about withdrawing his candidacy in response to Friday’s release of the billionaire businessman's vulgar and sexually charged comments that were caught on tape.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia this week focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan.

She, Sen. Joe Manchin and Congressman Evan Jenkins, all from West Virginia, were the only Congressional leaders who attended the forum, but Capito said in an earlier interview she wanted to make sure the struggling region's thoughts about the CPP were on the record.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito led a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia today focused on the local impacts of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting took place at Chief Logan Conference Center in southern West Virginia. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman. She was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins.

The meeting addressed regulations stalled in court that put limits on each state’s carbon output. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because the regulations increase stress on the coal industry.


Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

The meeting will address regulations stalled in court that limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants to stem climate change. Many West Virginia officials oppose them because they target coal.

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U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is bringing the Federal Communications Commission leader to West Virginia to discuss rural broadband internet and health care.

Capito's office says the Republican is hosting FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in Morgantown and Preston County on Monday.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is bringing the Federal Communications Commission leader to West Virginia to discuss rural broadband internet and health care.

Capito's office says she's hosting FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in Morgantown and Preston County on Monday.

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito will lead a Senate hearing in southern West Virginia about the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee meeting will be Wednesday afternoon at Chief Logan Conference Center. Capito is the subcommittee chairwoman.

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West Virginia is one of four states that will receive part of a $500 million dollar federal flood-relief package. However, it’s unclear how much of it will be awarded to the Mountain State.

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 West Virginia led the charge against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan yesterday in a day-long hearing at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined environmental officials Friday morning to award a $1 million grant that will benefit workers affected by layoffs in three coal counties.

Tomblin announced the award Friday at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, in Logan. He says the grant will support stream clean-up efforts in Boone, Logan, and Mingo counties.

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A West Virginia group that helps retrain coal miners who were laid off is receiving an $800,000 federal grant.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grant Thursday for the Coalfield Development Corporation's factory in Wayne.

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