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  • 60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senators Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages

    04/17/2014 5:55:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2014 | PR Newswire
    The 60 Plus Association today released TV and radio advertisements in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring recently introduced legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare. 60 Plus targeted three Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators supporting this government take-over, including Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • 8 month investigation on downtown business nets arrest, drugs, stolen property

    04/04/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | Jessie Shafer
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Charleston police executed a search warrant on a downtown Charleston business Wednesday evening following an 8 month investigation. According to officers, it happened at the Middle East Mart, located by the Transit Mall around 6 p.m. Authorities told 13 News that undercover officers were made aware that the business had been receiving stolen property, as a result, the investigation was launched. Undercover officers had been selling employees at the business items that those employees believed were stolen. Those items were marked. During the raid of the business, officers located those stolen items, marijuana, and an undisclosed...
  • "House of Cards" in West Virginia

    04/02/2014 3:20:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    TOWNHALL ^ | Kristan Hawkins
    Last Friday, the Democrat, formerly self-proclaimed pro-life Governor of West Virginia, Earl Ray Tomblin, vetoed a late-term abortion bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 4588). This commonsense bill bans abortions after 20 weeks when preborn children have been scientifically proven to feel excruciating pain during an abortion. Despite passing with 80% support from both the Democrat-led West Virginia House and Senate, Governor Tomblin shamefully vetoed the late-term abortion ban, obliterated his pro-life record, and aligned himself with a small minority of Americans who believe abortion should be legal in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason. With...
  • Democrat Joe Manchin Says He Will Vote for 20-Week Abortion Ban

    04/01/2014 8:44:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    UPDATE: After the announcement (below) of the ad campaign against him, Manchin has indicated he will support the legislation. As John McCormack of the Weekly Standard reports: On Tuesday afternoon, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin became the first Democrat in the United States Senate to support a federal bill that would ban most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy. “If it comes to the floor, I’m voting for it,” Manchin told THE WEEKLY STANDARD following the Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon. Manchin also declined to say whether or not he would take the additional step of cosponsoring the federal late-term...
  • Group Rallies Against W.Va. Governor's Veto of 'Abortion Bill'

    04/01/2014 8:35:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Members of West Virginians for Life rallied Tuesday in Charleston and had a candlelight vigil later that night at the Governor's Mansion. It was in protest of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of House Bill 4588 -- the so-called Abortion Bill. It would have prevented abortions after 20 weeks unless there were overriding medical concerns for the mother's health and life. Organizers of the vigil said they wanted to show Tomblin how they felt about the veto of a bill putting new restrictions on late-term abortions.
  • Why Hasn’t “Pro-Life” Democrat Joe Manchin Sponsored the 20-Week Abortion Ban?

    04/01/2014 12:13:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    One of the members of the U.S. Senate who says he is pro-life on abortion has not yet co-sponsored the most important piece of legislation in the Senate that would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain. That’s the question the Susan B. Anthony List wants to get answered. joemanchinTo put pressure on Manchin to support the bill, the SBA List today informed LifeNews of a $20,000 radio ad buy encouraging Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to become the first Democratic senator to cosponsor the federal Pain Capable Unborn Child Act. The...
  • ‘Pro-life’ WV governor hails the ‘gift of life’ before he vetoes 20-week abortion ban

    03/31/2014 6:45:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dustin Siggins
    CHARLESTON, WV, March 31, 2014 ( – Pro-life activists on both sides of the aisle are reacting to a veto from West Virginia's Democratic governor on a bill that would have banned most late-term abortions in the state. Despite bipartisan support for a statewide ban on most abortions after 20 weeks, West Virginia's governor vetoed the legislation after it reached his desk. The bill, which passed through the state's Democratic-controlled Senate and House by respective margins (29-5 and 79-17, respectively) is similar to laws enacted in many states and has passed the House of Representatives. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Gov....
  • West Virginia’s “Pro-Life” Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/30/2014 11:24:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who describes himself as pro-life and campaigned as a pro-life candidate, has vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. West Virginians for Life, the statewide pro-life group, tells LifeNews it is disappointed in Governor Tomblin’s veto of HB 4588, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Similar bills have been passed in ten other states and Governor Tomblin is the only governor who has vetoed one of these bills. fetalpain2In his veto message, the Governor claimed that attorneys advised him the bill was unconstitutional. Many cite an Arizona law as proof,...
  • 'Pro-Life' West Virginia Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Restriction

    03/29/2014 7:46:54 PM PDT · by gooblah · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Mar 2014, 2:00 PM PDT | by Dr. Susan Berry 2
    On Friday, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed a measure that would protect unborn children from abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the Democrat-led state legislature. As Breitbart News reported on March 10, the West Virginia state Senate passed the measure, 29-5, with the support of 19 Democrats. The bill also passed in the state House by a vote of 79-17 with the support of 33 Democrats. The legislation, which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, is based on scientific evidence...

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...
  • West Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP

    03/23/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's best hopes to tip the chamber's balance of power. The party could win a narrow majority this fall if it holds onto its 45 Senate seats and takes six of the 55 held by Democrats, including that of West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. She is one of the few moderate candidates out there and has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s. If she beats her Democratic...

    03/14/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3.11.14 | Natalie deMacedo
    It looks like the Democrats are steadily losing the war on women. The state of West Virginia, which votes for Republican presidents but has a Democratic governor and state legislature, passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks because babies are viable outside the womb and can feel pain. West Virginia is the first Democrat-ruled state to do so, and the vote was not even close: The state’s Democrat-led House the House passed the bill 85-15, according to the Associated Press. The Senate had previously passed the bill 25 to 9, according to the Herald Dispatch. The outstanding support for...
  • Grand Jury Indicts Parents Who Raped 11-Year-Old Daughter, Took Her for Abortion

    03/14/2014 2:07:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A grand jury has indicted parents of an 11-year-old girl in West Virginia who were arrested after arranging for an abortion following a case of pregnancy after incest. West Virginia State Police say they consented to the abortion and the abortion clinic in question didn’t report the abortion to authorities. Michael and Amanda Adkins were arrested on charges of child neglect causing the risk of injury. While some licensed medical professionals were involved in getting information to authorities, WSAZ-TV indicates the abortion clinic in Charleston that did an abortion did not report the clear case of statadkinsutory rape. On Wednesday,...
  • Campaign Urges West Virginia Governor to Sign Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    03/12/2014 10:53:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    life news ^ | Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, and Karen Cross
    Over the weekend the West Virginia House and Senate put the finishing touches on a hugely important bill. If Gov. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs HB 4588– The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act– West Virginia’s unborn babies, who can feel pain, will be protected from abortion. If there is not a compelling state interest in protecting unborn children from such a hideous death, what would qualify? If Gov. Tomblin signs the bill into law, West Virginia will join ten other states and the United States House of Representatives that have passed similar bills. If Governor Tomblin signs the bill into...
  • Parents Accused of Arranging Abortions for 11-Year-Old Facing New Charges

    03/11/2014 8:21:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Parents, who were originally charged last year in connection with a child abuse case in Cabell County, are expected to be in court Wednesday to answer to new charges. West Virginia State Police say Michael and Amanda Adkins will answer an indictment related to incest and child abuse charges. These are additional charges, following a year-long investigation from when the couple was first arrested. They were arrested in March 2013 after State Police say they consented to two abortion-like procedures within 15 days for their 11-year-old daughter.
  • West Virginia Inmate Charged With Threatening President

    03/10/2014 5:19:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK ^ | WOWK
    A West Virginia prison inmate has been accused of threatening President Barack Obama and his family via mailed letters. Robert Dale Tasker, 43, is charged in an indictment with three counts of threatening Obama and one count of threatening the president's family. The alleged threats were mailed in December and February. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each count.
  • Pro-life measures move forward in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia

    03/09/2014 11:41:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life site news ^ | Ben Johnson
    March 7, 2014 ( – As the media debate the reason abortions declined over the last few years, pro-life voices say the record number of new laws restricting abortion played a role. The year 2014 is already shaping up to follow the trend of substantial pro-life legislation. Arizona Abortion facilities will no longer receive advance notice of state inspections, if the governor signs a proposed law. The state House of Representatives passed the measure, allowing unannounced health inspections of abortion facilities, by a vote of 34-22. Florida A woman tricked into ingesting an abortion-inducing drug that killed her child wants...
  • West Virginia House Passes Abortion Bill

    03/09/2014 2:37:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception has passed the West Virginia House and will be sent to the governor to sign into law. On Saturday, the House passed the bill 85-15 with two delegates not voting. House Speaker Tim Miley denied requests to talk about the bill. The Democrat from Harrison said lawmakers had too many bills to get through. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he's concerned that a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks could be unconstitutional.
  • Sen. Manchin demands complete US ban on Bitcoin

    02/26/2014 6:19:20 PM PST · by mmichaels1970 · 38 replies ^ | 2/26/2014 | Declan McCullagh
    A US senator is asking the federal government to take this remarkable step: completely ban Bitcoin. Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator representing West Virginia, sent a letter Wednesday to the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and other regulators characterizing the virtual currency as encouraging "illicit activity" as well as being "highly unstable and disruptive to our economy."
  • West Virginia Committee Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    02/24/2014 7:04:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | Karen Cross
    Unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain are one step closer to protection from gruesome death by dismemberment abortion in West Virginia. The House Judiciary Committee passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.B. 4588) Friday afternoon on a voice vote. Now that H.B. 4588 is out of Judiciary, the bill will go to the House floor for first, second, and third readings. After a favorable vote (and it should pass by an overwhelming margin), the bill will be sent to the Senate. fetalpainAll week long pro-lifers around the state have been following the progress of H.B. 4588. Initially...
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a President’s term are usually not good for the incumbent’s party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. ◾Alaska, Mark Begich ◾Arkansas, Mark Pryor ◾Louisiana, Mary Landrieu ◾Michigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) ◾Montana, John Walsh ◾North Carolina, Kay Hagan ◾South Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • Gallup State of the States: North Dakota No. 1 in Well-Being, West Virginia Still Last

    02/21/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | 02/21/2014 | Dan Witters
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. South Dakota trailed its northern neighbor in second place, with its highest score in six years of measurement. Hawaii held the top spot for the previous four years, but fell slightly last year. West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest well-being scores, for the fifth year in a row. North Dakota rejoined the top 10 well-being states in 2013 after being among that group from 2009 to 2011. South Dakota was among the top 10 in well-being for...
  • Urgent Action Needed to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks in West Virginia

    02/20/2014 7:50:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | West Virginians for Life
    Unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain won a great victory in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.B. 4588) passed out of the House Health and Human Resources Committee without debate on February 17, 2014, and the Judiciary Committee plans to have it on the agenda on Friday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Any pro-life West Virginian with a delegate on the Judiciary Committee should contact their delegate and urge them to pass this important lifesaving legislation. For a list of WV Delegates on the Judiciary Committee, click here or see below....
  • West Virginia: Three Daycare Centers Close in Part Because of ObamaCare

    02/20/2014 3:15:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    Today, scores of parents will have to start looking for a new daycare. Three Kanawha County daycare centers will be closing soon. The daycare centers are at the Capital Complex, Shawnee, and Elk Center schools. The county says they’re too expensive to operate and have been losing $65,000 since the beginning of the school year. The buildings are in major need of repairs, too. And there are concerns about added costs because of the Affordable Care Act. Parents impacted by the closures are frustrated and now worried about waiting list to get their child into another daycare.
  • W.Va. Daycares Shut Down, Citing Obamacare

    02/20/2014 2:56:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    national review ^ | Andrew Johnson
    Three day care centers in Charleston, W.Va., are citing costs related to Obamacare as part of the reason they are closing down. Fox affiliate WVAH-TV reports that 40 workers are employed by the centers and will find themselves out of a job. Kanawha County, which operates the centers, said they had lost $65,000 since the start of the school year as a result of expensive repairs and “concerns about added costs because of the Affordable Care Act.”
  • Shocking video leads to local Pizza Hut closing

    02/18/2014 6:45:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 70 replies
    WOWK ^ | Ariel Rothfield
    nside of the Pizza Hut in Kermit, West Virginia surveillance cameras captured one of your worst fears coming to life. "Oh my god, he just peed into the sink," said Tracy Johnson of Mingo County, while she watched the surveillance video. The video recorded a few weeks ago shows a man walking over to the deep sink and urinating in it. The same sink used to wash kitchen utensils and supplies. The Pizza Hut Corporation has confirmed the man in the video is a Pizza Hut District Manager. "Made me sick out of my stomach to think that I ever...
  • W.Va. House panel OKs bill to limit abortions

    02/17/2014 6:10:36 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has voted to pass a bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks. The proposal passed Monday in the Committee on Health would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless a physician deems a woman's medical complications pose a risk to her life or would cause irreversible physical impairment. This does not include a woman's psychological or mental condition. The bill would also compel physicians who perform abortions after 20 weeks to do so in such a way that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.
  • Dems push Walmart to give up cigarette sales

    02/15/2014 8:11:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2014 | Ian Swanson
    A group of Democrats are urging Walmart to follow CVS Caremark and discontinue selling tobacco products. The seven Democrats said Walmart, the nation’s biggest retailer, is also the nation’s biggest seller of cigarettes. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans<” the Democrats said in a letter to the company. The letter’s signatories included Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the number two Democrat in the Senate. The letter stats that...
  • West Virginia Democrats Kill Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

    02/12/2014 2:52:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | West Virginians for Life
    The leadership of the West Virginia House of Delegates failed to protect unborn babies from suffering excruciating pain during abortions here in the state of West Virginia. They voted against an opportunity to act on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the House chamber on Tuesday, February 11. westvirginia3bMinority Leader Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) made the motion to Discharge the Committee and bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor of the House. The vote to Discharge the Committee failed 48 to 48. The vote was along party lines with the Republicans voting for the bill and two...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/05/2014 11:58:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2014
    Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill. The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have...
  • W.Va. official: People are inhaling formaldehyde

    01/29/2014 1:12:53 PM PST · by gooblah · 15 replies
    Yahoo/ap ^ | JonathanMattise
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official said Wednesday that he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in traces of a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill, but federal health guidelines say people need to breathe "a lot of it" to be a problem.
  • Monongalia County Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder of Skylar Neese

    01/24/2014 8:15:48 PM PST · by snarkytart · 14 replies
    12 WBOY ^ | Updated: Jan 24, 2014 11:03 PM EST | Kim Freda
    A Morgantown teenager has pleaded guilty to the July 2012 murder of Star City teen Skylar Neese. Shelia Eddy, 18, entered the plea at a pre-trial hearing in Monongalia County Circuit Court Friday before Judge Russell Clawges. Eddy's murder trial was scheduled to begin next week. Eddy's plea agreement includes a provision that Pennsylvania will not prosecute her for hiding Skylar's body in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The plea deal also includes a life sentence in prison with mercy. The mercy designation means that Eddy will be eligible for parole after she serves 15 years in prison. Eddy's plea agreement protects...
  • Crisis Reality: “Within An Hour the Stores Were Emptied”

    01/21/2014 2:10:45 PM PST · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/21/14 | Mac Slavo
    When toxic chemicals spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia a couple of weeks ago we got another glimpse into what the world might look like in the aftermath of a major, widespread disaster.
  • 14 in ’14, cuz it ain’t happening in ‘16 (Vanity)

    11/18/2013 4:27:24 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 71 replies
    Vanity | November 18, 2013 | ConservativeInPa
    The facts 1. There are 21 US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2014 election. 2. There are nine US Senate seats held by Democrats in the 2016 election. This is likely to be 10 due to a special election in HI in 2014. 3. Republicans need to pick up six senate seats to have a majority. The Analysis The failures of ObamaCare and broken promises by Democrat senators create a target rich environment in 2014. This is a year Republicans have to do well. Winning a majority in the senate by only one seat or maintaining the status...
  • Company involved in W.Va. chemical spill files for Chapter 11

    01/18/2014 1:34:39 PM PST · by djf · 24 replies
    Freedom Industries, the unfortunately named company whose chemical leak contaminated the water supply for parts of West Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday. The company voted to pursue bankruptcy protection during a voluntary board meeting on Friday, according to WVNS-TV. The Wall Street Journal reports official company papers from the meeting estimate their debt at roughly $10 million, which does not include the impending clean-up costs and lawsuits, which will no doubt be immense.
  • Officials assure W.Va. chemical spill won't harm Kentuckiana residents

    01/17/2014 9:38:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WHAS11.COM ^ | Chelsea Rabideau
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The chemical that spilled into the Elk River last week in Charleston, West Virginia is expected to pass through Louisville in the Ohio River on Friday. Officials with Louisville Water said there is absolutely no cause for concern. By the time the water reaches Louisville and cycles through the filtration plant, there will be no detectable levels of the chemical, MCHM, in the water. Still, even the thought of chemicals in the water has people running to grab bottled water from the store. “We did not expect the rush to be this large,” said Camie Popham,...
  • Vast Stretches Of Impoverished Appalachia Look Like They Have Been Through A War

    01/16/2014 10:49:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | January 15, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    If you want to get an idea of where the rest of America is heading, just take a trip through the western half of West Virginia and the eastern half of Kentucky some time. Once you leave the main highways, you will rapidly encounter poverty on a level that is absolutely staggering. Overall, about 15 percent of the entire nation is under the poverty line, but in some areas of eastern Kentucky, more than 40 percent of the population is living in poverty. Most of the people would work if they could. Over the past couple of decades, locals have...
  • Despite water being restored, symptoms still being reported (West Virginia)

    01/15/2014 8:18:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | Brandon Smith
    KANAWHA COUNTY, WV - Despite Rod Jones of South Charleston being told his region could start flushing and using his water again, he still experienced symptoms after using his water. "My stomach was upset within seconds and my hands broke up in a rash," he said. He did all of the flushing procedures twice, and did it longer than what West Virginia America Water advised. It's something health experts told us they expected to see as people began turning on the water again. "We've seen about a couple dozen in the last couple of days," said Megan Evans, a physician's...
  • Pregnant Women Advised to Drink Bottled Water until Chemical Threat Passes (West Virginia)

    01/15/2014 8:14:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    Frequently Asked Questions/Consumption of Water by Pregnant Women/Developed by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health in conjunction with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Question: Will this chemical harm my fetus (unborn baby)? Answer: There are no known studies showing harm to the fetus as a result of consuming water with MCHM levels below 1 ppm. Although there is no information that suggests harm to the fetus, out of abundance of precaution, pregnant women may wish to consume bottled water until levels of MCHM are undetectable in the water system. Question: May I go to restaurants or...
  • States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

    01/14/2014 6:47:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/14/2014 | Thomas C. Frohlich
    For years, American students have consistently ranked poorly compared to most developed nations. And according to a recently released study, the U.S. education system remains mediocre, receiving a C− grade, for the third year in a row. Click here to see the states with the best school systemsClick here to see the states with the worst school systemsEducation news and research publication Education Week released its 18th annual survey of the status of education in all 50 states. The K-12 Achievement Index is one indicator in Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report that measures key education outcomes and provides ranks and...
  • West Virginia Begins to Lift Water Ban

    01/14/2014 6:05:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jennifer Levitz, Cameron McWhirter and Valerie Bauerlein
    CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Officials in Kentucky and Ohio were preparing Monday for the arrival of a slow-moving, 60-mile-long chemical plume drifting toward them down the Ohio River, after its accidental release prompted a five-day water ban here. While many said they didn't foresee a major problem, they also weren't taking chances after the release of the chemical, called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his city is going to shut down its water valves for 48 hours beginning Tuesday night, but has enough stored supply to continue providing water. Water sanitation officials had found the leading edge of the...
  • Scorched by ‘illegal’ IRS credits, Reid sits on jobless bill amendments (Kelly Ayotte!)

    01/13/2014 2:44:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 1/13/14 | Kenric Ward
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bowing to a flurry of cost-cutting amendments on a bill extending unemployment benefits, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will allow votes on “reasonable” reforms. But he didn’t say when. Reid’s shuffle comes after Republicans blasted the Nevada Democrat for unilaterally blocking amendments that could yield $70 billion in taxpayer savings. “I am not surprised that Senator Reid is backtracking,” said David North. The immigration-law expert praised GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for her amendment to halt IRS child tax-credit refunds going to illegal immigrants.
  • Second blue zone opens; residents asked to begin flushing plumbing systems (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/13/2014 2:04:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    WOWKTV ^ | Nicholas Cartmill
    Gov. Tomblin has announced that Zone 2, which is mostly the Kanawha City area, is now a blue zone. Residents are being asked to begin the flushing process.
  • Frustration grows days after W.Va. chemical spill

    01/12/2014 9:51:58 AM PST · by Veggie Todd · 19 replies
    My Way News ^ | Jan 12, 2014 | MITCH WEISS and BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who've gone three days without clean tap water.
  • Frustration grows days after W.Va. chemical spill

    01/12/2014 11:18:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who've gone three days without clean tap water. Chris Laws found bottled water on Saturday for his two elderly next-door neighbors. "They can't get out," said Laws, 42, of Marmet, a coal miner. "I'm keeping an eye on them. You got to watch out for your neighbors. They're the ones who are going to watch out for you." He said he was angry at the company at the center of the leak, Freedom Industries. "A lot of people are facing bad situations because of this,"...
  • Officials: Ban Still in Effect, Water Readings Improving (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/12/2014 3:40:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The ban on water is still in effect for thousands of West Virginians, but once acceptable readings are found the ban will be lifted by zones. Tests collected at 7 a.m. Sunday showed 0 parts per million (ppm) at the source of the leak. "The numbers we're seeing look good and are very encouraging," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said during Sunday's news conference. "The numbers we're seeing are trending in the right direction." Hundreds of samples have been taken and sent to 10 labs in West Virginia and some have been flown to Ohio and Pennsylvania...
  • DEP Estimates 7,500 Gallons of Chemical Leaked, Water Ban Still in Place (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 2:22:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- During a press conference Saturday afternoon, the DEP said they now estimate 7,500 gallons of MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol) have leaked into the Elk River in Kanawha County. The emergency do not use water order is still in place Saturday as crews continue to test water supplies from several different areas. Mike Dorsey with the DEP says they are "fairly confident" that the leak started Thursday. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties are under a do not use water order. Those counties are also under a state of emergency issued Thursday evening by...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • Cease Operations Order Issued to Freedom Industries (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/10/2014 8:15:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management has issued a Cease Operations Order to Freedom Industries in connection with the company’s leak of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River. Also, the WVDEP’s Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging MCHM into the air. According to a press release, the Division of Air Quality initiated an investigation Thursday morning following citizen complaints of objectionable odors near and downriver from the plant. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, DAQ personnel discovered...