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  • Bill Clintonís address touches on gun checks, coalís demise

    10/03/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | 10-2-15 | Matt Macarro
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. ó Former President Bill Clinton, in a keynote address to West Virginia Democrats on Friday night, touched on background checks for gun owners in the wake of the Oregon community college mass shooting. ďThose of us who grew up in hunting countryóand who believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees everybody the right to keep a gun to go hunting, to sports shoot and to protect themselves and their familiesómost of us think itís crazy that we donít do background checks,Ē Clinton said. Ticket sales for the partyís Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner spiked upon news of Clintonís appearance. About 2,000 people...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mineís coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Ohio Valley Labor Crunch Puts Ethane Cracker Project on Hold

    09/23/2015 5:59:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 22, 2015 | Matthew V. Veazey
    The underlying economics are still good and the concept remains solid, but the prospect of finding enough qualified people to actually build and staff it is too daunting Ė at least for now. Such are the conclusions of Houston-based Appalachian Resins, Inc. (AR), whose board earlier this month decided to put its "less-than-world-scale" ethane cracker project in Monroe County, Ohio, on hold. "Looking at the timing, we are not able to get ahead of the two other projects," Bob Mifflin, AR's president, told Rigzone. The "two other projects" to which Mifflin refers are world-scale ethane crackers proposed by PTT Global...
  • Partners submit application for 3-state natural gas pipeline

    09/21/2015 8:02:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    AP via Blue Ridge Now ^ | September 20, 2015 | JOHN RABY
    Four energy partners formally asked the federal government on Friday for permission to build a 564-mile natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The 348-page application was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline is intended to deliver cleaner burning natural gas to the Southeast as utilities move away from coal-burning power plants amid tighter federal rules on pollution that contributes to climate change. Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy would have 45 percent and 40 percent ownership stakes in the pipeline, respectively. Charlotte-based Piedmont Natural...
  • Trump Leading in West Virginia, Beating Hillary

  • EPA's Clean Power Plan will hurt poor Blacks, Hispanics and whites the most (as Hussein promised)

    09/15/2015 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/14/15 | Peter Ferrara
    When Obama was speaking to environmentalist supporters in 2008 regarding his plans to address ďclimate change,Ē he candidly revealed, ďUnder my plan, electricity costs will necessarily skyrocket.Ē Obamaís White House Science Advisor John Holdren later elaborated, ďWe need to de-develop the United States to bring our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation.Ē The so-called Clean Power Plan proposed by Obamaís EPA is well-designed to do precisely that -- de-develop the United States. A new study from the National Black Chamber of Commerce estimates the regulation will cause job losses reaching 7 million...
  • Overturned cattle trailer closes I-81, leaves bovine cargo wandering

    09/14/2015 10:07:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | August 15, 2015 | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail
    FALLING WATER, W.Va. ó A tractor-trailer loaded with more than 100 head of cattle overturned on Interstate 81 Saturday morning, spilling its bovine cargo and blocking the southbound lanes for four hours, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The crash was reported at about 2 a.m. just south of the Potomac River where the tractor-trailer, loaded with 102 head of cattle, had wrecked, according to the news release from Deputy B.M. Humphrey. Cattle were "running everywhere" and a number of deputies were called in to control the situation, along with county animal control officers and state highway department personnel,...
  • Put an end to forced union dues

    09/08/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Trib ^ | Sept. 6, 2015 | Mark Mix
    As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: That school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus. Why? Because he or she works in one of the 25 forced-unionism states in America ó states where it is lawfully permissible to force a worker to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. You're not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agree: No worker should be...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • Iran Deal Scorecard (Only 5 Undeclared Democratic Senators remain - contact info at link)

    09/05/2015 9:30:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    5 on the Fence Senator Blumenthal (D - CT) Senator Manchin (D - WV) Senator Peters (D - MI) Senator Wyden (D - OR) Senator Cantwell (D - WA) 38 stand with Iran 57 stand with America
  • Supporters to Stage ďIím with KimĒ Rally at Jail [Grayson, KY]

    09/04/2015 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 116 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | September 4, 2015 |
    Grayson, KY ‚Äď Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, will join supporters at a rally outside the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.¬† The ‚ÄúI‚Äôm with Kim‚ÄĚ Rally is organized by Gov. Mike Huckabee. Liberty Counsel is willing to join any group that stands in support of Kim Davis. ‚ÄúNot long ago 75 percent of Kentuckians passed the state‚Äôs marriage amendment. Today a Christian is imprisoned for believing what the voters affirmed, that marriage is between a man and a woman,‚ÄĚ said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. ‚ÄúFive people on the...
  • Trump leads Repub field & Clinton in W. Virginia, according to new Orion Strategies statewide poll

    08/26/2015 12:56:04 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | Aug. 26, 2015
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If the 2016 General Election were held today, 26 percent of West Virginians would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, while 58 percent would vote for an unspecified Republican candidate, according to a survey conducted by Orion Strategies, a strategic communications firm with offices in Charleston and Buckhannon. Donald Trump holds a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates, according to the Orion Strategies poll. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump, compared to eight percent for his closest challenger, Marco Rubio Ė who is statistically tied with Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee,...
  • Planned Parenthood Protest in Vienna (West Virginia)

    08/23/2015 9:03:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | Aug 22, 2015 | Mary Smith -
    People are furious about videos released showing what they say appear to be Planned Parenthood employees attempting to sell body parts from aborted fetuses. Those videos have caused outrage across the country. Saturday a protest was held in front of the Planned Parenthood in Vienna. Nearly 125 people showed up with signs and stood in front of the clinic. WTAP spoke to the woman in charge of the protest, and the one man who was there to support Planned Parenthood. "We are protesting of course abortion which we believe that life starts from conception to birth. And we're also here...
  • Rallies Held Across The County Calling For Federal Government To Cut Funding For Planned Parenthood

    08/22/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | Aug 22 2015, | Christopher A. Williams, Jarrod Clay
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. Ė Across the country Saturday, pro-life supporters got together to protest Planned Parenthood with the goal of getting the federal government to cut funding for the organization. Closer to home, a group gathered at the Womenís Choice Clinic in Charleston. Dozens gathered outside the clinic Saturday afternoon and were just a few of the thousands protesting Planned Parenthood nationwide. ďThey are harming unborn children, and even the parents in the meantime. Theyíre harming the mothers who come in. Not only physically, but emotionally,Ē Amanda Perkins said. Planned Parenthood has been in the spotlight recently when videos of employees...
  • Liberal Double Standards and Planned Parenthood

    08/21/2015 4:17:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/15 | David Limbaugh
    Liberals are famous for shaming conservatives for their past associations with questionable characters, while they exempt themselves from the same standards. What a shocker! Every other week, a liberal Twitter troll cites a Republican politician's innocent appearance at some long-forgotten political event with the likes of a Ku Klux Klan member, hoping to besmirch his reputation. Better yet, sometimes one of them will post a black-and-white photo of such an appearance, as if it's a smoking gun that will end the hapless Republican's career. It shouldn't surprise you that liberals had no problem with Sen. Robert Byrd's despicable association with...
  • Mom: Sonís confederate flag shirt no more offensive than gay rainbow flag in school

    08/20/2015 6:40:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/20/15 | Victor Skinner
    ONA, W.Va. Ė West Virginia mother April Stanley believes school officials are playing favorites, and her son is getting the shaft because of it. Her son wore his Confederate flag t-shirt to Cabell Midland High School Tuesday and school officials made him turn it inside-out and promise not to wear it again, WSAZ reports.The next day he wore a different Confederate flag t-shirt, and it was the same thing, except he was threatened with suspension if he repeats his defiant behavior, Stanley said.She believes school officials are infringing on her sonís freedom of speech to protect some students who might...
  • Senator Byrd Statue to be removed from WV State Capitol Rotunda?? Petitions etc

    08/19/2015 5:31:49 AM PDT · by rface · 27 replies
    I received a phone call yesterday afternoon, Aug 18. I have many family members in WV and they were telling me a strange tale. The local press does not seem to want to cover this yet. Due to some strange chance of genetics, I have familial ties with some government officials and legal folks in WV. The info I received that followed this story had some verifiable links and a part of a story that I didnít have time to check yesterday evening, but I figured I would do that todayÖAug 19. Part of the email had to do with...
  • Union rallies outside Patriot Coal over pension benefits

    08/18/2015 9:31:35 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/18/2015 | Jonathan Mattise, AP
    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) -- Busloads of United Mine Workers of America miners and retirees roared in protest outside Patriot Coal headquarters Monday, as the bankrupt company looks to nix a union contract that includes pension contributions and health benefits. From a makeshift stage on the bed of a tow truck, UMWA President Cecil Roberts bellowed out to a camouflage-clad crowd of 1,500 to 1,800 miners and led them in a march to nearby Patriot headquarters. UMWA packed twenty-two buses of miners from Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, according to union spokesman Phil Smith.
  • Obamaís De-growth Agenda (Killing the Coal Industry)

    08/10/2015 11:40:03 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 8 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | August 10, 2015 | Todd Strandberg
    The coal industry is facing its toughest challenge since The Great Depression of 1929. The collapse in coal prices and a growing weight from new regulations has claimed dozens of firms. In just recent months, three major coal producers have filed for bankruptcy. Alpha Natural Resources operates more than fifty underground and surface mines in five states. It is the nationís largest producer of the type of coal used in steel production. In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources was worth $11 billion in stock value. The firm is now worth less than $7 million. Peabody Energy Corporation, is the largest private-sector...
  • West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin says he'll vote to end Planned Parenthood aid

    08/03/2015 12:42:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 08/03/2015 | By ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood. Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group. Republicans introduced their bill after an anti-abortion group began releasing secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide tissue from some aborted fetuses to researchers. The bill says it would transfer Planned Parenthood's aid to other women's health care providers.
  • Watch: Benbrook Police Stop Suspected Serial Killer for Speeding

    08/01/2015 12:35:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | Ben Russell
    Police body camera video released Friday night shows that a suspected serial killer, stopped for speeding in Benbrook in early July, was already planning a trip to West Virginia Ė days before his eventual death there at the hands of his intended victim. Neal Falls, 45, of Oregon was stopped for driving 64 mph in a 45 mph zone along the 5200 block of Benbrook Boulevard north of Interstate 20, just after 8 a.m. on July 7, according to records released by the Benbrook Police Department. When the Benbrook officer asked Falls if he still had the same address in...
  • We Now Know Where Lois Lerner's Emails and Backup Tapes Were Destroyed

    07/31/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There have been dozens of questions surrounding the disappearance of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. Some of Lerner's emails have been recovered, after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said under oath they were lost forever. Thousands are still missing. But perhaps the most compelling questions that have been asked since the IRS targeting scandal broke in May 2013 are 1) Exactly where were Lerner's emails and backup tapes destroyed? 2) Who destroyed them? Now, we have an answer. According to Americans for Tax Reform,Lerner's hard drive was...
  • Fundraising site set up for woman who killed potential serial killer

    07/30/2015 9:24:44 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 3 replies
    Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | 29 July 15 | Erin Beck
    A group of people have established a fundraising website for the woman who earlier this month killed an attacker who might have been a serial killer. Supporters thought the woman ó who has been publicly identified only by her first name, Heather ó might need funds for public relations and legal assistance if any companies want to buy the rights to her story, to stop placing ads on Backpage and to get away from the location of the attack and find a new apartment, according to one of the organizers of the fundraiser, Charleston resident Laura Gandee. ďSheís a feminist...
  • Attacker killed by West Virginia escort eyed in possible serial murders in 3 states

    07/28/2015 4:23:53 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies ^ | 7/27/15 | Cristina Corbin
    Suspected serial killer Neal Falls' body count may have matched the number of weapons in his arsenal. Police around the country are working Monday to determine whether Falls -- who was shot and killed by a West Virginia escort as he tried to strangle her -- is linked to the unsolved murders of prostitutes in at least three other states. On July 18, Falls, a 45-year-old drifter, knocked on the door of a Charleston, W.V. prostitute who advertised her services on When the woman -- identified as "Heather" -- opened the door, Falls asked her only one question: "Live...
  • Sex worker in West Virginia shoots dead 'serial killer'

    07/27/2015 10:16:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 July 2015
    A woman working as a prostitute may have put an end to a nationwide killing spree after she shot and killed a man in self-defence, police say. She told police that Neal Falls, 45, had answered her online escort ad, but the encounter turned violent after he arrived at her West Virginia home. During a struggle, the woman got hold of Falls' gun and shot him.
  • Woman who shot alleged attacker may have slain a serial killer, police say

    07/26/2015 8:41:41 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/25/2015 | Peter Holley
    A woman in Charleston, W.Va., may have saved her own life and the lives of many other women, as well, when she shot and killed an alleged attacker in her home last week. Neal Falls showed up at the womanís home on July 18 after answering an escort ad she had placed on, according to police. He showed up with a ďkill list,Ē multiple pairs of handcuffs and a Subaru full of weapons and tools, including a shovel, knives, a bulletproof vest, a machete, bleach, trash bags, sledgehammers and axes, according to Fox affiliate KPTV. In Fallsís pocket, police...
  • From Sea to Shining Sea: 5 Examples of Voter Fraud across America

    07/22/2015 8:40:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7-22-15 | Jason Snead
    Contrary to the assertions of many, voter fraud is not a myth. It is a stark reality that exists nationwide, from the rural counties of Georgia to the urban centers of New York. The Heritage Foundation has documented nearly 250 cases where nefarious citizens, officials, candidates and campaign operatives conspired to commit vote fraud, compromising the integrity of our elections to achieve their ideological goals. That list is just a tiny sampling of voter fraud, and it keeps growing. In May, the Heritage Foundation highlighted several recent cases. Here are some of the egregious new additions to the voter fraud...
  • Study: Utica Shale Larger Than Previous Estimates

    07/17/2015 8:51:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 16, 2015 | Karen Boman|
    The size of the Utica shale playís technically recoverable resources is larger than previously thought, a recent study by West Virginia University (WVU) has found. WVU found that the Utica play contains technically recoverable resources of 782 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas and around 1.9 billion barrels of oil. Thatís higher than the U.S. Geological Surveyís (USGS) 2012 estimate of technically recoverable resources at 38 Tcf of gas and 940 million barrels of oil. The study results indicate that the Utica Ė which spans West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York Ė is comparable to the Marcellus...
  • UPDATE: W.Va. Gov Expands State of Emergency after Flash Flooding

    07/14/2015 3:25:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | Anna Baxter, The Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has expanded the state of the emergency to nine counties after Monday's flash flooding. The state of emergency now includes, Braxton, Wood, Webster, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Nicholas, Putnam and Roane counties. The counties were added Tuesday afternoon after more damage was assessed. These counties experienced anything from rock slides and mudslides to flooding and property damage, according to the governor's proclamation.
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%

    06/28/2015 5:39:44 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 15 replies
    cnsnews ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    FULL TITLE: Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip 7,000,000 Black Jobs ( - A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The...
  • Girl, 13, was 'gang raped after rigid school rules meant she had to stay late and missed bus home'

    10/05/2011 5:26:56 PM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies ^ | 10-5-11 | Paul Bentley
    A schoolgirl was brutally gang raped after rigid school rules meant she was kept late and missed her bus home, it has been reported. The 13-year-old's parents are suing Mount Hope Middle School in West Virginia, claiming the horrendous sexual assault would not have happened were it not for the actions of staff at the school. The girl was allegedly set upon by a group of athletes at the school while waiting outside for a ride home. She had missed her bus after being made to collect uniforms for the cheerleading squad by Linda Nevi, the coach. When the girl,...
  • Marcellus Shale region to see wave of large pipeline projects

    06/26/2015 5:43:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    PowerSource P-G ^ | June 23, 2015 | Stephanie Ritenbaugh
    Over the next three years, the Marcellus Shale region can expect to see about 17 pipeline projects meant to ship about 17.3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas out of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to end-users, according to IHS Energy. Those destinations ďare varied, and in addition to New England, some are targeting the Midwest, eastern Canada and the South,Ē said Matthew Piatek, associate director of North American natural gas for IHS, which tracks energy markets. ďGiven the amount of production in the tri-state area currently, it will be able to satisfy the lionís share of Mid-Atlantic...
  • The Right to be Free From Guns (barf alert)

    06/25/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 25 june 2015 | E.J. Dionne,Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying "Enough" after Charleston. But this time, we don't even expect anything to happen. What's needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns. None of this should...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    06/04/2015 4:05:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 6/4/15 | CLAIRE GALOFARO
    Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm. He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C. "All I cared about was how soon and how fast I could get it in," he says. "I hated myself, it was misery. But when you're in the grips of it, the only way I thought I could escape it was one more time." Couch, 25 years old and one month...
  • Appalachian Power closes 3 WV coal-fired plants

    06/01/2015 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies ^ | June 1, 2015 |
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia have shut down operations. Media outlets report that Appalachian Power's Kanawha River Power Station at Glasgow, the Kammer Power Station near Moundsville and the Phillip Sporn Power Station at New Haven were closed Sunday. Appalachian Power had announced in 2011 that it planned to close the plants, along with three coal-fired plants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The company had said it would be cost-prohibitive to equip them to comply with new federal emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. Another coal-fired plant in Virginia is being converted to natural gas....
  • W.Va. joins list of states with abortion ban at 20 weeks

    05/28/2015 4:58:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies ^ | May 27, 2015 | Shauna Johnson
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. ó Abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, in most cases, are now illegal in West Virginia. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act took effect on Tuesday, making the Mountain State one of nearly a dozen states with such a ban. ďIím proud of our folks here in the state for passing this legislation because I think the people of the state want it,Ē Dr. Wanda Franz, president of West Virginians for Life, one of the leading supporters of the legislation, said on Wednesdayís MetroNews ďTalkline.Ē ďThis is very important legislation and a new step nationally for us...
  • Dem Rep Wins ĎTop Guní In Shooting Competition, Calls For More Gun Control

    05/17/2015 7:40:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 5/16/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Representative Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) (D-CA-5th Dist) won ďTop GunĒ at the Congressional Sportsmenís Foundation annual shooting competition this past week then commented on his hopes for the passage of more gun control. Thompson stood with Gabby Giffords on March 4 and reintroduced Senator Joe Manchinís (D-WV) failed expanded background check legislation. It has gone nowhere fast since that time.
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for Ďhealthyí lunch

    05/04/2015 10:41:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | May 4, 2015 | Kyle Olson
    Contributors ĎUncomfortableí students call for ban on Bibles by The Christian Institute Franklin Graham speaks out on transgender restroom proposal by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Students excel when they decide where to attend school by Jana Benscoter Homeschooling children can go at an unhurried pace by Durenda Wilson Common Core boosters trying to scare states into keeping national standards by The Independent Institute Planned Parenthood clinic builds concrete wall to block pro-life protesters by Life Dynamics White House logs show abortion leaders visit president, advisors often by Carole Novielli PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for Ďhealthyí...
  • Northeast Gas Ė Coming Soon to a Market Near You

    04/24/2015 10:18:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    The dam is about to burst in the Northeast. The question is who will drown in the coming flood of natural gas? BTU Analytics is currently tracking 42 Bcf/d of Northeast projects coming online through 2018. Of that capacity, 14.6 Bcf/d will help carry gas out of the region. Some of the most notable of these projects are Energy Transferís Rover Pipeline at 3.25 Bcf/d, Spectraís Nexus Pipeline at 1.5 Bcf/d, and a series of REX Pipeline expansions bringing the pipeís total east to west capacity to 2.6 Bcf/d. Infrastructure constraints in the Marcellus and Utica have been the norm...
  • Manchin: Gun Control ĎMade Senseí in 2013, And ĎIt Makes Sense Nowí

    04/22/2015 8:30:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 4/22/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    During a Monday appearance on MSNBCís Morning Joe, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) defended his post-Sandy Hook gun control push as something that ďmade senseĒ in 2013 and something that ďmakes sense now.Ē Host Joe Scarborough approached the subject by talking about how he and Manchin came from different backgrounds ó one a Republican and the other a Democrat ó yet they found common ground in ď[talking] about the need for background checksĒ and about how they ďdisagreed with the NRAĒ post-Sandy Hook.
  • West Virginia VA Hospital Switched Antipsychotic Meds with Older Drugs to Cut Costs

    04/22/2015 3:44:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/22/2015 | CJ Ciaramella
    A Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia switched out patientsí prescribed medications with older drugs to cut costs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced in a letter to Congress and the White House Wednesday. . . . The investigation also found that hospitalís pharmacy and therapeutics committee was chaired by a non-physician, another departure from VA policy.
  • Manchin Endorses Hillary Clinton as Presidential Candidate

    04/22/2015 4:57:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    WDTV.COM ^ | 4/21/15 | Matthew Baumgarten
    Sunday, we found out that U.S. Senator Joe Manchin removed himself from the running for Governor of West Virginia, but during the same announcement, he endorsed Hillary Clinton as his favorite presidential candidate. When Senator Manchin endorsed Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign on Sunday, he described Clinton as warm, compassionate, engaging, and tough. In 2008, Manchin waited until the Democratic candidate was already decided before endorsing Barack Obama.
  • Will there be a National Conversation after environmentalist shoots energy worker?

    04/18/2015 8:53:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 4/18/2015 | Noah Rothman
    A disturbing story flagged by The Washington Free Beaconís Lachlan Markay out of West Virginia indicates that a man, enraged by the drilling taking place in his state, shot an employee of an energy exploitation company on Monday.
  • Marshall University RA Shames Heterosexual Christian Students for Their ĎPrivilegeí

    04/12/2015 10:19:54 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/9/2015
    A resident advisor (RA) at Marshall University in West Virginia has placed a poster in a freshman dorm that attacks heterosexual Christian students by defining them as ďprivileged.Ē Senior RA Jessie Swiger hung her poster in Freshman North, a co-ed dorm. Campus Reform reported the story and presents screenshots of the poster, as well as Swigerís Facebook post defending her poster and a tweet in which Swiger justifies, ďItís not shaming. Itís educating. Privilege exists as a result of racism, sexism, ablism, & classism engrained in society.Ē The poster itself, which is handwritten, equates privilege as ďnot being asked Ďhow...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obamaís immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the countryís most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the presidentís effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the presidentís 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • W.Va. board passes science standards allowing climate change debate

    04/10/2015 8:26:19 AM PDT · by hauerf · 5 replies
    Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2015 | Samuel Speciale
    Two months after withdrawing its controversial science education standards with modifications that would have asked students to question the scientific communityís assertion that global warming is caused by human greenhouse emissions, the West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to amend the standards once again to allow classroom debate on climate change.
  • AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states

    04/07/2015 5:27:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 4/6/2015 | AP
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states on May 31 to comply with stricter federal emissions standards. Columbus, Ohio-based AEP recently gave notices of the closures to the states and to workers at the Philip Sporn, Kammer and Kanawha Valley plants in West Virginia, the Muskingum River Plant in Ohio, the Tanners Creek Plant in Indiana and the Glen Lyn Plant in Virginia. The notices are required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. More than 250 workers will be affected by the plant shutdowns, which were announced by...
  • Major utility to begin closing down power plants next month

    04/06/2015 3:55:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | John Siciliano
    One of the country's largest coal utilities will begin closing power plants next month in four states, as strict federal environmental regulations begin to kick in. The company, American Electric Power, made the announcement in a notice advising employees at the electricity stations that it plans to close six power plants in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, according to news reports. The company said it plans to shutter as much as 6,000 megawatts of power plant capacity in seven states by the start of 2016. The closures were planned as far back as 2011 to comply with new pollution...