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Fourteen Dead In W. Virginia In State’s Worst Floods In A Century

Three people died in the flooding in Kanawha County, the most populous in the state, including a woman in her car, a senior citizen and another person, as well as one person in Ohio County in the state’s northern Panhandle, Rock said.

June 24, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump addresses Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road To Majority" conference in Washington

Donald Trump Pumps The Coal Industry For Cash

Murray, one of the largest independent coal operators in the U.S., only endorsed Trump after his first-choice candidate Cruz dropped out. His ringing endorsement of Trump was to say he’s “all we’ve got.”

June 22, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Salem, Oregon, U.S., May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Clinton Loses To Sanders In Coal State Of West Virginia

Deep concerns about the economy underscored West Virginia’s Democratic primary. Roughly six in 10 voters said they were very worried about the direction of the U.S. economy in the next few years. The same proportion cited the economy and jobs was their most important voting issue, according to a preliminary ABC News exit poll.

May 11, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S., May 8, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Sanders Poised To Win West Virginia, Despite Opposition To Coal-Powered Energy

More power plants are switching over to natural gas, which has seen its prices drop as fracking has taken off around the country. Coal mining output has dropped by 15 percent in the state since 2008 and coal-fired power plants account for just 33 percent of the country’s total energy output today, compared with 50 percent half a century ago. Global demand has gone down too. China’s sudden economic slowdown created a surplus of raw materials, from iron ore to coal, leading to a collapse in commodities prices.

May 10, 2016
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Endorse This: Donald Trump Explains Hairspray To Coal Miners

“It’s probably a hat — It’s probably a hard hat! I like hard hats, let’s see if it’s a hard hat! It’s a hard hat!”

May 6, 2016
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Former Massey CEO Found Guilty Of Conspiracy In West Virginia Mine Blast

Don Blankenship faces a maximum $250,000 fine and up to a year in prison, was acquitted on other charges, for 2010 mine disaster that killed 29 people.

December 3, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
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Impact Of Proposed Crayfish Protections On Mining Industry Uncertain

The Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that the Big Sandy crayfish, which lives in streams in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia, is in danger of extinction.

April 6, 2015
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Residents Displaced In West Virginia Train Derailment Wait To Return Home

Up to 125 people are still displaced in the wake of the West Virginia train derailment.

February 19, 2015
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Congressman Widens Inquiry Into Fracking Waste In Northeast And Midwest

Meet the congressman who’s taking on the energy industry.

December 11, 2014
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Shelley Moore Capito Wins West Virginia Senate Race

Get the results from West Virginia’s Senate election.

November 4, 2014
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West Virginia To Stop Challenging Same-Sex Marriage

Another win in the fight for marriage equality.

October 9, 2014
Infrastructure, Energy, Environment

Major New Pipeline Proposed Next To Enbridge Line That Ruptured In 2010

By David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a trench though Ron Kardos’ Oceola Township, Michigan, pasture last year for an oil pipeline — but already Kardos is preparing for another onslaught of construction. Last week Kardos got a […]

July 2, 2014
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Fracking Boom Is A Struggle For Kentucky

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The fracking revolution is not being kind to Kentucky’s role as an American energy leader, helping to decimate coal while struggling to deliver a natural gas boom for the state on par with nearby peers. Kentucky’s natural gas production more than doubled from 2008 to 2009. But […]

May 21, 2014
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Fearing Abuse, States Challenge FDA On Painkiller Approval

By Michael Ollove, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Notwithstanding a court order, Massachusetts and other states plan to restrict use of a new painkiller drug, setting up a showdown with the federal government over who gets to decide the best way to protect public health. In the case of Zohydro, the argument pits the needs of millions […]

April 28, 2014

Avoiding Obama Key To Democratic Victory In West Viginia

Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin held off Republican challenger Bill Maloney in Tuesday’s special election for Governor of West Virginia, eking out a narrow 50 percent to 47 percent victory. Tomblin — who has been acting as governor since Joe Manchin’s election to the U.S. Senate — had to fend off constant attacks from Maloney, including […]

October 5, 2011
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