Reconnecting McDowell To Break Ground on Teacher Housing In Spring
Construction is set to start this spring on an apartment building aimed at attracting and retaining teachers and young professionals in McDowell County, the American Federation of Teachers has announced. The building will be the former site of Best's furniture store in downtown Welch. The $7 million space will have two floors of affordable modern apartments and two floors of retail and commercial space. Welch Mayor Reba Honaker said the effort will be the first new multi-story construction project in the town in more than 50 years, according to the AFT. The union has been a main partner of the Reconnecting McDowell initiative since it launched in 2011 to improve education and children’s lives in the state’s poorest county. The plan for Renaissance Village has been in the works for years. At first, the idea was to create four or five floors of apartments, but AFT said that ultimately was too expensive to finance. The changes will allow the project to get the support it needs to start
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:13:57 +0000
4th Circuit Halts Atlantic Coast Pipeline Work in National Forest
A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request this week from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service decisions allowing construction on about 20 miles of the 600-mile route.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 21:11:10 +0000
Secretary Warner Marks National Voter Registration Day with Emphasis on Young Voters
With the midterm election just six weeks away, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is highlighting voter registration. It’s part of a push to increase awareness on National Voter Registration Day.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:26:58 +0000
West Virginian Women Farmers Part of Growing Trend
On this West Virginia Morning, across the nation, more women are becoming farmers compared with previous generations. That’s even more true in some Appalachian states, including West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Chris Williams introduces us to several women who are part of this trend.
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000
U.S. Attorney Sues West Virginia Hemp Farm Over Seeds’ Origin
A U.S. attorney is suing a West Virginia hemp farm and others, saying they violating the federal Controlled Substances Act. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:55:44 +0000
Challenge to Jenkins' Supreme Court Special Election Bid Dismissed, Appointments Will Stand
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has dismissed cases seeking to challenge appointments to -- and a special election campaign for -- the high court. Arguments were heard Monday and an order was issued hours later in matters involving Congressman Evan Jenkins and former House Speaker Tim Armstead.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:22:26 +0000
Is West Virginia's Summersville Lake the clearest in the East?
Does West Virginia have the clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River? Gov. Jim Justice said so in a tweet. In the Aug. 17 tweet , Justice said, "According to SCUBA divers, Summersville Lake is clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River. This led to earning its name as ‘The Little Bahamas of the East.’ Check it out for yourself today!" (SCUBA is capitalized because it is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.) Summersville Lake is a man-made lake in the southern part of West Virginia. The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the lake in the 1960s. Justice’s tweet links to an article on wvtourism.com, published by the West Virginia Tourism Office, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The article describes the lake as great for swimming, boating, and underwater exploration. The destination has dive sites where rock formations can be seen 100 feet underwater. However, the WV Tourism article did
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:31:33 +0000
Did Patrick Morrisey beat Obama at the Supreme Court, saving coal jobs?
In his quest to win a U.S. Senate seat, Republican candidate Patrick Morrisey is touting a legal accomplishment that he said aided the state’s coal industry. A television ad by Morrisey says, among other things, that Morrisey "beat (President Barack) Obama at the Supreme Court, saving coal jobs." (An earlier ad made a similar claim as well.) Is that correct? We took a closer look. Did Morrisey "beat Obama at the Supreme Court"? This part of the claim refers to the February 2016 decision by five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that blocked the Clean Power Plan from going into effect. The plan, developed by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency and initially released in 2014, would have set a standard for power plants’ emissions of carbon dioxide, which most scientists say are causing global warming. Critics of the plan included the coal industry, which would have suffered because coal has relatively high emissions of carbon dioxide. The stay put
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:50:05 +0000
Top Mine Regulator Addresses Concerns About Dust And Deaths In Coal
As President Trump attempts to revive the struggling coal industry, the administration’s top regulator for mine safety used a recent lecture at West Virginia University to lay out his priorities for the agency charged with keeping miners safe. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo outlined the Trump administration's priorities for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. The West Virginia native and former coal mine executive addressed students, faculty and industry representatives at the annual William Poundstone lecture series at West Virginia University. Zatezalo told the crowd the agency intends to use technology to reduce mining fatalities and injuries. But while the agency head offered numerous possible ways technology could help reduce mechanical deaths and fatalities, he presented no plan to address one of the industry’s biggest growing concerns, the exposure to coal and rock dust behind a surge in black lung disease. Once nearly
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:21:32 +0000
Free Medical Clinic Planned for October in West Virginia
A free medical clinic for West Virginians in need is set for next month. The clinic will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Bible Center School in Charleston.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:28:14 +0000