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Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:36:17 GMT
Coal plant closures are expected to outpace new construction for the first time in the modern era by 2022, but that still might not be enough to meet international emission reduction goals intended to fend off the worst anticipated impacts of climate change.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:31:41 GMT
In post-Depression-era Appalachia, moonshining was a way of life. It was a respected, although technically illegal, profession. It kept food on the table for the Butler family for over 100 years. Raymond Butler recalls his first job in the family business: “I was about six. My dad put me down in one still to clean it. If there’s any green or blue, that’s got to come out of copper — it’s poisonous. When I came out of the still, it had to look like a new penny.” Now, over half a century later, Raymond is distilling legally in the family moonshine business that he’s been working at all his life. In 2013, his son Raymond Jr. — called Chuck by all — took action to make the long-illicit business legit. Today, at age 74, Raymond, and his son and grandson, Raymond III (nicknamed Trey), are making their moonshine legally at Dalton Distillery. Their moonshine is called TazaRay and is made with sunflower seeds, the only such spirits in the world. Raymond looks every bit the part of a moonshiner,
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:13:26 GMT
President Donald Trump’s call to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers grabbed headlines Monday. But public health officials within the Trump administration are stressing other elements of the president’s plan to address the opioid crisis. Acting Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat , outlined her agency’s plans for the Ohio Valley, which has some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdose deaths.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:33:25 GMT
West Virginia's congressional delegation is urging President Donald Trump to approve Gov. Jim Justice's request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in the state in February. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Congressmen David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins wrote to Trump on Wednesday.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:27:55 GMT
The West Virginia Women's Commission is honoring eight women next week with the Legacy of Women Awards. The commission said Christine Weiss Daugherty is being given the Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson Award for lifetime achievement.
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:16:41 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump’s call to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers grabbed headlines Monday. But public health officials are stressing other elements of the administration’s plan to address the opioid crisis. Aaron Payne spoke with the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control about plans for the Ohio Valley.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:03:09 GMT
The nation’s largest electric grid operator said a massive coal-fired power plant near Parkersburg can close next January without affecting the region’s power system.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:05:51 GMT
A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia. News outlets report Judge Robert Irons denied the injunction, reversing course less than two weeks after granting Mountain Valley Pipeline a 10-day restraining order against the protesters.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:22:35 GMT
Police say a BB gun has been found on the campus of a West Virginia elementary school. Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial told The Herald-Dispatch the weapon and a student at Central City Elementary School were taken into custody. He told the paper that "the gun was taken very quickly."
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:39:45 GMT
Updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. It might be spring, but areas of West Virginia and Kentucky look more like winter, especially at ski resorts, with up to a foot of snow forecast in some areas. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the eastern half of West Virginia until 11 p.m. Wednesday and in areas around Louisville, Kentucky, until 2 p.m. Much of the rest of both states were under a winter storm advisory that called for up to 5 inches of snowfall.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:30:18 GMT
A West Virginia distillery has been awarded a loan to buy more equipment and increase production of its distilled moonshine whiskey and flavored moonshine.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:13:27 GMT
West Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent in February. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents rose by 100 during the month to 42,200. Total unemployment was up 2,200 over the year.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, the Center for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a study last month on the largest cluster of complicated black lung cases ever reported. Kara Lofton spoke with WVU School of Public Health physicians Carl Werntz and Anna Allen about the study and what it means for West Virginia.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:13:00 GMT
Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET The man police had identified as their top suspect in a string of deadly bombings in the Austin, Texas, area made a cellphone recording describing seven bombs he said he had constructed. Investigators discovered the message after the suspect killed himself early Wednesday by triggering an explosion in his car as officers approached the vehicle to make an arrest, police said Wednesday. Officials identified him as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, from Pflugerville, Texas, outside Austin. In a news conference Wednesday evening, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said officers discovered a 25-minute recording on a cellphone. "I would classify this as a confession," said Manley, adding that the recording contained details of the six bombs the suspect said he had constructed, identifying their differences. They were the bombs that inspired fear across the region and mobilized a massive law enforcement operation. Manley said the recording does not provide a certain
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:00:00 GMT
Dozens of chemicals that can affect the fertility of humans and animals are being found in the air near unconventional oil and gas development, according to a new study .
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 21:07:40 GMT
“We have a problem that’s bringing us to our knees,” said West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch at a press event in Charleston. A representative from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration visited West Virginia Monday to announce an additional $330,000 of funding for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. “The opioid problem and substance abuse problem affects virtually every family in West Virginia,” he continued. Late last year the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded West Virginia $5.8 million to combat the opioid epidemic. This week, they announced that West Virginia is one of three states, along with New Hampshire and Massachusetts, that will be awarded an additional third of a million in an “Opioid State Targeted Response” grant. “As part of this funding opportunity… we invited the ten states with the highest overdose death rates in the country – West Virginia, of
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:29:45 GMT
Federal funds have been awarded to four West Virginia organizations focused on economic development. Those four agencies include the Region 7 Planning and Development Council, the Planning and Development Councils in both the Eastern Panhandle and the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Marshall University Research Corporation. The groups will split an award of $310,000.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:05:59 GMT
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, is providing free Black Lung exams in four West Virginia towns. NIOSH’s Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Units will set up in Ceredo in Wayne County, Delbarton in Mingo County, and Man and Logan in Logan County.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:55:28 GMT
For the second straight year, a major winter storm has scrambled West Virginia's travel plans for the NCAA Tournament. About 20 hours after arriving back on campus from the West Coast, the Mountaineers left Tuesday to begin preparations for Friday's Sweet 16 appearance in Boston against old Big East foe Villanova.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:38:44 GMT
Forecasters say an early spring storm could dump more than a foot of snow in parts of West Virginia. The National Weather Service says eastern and southeastern sections of the state will be the hardest hit with up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) possible by Tuesday night. Additional amounts were possible on Wednesday.