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The ‘dominant narrative’ about coal’s decline

blogs.wvgazette.com — October 31, 2014 by Ken Ward Jr. It was interesting to watch this piece from Vice News about the campaign for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, especially the footage of this comment from longtime Rep. Nick J. Rahall: Coal is everything to our state of West Virginia ...
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Kenwardjr: Coal official notes "whole lot of reasons" for mining industry downturn, and @AP rewrites it to just blame Obama, blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Kenwardjr: Coal official notes "whole lot of reasons" for mining industry downturn, and @AP rewrites it to just blame Obama, blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Oct 31, 2014

Coal official notes "whole lot of reasons" for mining industry downturn, and @AP rewrites it to just blame Obama, blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Kenwardjr: New on Coal Tattoo: More about the media's 'dominant narrative' about industry decline and coalfield elections blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Kenwardjr: New on Coal Tattoo: More about the media's 'dominant narrative' about industry decline and coalfield elections blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

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Missed opportunities for W.Va. Democrats

blogs.wvgazette.com — October 31, 2014 by Ken Ward Jr. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (center), visits Wayne County on Wednesday, speaking about coal and stumping for state Sen. Evan Jenkins (right), who is running for Congress. They were joined by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @RobByersWV: Good points by @Kenwardjr. WVgns want clean water, diversified economy, but most WV Dems choose to offer GOP lite. blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Oct 31, 2014

New Coal Tattoo post about the missed opportunities for @wvdemocrats this election blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/201…

Signup period for Monsanto settlement ends

wvgazette.com — Friday was the deadline for potential class-members in a landmark $93 million settlement against Monsanto to sign up to have their property cleaned or be tested for disease -- and not many people did.

Court again says jail authority can’t be sued over inmate’s rape

wvgazette.com — For a second time, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state Regional Jail Authority cannot be held liable in a lawsuit that alleges a male correctional officer raped a female inmate. The high court's decision sparked outrage from state and national organizations, which supported of the petition asking the court to reconsider its original decision in March.
Oct 31, 2014

Updated: Court again says jail authority can’t be sued over inmate’s rape wvgazette.com/article/201410…

Oct 31, 2014

Breaking: Court again says jail authority can’t be sued over inmate’s rape shar.es/107VPx

Three judges appointed to replace suspended Randolph judge

wvgazette.com — The judge whom suspended Randolph Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong defeated in 2008 is one of three judges the state Supreme Court appointed Friday to temporarily replace Wilfong. Chief Justice Robin Davis wrote in an order Friday that Judge John L. Henning will be among those assigned to replace Wilfong until her term ends Dec.
Oct 31, 2014

The judge whom suspended Randolph judge defeated in '08 is 1 of 3 to temporarily replace her shar.es/107Q92

‘The Elkview Blind Side’: Through kindness and conviction, W.Va. athlete rises above turbulent past

Mountaineer Gameday: Mitch’s matchups

wvgazette.com — WVU pass offense vs. TCU pass defense Statistically, West Virginia's air game took a little hit last week because of the win at Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers were running the ball well, though, so what the heck, right? WVU is still ranked No. 9 nationally, averaging 346.3 passing yards.
Oct 31, 2014

The Charleston Gazette | Mountaineer Gameday: Mitch’s matchups shar.es/10vFoT via @sharethis

Mitch Vingle: WVU, Herd feeling warmth of bright lights

wvgazette.com — Ah, the bright lights. College football fans love nothing more than the key lights, the back lights, the fill lights that make a set like "College Gameday" glow. Nothing stings like the burning attention of the media in bad times.
Oct 31, 2014

The Charleston Gazette | Mitch Vingle: WVU, Herd feeling warmth of bright lights shar.es/10vQV6 via @sharethis

Scaring up support for the Kanawha library levy

wvgazette.com — Dozens of parents and children stood Thursday night on the sidewalk on Quarrier Street, staring at an illuminated sign that read "No LIBRARY ... scary." "SHHH!" another sign read. Despite the warning signs, Latascha Welch convinced her 5-year-old daughter, Rayana, to walk up to the porch, its contents hidden with shelves of books blocking the view.
Oct 30, 2014

Parents and children stood on the sidewalk on Quarrier St., staring at an illuminated sign that read “No LIBRARY ..." shar.es/10tZkd

Randolph County judge suspended until term ends in 2016

Oct 30, 2014

Justices call Randolph judge's conduct "stunningly inappropriate" wvgazette.com/article/201410…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @wvgazette: Randolph County judge suspended until term ends in 2016 - Staff reports A Randolph County judge will be suspended ... ow.ly/2PVNc5

Supreme Court overrules Putnam DUI decision

wvgazette.com — People arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs must clearly ask the investigating officer in their case for a blood test if they want one, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @wvgazette: Supreme Court overrules Putnam DUI decision - By Ryan Quinn People arrested for allegedly driving under the influe... ow.ly/2PW92n

SCORE meeting discusses future of southern coalfields

wvgazette.com — West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields could get a needed economic boost from areas such as clean energy and tourism, higher taxes to pay for much-needed road projects and less regulation in hopes of a coal industry rebound, a parade of witnesses told a state Senate panel Wednesday.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @JonathanMattise: The Charleston Gazette | SCORE meeting discusses future of southern coalfields shar.es/10qjhs via @sharethis

Oct 30, 2014

The Charleston Gazette | SCORE meeting discusses future of southern coalfields shar.es/10qjhs via @sharethis

Editorial: How long can W.Va. go without safeguarding drinking water?

wvgazette.com — During the upcoming legislative session, West Virginians apparently are going to discover whether they have learned anything from the 2014 water crisis. Forces have been gathering all year to delay implementation of the decent law passed by the Legislature during the last session and signed by the governor to protect people's drinking water.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @FriendsofWater: The Charleston Gazette | Editorial: How long can W.Va. go without safeguarding drinking water? shar.es/10t0sB via @sharethis

Putnam hospital eyes smoke-free loophole

wvgazette.com — LAWRENCE PIERCE | Gazette LAWRENCE PIERCE | Gazette CAMC Teays Valley Hospital has a second covered area, for employee smokers, in the back of the building. CAMC Teays Valley Hospital wants to provide a safe place for employees, visitors and patients to smoke - it just doesn't want to own that place anymore.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @rachelmolenda: CAMC Teays Valley sees moving toward a smoke-free campus as trying to sell its smoking areas to Putnam dev auth bit.ly/1sKD1DE

Victor in landmark father’s rights case charged with drug crime

wvgazette.com — A father who was awarded $7 million by a Cabell County jury nearly 20 years ago in a landmark adoption case for father's rights was arrested this week in North Carolina and charged with trafficking opiates. Deputies from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office in Hickory, North Carolina, arrested Dr. John Woodruff Kessel, 56, Monday after an alleged drug transaction.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @KateLWhite: Victor in landmark father’s rights case charged with drug crime shar.es/10r7oV

Oct 29, 2014

RT @ReganWV: "Kessel was found with 240 Oxycodone pills in the parking lot of a Krispy Kreme" - See more at: @katelwhite wvgazette.com/article/201410… #badday

Oct 29, 2014

Victor in landmark father’s rights case charged with drug crime shar.es/10r7oV

Logan County assessor indicted on federal banking charge

wvgazette.com — Charges were filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston Wednesday against Logan County Assessor Rick Grimmett for violating federal banking laws. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin filed an information in federal court charging that Grimmett and an unidentified associate withdrew cash from the Logan Bank and Trust in Man in amounts less than $10,000 to elude a requirement in federal law that banks must report all cash transactions in excess of $10,000.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @wvgazette: Logan County Assessor Rick Grimmett indicted on federal banking charge: wvgazette.com/article/201410…

Boehner stumps for Jenkins and coal in Kenova

wvgazette.com — LAWRENCE PIERCE | Gazette KENOVA, W.Va. -- The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was in Wayne County Wednesday, stumping for state Sen. Evan Jenkins and attacking what he sees as the "war on coal" coming from President Barack Obama.
Oct 29, 2014

The Charleston Gazette | Boehner stumps for Jenkins and coal in Kenova; can hold 3 mics at once. shar.es/10rBdB via @sharethis

GOP budget move stalls black lung plan

wvgazette.com — CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Across the Appalachian coalfields these days, it's hard to go anywhere without hearing about what mining lobbyists and political leaders call the Obama administration's "war on coal." Radio ads blare the message of lost jobs and stalled permits. Lawmakers propose measures to block U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air pollution rules.
Oct 29, 2014

Wonder what Evan Jenkins thinks of GOP budget moves that delayed MSHA rule to end black lung disease wvgazette.com/News/201207080…