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  • W.Va. jobless rate inches up in March Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    WorkForce West Virginia reported Tuesday that the number of unemployed state residents rose by 1,200 in March to a total of 48,500 statewide. The West Virginia rate is less than the national rate of 6.7 percent. Employment gains in West Virginia were recorded in logging, construction and manufacturing.

  • Court upholds convictions in Ky. oil drilling scam Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence to back their contention that 53- year-old Christopher Cello Smith of Prestonsburg, Ky., and 58- year-old Michael D. Smith of Cookeville, Tenn., defrauded thousands of investors.

  • Survey: W.Va. home, long-term care costs rise Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    The Cost of Care Survey released Monday by Genworth Financial shows the median hourly cost of home health aide services in West Virginia has increased 3.8 percent annually over the past five years. The median cost of a private nursing room home increased 5 percent annually in West Virginia, compared to about 4.2 percent nationally.

  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    She served as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and as deputy director of the White House budget office during a period in which the federal government saw three consecutive budget surpluses.

  • US rig count up 13 to 1,831 Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

  • US geologists link small quakes to fracking Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

  • FEMA OKs W.Va. chem spill request, denies another Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 5:34 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. But Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate refused to consider the event a "major disaster." The spill prompted a water-use ban for days for 300,000 residents in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • Feds to remove W.Va. chemical spill evidence Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— In two weeks, federal investigators will start carving up chemical tanks for evidence in a spill that tainted 300,000 West Virginians' water supply. The Chemical Safety Board plans to begin removing slices of three Freedom Industries tanks in Charleston on April 24, agency spokeswoman Hillary Cohen said.

  • Dems to Obama: Get off the dime on Keystone! Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Eleven Democratic senators urged Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone.

  • Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • Gas prices up a penny in West Virginia Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Average gasoline prices in West Virginia are up 1 cent over the past week. AAA East Central says the price of a gallon of regular gas is $3.61. Prices range from $3.58 in Bridgeport and Clarksburg to $3.70 in Martinsburg.

  • James River Coal files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— James River Coal Co. says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its efforts to turn around its business. The Richmond, Va.- based company says it faces challenges from the weak economy, environmental regulations and competition from natural gas.

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

  • US rig count up 9 to 1,818 Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 7:13 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818.. Louisiana lost six, Alaska fell by three, Kansas lost two and California, Colorado and Wyoming lost one each. Arkansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • Illinois agency aims to alter coal defender image Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, often criticized as advocating for the coal industry, announced a series of reforms this week meant to help repair the agency's image and make it more responsive to the public. Last week, The Associated Press reported another official had to repay $7,200 that he overcharged the state for mileage.

  • States rebel against powerful new painkiller Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last fall and it hit the market last month. Harry Chen both questioned the FDA approval. "So you know, we're just saying' Hey, we understand we don't control the FDA, but we do have some influence in Vermont,'" he said.

  • Bill Pepper, longtime foreign correspondent, dies Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    MILAN— Curtis Bill Pepper, a long-time foreign correspondent for Newsweek and author of eight books, has died in Italy at the age of 96.. Pepper, known as Bill, was a West Virginia native who came to Italy as a soldier during World War II. He worked for United Press and CBS before becoming Newsweek's Rome bureau chief.

  • Special rate authorized for Felman plant in W.Va. Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The West Virginia Public Service Commission on Thursday authorized a special electricity rate plan for an idled manufacturer in Mason County. The plan would enable Felman Production to buy electricity from Appalachian Power at as much as $9 million per year off its full rate.

  • Bill boosting oversight of chemical tanks advances Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel has cleared a bill that would boost state oversight of chemical storage facilities, following the West Virginia chemical spill. The tank that leaked a coal-cleaning chemical into a West Virginia river in January was upstream from a drinking water source serving 300,000 residents, but it was rarely inspected.

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