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  • *Patriot Coal bankruptcy puts health care, pensions at risk. Oct 24- Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal Inc are being sued by mine workers who content that the companies have an obligation to pay pension and health care benefits that were transferred to Patriot Coal in a 2007 spinoff.

  • Earnings Preview: Arch 3Q profits seen lower Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:10 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc., one of the world's biggest coal producers, is scheduled to report earnings for the third quarter before the market opens on Friday. Arch's latest earnings may reflect its June announcement that it was laying off about 750 workers in the Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia coalfields.

  • Ohio's economic picture offers political dilemma Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:03 PM ET

    John Kasich warned Wednesday of an economic slowdown happening in the swing state ahead the presidential election, even as Huntington bank announced it is bringing 250 jobs to Ohio.

  • 14 eco groups ask Pa. to change drill/water policy Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- Fourteen environmental groups have asked Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to reverse a recent change in how official notifications of possible water pollution related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling are handled.

  • WVU plans to buy more properties in Morgantown Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:19 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University plans to buy nearly 40 properties in Morgantown in a $14.5 million real estate deal that the Board of Governors was set to consider Tuesday afternoon. WVU officials have declined to discuss the details this week but told media outlets they may have more to say in a few days.

  • Chinese landscaping reps touring W.Va. Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- West Virginia agriculture officials are hosting a delegation from China. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is teaming up with the state's Nursery and Landscape Association to host the delegation. A reception was held Monday night in Charleston following a tour of a nursery operation in Mason County.

  • WVU gets $400K for rural health care outreach Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- The Institute for Community and Rural Health at West Virginia University is getting $400,000 for programs designed to help reduce obesity and curb deaths from stroke and heart disease.

  • Roundtable to focus on southern W.Va. job creation Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Job creation in southern West Virginia is the focus of a discussion in Huntington that will bring together federal and regional officials. Nick Rahall will be joined by federal agriculture and commerce officials on Tuesday at a discussion promoted by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

  • Coal company facing fines no longer mining in Ky. Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Attorneys met in Franklin County Circuit Court to discuss the status of the case, which began in 2010 when environmentalists pointed out questionable water quality monitoring practices by Frasure Creek and another coal company, International Coal Group.

  • Reports: Marcellus reserves larger than expected Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    One of the reports adds that the Marcellus reserves that lie below parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York are far larger than recent government estimates, while another said the powerful combination of resource, cost and location is altering natural gas prices and market trends across the nation.

  • 'War on coal' label obscures battlefield realities Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 | 10:15 AM ET

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- Drive through the coalfields of Central Appalachia, and signs of the siege are everywhere. Only a few generations ago, coal miners were literally at war with their employers, spilling and shedding blood on West Virginia's Blair Mountain in a historic battle for union representation and fair treatment.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • US count up 4 to 1,839 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,410 rigs were exploring for oil and 427 were searching for gas. A year ago, Baker Hughes listed 2,013 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained five rigs while Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota rose by two each.

  • W.Va. doles out specialty crop grants Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A program that supports specialty crop farmers has awarded $217,000 in federal grants to eight projects in West Virginia. State Agriculture Commissioner says one of the recipients of a specialty crop block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association.

  • Suits seek to block mountaintop mines in 2 states Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The Sierra Club along with environmental groups in Kentucky and West Virginia are attempting to block permitting at two mountaintop surface mines, alleging in federal lawsuits that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not consider potential health impacts on residents.

  • Retired deputy has 2nd career probing dog attacks Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:12 AM ET

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • W.Va. mine widows bring fight to Supreme Court Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:25 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal inspectors must share the blame _ and therefore face a lawsuit _ for a 2006 West Virginia coal mine fire that killed two miners, a lawyer for their widows argued at the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • Fifth Third 3Q net income falls on charges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Gas prices down nearly 3 cents in W.Va. Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Gasoline prices have fallen nearly 3 cents per gallon on average in West Virginia over the past week. AAA East Central says the price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gas in the state is $3.87. Prices range from $3.80 in Weirton to $3.96 in Martinsburg.

  • Fewer W.Va. workers making minimum wage or less Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Labor statistics show the percentage of West Virginia workers paid an hourly wage at or below the federal minimum standard declined in 2011.. There were 462,000 workers being paid hourly rates in West Virginia last year.