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  • Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win...

  • New Jersey sues VW over excess diesel emissions Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 4:14 PM ET

    Feb 5- New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the third U.S. state to take legal action. It faces a U.S. ban on selling 2016 diesel models and is holding talks with California, which issued a separate ban, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to win approval...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 48 this week to 571.. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas declined by 19 rigs, Oklahoma dropped eight, Louisiana dropped five, Pennsylvania lost three, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming each declined by two and Ohio dropped...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it. Johnston said there were millions more in claims against the company...

  • Lawmakers seek $1 billion for struggling coal states Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 2:53 PM ET

    Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the bill's sponsors, said the measure has bipartisan support and was crafted with help from the White House. The $1 billion taken from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund would be used for economic development— tourism, infrastructure, new business— on or near sites that have been deemed...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former owner of Freedom Industries has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $20,000 fine for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Media outlets report Charles Herzing was sentenced Tuesday in Charleston federal court. Robert Reynolds, Freedom's former environmental...

  • President Barack Obama will push for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for the fast-growing number of people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers, the White House said on Tuesday. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.

  • Feb 1- CVS Health Corp said it would make the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, available without a prescription at all its pharmacies across Ohio, a state with one of the highest rates of overdose-related deaths. Naloxone quickly reverses the effects of an overdose of heroin or other opioid drugs and U.S. law enforcement officials have embraced its use in the...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six ex- Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges in federal court...

  • *To idle Harvey coal mine in Pennsylvania. Consol, which reported an adjusted loss for the fourth quarter, said its cash flow from operations rose to $102 million in the period from $87 million a year earlier. The company cut its quarterly payout to 1 cent per share from 6.25 cents last year.

  • United Bankshares misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 8:57 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ United Bankshares Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $33.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. United Bankshares shares have fallen nearly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Coal executive demands tax break for industry in free fall Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 12:24 PM ET

    West Virginia already expects a $384 million gap this budget year and a $466 million gap in 2017, largely because coal and natural gas severance tax dollars have fizzled. Murray says West Virginia needs to help its coal industry compete against states like Pennsylvania that don't apply severance taxes. Murray Energy's operations are in West Virginia,...

  • WASHINGTON— A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama' s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas led the group of mostly Republican states that asked Chief Justice John Roberts to immediately bar the...

  • WesBanco beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 5:06 PM ET

    WHEELING, W.Va. _ WesBanco Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $23 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 59 cents per share. WesBanco shares have declined slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- A group of U.S. states led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to combat climate change. Chief Justice John Roberts after an appeals court in Washington declined last week to block Obama's...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia Gov. West Virginia already expects a $384 million gap this budget year and a $466 million gap in 2017.. The St. Clairsville, Ohio- based company has announced layoffs for more than 1,000 people at its northern West Virginia mines since April 2014.

  • WASHINGTON— The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion in the coming years. A bipartisan effort to reduce the prison population appears...

  • NEW YORK— Huntington Bancshares said Tuesday that it will pay about $3.4 billion to buy rival FirstMerit, creating the largest bank in Ohio. FirstMerit, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, has nearly 370 branches in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Under the terms of the deal, FirstMerit shareholders will receive 1.72 shares of Huntington stock and...

  • Two years later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has warned residents of Hoosick Falls not to drink or cook with water from municipal wells, and a plastics plant has agreed to install a $2 million carbon filtration system at the village water treatment plant. Manufacturers agreed to phase it out by the end of 2015 shortly after DuPont reached a $16.5...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- A U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a brief order denying an...