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  • A vehicle rests on the roof after flooding near White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Friday, June 24, 2016.

    Powerful storms in West Virginia left fourteen people dead and thousands without power. NBC News reports.

  • NEW YORK, June 21- State budgets finally returned to their pre-recession peaks in fiscal 2016 after eight years, once adjusted for inflation, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Aggregate 50- state general fund spending and revenues have now surpassed the peaks they hit in fiscal 2008, the National Association of State Budget Officers reported in the...

  • CHICAGO, June 20- The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed a plan by coal producer Alpha Natural Resources to sell valuable assets to its creditors, which it said puts significant mine cleanups at risk, according to a court filing on Monday. The government does not plan to approve the transfer of any federal lease or contract unless cleanups are assured, the...

  • June 13- U.S. shale oil output is expected to fall in July for the seventh consecutive month, according to a U.S. government forecast on Monday, despite a recent rally in crude prices to an 11- month high over $51 a barrel. Total output is expected to fall 118,000 barrels per day to 4.723 million bpd in July, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's...

  • WASHINGTON, June 9- Twenty-one U.S. states led by Texas and Arkansas on Thursday announced a lawsuit against Delaware, accusing it of violating federal law by snatching up to $400 million in unclaimed checks that should have gone to other states. "Delaware has our money," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said at a news conference outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • May 20- American Medical Systems, a major defendant in litigation over controversial vaginal mesh devices, is accusing "a pyramid of businessmen, doctors and lawyers" of luring women into unwarranted surgeries to remove the implants and inflate their damages claims. The company, a unit of Ireland- based Endo International, has set aside $1.9 billion to settle as...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Everyday investors can finally buy shares in private startups, but so far "crowdfunding" is off to a slow start. "I'm a little bit disappointed in how this has played out," said Chance Barnett, chief executive of Los Angeles- based Crowdfunder, a site serving wealthy investors that is applying to regulators to add less-privileged backers to the...

  • May 17- Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is making the opioid antidote naloxone available without a prescription in all its pharmacies in New Mexico, part of a plan to make the drug readily available in 35 states by the end of this year. The drugstore chain has already made naloxone available without a prescription in Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New...

  • NEW YORK, May 16- U.S. shale oil output is expected to fall in June for the eighth consecutive month, according to a U.S. government forecast on Monday, as the squeeze from a two-year rout in crude prices worsens. Total output is expected to fall by nearly 113,000 bpd to 4.85 million bpd, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's drilling productivity...

  • Bernie Sanders reacts to cheering supporters during a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, May 9, 2016.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will win the Democratic West Virginia primary, NBC News projected as polls closed Tuesday evening.

  • Electoral math.. key states to win

    Shelby Holliday, Wall Street Journal, and Politico's Susan Glasser, crunch the latest poll numbers. At this point the economy is THE issue people will vote on in November, says Holliday.

  • Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, presidential candidates

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on what to expect as voters head to the polls in Tuesday's primaries.

  • May 2- Magnum Hunter Resources Corp and its founder Gary Evans are emblematic for the U.S. shale revolution: it started small, borrowed heavily to snap up land and rivals and then crumbled under the weight of debt when prices crashed. With little chance of seeing hundreds of millions of dollars in debt repaid, creditors including Goldman Sachs, Highbridge Capital...

  • CHICAGO, April 22- West Virginia's environmental authority opposes a plan by bankrupt coal miner Alpha Natural Resources to sell core assets to its hedge fund lenders, saying in a court filing that it could undermine a $1 billion cleanup. The West Virginia regulator said in a filing that Alpha had yet to explain how it would comply with its bonding and cleanup...

  • April 14- Colorado State University on Thursday said it expects hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin to be near normal in 2016 with 12 named storms, including five hurricanes, two of which will be major hurricanes. See: http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/2016/apr2016/apr2016. pdf While the current weakening of the El Nino weather...

  • File photo of a tornado in Milsap, Texas.

    Texas and Oklahoma were bracing Monday for a second round of severe storms and hail the size of tennis balls, reports NBC News.

  • Meteorologists at AccuWeather, a private weather forecaster based in Pennsylvania, also predicted more storms than normal this year, with an expected 14 named storms and eight hurricanes, four of which will be major hurricanes. Hurricanes don't pack the same punch for the U.S. natural gas market as they did a decade ago because the bulk of the nation's gas...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 6- Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 on Wednesday for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers. Blankenship, known as West Virginia's "king of coal" for his rags-to-riches background and tough approach to business, was given the...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 6- Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 on Wednesday for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers. Blankenship, known as West Virginia's "king of coal" for his rags-to-riches background and tough approach to business, was given the...

  • "Volkswagen must be held accountable for its false and misleading promotion and sales of its vehicles in the Commonwealth," Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said in a statement. Kentucky is at least the fifth U.S. state to sue VW, along with New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico and West Virginia. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco the status of talks over a...