Top News & Analysis West Virginia

  • MIAMI, Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy pulled away from the Bahamas on Saturday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean, beginning a slow march toward the U.S. East Coast where it threatens to hit as one of the worst storms in decades.

  • MIAMI, Oct 27- Hurricane Sandy pulled away from the Bahamas on Saturday after killing at least 41 people in the Caribbean, beginning a slow march toward the U.S. East Coast where it threatens to hit as one of the worst storms in decades.

  • MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-- West Virginia University announced Friday it's partnering with Paradigm Development Group LLC to build a $70 million residential and retail complex called University Place, a project school officials say will transform a blighted section of Morgantown and create much-needed quality housing.

  • Meanwhile, workers in Ocean City, Md., filled sandbags, and Maryland Gov. "Delaware is smack dab in the crosshairs based on the current path projections," said Chip Guy, a spokesman for Sussex County, home to southern Delaware's beaches. Forecasters expect the hurricane to turn inland around Delaware, but said it could still hit as far north as New York.

  • Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that cost-control efforts helped boost its third-quarter results well above Wall Street expectations. Adjusted income was 20 cents per share, compared with a loss of 15 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion, according to FactSet.

  • United Bank's parent company says it earned $19.3 million, or 38 cents per share, in the quarter ending Sept. 30. The 2012 results include an accrual of $3.3 million pertaining to a settlement of claims stemming from class actions against United Bank Inc. of West Virginia, and a noncash, pretax impairment charge of $2.3 million on investment securities.

  • PITTSBURGH-- The wheeling and dealing over the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale has hit the pause button. PwC said low natural gas prices were the main factor, not the output or potential of the vast shale gas formation that lies under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland.

  • NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • *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 contend that the companies have an obligation to pay pension and health care benefits that were transferred to Patriot Coal in a 2007 spinoff.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Dominion Resources says its third-quarter net income tumbled nearly 47 percent because of costs related to the permanent shutdown of one of its nuclear power stations and plant outages.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The United Mine Workers of America is suing Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. in southern West Virginia over pension and health-care benefits for bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.' s active and retired miners.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- An Internet payday lender has agreed to stop making such loans in West Virginia. Attorney General Darrell McGraw's office says Payday Financial LLC and its owner, Martin A. Webb, also agreed prior to a contempt hearing this month in Kanawha County Circuit Court to refund $135,000 in fees to 120 West Virginia consumers and pay $5,000 to the state.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.