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Collapse at Patriot Coal Corp mine in West Virginia kills two workers

By Annie Moore BECKLEY, West Virginia (Reuters) – Rescue workers on Tuesday clawed through the wreckage of a collapsed Patriot Coal Corp mine in Wharton, West Virginia, where two miners were killed, officials said. A ground failure at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday at Patriot’s Brody Mine No. 1 trapped…

West Virginia families, billed for smelly water they didn’t use, bill water company right back

The chemical spill in West Virginia has left thousands of people near Charleston with licorice-scented tap water that they’re afraid to use, despite the assurances of government and their water company. West Virginia American Water promised customers a credit on their bills for the water homeowners needed to use to…

Excuse me, but we shouldn’t be moving on from West Virginia’s chemical spill

Authorities in West Virginia declared the water of 300,000 residents affected by last month’s chemical spill safe to drink on 14 January, just five days after the incident. Since then, a few things have happened. Stop me if you’ve heard them before (but I doubt you have). 1. On 15…

West Virginia chemical spill another black eye for ‘clean coal’

If you didn’t know what Crude MCHM was on Thursday,  given the nine-county water crisis unfolding in West Virginia you probably know by now that it’s short for 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a foaming agent that is used to clean coal. The industrial…  …

West Virginia man fatally shoots wife and himself while kids watch

West Virginia State Police were investigating on Thursday after a man reportedly shot and killed his wife and them himself while children were watching. According to WOWK, the shooting occurred in the Comfort area of Boone County on Joe’s Creek Road at around 9 a.m. Investigators believed that the man…

Police shoot and kill gunman at West Virginia federal building

Authorities shot and killed an unidentified former police officer who allegedly fired more than 20 shots into the federal building in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Wheeling Intelligencer reported on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld did not give the suspect’s name but told reporters that the gunman was a former local…

West Virginia sheriff fatally gunned down outside courthouse

A West Virginia sheriff was shot and killed outside a courthouse in downtown Williamson on Wednesday. According to WCHS-TV, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum had been shot and killed at around 12:04 p.m. A suspected shooter was also shot before being taken into custody. The condition of the suspect was…

Three more states consider rebelling against Citizens United ruling

Resolutions condemning the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling have been introduced to the state legislatures of North Carolina, West Virginia, and New Hampshire. The three pieces of symbolic legislation — SJR 109 in North Carolina, HR 9 in West Virginia, and HR 7 in New Hampshire — all call…

A West Virginia Republican sees political, economic challenges ahead

Karen Caltrider retired recently as the partner in an accounting firm in Parkersburg, West Virginia, giving her enough time to reflect on politics at her local Cracker Barrel — “the closest restaurant to my house,” she said, a reflection of an unspoken economic reality that repeats itself throughout much of…

West Virginia sheriff falsified ballots in close election

CHARLESTON, W.V. (Reuters) – A West Virginia sheriff pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the state’s 2010 primary election including illegally filling in some absentee ballots out of fear he might lose a close election, authorities said on Monday. Lincoln County, West Virginia Sheriff Jerry Bowman admitted falsifying absentee ballots…

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