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  • West Virginia Will Become the 26th Right-To-Work State

    02/12/2016 6:53:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed legislation to make West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state, but was quickly overridden by the Republican legislature. For bills that don't deal with budgetary matters or appropriations, a simple majority is needed to override a veto. The state senate had already done so. And the State House of Delegates was expected to follow suit, given that there are 64 Republican members. The law goes into effect July 1 (via Metro News ): The House of Delegates and state Senate made quick work of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's vetoes on the bills that...
  • With West Virginia, A Majority Of The States Are Now Right-To-Work

    02/12/2016 2:18:59 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2016 | George Leef
    On February 12, the West Virginia legislature voted to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the right-to-work bill it had passed on February 4. The measure will take effect in May and the state will then be the 26th state to have such a law. Exactly what do “right-to-work” laws do? They provide that workers cannot be fired because they decline to pay union dues. Public opinion polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans agree that no one should lose his or her job for deciding not to pay what the union demands. Public opinion isn’t always...
  • ‘Welcome Back Carter’ ( Destroying good paying jobs and )

    02/12/2016 12:06:40 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2016 | William Perry Pendley
    Obama on federal coal mining is a throwback to Carter administration failings. resident Obama's plot to use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to kill federal coal mining with a thousand paper cuts is not the first time he has used NEPA to try to end energy development. Disturbingly, his scheme is a throwback to President Carter and a decade-long moratorium that ended only when President Reagan took office. Meanwhile millions of Americans, vast regions and the nation's economy will suffer. In 2009, the Obama administration settled a "sweetheart lawsuit" by environmental groups by agreeing to a NEPA study on...
  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

    02/12/2016 11:18:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 1:49 PM EST | Jonathan Mattise
    West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. State lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted "no," though only a simple majority was required. ...
  • West Virginia Pro-Life Group Pushes Legislation to Ban Dismemberment Abortions

    02/10/2016 5:18:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | January 15, 2016
    Last year state legislators overwhelmingly overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto, allowing The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to become law. As the new 60-day session begins, West Virginians for Life (WVFL) is hoping the state’s legislative body will pick up where it left off and pass another pro-life bill. This time around, WVFL is seeking passage of a Dismemberment Abortion Ban. Recent undercover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress have shown high-ranking executives of Planned Parenthood abortionists casually discussing the way that they can dismember babies to obtain intact fetal body parts such as heads, hearts, lungs...
  • West Virginia Constitutional Carry very likely in 2016

    01/31/2016 5:41:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, West Virginia came within a cats hair of enacting Constitutional carry into law. The law passed with veto proof margins in the House and the Senate. It was only through insider shenanigans that the bill was sent to Governor Tomblin late enough for him to veto it without a chance for a veto override. From wvgazettemail.com: Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a similar bill last year, by a 32-2 margin in the Senate and 71-29 in the House. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, citing "overwhelming opposition" from law enforcement officers statewide."In light of those concerns, and in...
  • Forest Service rejects proposed route of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    01/25/2016 10:15:38 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 21, 2016 | MICHAEL MARTZ
    The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the latest proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because of the 42-inch natural gas pipeline's potential damage to the habitat of sensitive animal species protected by two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia. In a letter to the Dominion-led pipeline company on Tuesday, the Forest Service said the proposed route is "inconsistent" with Forest Service plans and commitments to protect the habitats of the Cow Knob salamander, Cheat Mountain salamander and West Virginia northern flying squirrel, as well as the red spruce forest ecosystem in which they live. Consequently, the pipeline project...
  • Dangerous Winter Storm Jonas to Bring Crippling Snowstorm, Major Ice Threat; Blizzard Warnings

    01/21/2016 9:56:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 192 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 21, 2016 | Weather.com
    Blizzard warnings have been issued for the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas, and blizzard watches extend northward to the Philadelphia and New York City metro areas as Winter Storm Jonas begins to take shape. The storm is expected to deliver heavy snowfall to at least 15 states, and heavy ice accumulations, strong winds and coastal flooding will add to the storm's impact as it carves a path from the nation's heartland through the South and onward to the East Coast now through Sunday. As of Thursday morning, just over 73 million people – or roughly one in every four...
  • Winter Storm Jonas to Become Major East Coast Snowstorm; Blizzard Watch for D.C., Baltimore

    01/20/2016 9:04:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 20, 2016 | Weather.com
    The nation's capital is now under a blizzard watch, the first watch of its kind issued in advance of Winter Storm Jonas. Now is the time to prepare for Winter Storm Jonas, which is expected to kick into high gear Friday and pummel parts of the East through the weekend with heavy accumulations of snow and ice. Strong winds will likely add to the threat of power outages and may also bring serious coastal flooding along parts of the Atlantic coast. The National Weather Service issued the blizzard watch late Wednesday morning for Washington, D.C., and nearby Baltimore. The watch...
  • West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced

    01/19/2016 11:17:22 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 11 replies
    Via Email ^ | 2016-01-19 | NRA
    On Tuesday, January 19, state Representative Saira Blair introduced House Bill 4145, legislation that would allow a law-abiding individual, who is 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without needing to first obtain a government-issued permit. HB 4145 also addresses a current deficiency in state law that prohibits an individual who is between the ages of 18 and 21 from obtaining a concealed weapon permit. HB 4145 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Under the provisions of House Bill 4145, an individual who is over the age of 21, a citizen...
  • In Climate Move, Obama to Halt New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

    01/15/2016 7:06:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 14, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will announce on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry. President Obama telegraphed the step in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying, "I'm going...
  • Congressman Alex Mooney Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    01/12/2016 7:51:15 PM PST · by Isara · 35 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 12, 2016
    HOUSTON, Texas - Today, Congressman Alex Mooney of West Virginia endorsed Ted Cruz for President. Mooney will become Cruz for President’s West Virginia Chairman. He is one of the new conservatives in the House of Representatives who are changing Washington and fighting the status quo.“I am proud to endorse Ted Cruz for President. Senator Cruz’s father, Rafael, visited West Virginia to discuss how he fled communist Cuba to live in freedom in America just as my mother did,” said Rep. Mooney. “I have had the pleasure of visiting with Senator Cruz on several occasions to discuss the shared conservative policies...
  • Virginia Republicans To Consider Stripping Gov. McAuliffe Of Protective Detail

    12/28/2015 7:13:00 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2015 | Kerry Picket
    Virginia GOP'ers returned fire over the state Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring's move to halt recognition of concealed carry permits from 25 different states. Our General Assembly has already identified who can and cannot conceal handguns in Virginia, and we cannot have that decision undermined by recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards, Herring said when he made the announcement last week. Republican state legislators could strip Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe of his protective detail. Virginia Sen. Bill Carrico told The Herald Courier last Tuesday he plans to propose a budget amendment during the State Senate's January...
  • Cave Skeleton Is European, 1,300 Years Old

    09/30/2002 3:47:50 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies · 3,344+ views
    Sunday Gazette Mail ^ | 9-29-2002 | Rick Steelhammer
    Cave skeleton is European, 1,300 years old, man says Archaeologist group wants a look at evidence Sunday September 29, 2002 By Rick Steelhammer STAFF WRITER MORGANTOWN The man who first advanced the theory that markings carved on in a Wyoming County cave are actually characters from an ancient Irish alphabet has found human remains at the site, which tests indicate are European in origin and date back to A.D. 710, he maintains. Robert Pyle of Morgantown says that a DNA analysis of material from the skeletons teeth roots was conducted by Brigham Young University. That analysis, he says, shows...
  • Former Massey Energy C.E.O. Guilty in Deadly Coal Mine Blast

    12/03/2015 12:31:52 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/3/15 | By ALAN BLINDER
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Donald L. Blankenship, a titan of the nation’s coal industry whose approach to business was scrutinized and scorned after 29 workers were killed at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010, was convicted Thursday of a federal charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards, part of a case that emerged after the accident, the deadliest in mining in the United States
  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • Obama’s Appalachian Tragedy

    12/01/2015 4:40:52 AM PST · by thackney · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 | PAUL H. TICE
    ...The latest touchstone of liberal policy, the regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions, is causing economic destruction and pushing poverty higher in the Appalachians. But those backing the climate-change agenda are doing their best to keep this reality hidden from the public. Since 2012, 27 coal-mining companies with core operations in Central Appalachia, a region roughly centered in southern West Virginia, have filed for bankruptcy protection. The list includes a number of large-cap, publicly traded entities, such as Alpha Natural Resources, James River Coal and Patriot Coal. Production of coal in southern West Virginia declined by 45% between the first half of...
  • Bill Clintons address touches on gun checks, coals demise

    10/03/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | 10-2-15 | Matt Macarro
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. Former President Bill Clinton, in a keynote address to West Virginia Democrats on Friday night, touched on background checks for gun owners in the wake of the Oregon community college mass shooting. Those of us who grew up in hunting countryand who believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees everybody the right to keep a gun to go hunting, to sports shoot and to protect themselves and their familiesmost of us think its crazy that we dont do background checks, Clinton said. Ticket sales for the partys Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner spiked upon news of Clintons appearance. About 2,000 people...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mines coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • Ohio Valley Labor Crunch Puts Ethane Cracker Project on Hold

    09/23/2015 5:59:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 22, 2015 | Matthew V. Veazey
    The underlying economics are still good and the concept remains solid, but the prospect of finding enough qualified people to actually build and staff it is too daunting at least for now. Such are the conclusions of Houston-based Appalachian Resins, Inc. (AR), whose board earlier this month decided to put its "less-than-world-scale" ethane cracker project in Monroe County, Ohio, on hold. "Looking at the timing, we are not able to get ahead of the two other projects," Bob Mifflin, AR's president, told Rigzone. The "two other projects" to which Mifflin refers are world-scale ethane crackers proposed by PTT Global...
  • Partners submit application for 3-state natural gas pipeline

    09/21/2015 8:02:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    AP via Blue Ridge Now ^ | September 20, 2015 | JOHN RABY
    Four energy partners formally asked the federal government on Friday for permission to build a 564-mile natural gas pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The 348-page application was submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline is intended to deliver cleaner burning natural gas to the Southeast as utilities move away from coal-burning power plants amid tighter federal rules on pollution that contributes to climate change. Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc. and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy would have 45 percent and 40 percent ownership stakes in the pipeline, respectively. Charlotte-based Piedmont Natural...
  • Trump Leading in West Virginia, Beating Hillary

  • EPA's Clean Power Plan will hurt poor Blacks, Hispanics and whites the most (as Hussein promised)

    09/15/2015 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/14/15 | Peter Ferrara
    When Obama was speaking to environmentalist supporters in 2008 regarding his plans to address climate change, he candidly revealed, Under my plan, electricity costs will necessarily skyrocket. Obamas White House Science Advisor John Holdren later elaborated, We need to de-develop the United States to bring our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation. The so-called Clean Power Plan proposed by Obamas EPA is well-designed to do precisely that -- de-develop the United States. A new study from the National Black Chamber of Commerce estimates the regulation will cause job losses reaching 7 million...
  • Overturned cattle trailer closes I-81, leaves bovine cargo wandering

    09/14/2015 10:07:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | August 15, 2015 | The Hagerstown Herald-Mail
    FALLING WATER, W.Va. A tractor-trailer loaded with more than 100 head of cattle overturned on Interstate 81 Saturday morning, spilling its bovine cargo and blocking the southbound lanes for four hours, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The crash was reported at about 2 a.m. just south of the Potomac River where the tractor-trailer, loaded with 102 head of cattle, had wrecked, according to the news release from Deputy B.M. Humphrey. Cattle were "running everywhere" and a number of deputies were called in to control the situation, along with county animal control officers and state highway department personnel,...
  • Put an end to forced union dues

    09/08/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Trib ^ | Sept. 6, 2015 | Mark Mix
    As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: That school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus. Why? Because he or she works in one of the 25 forced-unionism states in America states where it is lawfully permissible to force a worker to pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. You're not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of your fellow Americans agree: No worker should be...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • Iran Deal Scorecard (Only 5 Undeclared Democratic Senators remain - contact info at link)

    09/05/2015 9:30:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    5 on the Fence Senator Blumenthal (D - CT) Senator Manchin (D - WV) Senator Peters (D - MI) Senator Wyden (D - OR) Senator Cantwell (D - WA) 38 stand with Iran 57 stand with America
  • Supporters to Stage Im with Kim Rally at Jail [Grayson, KY]

    09/04/2015 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 116 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | September 4, 2015 | lc.org
    Grayson, KY – Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, will join supporters at a rally outside the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.  The “I’m with Kim” Rally is organized by Gov. Mike Huckabee. Liberty Counsel is willing to join any group that stands in support of Kim Davis. “Not long ago 75 percent of Kentuckians passed the state’s marriage amendment. Today a Christian is imprisoned for believing what the voters affirmed, that marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Five people on the...
  • Trump leads Repub field & Clinton in W. Virginia, according to new Orion Strategies statewide poll

    08/26/2015 12:56:04 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | Aug. 26, 2015
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If the 2016 General Election were held today, 26 percent of West Virginians would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, while 58 percent would vote for an unspecified Republican candidate, according to a survey conducted by Orion Strategies, a strategic communications firm with offices in Charleston and Buckhannon. Donald Trump holds a commanding lead among Republican presidential candidates, according to the Orion Strategies poll. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump, compared to eight percent for his closest challenger, Marco Rubio who is statistically tied with Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee,...
  • Planned Parenthood Protest in Vienna (West Virginia)

    08/23/2015 9:03:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    thenewscenter.tv ^ | Aug 22, 2015 | Mary Smith -
    People are furious about videos released showing what they say appear to be Planned Parenthood employees attempting to sell body parts from aborted fetuses. Those videos have caused outrage across the country. Saturday a protest was held in front of the Planned Parenthood in Vienna. Nearly 125 people showed up with signs and stood in front of the clinic. WTAP spoke to the woman in charge of the protest, and the one man who was there to support Planned Parenthood. "We are protesting of course abortion which we believe that life starts from conception to birth. And we're also here...
  • Rallies Held Across The County Calling For Federal Government To Cut Funding For Planned Parenthood

    08/22/2015 3:12:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    www.wchstv.com ^ | Aug 22 2015, | Christopher A. Williams, Jarrod Clay
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. Across the country Saturday, pro-life supporters got together to protest Planned Parenthood with the goal of getting the federal government to cut funding for the organization. Closer to home, a group gathered at the Womens Choice Clinic in Charleston. Dozens gathered outside the clinic Saturday afternoon and were just a few of the thousands protesting Planned Parenthood nationwide. They are harming unborn children, and even the parents in the meantime. Theyre harming the mothers who come in. Not only physically, but emotionally, Amanda Perkins said. Planned Parenthood has been in the spotlight recently when videos of employees...
  • Liberal Double Standards and Planned Parenthood

    08/21/2015 4:17:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/15 | David Limbaugh
    Liberals are famous for shaming conservatives for their past associations with questionable characters, while they exempt themselves from the same standards. What a shocker! Every other week, a liberal Twitter troll cites a Republican politician's innocent appearance at some long-forgotten political event with the likes of a Ku Klux Klan member, hoping to besmirch his reputation. Better yet, sometimes one of them will post a black-and-white photo of such an appearance, as if it's a smoking gun that will end the hapless Republican's career. It shouldn't surprise you that liberals had no problem with Sen. Robert Byrd's despicable association with...
  • Mom: Sons confederate flag shirt no more offensive than gay rainbow flag in school

    08/20/2015 6:40:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    EAG News ^ | 8/20/15 | Victor Skinner
    ONA, W.Va. West Virginia mother April Stanley believes school officials are playing favorites, and her son is getting the shaft because of it. Her son wore his Confederate flag t-shirt to Cabell Midland High School Tuesday and school officials made him turn it inside-out and promise not to wear it again, WSAZ reports.The next day he wore a different Confederate flag t-shirt, and it was the same thing, except he was threatened with suspension if he repeats his defiant behavior, Stanley said.She believes school officials are infringing on her sons freedom of speech to protect some students who might...
  • Senator Byrd Statue to be removed from WV State Capitol Rotunda?? Petitions etc

    08/19/2015 5:31:49 AM PDT · by rface · 27 replies
    I received a phone call yesterday afternoon, Aug 18. I have many family members in WV and they were telling me a strange tale. The local press does not seem to want to cover this yet. Due to some strange chance of genetics, I have familial ties with some government officials and legal folks in WV. The info I received that followed this story had some verifiable links and a part of a story that I didnt have time to check yesterday evening, but I figured I would do that todayAug 19. Part of the email had to do with...
  • Union rallies outside Patriot Coal over pension benefits

    08/18/2015 9:31:35 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/18/2015 | Jonathan Mattise, AP
    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) -- Busloads of United Mine Workers of America miners and retirees roared in protest outside Patriot Coal headquarters Monday, as the bankrupt company looks to nix a union contract that includes pension contributions and health benefits. From a makeshift stage on the bed of a tow truck, UMWA President Cecil Roberts bellowed out to a camouflage-clad crowd of 1,500 to 1,800 miners and led them in a march to nearby Patriot headquarters. UMWA packed twenty-two buses of miners from Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, according to union spokesman Phil Smith.
  • Obamas De-growth Agenda (Killing the Coal Industry)

    08/10/2015 11:40:03 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 8 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | August 10, 2015 | Todd Strandberg
    The coal industry is facing its toughest challenge since The Great Depression of 1929. The collapse in coal prices and a growing weight from new regulations has claimed dozens of firms. In just recent months, three major coal producers have filed for bankruptcy. Alpha Natural Resources operates more than fifty underground and surface mines in five states. It is the nations largest producer of the type of coal used in steel production. In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources was worth $11 billion in stock value. The firm is now worth less than $7 million. Peabody Energy Corporation, is the largest private-sector...
  • West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin says he'll vote to end Planned Parenthood aid

    08/03/2015 12:42:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 08/03/2015 | By ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON (AP) West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood. Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group. Republicans introduced their bill after an anti-abortion group began releasing secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they provide tissue from some aborted fetuses to researchers. The bill says it would transfer Planned Parenthood's aid to other women's health care providers.
  • Watch: Benbrook Police Stop Suspected Serial Killer for Speeding

    08/01/2015 12:35:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jul 31, 2015 | Ben Russell
    Police body camera video released Friday night shows that a suspected serial killer, stopped for speeding in Benbrook in early July, was already planning a trip to West Virginia days before his eventual death there at the hands of his intended victim. Neal Falls, 45, of Oregon was stopped for driving 64 mph in a 45 mph zone along the 5200 block of Benbrook Boulevard north of Interstate 20, just after 8 a.m. on July 7, according to records released by the Benbrook Police Department. When the Benbrook officer asked Falls if he still had the same address in...
  • We Now Know Where Lois Lerner's Emails and Backup Tapes Were Destroyed

    07/31/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There have been dozens of questions surrounding the disappearance of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. Some of Lerner's emails have been recovered, after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said under oath they were lost forever. Thousands are still missing. But perhaps the most compelling questions that have been asked since the IRS targeting scandal broke in May 2013 are 1) Exactly where were Lerner's emails and backup tapes destroyed? 2) Who destroyed them? Now, we have an answer. According to Americans for Tax Reform,Lerner's hard drive was...
  • Fundraising site set up for woman who killed potential serial killer

    07/30/2015 9:24:44 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 3 replies
    Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | 29 July 15 | Erin Beck
    A group of people have established a fundraising website for the woman who earlier this month killed an attacker who might have been a serial killer. Supporters thought the woman who has been publicly identified only by her first name, Heather might need funds for public relations and legal assistance if any companies want to buy the rights to her story, to stop placing ads on Backpage and to get away from the location of the attack and find a new apartment, according to one of the organizers of the fundraiser, Charleston resident Laura Gandee. Shes a feminist...
  • Attacker killed by West Virginia escort eyed in possible serial murders in 3 states

    07/28/2015 4:23:53 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/27/15 | Cristina Corbin
    Suspected serial killer Neal Falls' body count may have matched the number of weapons in his arsenal. Police around the country are working Monday to determine whether Falls -- who was shot and killed by a West Virginia escort as he tried to strangle her -- is linked to the unsolved murders of prostitutes in at least three other states. On July 18, Falls, a 45-year-old drifter, knocked on the door of a Charleston, W.V. prostitute who advertised her services on Backpage.com. When the woman -- identified as "Heather" -- opened the door, Falls asked her only one question: "Live...
  • Sex worker in West Virginia shoots dead 'serial killer'

    07/27/2015 10:16:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 July 2015
    A woman working as a prostitute may have put an end to a nationwide killing spree after she shot and killed a man in self-defence, police say. She told police that Neal Falls, 45, had answered her online escort ad, but the encounter turned violent after he arrived at her West Virginia home. During a struggle, the woman got hold of Falls' gun and shot him.
  • Woman who shot alleged attacker may have slain a serial killer, police say

    07/26/2015 8:41:41 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/25/2015 | Peter Holley
    A woman in Charleston, W.Va., may have saved her own life and the lives of many other women, as well, when she shot and killed an alleged attacker in her home last week. Neal Falls showed up at the womans home on July 18 after answering an escort ad she had placed on Backpage.com, according to police. He showed up with a kill list, multiple pairs of handcuffs and a Subaru full of weapons and tools, including a shovel, knives, a bulletproof vest, a machete, bleach, trash bags, sledgehammers and axes, according to Fox affiliate KPTV. In Fallss pocket, police...
  • From Sea to Shining Sea: 5 Examples of Voter Fraud across America

    07/22/2015 8:40:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7-22-15 | Jason Snead
    Contrary to the assertions of many, voter fraud is not a myth. It is a stark reality that exists nationwide, from the rural counties of Georgia to the urban centers of New York. The Heritage Foundation has documented nearly 250 cases where nefarious citizens, officials, candidates and campaign operatives conspired to commit vote fraud, compromising the integrity of our elections to achieve their ideological goals. That list is just a tiny sampling of voter fraud, and it keeps growing. In May, the Heritage Foundation highlighted several recent cases. Here are some of the egregious new additions to the voter fraud...
  • Study: Utica Shale Larger Than Previous Estimates

    07/17/2015 8:51:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 16, 2015 | Karen Boman|
    The size of the Utica shale plays technically recoverable resources is larger than previously thought, a recent study by West Virginia University (WVU) has found. WVU found that the Utica play contains technically recoverable resources of 782 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas and around 1.9 billion barrels of oil. Thats higher than the U.S. Geological Surveys (USGS) 2012 estimate of technically recoverable resources at 38 Tcf of gas and 940 million barrels of oil. The study results indicate that the Utica which spans West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York is comparable to the Marcellus...
  • UPDATE: W.Va. Gov Expands State of Emergency after Flash Flooding

    07/14/2015 3:25:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    wsaz.com ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | Anna Baxter, The Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has expanded the state of the emergency to nine counties after Monday's flash flooding. The state of emergency now includes, Braxton, Wood, Webster, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Nicholas, Putnam and Roane counties. The counties were added Tuesday afternoon after more damage was assessed. These counties experienced anything from rock slides and mudslides to flooding and property damage, according to the governor's proclamation.
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%

    06/28/2015 5:39:44 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 15 replies
    cnsnews ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    FULL TITLE: Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip 7,000,000 Black Jobs (CNSNews.com) - A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The...
  • Girl, 13, was 'gang raped after rigid school rules meant she had to stay late and missed bus home'

    10/05/2011 5:26:56 PM PDT · by rawhide · 56 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10-5-11 | Paul Bentley
    A schoolgirl was brutally gang raped after rigid school rules meant she was kept late and missed her bus home, it has been reported. The 13-year-old's parents are suing Mount Hope Middle School in West Virginia, claiming the horrendous sexual assault would not have happened were it not for the actions of staff at the school. The girl was allegedly set upon by a group of athletes at the school while waiting outside for a ride home. She had missed her bus after being made to collect uniforms for the cheerleading squad by Linda Nevi, the coach. When the girl,...
  • Marcellus Shale region to see wave of large pipeline projects

    06/26/2015 5:43:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    PowerSource P-G ^ | June 23, 2015 | Stephanie Ritenbaugh
    Over the next three years, the Marcellus Shale region can expect to see about 17 pipeline projects meant to ship about 17.3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas out of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to end-users, according to IHS Energy. Those destinations are varied, and in addition to New England, some are targeting the Midwest, eastern Canada and the South, said Matthew Piatek, associate director of North American natural gas for IHS, which tracks energy markets. Given the amount of production in the tri-state area currently, it will be able to satisfy the lions share of Mid-Atlantic...
  • The Right to be Free From Guns (barf alert)

    06/25/2015 4:59:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 25 june 2015 | E.J. Dionne,Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying "Enough" after Charleston. But this time, we don't even expect anything to happen. What's needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns. None of this should...